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Release of additional pheasants for holiday season provides opportunity to spend time with family and friends pursuing upland birds

Published by Central Office December 12, 2017

Contact(s): Mark Witecha, DNR upland wildlife ecologist, 608-267-7861

MADISON - Bird hunters will have another option to beat cabin fever in December when the Department of Natural Resources releases nearly 1,500 additional pheasants on five public properties before the holiday season.

Cabin fever is no match for time spent pursuing pheasants with family and friends. - Photo credit: DNR
Cabin fever is no match for time spent pursuing pheasants with family and friends.Photo credit: DNR

Cabin fever is no match for time spent pursuing pheasants with family and friends.

These one-time stocking efforts, are in addition to the 75,000 birds released throughout the season and are the result of a trial run of the new hatchery equipment at the state game farm in Poynette.

Properties to be stocked before the holiday season include:

"We selected properties with suitable cover for pheasant hunting near population centers, while avoiding counties holding a Holiday Hunt for deer," said Mark Witecha, DNR upland wildlife ecologist. "The department hopes this late-season stocking will provide an opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, and perhaps add some additional table fare to your holiday meal."

As a reminder, quality pheasant hunting opportunities exist throughout Wisconsin, including wild pheasant hunting where suitable habitat exists and previously stocked public lands. The pheasant season runs through Dec. 31, and all hunting regulations and bag limits apply through the season close. Pheasant hunting regulations can be found in the 2017 Small Game Regulations.

Hunters are reminded to practice TABK while afield:

In addition, hunters are encouraged to wear blaze orange while upland bird hunting to increase visibility with other hunters.

For more information regarding pheasant hunting in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "pheasant."

Last Revised: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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