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10 Pheasant Hunting Tips

Here are 10 tips from some of the best pheasant hunters around –hunting guides, state wildlife area managers and hunting club owners –on how to find more birds on public and private lands throughout the West...

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Wyoming Hunters Can Try a Walk-on Springer Pheasant Hunt Oct 19
Posted on: 10/17/17

Miss the Wyoming Springer pheasant hunt deadline? The good news is walk-on spots are frequently available for hunters who missed the late-August permit application, so there is still a chance to bag birds at Springer this fall. Walk-on hunters can access the field at starting...

Rhode Island 2017 Upland Bird & Small Game Season Opens Oct 21
Posted on: 10/13/17

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) small game hunting season opens in October. The season for pheasant, cottontail rabbit, gray squirrel, bobwhite quail, red and gray fox opens Saturday, October 21 – Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Season dates were misprinted on...

Illinois Reservations Now Available for Annual ICF Director's Pheasant/Quail Hunt
Posted on: 10/12/17

Join Illinois DNR Director Wayne Rosenthal in support of the Illinois Conservation Foundation at the annual ICF Director’s Hunt at Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area in southern Illinois. The two-day controlled pheasant and quail hunt – co-sponsored by Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever – is scheduled for...

Florida 2017 Dove Hunting Season Open Through Oct 23
Posted on: 10/11/17

The first phase of Florida mourning and white-winged dove season started on Sept. 23 and runs through Oct. 23, statewide. Good dove hunting opportunities can be found near agricultural lands where birds feed on crops and seed. You may hunt doves over an agricultural field, as long as...

Ohio to Release Thousands of Ring-Necked Pheasants Across State
Posted on: 10/11/17

More than 14,000 ring-necked pheasants will be released at 24 Ohio public hunting areas this fall to provide additional hunting opportunities across the state, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The ODNR Division of Wildlife will release pheasants on...

Minnesota 2017 Pheasant Hunting Season in Marshall Opens Oct 14
Posted on: 10/10/17

Minnesota’s pheasant hunters will look to Marshall this weekend Ot 14, as the city hosts the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener. It is the second time in the event’s seven-year history that Marshall, in southwestern Minnesota, has hosted the event. In addition...

West Virginia 2017-2018 Ruffed Grouse & Small Game Hunting Seasons Opening Soon
Posted on: 10/10/17

West Virginia’s various small game hunting and trapping seasons will soon be underway, and wildlife biologists from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are predicting good opportunities for success. Ruffed grouse season begins Oct. 14 and ends Feb. 28. Hunters should look for...

Massachusetts 2017 Pheasant Hunting Season Opens Oct 14
Posted on: 10/09/17

Massachusetts 2017 Pheasant Hunting Season Opens Oct 14 and runs through Nov 25. Hunting on Sundays is prohibited. Every year, MassWildlife stocks about 40,000 ring-necked pheasants statewide. Hunting hours begin at...

Wisconsin 2017 Ring-Necked Pheasant Season Opens Oct 14
Posted on: 10/09/17

The longtime and popular tradition of pheasant hunting in Wisconsin will again take center stage when the fall 2017 pheasant hunting season opens statewide at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. The season will run through Dec. 31, with the possibility of being extended until Jan. 7, 2018. Hunters should check the...

Missouri 2017-18 Dove Hunting Season Open Through Nov 29
Posted on: 09/20/17

The Missouri 2017-18 dove hunting season is underway and runs through Nov 29. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Hunters will need a Migratory Bird Hunting Permit or Small Game Permit. Limits are set for...

Idaho Updates on Fires that may Affect Early Season Hunts
Posted on: 09/19/17

Idaho Department of Fish & Game gives an overview of wildfires that may affect hunters. This post will be periodically updated, but wildfires are dynamic and situations can constantly change. Panhandle region - light fire activity. The Buck Fire is burning in Unit 7. According to the Forest Service, the fire is...

WDFW Shifts Pheasant Releases Due to Fire Damage
Posted on: 09/19/17

Washington State wildlife managers plan to release thousands of pheasants at the Scatter Creek Wildlife Area in Thurston County this year, but not in the area ravaged by a wildfire that swept across 345 acres south of the creek last month. The season will get underway Sept. 23-24 for...

Rhode Island 2017 Pheasant, Quail opens October 21
Posted on: 09/18/17

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces The season for pheasant, cottontail rabbit, gray squirrel, bobwhite quail, red and gray fox opens Saturday, October 21 – Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Season dates were misprinted on...

Utah 2017 Gray Partridge & Chukar Hunts Opens Sept 30
Posted on: 09/18/17

Utah's general chukar and gray partridge hunts open Sept. 30. Before the hunts opens, DWR biologists will release chukars in some areas in the state. You can see those areas on the web. Chukar partridge numbers have been extremely high in Utah the past two years. This fall, the number of these unique birds — that thrive in some of Utah's harshest terrain are...

Kansas Youth Invited to Oct 8 Pheasant Hunt
Posted on: 09/14/17

Members of the Jayhawk Chapter of the Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation invite hunters 15 and younger to their annual youth pheasant hunt, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017. The free event will take place at Eckman's Hunting Preserve, 988 E. 1900 Rd., Baldwin City. The day’s activities will begin with...