DWR To Release 13,000 Pheasants For Upcoming Hunt

DWR To Release 13,000 Pheasants
Photo Courtesy: Mike Christensen

UTAH – October 26, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – More than 13,000 pheasants will be released on 57 public hunting areas during Utah’s upcoming pheasant hunt, which opens November 7.

Pheasants will be released before each weekend of the hunt, which continues through December 6. The one exception is the week of Thanksgiving. That week, birds will be released early in the week so plenty of pheasants will be available to pursue over the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Division of Wildlife Resources and Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife bought the birds, and they will be released in areas that have good pheasant habitat and good access for public hunters. “Birds will be placed on wildlife management areas, waterfowl management areas and Walk-In Access areas,” says Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the DWR.

Too see where the birds will be released click on this map.

On 14 of the areas — 13 waterfowl management areas and the Utah Lake Wetland Preserve — participants must use nontoxic ammunition such as steel shot when hunting. Lead shot may not be used.

Utah’s general pheasant hunt runs November 7–22 across most of the state. However, on state and federal land, the hunt runs November 7–December 6.

The birds will be released by DWR biologists, members of two sportsman’s organizations — Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife and The National Wild Turkey Federation — and those who participated in Utah’s day-old pheasant chick adoption program.

For more information on the pheasant hunt, click here.

Anyone with questions about hunting pheasants in Utah should call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR’s Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.


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