Miss the Springer pheasant hunt deadline? You can still try a walk-on

There’s an autumn ritual in Wyoming most pheasant hunters wouldn’t dream of missing.

10/16/2017 3:11:52 PM

Cheyenne - There’s an autumn ritual in Wyoming most pheasant hunters wouldn’t dream of missing. Tenderly known in hunting circles as “The Special,” the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Springer Special Pheasant Hunt keeps hunters coming back to southeastern Wyoming year after year.

“In 20 years, I’ve never missed a Springer hunt,” said Dave Vielhak, of Cheyenne. Vielhak started going on the hunt alone, flanked only by his bird dog. Later he brought his twin boys along for the fun. Since then, it’s been an annual event.

The hunt takes place at Springer Wildlife Habitat Management area near Yoder. It’s “special” because there’s a limit of 120 hunters a day from Oct. 19-Nov. 3 and hunters must have a Springer permit. The area is stocked with birds from the Game and Fish Downar Bird Farm just down the road.

Pheasant hunts are one of the youth-only opportunities offered by Game and Fish in Wyoming. For many families, it’s the first hunt for their kids and one that often hooks them on the sport.
Vielhak recalls taking his sons to Springer on the designated youth day, and it was enough that one son returns still today. For 2017, youth-only days are Oct. 21 and Oct. 29. Nearby Glendo also has youth-only days on November 6, 13, 20, and 27 in Hunt Area 9.

“We were done in an hour — had our limit. I never saw so many birds, and the Game and Fish made sure there were plenty for the youth,” Vielhak said.

The bag limit at Springer is three birds for the season. Hunters are required to have an upland game bird license, conservation stamp, hunter education certificate if they are born on or after January 1, 1966, a Springer permit, and a pheasant special management permit.

The good news is walk-on spots are frequently available for hunters who missed the late-August permit application, so there is still a chance to bag birds at Springer this fall. Walk-on hunters can access the field at starting 9 a.m. Springer opens for the season on Thursday, Oct. 19.

For complete information on the Springer hunt, Glendo hunt, as well as other Game and Fish Wildlife Habitat Management Area hunts, see the Upland Game Bird and Small Game regulations on the Game and Fish website.

(Wyoming Game and Fish - 307-777-4540)

- WGFD -

Big game license draw results to be posted June 21

For hunters, one of the most exciting days of the year is approaching.

Continue reading...

Boaters can Clean, Drain, Dry to stop mussels from spreading and protect Wyoming waters

Wyoming waters remain free of the invasive and destructive zebra and quagga mussels, and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is working to keep it that way. 

Continue reading...

Game and Fish offers customers new option to carry fishing licenses on mobile devices

Starting this weekend the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will accept electronic versions of fishing licenses and Conservation Stamps on mobile devices.

Continue reading...

Be safe while boating, wear a life jacket

Summer is here, and many boaters are enjoying Wyoming’s waters.

Continue reading...

Planning a road trip? Stop at a hatchery

Along the road to visit Wyoming’s hallmark destinations like the Tetons or Devils Tower, a fish hatchery could add even more memories to a summer getaway.

Continue reading...

2017 Game and Fish Law Enforcement Report available

Take a glimpse inside the law enforcement efforts of Wyoming’s game wardens--the 2017 Wyoming Game and Fish Department Law Enforcement report is now available.

Continue reading...

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation donation provides 46,500 acres of hunting and fishing public access

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently received a $15,000 donation to support access for hunters and anglers through the Access Yes program from the from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. 

Continue reading...

Fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats detected in Wyoming for first time

Bat was found at Fort Laramie National Historic Site


National Park Service:           Patrick O’Driscoll, 303-969-2839, patrick_o’
                                                  Michelle Verant, 970-225-3541,
Wyoming Game & Fish:        Renny MacKay, (307) 777-4594,
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Catherine Hibbard, 413-531-4276,
University of Wyoming:         Ian Abernethy, 307-766-3035,

Continue reading...

Sheridan College freshman breaks state largemouth bass record

It’s only the third record largemouth bass in Wyoming history and could easily be the last.

Continue reading...

Email Newsletter

Email Newsletter Sign Up

Stay up to date on all Wyoming Game and Fish news either by email or text message. Click the link below to get started.

Sign Up Today


Conserving Wildlife - Serving People