Pheasant General Any Weapon Season

Management Area 3
Unlimited Tags

10/20/2019 - 11/30/2019

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Rooster Ring-necked Pheasant
Only pheasant cocks may be harvested.
Shotgun or Archery
No person shall take upland game birds:
  • Except wild turkey, from one-half (1/2) hour after sunset to one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise. Wild turkey shall not be taken between sunset and one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise.
  • With a trap, snare, net, crossbow, or firearms EXCEPT a shotgun using shells not exceeding three and one-half (3-1/2) inches maximum length, slingshot, hand-held or thrown missiles, EXCEPT forest grouse. Forest grouse shall not be taken with a trap, snare, net, or crossbow. Crossbow may be used to take forest grouse by a person who possesses a Disabled Persons Archery Hunting Permit or a Special Weapon Reasonable Modification Hunting Permit authorizing use of a crossbow or by a person hunting in an area where crossbow is a lawful method of take for big game.
  • From any watercraft.
  • By the use or aid of any electronic call.
  • By the aid of baiting. Bait is defined as any substance placed to attract upland game birds.
  • When hunting on Wildlife Management Areas where pheasants are stocked without wearing at least thirty-six (36) square inches of visible hunter orange above the waist.

In addition to the methods listed above, wild turkey may not be taken:
  • With lead shot exceeding BB size.
  • With steel shot exceeding T size.
  • By the use of dogs, except during fall hunts.


Area 3 season begins at one-half hour before sunrise on opening day. Daily bag limit 3 cocks and possesssion limit of 9 cocks.

Limits on Fort Boise WMA (including Gold Island) in Canyon County, C.J. Strike WMA in Owyhee County, Birding Island segment of the Payette River WMA in Payette County, Montour Management Area in Gem County and Niagara Springs WMA in Gooding County REDUCED to a Daily Bag Limit of 2 cocks and a Possession Limit of 6 cocks after the first day of the season.

Shooting hours for upland game birds are from 10 am to one-half hour after sunset on the following WMAs where pheasants are stocked: C.J. Strike, Cartier Slough, Fort Boise, Market Lake, Montour, Mud Lake, Niagara Springs, Payette River and Sterling. Any person 17 years old or older hunting at these WMAs must have a valid WMA Upland Game Permit in possession. Each permit allows the take of six pheasants and multiple permits may be purchased.

Management Area 3
Ada, Adams, Blaine, Boise, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley and Washington counties (including all islands in the Snake River except Patch and Porter Islands). Area Size: 21,411,928 acres
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More information about the Game Management Unit(s) in this hunt: 18 19A 20A 22 23 24 25 26 27 31 32 32A 33 34 35 36 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 52 52A 53 54 55 56 57 68

Resident Tags and Permits

  • Wildlife Management Area Pheasant Permit* (17 and older)
  • Falconry Permit* (Valid for 3 years from purchase year)
  • Handicapped Motor Vehicle Permit*

NonResident Tags and Permits

  • Wildlife Management Area Pheasant Permit* (17 and older)
  • Falconry Permit* (Valid for 3 years from purchase year)
  • Handicapped Motor Vehicle Permit*

A valid hunting license is required for all hunting and trapping activities.
* Indicates this item is optional.

Where to purchase

Learn more about IDFG Licenses, Tags & Permits

Surface Management

For government land, these data show the managing agency of the land, which may or not be the same as the owning agency.

Graph illustrating 36.78 percent U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 7,874,437 acres   36.8%
Graph illustrating 28.46 percent Private 6,094,539 acres   28.5%
Graph illustrating 26.19 percent U.S. Forest Service (USFS) 5,606,799 acres   26.2%
Graph illustrating 4.5 percent State of Idaho 964,016 acres   4.5%
Graph illustrating 1.49 percent U.S. National Park Service (NPS) 319,860 acres   1.5%
Graph illustrating 0.68 percent Indian Reservation / Bureau of Indian Affairs 145,276 acres   0.7%
Graph illustrating 0.64 percent U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) 137,615 acres   0.6%
Graph illustrating 0.59 percent U.S. Military 126,208 acres   0.6%
Graph illustrating 0.27 percent Other 58,173 acres   0.3%
Graph illustrating 0.23 percent State of Idaho 49,301 acres   0.2%
Graph illustrating 0.05 percent State of Idaho 11,584 acres   0.1%
Graph illustrating 0.03 percent U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) 6,295 acres   0%
Graph illustrating 0.02 percent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 4,525 acres   0%
Graph illustrating 0.02 percent U.S. National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) 3,952 acres   0%
Graph illustrating 0 percent Other 234 acres   0%
Graph illustrating 0 percent U.S. Corps of Engineers (COE) 146 acres   0%

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Land management via Inside Idaho

Access Yes! Properties

Access Yes! is Fish and Game program designed to improve hunting and fishing access to private land or through private land to public land by compensating willing landowners who provide access.

Federally-designated Wilderness Areas

No motorized vehicles are allowed in these areas.