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For information on pheasant hunting, contact:
Jaqi Christopher
Assistant upland ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management

Pheasant hunting

Attention: A new upland gamebird mapping application is available for hunters! Please visit the Fields & Forest Lands Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool landing page to explore its features and mapping information!


Fields & Forest Lands Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool (FFLIGHT): This application provides an interactive mapping tool that allows hunters to locate and view suitable locations for ruffed grouse and woodcock, managed dove fields and properties stocked with pheasants. Here ruffed grouse hunters can explore the young aspen and lowland alder stands that provide excellent cover for ruffed grouse and woodcock. FFLIGHT also allows hunters to use aerial maps, topography and measuring tools to easily navigate and identify areas of interest and make their trips more productive and enjoyable.

Pheasant hunting has long been a Wisconsin tradition. The ring-necked pheasant was introduced as a game bird to Wisconsin as early as the late 1800s. Ideal habitat conditions allowed the population to flourish and expand rapidly. In the 1940s the pheasant population began to decline due to limited habitat availability, modern agricultural practices and urbanization. Today's pheasant population is most common in the southeast one-third of the state and in a few west central region counties.

In response to the population decline, the Pheasant Stamp was created in 1991 to provide funds for pheasant restoration and management. The management of ring-necked pheasants in Wisconsin is in large part due to revenues generated from the sale of the Pheasant Stamp. Habitat projects funded by Pheasant Stamp dollars along with countless partner dollars and efforts have managed, preserved and restored thousands of acres of nesting and winter habitat.

Season Information


Pheasant reports includes:

  • Spring Pheasant Survey
  • Rural Mail Carrier Pheasant Survey Reports
  • Preliminary Ten Week Brood Observations

State Game Farm

The State Game Farm and the pheasant stocking program provide quality pheasant hunting opportunities on public and private lands, promote safe and ethical behavior in the field, and cooperate with conservation groups dedicated to promoting pheasant hunting in the state. Learn more about the State Game Farm...

Last revised: Wednesday February 08 2017