Release of additional pheasants for holiday season provides opportunity to spend time with family and friends pursuing upland birds
MADISON -Department of Natural Resources staff will help bird hunters beat cabin fever this December – 2,160 pheasants will be stocked on eight different properties in southern Wisconsin during the week leading up to the winter holidays.
With the popularity of last year’s late-season stocking, the department will expand its efforts for the 2018 holiday pheasant stocking event, supported by the new hatchery facility.
Cabin fever is no match for time spent pursuing pheasants with family and friends.
Properties to be stocked before the holiday season include:
- Mud Lake Wildlife Area, Columbia County;
- Mazomanie Unit of Lower Wisconsin State Riverway, Dane County;
- Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kenosha County;
- Brooklyn Wildlife Area, Dane & Green counties;
- Avon Bottoms Wildlife Area, Rock County;
- Waterloo Wildlife Area, Jefferson County;
- Sauk Prairie Recreational Area, Sauk County; and
- Vernon Wildlife Area, Waukesha County.
“We selected properties with suitable cover for pheasant hunting near population centers,” said Mark Witecha, DNR upland wildlife ecologist. “The department hopes this late-season stocking will provide an opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors with family and friends, and perhaps add some additional table fare to your holiday meal.”
As a reminder, quality pheasant hunting opportunities exist throughout Wisconsin, including wild pheasant hunting where suitable habitat exists and previously stocked public lands. The pheasant season runs through January 6, 2019. All hunting regulations and bag limits apply through the season close, see the 2018 Small Game Regulations for more information.
Hunters are reminded to practice TABK while afield:
- T – Treat every firearm as if it is loaded;
- A – Always point the muzzle in a safe direction;
- B – Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it; and
- K – Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.
In addition, hunters are encouraged to wear blaze orange while upland bird hunting to increase visibility with other hunters.
For more information regarding pheasant hunting in Wisconsin, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword “pheasant.”