I'm off to help release 2,300 pheasants this morning and into the afternoon, to prepare the way for people like me to slaughter them during the next three months. Mind you, most of the birds will go towards feeding hawks, foxes and coyotes, but it's a worthy attempt.
The hardest part of this project these days is finding release areas outside the grip of the Land Trust people, who are grabbing increasingly large acreage and shutting it down to hunting (and even fishing), and city types, who are buying farms and posting them against "trespassers". The two groups are changing southern Maine into NYC/Boston North, and are expanding their virus into the middle and even northern parts of the state. Rural America and its traditions are under siege.