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August 20, 2013

POYNETTE - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to release 75,000 pheasants on 92 public properties across the state in 2013. These stocking levels are up from 54,000 pheasants released on 70 public properties in 2012.

"The additional properties stocked this year will allow hunters to explore and find success on properties they may not have hunted in the past," said Bob Nack, DNR Poynette game farm manager. "There's certainly something special about a fall pheasant hunt, and being able to expand opportunities for our pheasant hunters is very exciting."

The pheasant stocking program is largely supported by pheasant hunters, through the purchase of pheasant stamps, according to Nack.

"Being able to increase stocking levels translates directly into more recreational opportunities for the hunters who support the program," said Nack.

The department will be releasing pheasants on 22 new properties in traditional pheasant range. In addition to the new properties, most properties stocked in the past will see increases in the number of pheasants released.

"By stocking this way, we are aiming to evenly distribute hunting pressure on public hunting grounds while also providing opportunities in new areas that can support the birds and are accessible to urban residents," said Scott Walter, DNR upland game bird specialist.

Of the 22 new properties, 14 are located in southern Wisconsin, seven in eastern Wisconsin, and one in northwestern Wisconsin. Properties were selected based on the amount of pheasant hunting cover and proximity to large population centers.

A 2013 stocking information sheet and property maps can be found by visiting the DNR's web site and searching keywords "pheasant stocking."

"We are excited about the increase in pheasant production and look forward to an exciting fall pheasant hunting season," said Dr. Vic Connors, Friends of Poynette Game Farm president. The department partners with Friends of Poynette Game Farm, a non-profit group dedicated to supporting quality pheasant hunting opportunities through a stocking program.

To further increase hunting opportunities, DNR also cooperates with conservation clubs enrolled in the Cooperative Day-old Chick Program. Through the program, the conservation clubs raise the pheasant chicks and then release them on local public hunting grounds and private lands open to public pheasant hunting. In 2013, the department provided 36,250 rooster chicks to 34 clubs.

The list of private lands open to pheasant hunting is available by calling the Poynette game farm office, 608-635-8120, after Oct. 1.

The 2013 pheasant hunting season runs from noon, Oct. 19 to Dec. 31.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Nack, 608-635-8120; Scott Walter, 608-267-7861

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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