This is a question we get asked frequently, and the answer is absolutely! You can hunt if you did not draw a permit for the Springer permit pheasant season. There are daily stand-by permits available at no charge for hunters who did not draw a permit but still want to hunt pheasants during the Springer permit pheasant season. Game and Fish will post a stand-by list at the check station every morning starting at 7 a.m. and permits will be issued on first-come, first-serve basis.

In order to obtain a permit:

  • There needs to be either confirmed no shows of permitted hunters
  • There must be left over permits for that particular day
  • A permitted hunter checks out early (only a maximum of 120 hunters are allowed in the field at one time).
As one of those three circumstances occurs, hunters will be issued a stand-by permit and can go to the field beginning at 9 a.m.

Reminders for hunters
Hunters are reminded that they need a:
  • upland game bird license
  • conservation stamp
  • hunter education certificate if they are born on or after January 1, 1966
  • Springer permit
  • pheasant special management permit.
Hunters are only allowed three pheasant during the Springer permit pheasant season and are required to use non-toxic shot. Finally, hunters are required to wear one article of fluorescent orange clothing while in the field.

For additional information and requirements regarding the Springer permit pheasant season, see our regulations.

Martin Hicks
Wheatland Wildlife Biologist


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