Hi everyone, sorry for being a bit green to hunting so excuse what is probably a silly question but if someone can answer that would be great. I understand that the last stocking day in NJ for pheasants was on 12/31 but the pheasant season runs until February. Is it worth still going out after the last stocking day? Question is geared towards public WMA's as the only successful pheasant hunting I have done so far is on commercial preserves.
Little background: The few times I had gone out to Black River and Pequest on a stocking day was way too crowded and being by myself and new to the sport didn't help. I heard shots being fired over me and I quickly left the scene and was turned off by all the noise from other hunters yelling at their dogs, dogs running around with the bells ringing and just the amount of people out there. Sounded like I was at a Civic war re-enactment with all the massive gunfire in the first 20 minutes or so. I was under the impression when you go pheasant hunting you should be quiet but what do I know? Makes me want to go squirrel and rabbit hunting instead so bitlife
can avoid the crowds and just be in the woods by myself or with at least one buddy.
So, anyway...just want to keep trying and not give up but also wondering if I'd be wasting time going to a WMA this month or in Feb for pheasants.
Thank you for your responses and again sorry if some of this sounds ridiculous.