This is an ongoing campaign that needs everyone's attention. Each year our Fish and Game Department purchases ring-necked pheasants from a breeding farm. These helpless, farm-bred and raised pheasants are jammed into crates, driven the hours long transport, and then released into the fields of New Hampshire for hunters to shoot, often minutes after they are released.
Some wildlife refuge managers don't seem to understand that "refuges" are supposed to be safe places for animals to live. It's a fact that Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge, a truly wonderful and magical wilderness, has a liberal hunting season matching that of the rest of New Hampshire.
In NH, we have hunting preserves (approximately a dozen) where people pay to shoot pheasants and other birds. We also have a state-sponsored pheasant hunting program -- the Fish & Game Department will be stocking ring-necked pheasants around the state just prior to the start of the season on October 1st.