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Pheasant Release Schedule for Ocean Lake and Sand Mesa



 

Season Dates, Bag Limits and Limitations for Ocean Lake and Sand Mesa WHMAs

Hunt Area Season Dates Bag Limit   Shooting Hours
Opens Closes Daily Posession Limitations Start End
2 Nov 2 Dec 1 2 6 Any Pheasant Week Days 8:00 am 2:00 PM
Weekend Days
8:00 am
Sunset
2 Dec. 2 Dec. 31 2 6 Male Pheasant only 1/2 hour before Sunrise Sunset

Release Information and Calendar

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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