Pheasant General Any Weapon Season

Lemhi, Custer, Butte, Bigham, Power, Oneida and Counties to the east
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 2 season begins one-half hour before sunrise on opening day. Daily bag limit 3 cocks and possesssion limit of 9 cocks.

Limits reduced at Market Lake and Mud Lake WMAs in Jefferson County, Cartier WMA in Madison County, and Sterling WMA in Bingham County 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.

Lemhi, Custer, Butte, Bigham, Power, Oneida and Counties to the east
Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power and Teton counties. Area Size: 18,402,899 acres
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More information about the Game Management Unit(s) in this hunt: 21 21A 27 28 29 30 30A 36 36A 36B 37 37A 50 51 52A 56 57 58 59 59A 60 60A 61 62 62A 63 63A 64 65 66 66A 67 68 68A 69 70 71 72 73 73A 74 75 76 77 78

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 37.44 percent U.S. Forest Service (USFS) 6,890,799 acres   37.4%
Graph illustrating 29.75 percent Private 5,474,677 acres   29.7%
Graph illustrating 19.57 percent U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 3,600,877 acres   19.6%
Graph illustrating 3.93 percent State of Idaho 723,689 acres   3.9%
Graph illustrating 3.05 percent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 560,931 acres   3%
Graph illustrating 1.99 percent Indian Reservation / Bureau of Indian Affairs 365,349 acres   2%
Graph illustrating 1.08 percent Indian Reservation / Bureau of Indian Affairs 198,342 acres   1.1%
Graph illustrating 1.04 percent U.S. National Park Service (NPS) 190,933 acres   1%
Graph illustrating 0.36 percent U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) 65,372 acres   0.4%
Graph illustrating 0.35 percent Other 64,761 acres   0.4%
Graph illustrating 0.32 percent State of Idaho 58,599 acres   0.3%
Graph illustrating 0.32 percent U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) 58,135 acres   0.3%
Graph illustrating 0.24 percent U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 44,281 acres   0.2%
Graph illustrating 0.15 percent Other 27,270 acres   0.1%
Graph illustrating 0.11 percent U.S. National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) 19,728 acres   0.1%
Graph illustrating 0.07 percent State of Idaho 13,261 acres   0.1%
Graph illustrating 0.03 percent U.S. Corps of Engineers (COE) 6,147 acres   0%
Graph illustrating 0.01 percent U.S. Military 1,078 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.

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Federally-designated Wilderness Areas

No motorized vehicles are allowed in these areas.