Press Release

Clearwater pheasant releases prepare for upcoming youth and general seasons

Stocking pheasants will allow for additional hunting opportunity

Pheasants will be released at both the Palouse River upland game area and Lloyd Ranch access site prior to the Oct. 6 through Oct.12 youth pheasant season. Birds will continue to be released throughout the general season Oct. 13 through Dec. 31.

Released birds will be banded with individual numbers to evaluate hunter utilization. Bands can be reported by calling the Idaho Fish and Game office in Lewiston at 208-799-5010. Hunters will be entered into a drawing for a prize with each band number hunters report. A prize drawing will be held at the end of the season. The effectiveness of this system will help determine future action at these areas.

Palouse River youth only upland game area: The area is limited to 5 youth hunter/mentor pairs per day. Make sure to reserve your spot by signing in online.

Eligible youth must be 17 years or younger, possess a valid hunting license or passport, and be accompanied by a mentor (an adult 18 years or older who possesses a valid hunting license). Mentors are allowed to hunt this property during the general season starting Oct. 13.

Young hunters who have never had a hunting license and have not taken hunter education can still participate in the hunt through Idaho's Hunting Passport Program.

Directions: From Potlatch go west on Hwy 6, continue south on Hwy 6/Hwy 95 until Hwy 6 turns west towards Palouse, WA. Travel along Hwy 6 for about 2.5 miles and turn left onto Wellesley Rd. Travel along Wellesley Rd for 1.75 miles and turn left onto South River Rd. The access point is on the left just after you cross the bridge. Look for the Access YES! kiosk.

Lloyd Ranch Access site: The area is limited to 10 upland game bird hunters per day. Online sign-up is required in addition to contacting the landowner.

Directions: From Lewiston travel south toward Waha. About 6 miles south of the Webb Rd. / Waha Rd. Jct. turn right on Miller Rd. This Access Yes! property begins at the head of Ten Mile canyon and goes to the west.

Pheasant hunting starts a half hour before sunrise and the daily bag limit is three cocks with nine in possession. Wearing hunter orange is not mandatory, yet highly encouraged for your safety and the safety of other hunters.

For more details about pheasant hunting, see the Upland Game, Furbearer and Turkey Seasons and Rules, or get the printed brochure available at Fish and Game license vendors. If you need additional information about these pheasant hunting opportunities, please call the Fish and Game office in Lewiston at 208-799-5010.