Plant 'em and
There are, of
course, serious arguments against preserves, most of them from hunting purists.
By nature, the shooting preserve is an alternative. Especially, it is an
alternative for the experienced hunter who is proud of his ability to find
game, his ability to kill it and his feeling that wild prey is harder to hit
since it at least has a working knowledge of its home field. The shooting
preserve changes all this: the game is planted and therefore relatively easy to
blunder over; an utter novice can and does eventually kill something, if only
the patience of the dog; and, finally, though planted pheasants go wild almost
immediately, they still barely resemble the wily natives.
objections, however, it is also impossible to deny the appeal of this kind of
controlled shooting. The preserve is the answer for the urbanite who can't keep
a dog, whose time is limited and whose skin is thin, making it unsatisfactory
for him to come home empty-handed. For the novice it is excellent scrimmage.
For the experienced hunter the preserve almost guarantees a bird or two. There
are times when even the best hunter with the best gun and best dog spends two
days in the field and gets nothing. This is carrying purism too far.