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Pheasant Release Schedule for Ocean Lake and Sand Mesa



 
Notice: 2018 Shooting hours on Ocean Lake WHMA, the Mile High Ranch Access Area, and the Sand Mesa WHMA east of Bass Lake Rd. Shooting hours begin at 8:00 am on all days, but end at 2:00 pm on weekdays and sunset on weekends.

These changes were made in 2015 to allow pheasants to be released earlier in the day and to find cover before nightfall, and were made in direct response to input and concerns from the public.
Releases are scheduled to occur prior to the opening date and will continue until birds are no longer available from the Sheridan Bird Farm (typically the first week of December). Normal release days are Tuesdays and Fridays with the exception of Thanksgiving week when pheasant are released the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day. Sometimes events require us to alter the schedule. We will regularly update the calendar below with the status of the current release. If for any reason pheasants will not be released on a scheduled day, the calendar below will reflect that change after 2pm on the release date. 

If there is no notification on the release calendar, hunters can expect birds were released as scheduled.
Personnel generally release birds after the close of shooting hours on the release day (after 2 pm). Birds are released on Sand Mesa throughout the area directly north of Bass Lake and at all public access sites along the west and north side of Ocean Lake except the boat ramp.

Of the pheasant released, 40-45% are typically males and the remaining 55-60% are females. Any pheasant may be taken on the Sand Mesa and Ocean Lake WHMAs during the release period (check your regulations for specific dates).

An average of over 3700 pheasant have been released on the Sand Mesa and Ocean Lake WHMAs annually since 1996. However, 2011 was an exception because of fewer birds available statewide and the need for brood stock at the Downar Bird Farm near Yoder.


Ocean Lake Wildlife Habitat Management Area (Map)
Sand Mesa Wildlife Habitat Management Area (Map)

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