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Pheasants stocked for 2020 hunt

Ring-necked pheasants are birds of agricultural areas intermixed with areas of taller vegetation, which they use for cover.

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s pheasant season is now open and runs through Jan. 3.

Pheasants are one of the most sought-after gamebirds in North America, and populations do best in the agricultural landscape of southern and western Wisconsin provided there is grassland habitat present in sufficient quantities to meet their food and cover needs throughout the year.

During Wisconsin’s 2019 pheasant hunting season, an estimated 40,831 hunters went out in search of pheasants and reported harvesting approximately 291,400 birds. The 2020 spring pheasant surveys in Wisconsin were canceled out of safety concerns related to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

A 2020 Pheasant Stamp and a valid small game license are required to hunt pheasants statewide.

A list of all properties stocked with pheasants is available at https://dnr.wi.gov/pheasantstocking/.

Hunters can also use FFLIGHT, the DNR’s gamebird mapping web application, to locate and explore properties stocked with pheasants, as well as ruffed grouse and woodcock habitat and managed dove fields.

FFLIGHT allows hunters to use aerial maps, topography and measuring tools to easily navigate and identify areas of interest and make their trips more productive and enjoyable.

Michigan’s pheasant season is open Oct. 10-31 in the Upper Peninsula and Oct. 20-Nov. 14 in the Lower Peninsula.

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