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Youth Pheasant Hunt Opens

A youth pheasant season opens statewide Saturday, October 4, and runs through October 10 for all licensed hunters 15 years old or younger.

The week-long hunt opens at noon Saturday in Areas 2 and 3, and one half-hour before sunrise in Area 1. Hunting begins one half-hour before sunrise on Sunday, except on the C.J. Strike, Fort Boise, Montour and Payette River wildlife management areas, where hunting begins at 10 a.m.

The regular season opens October 11 in Area 1 and October 18 in Areas 2 and 3.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed hunter 18 years or older -one adult may accompany more than one youth.

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.

Youth hunters do not need a WMA pheasant permit to hunt on Idaho Fish and Game wildlife management areas. Pheasants will be stocked on the Payette, Montour, Fort Boise, Niagara and Market Lake wildlife management areas before the youth hunt weekend.

All upland game hunters are required to wear hunter orange during the pheasant season when hunting on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. And all hunters must have a valid 2008 Idaho hunting license.