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Thread: QUESTION Rubber mats on PHA properties

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Northern Illinois

    Default QUESTION Rubber mats on PHA properties

    Forgive me if I've asked about this in the past, but has anyone else noticed black rubber mats (about 2ftx2ft or maybe 3ftx3ft) laying flat on the ground within grassland habitat on Pheasant Habitat Areas (PHA) properties? I've noticed these mats over the years but have no idea what they are being used for.

    I know the state is using them for something because the grass around these mats are always flatted out (as if someone has been standing or sitting on these mats and the grass around the mats).

    I've thought there's a possibility they're using them as a marker or "station" to listen for cackling roosters in the spring??? Who knows. Just an idea.

    Does anyone happen to know what these are used for? Just curious.

    Thank you.
    "Through license fees and excise tax on arms and gear, sportsmen contribute over $200 million per year for wildlife conservation programs" (U.S. fish and wildlife service)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Mahomet, Illinois


    I have not noticed rubber mats on PHA's but have only been drawn to hunt a PHA once.

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    I would be willing to bet the wildlife biologist or a graduate student is surveying the reptiles populations in the PHAs. Iím used to seeing tin or plywood sheets but this sounds similar.


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