PRIOR to the war the rearing of pheasants had been overdone. It had become artificial. In many cases a larger number of birds were reared than the land would carry. Complaints by farmers, and agitation, started by cranks, against all forms of rearing and gamepreserving were the result. It is to be hoped that in the future this over-rearing will cease, and that sportsmen will be content with smaller bags of wild pheasants, and only rear a supply sufficient to maintain a good stockshooting few hens, and, after the first shoot, only cocks, and these only high birds.