Wildlife Management Area Pheasant Stocking Program
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Idaho Fish and Game’s pheasant stocking program provides additional pheasant hunting opportunities on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) throughout southern Idaho. Game farm pheasants are released on the nine WMAs and one Wildlife Tract listed below during the pheasant season.
The number of pheasants released varies throughout the season to accommodate historic hunting demand and weather conditions. Typically, pheasants are released before 10 a.m. or after shooting hours in the evening. The exact day of release is not listed to prevent crowding and to provide flexibility with release dates.
Pheasant hunters are required to purchase a Wildlife Management Area Pheasant Permit if they intend to hunt on WMAs where pheasants are stocked. Each permit is valid for six cocks, and additional permits may be purchased. Hunters must validate their permit in writing, immediately upon harvest. The daily bag limit is two cocks, and the possession limit is four when hunting pheasants at these WMAs. Please refer to the current Upland Game Seasons and Rules for season dates, hunting hours and additional information.
Shooting hours begin at 10 a.m. on the Fort Boise, C.J. Strike, Montour and Payette River wildlife management areas. Everywhere else in the state, shooting hours start one-half hour before sunrise.
2012 Wildlife Management Area Pheasant Release Schedules
Hunter Orange Rule: All upland game hunters and upland game bird hunters are required to wear visible hunter orange of at least 36 square inches above the waist during pheasant season when hunting on WMAs where pheasants are stocked. A hunter orange hat meets this requirement.