I have to agree, who wouldn't want the season to open up earlier? Unfortunately there are so many more issues surrounding the way it was done and for whom it was done.
Basically as I see it, the early season is being enacted for the fee hunting operations. In the good areas of the state for pheasant hunting this will benefit the guys who want to pay to hunt, resident and non-resident a like.
If there is no biological concern, then why not a compromise on the issue and keep the hunting open a week or two longer at the end of the season to benefit the people who want to hunt at that time. I would doubt that the fee hunting operations have many customers at that time of year anyway. Also to keep the residents happy and to back the issue of a non-biological impact that is being asserted by certain outfitters, ask them to open their fee operations to the last two weeks of the season either for free or at say $25 per day. This would help to bring the population of roosters down to a better biological number than carrying over the amount of roosters that are out there at the end of the season.
I hunted the end of the season last year and saw more rooster pheasants than I saw at many times through out the year.
Another issue that I'm not hearing is the issue of loading up the area for both pheasant and waterfowl hunters. The opening of the pheasant season one week earlier is really tightening up the availablity of hotel rooms in the hunting areas. Speaking from my experience, In the areas that my friends and I hunt it will be very difficut to find local accomadations this year. The non-residents are booking rooms a year in advance. This had always been done but now due to the great pheasant hunting and waterfowl hunting they are coming the entire season instead of just the beginning. By opening the pheasant season a week earlier we will now have the non-residents, who used to wait until the 3rd weekend of waterfowl season, so as to hit both seasons while they are here (I'd do the same thing if I as in their shoes)visisting our state and congesting the good areas even more. Last year there were guys staying 50-100 miles away from good pheasant hunting areas in hotels that usually only have duck hunters.