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Contact information
For information on pheasant hunting, contact:
Jaqi Christopher
Assistant upland ecologist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
608-261-8458

Pheasant hunting

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 west-central and southeastern regions of the state.

Check out the 2018 fall upland game bird hunting forecast [PDF].

Where to hunt

Find properties stocked with pheasants

Find properties open to public hunting

  • Voluntary Public Access program
    • Through this program, hundreds of landowners have opened their land to the public for hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife viewing. Over 30,000 acres of private land are accessible to the public and can be found using the VPA interactive map.
  • Hunt Wild Wisconsin
    • Use the new DNR mobile app to explore public lands, brush up on hunting regulations, listen to podcasts and see up-to-the-minute shooting hours.
  • Public land access
    • From hunting and fishing to camping and hiking, use this resource to find everything you need to enjoy the outdoors.

Pheasant management

Pheasant stamp

All hunters who want to pursue pheasants must purchase a pheasant stamp. The funds generated from your pheasant stamp purchase go directly to habitat management for the ringed-necked pheasant in Wisconsin. Since 1992, over $5.6 million in pheasant stamp dollars, along with countless partner dollars have been used to preserve, restore and manage thousands of acres of nesting and winter habitat throughout the state.

For more information on the pheasant stamp program see the Wildlife Stamp webpage.

Population surveys

Each year, surveys are conducted to assess Wisconsin's wild pheasant population. Pheasant survey reports include:

  • 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: Tuesday February 19 2019