With small game hunting getting into full gear, having opened Monday, it's interesting to note that our region's top selections of game species to hunt have become pretty limited. Gone are the wild pheasants. Thin is the population of varying hare (snowshoe rabbit). Grouse and woodcock are spotty at best. That leaves what? Deer, turkey, cottontail rabbit, squirrel and waterfowl, with deer and turkey being the current darlings of the DEC.