May I raise Cottontail Rabbits and/or Pheasants to be released into the wild?

Question:

I would like to raise Cottontail Rabbits and/or Pheasants to be released into designated areas by the Fish and Game Dept. of Idaho. Is this possible?

Answer:

According to state statute, cottontail rabbits may not be propagated and released into the wild.  In order to raise and release pheasants, the sources stock needs to be National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) certified.  To release captive-reared pheasants, an indivdual must possess a Wildlife Release Permit, which can be applied for at your local IDFG Regional Office from the Regional Wildlife Manager.