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FWP Jan. 15 deadline for pheasant applications

by The Western News
| December 21, 2018 5:45 PM

It’s not too soon to submit your application for the 2019 pheasant release through the state Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program. Landowners interested in releasing pen-reared ring-necked pheasants have until Tuesday, Jan. 15, to submit an application.

Under Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Upland Game Bird Release Program, landowners who attempt to enhance pheasant populations in suitable habitat may apply annually for up to five consecutive years. Projects must comprise at least 100 contiguous acres of land and contain a combination of habitat components, including cover and food, that upland game birds need to survive. Lands enrolled in the pheasant release program must allow free public access to hunt upland game birds during the season the releases take place.

Application for releases must be received at FWP’s Headquarters in Helena no later than Tuesday, Jan. 15. Releases will take place between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15.

Hunting preserves, lands that host a commercial-hunting enterprise, and lands where hunting rights are leased or paid for are not eligible. Releases may not take place in Fergus, Richland, or Roosevelt counties.

For more information and to download an application form, visit FWP’s website at — search “Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program,” or contact Debbie Hohler at 406-444-5674 or by e-mail to