Pheasant hunters will find more roosters on Fish and Game Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) this fall, along with more information on the release program and more enforcement of rules.
Game farm reared pheasants are being released regularly in 10 areas of southern Idaho. The program will offer about 16,000 pheasants this year, compared to about 14,000 planted last season.
Hunters will find improvements in the signs explaining the program at release sites. Some 40 new signs have been added.
More emphasis on enforcement of the rules will also be added this fall. In particular, hunters are reminded that they are required to validate their permits immediately after killing a program pheasant, not when they return to their vehicle or later. Rules for hunting WMAs for released pheasants are found in the current upland game rules booklet.
Each permit allows a hunter to take up to six pheasants and hunters are not limited on the number of permits they can buy in one season. The permit fee goes toward buying game farm reared birds.
Hunters are encouraged to wear hunter orange, to use trained hunting dogs to retrieve downed birds, and to give waterfowl hunters plenty of room in those areas where both kinds of hunting take place.
Areas where pheasants are released include the following:
- Fort Boise WMA near Parma
- Payette River WMA north of New Plymouth
- Montour WMA nine miles west of Horseshoe Bend
- C.J. Strike WMA three miles west of Bruneau
- Sterling WMA five miles northeast of Aberdeen
- Market Lake WMA two miles north of Roberts
- Mud Lake WMA five miles northeast of Terreton
- Minidoka and Cassia County wildlife tract
- Magic Valley Region between Gooding and Rupert
- Cartier Slough WMA 10 miles west of Rexburg
A schedule of stocking locations and amounts will be located on the Fish and Game website.