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Pheasant hunting opportunities in southeast Wyoming

October 07, 2021
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Pheasant season will kick off in southeast Wyoming with the Springer Special Pheasant Hunt on Oct. 14, the Glendo hunt and regular season opening on Nov. 1, and nearly 17,000 pheasants from the Downar Game Bird Farm in Yoder.

The Springer Special Pheasant Hunt runs for 18 days, and will include three youth-only days. The Springer Special opens Thursday Oct. 14 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 31. Youth-only hunts are Saturday, Oct.16, Sunday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 30.

Pheasants will be released each day at the Springer/Bump Sullivan Wildlife Habitat Management Area (WHMA) during the Springer Special Hunt. New this year, the bird limit for the Springer Special is now 9 birds for the season, but the daily limit is still 3 birds.

All hunters must check in and out at the Springer Check Station during the dates of the Springer special pheasant hunt. Hunters should note that even if they didn’t draw a permit for their preferred date, openings may still be available and they can access the Springer unit by signing up on the stand-by list posted at the check station. Pheasant hunters are urged to purchase all required licenses and stamps ahead of time to take advantage of the new electronic Springer Special Fast Pass to expedite the check-in process.

The regular pheasant season opens Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. Birds will be stocked throughout most of the regular season. “We have a good number of birds this year - around 17,000 - so we should have a sufficient number to keep all areas stocked twice a week through the middle of December,” said Ben Milner, Downar Game Bird Farm Coordinator.

Pheasants will be released at Springer/Bump Sullivan WHMA, Table Mountain WHMA, Glendo State Park, and Goshen County Walk-In Areas 29 and 63 during the regular season, as long as adequate cover remains. No pheasants will be released on Platte County or Laramie County Walk-In Areas for the 2021 season due to lack of cover caused by ongoing drought conditions.

The Glendo hunt in Hunt Area 9 runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31. Youth-only hunt days will be the following Sundays: November 7, 14, 21 and 28. Birds will be stocked twice a week at Glendo State Park through the middle of December. Glendo permits are required to hunt pheasants in Hunt Area 9 on each Friday, Saturday and Monday during the open season in November. Glendo permits are not required to hunt pheasants in Hunt Area 9 on other days during the open season. There is no check station at the Glendo hunt. However, hunters must have the proper permit in their possession during permitted days.

Hunters are reminded that in addition to appropriate licensing, hunter education requirements, and conservation stamp, a $15.50 pheasant special management permit is also required for all ages for the Springer and Glendo hunts. A state park permit is required for the Glendo hunt locations other than the County Line area. Permits can be purchased at any state park, by telephone at 1-877-WYO-PARK, or online at www.wyo-park.com.

Additional information on pheasant hunting and maps of the walk-in areas can be found at wgfd.wyo.gov/regulations. Hunters can call the Laramie Game and Fish at (307) 745-4046 for more information.

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