Youth Pheasant Hunt
Before the opening of regular pheasant seasons, resident and nonresident youth have an extended weekend to themselves for pheasant hunting. This is an opportunity for adults to take young people out to first-hand experience the joy of hunting as well as the responsibility.
For safety, it is advisable that everyone wear at least one exterior garment of fluorescent orange.
Youth must be accompanied by an unarmed adult while hunting.
Season Dates: October 7-11, 2017
Eligibility: Resident and nonresident youth age 12 (or turn 12 by Dec. 31 of current year) through 17, and who possess a valid hunter safety certificate and small game license.
Also, resident youth ages 10-15 who are participating in the Mentored Hunt program may hunt during the Youth Pheasant season.
Youth Resident hunters must purchase and carry one of these licenses:
Youth Small Game License
Junior Combination License
Youth Nonresident hunters must purchase and carry one of these licenses:
Nonresident Youth Small Game License
Nonresident Small Game License
- Resident Youth Small Game = $5
- Resident Junior Combination = $27
- Nonresident Youth Small Game = $10²
- Nonresident Small Game License = $121*
Open Area: Statewide on private and public land. All public road rights-of-way are closed to pheasant hunting during this season, except for the one-half of the road right-of-way next to and part of public hunting lands.
Daily Limit: 3 rooster pheasants
Possession Limit: 15 rooster pheasants taken according to the daily limit
Shooting Hours: 10 a.m. (Central Time) to sunset.
See Hunting Regulations for a more complete set of rules.