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resident-only Pheasant information

Season Information

Season Dates: October 14-16, 2017

OPEN AREA: Public lands, statewide, which include the following:

  • Hunting on public road rights of way is limited to those contiguous to and a part of public hunting lands open for hunting.
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Production Areas.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land adjacent to the Missouri River.
  • U.S. Forest Service National Grasslands.
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation land.
  • State School and Public Lands.
  • State parks, recreation areas, and lakeside use areas.
  • GFP managed or leased property otherwise open to public hunting, including Game Production
    Areas open during the regular pheasant season.
  • GFP managed and leased property designated as Walk-in Areas and land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).
  • Nontoxic shot is required to hunt small game on most public lands.

DAILY LIMIT: 3 rooster pheasants

POSSESSION LIMIT: 9 rooster pheasants, taken according to the daily limit. Limit accrues at the rate of 3 birds a day; 9 birds may not be possessed until after the 3rd day of hunting.

SHOOTING HOURS: Noon (central time) to sunset

License Requirements

Small Game, or Combination, or Junior Combination, or Youth Small Game; or 1-Day Small Game

Other Information

Historical Stats

The pheasant season has a long history in our state, and here is a look at past pheasant and hunter numbers.

Economic Estimate

You heard it here first ....pheasant hunting is a vital part of local and statewide economics.

Management Plan

Our biologists use this Pheasant management plan to guide future management