This year the commission contracted as usual for its 10,000 birds. But disaster struck. Disease, probably botulism, caused such extraordinary decimation that the breeder could deliver no birds at all. After a search the commission found one who could spare 4,000.
The result: only a token pheasant season in Lyon County, one of the two best bird-hunting areas in the state. Normally the season runs a full week, but this year it will last from noon to sundown on November 5, with a two-bird limit. A couple of counties that are not very good for pheasant anyway will have four- or five-day seasons. In southern Nevada there will be no season at all.
Indeed, there is a chance that the commission will terminate its pheasant-stocking program for good. The cost of the program is borne by all the people who buy hunting and fishing licenses, but only the few who hunt the bird are benefited.