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Pheasant Hunt to Open in Southern and Eastern Idaho

The pheasant season opens statewide Saturday, October 20.

The season opened, October 13, in northern Idaho Area 1. It opens in southern and eastern Idaho's Areas 2 and 3 later this week.

Shooting hours start one-half hour before sunrise and end one-half hour after sunset in all three areas, except on Fort Boise, C.J. Strike, Montour and Payette River wildlife management areas, where shooting hours start at 10 a.m.

The daily bag limit is three cocks, and the possession limit is six after the first day, except on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked, in which case the daily limit is two cocks and four in possession.

Pheasants are stocked on the Fort Boise, C.J. Strike, Payette River, Montour, Sterling, Market Lake, Mud Lake, Cartier Slough and Niagara Springs wildlife management areas.

Hunters 17 years old or older need a wildlife management area upland game permit to hunt pheasants on the nine Idaho Fish and Game wildlife management areas where pheasants are released. The permit costs $23.75.

All pheasant hunters are required to wear hunter orange on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. And all hunters must have a valid 2012 Idaho hunting license.

For information see the upland game seasons and rules brochure, available at all license vendors, Fish and Game offices and online at