September 29, 2011

Youth pheasant hunt opens Oct. 1

By Niels Nokkentved, IDFG

   A youth pheasant season opens statewide Saturday, Oct. 1, and runs through Oct. 7 for all licensed hunters 15 years old or younger.

   The week-long hunt opens a half hour before sunrise in Area 1, 2 and 3, except on the C.J. Strike, Fort Boise, Montour and Payette River wildlife management areas, where shooting hours begin at 10 a.m. Shooting hours continue statewide through a half hour after sunset.

   The regular season opens Oct. 8 in Area 1 and Oct. 15 in Areas 2 and 3.

   Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed hunter 18 years or older - one adult may accompany more than one youth.

   The daily bag limit is three cocks, and the possession limit is six after the first day, except on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked, in which case the daily limit is two cocks and four in possession.

   Hunters 17 and older need a WMA pheasant permit to hunt on Idaho Fish and Game wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. Pheasants will be stocked on the Payette, Montour, Fort Boise, Niagara and Market Lake wildlife management areas before the youth hunt weekend. For a proposed stocking schedule please see: http://fishandgame.idaho.

   All upland game hunters are required to wear hunter orange during the pheasant season when hunting on wildlife management areas where pheasants are stocked. And all hunters must have a valid 2011 Idaho hunting license.

   For additional information consult the 2011-2012 upland game rules book available at all license vendors and online at

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