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2016 fall pheasant stocking numbers will provide for another exciting fall pheasant hunt

Published by Central Office October 11, 2016

Contact(s): Kelly Maguire, DNR state game farm supervisor, 608-635-8120

MADISON - This fall, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists plan to release roughly 75,000 game farm pheasants on 90 public hunting grounds throughout Wisconsin.

Pheasants remain one of the most popular game species in Wisconsin.
Pheasants remain one of the most popular game species in Wisconsin.
Photo Credit: DNR

These numbers are slightly lower than 2015 stocking efforts, but represent a strategic effort to remain within the available operating budget. State game farm production goals will remain at 75,000 birds moving forward.

In addition, pheasants raised by conservation clubs through the Day-old Chick Program will also be released this fall on both designated public hunting grounds and private lands open to public pheasant hunting. Hunters are reminded to notify landowners before hunting on private property open to public hunting as part of this program.

Students at Richland Center High School release a batch of pheasants.
Students at Richland Center High School release a batch of pheasants.
Photo Credit: DNR

A summary of stocked properties and other helpful information is available at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "pheasant."

FFLIGHT remains a valuable tool for gamebird hunters in Wisconsin

Hunters are encouraged to use the Fields and Forest Lands Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool to locate and explore properties stocked with pheasants (along with ruffed grouse and woodcock habitat and managed dove fields). FFLIGHT also gives hunters access to aerial maps, topography and measuring tools to easily navigate and identify areas of interest and make hunting trips more productive and enjoyable. For more information, search keyword "FFLIGHT."

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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