Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Oregon Pheasant Hunting Workshop 1/17/15

Salem, Ore. — Join ODFW and Sage Canyon Outfitters for a pheasant hunting workshop in Maupin, Ore. on Jan. 17 from 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The workshop will be held at Sage Canyon Outfitters upland bird hunting preserve in Maupin.

The morning session will be a shotgun skills training session that includes a classroom session on firearm safety and time spent shooting clays with a coach to help improve shooting skills. In the afternoon, participants will head out for a real pheasant hunt with a trained dog and handler/guide provided by workshop organizers.

The workshop is open to all adults (age 18 and over) and perfect for new hunters or people that need to brush up on their upland bird hunting skills. ODFW provides all equipment including 20-gauge shotguns and shells, hunter orange clothing and eye protection.

“These workshops or perfect for beginners,” said Mark Newell, ODFW outdoor skills coordinator. “We provide all the equipment and a safe, fun environment.”

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Great Conditions for Late-Season Pheasant Hunting in Minnesota

Late-season pheasant hunting opportunities are abundant across southwest, south central, and west central Minnesota.

Resulting from lack of snow, plenty of birds, and high late season bag limits, these opportunities are not to be missed, especially around the holidays.

Nicole Davros wildlife research scientist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), told reporters:

There are few better ways to take a break from eating cookies at holiday gatherings or buying presents than getting out into the fields to flush some birds. Do it once and it may well become a welcome tradition around the holidays.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Welcome to Roosterland: Scenes from a South Dakota Pheasant Hunt F&S Story

Article by Colin Kearns

When our crew of hunters stepped out of the shuttle—an old school bus painted dark green and equipped with two gun racks inside—a strange thought hit me: We’re not so different from the gun dogs. Let me explain.

Minutes earlier, as we drove past strips of corn and sorghum, the sight of a lone ringneck pheasant running away from the bus was enough to send one person in our party, Laci Warden, in a fit of laughter that was equal parts giddy and crazy. We all sort of stared at her. “What, guys?” she said. “I’m excited!” Soon the rest of us in the bus were cracking up, too. Which brings me back to the dogs.

The second they sprung from their crates, they were hysterical—literally pissing and shitting with excitement. It was as if they were begging to be released into the field.
They wanted to kill some pheasants. Just like us.

Turns out, none us had to wait long. Ten minutes into our first push, one of our guides yelled: “ROOSTER ROOSTER!” Shotgun cracks replied. One of the Labs rushed to the dead bird, and soon our first pheasant of the trip was in the game vest. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NJ Additional Pheasants To Be Stocked December 2014

Additional Pheasants To Be Stocked
December 15, 2014
An additional 5,000 pheasants will be stocked for hunters this month by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife. The surplus birds are available as a result of an excellent production year at the Rockport Pheasant Farm.
The Division had already committed to stocking 10% more birds (55,000 vs. 50,000) during its regular stocking season than was published in the 2014-2015 NJ Hunting and Trapping Digest (page 64), and has already used 1,000 of the surplus birds to double the number of pheasant stocked during the November 1, 2014 Youth Pheasant Hunt. The projected total stocked for hunters now exceeds 60,000 birds.
These additional 5,000 birds will be distributed statewide during the last 4 days of the current stocking season. The allocation of the additional birds is planned as follows:
  • Saturday, December 20 - additional 1,000 pheasants
  • Tuesday, December 23 - additional 1,500 pheasants
  • Saturday, December 27 - additional 1,500 pheasants
  • Tuesday, December 30- additional 1,000 pheasants
To close the gap between the cost of the pheasant program and the revenues generated from it, this year the Division also sold approximately 3,000 pheasant. Proceeds from this sale are being reinvested into Rockport to cover a portion of the costs associated with routine maintenance at the farm.


Hiring - MS Assistantship – Pheasant toxicology: South Dakota

MS Assistantship – Pheasant toxicology: South Dakota
South Dakota State University
Brookings, South Dakota
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
Approximately $18,400 stipend per year plus 2/3rd tuition waiver.
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
The Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University (SDSU) invites applications for a MS Assistantship evaluating the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides on ring-necked pheasants. The graduate student will work in a captive setting at the Wildlife and Fisheries Research Facility at SDSU. Work will include determining adult survival and body condition for ring-necked pheasants exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides. Additionally, the student will determine the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides on reproduction of ring-necked pheasants by evaluating reproductive-related variables (i.e., egg biometry, fecundation and hatching rates, and chick survival and growth rates). The project is funded for 3 years.
Academic requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, strong GRE scores, and GPA above 3.0. Candidates with hands-on experience working with game birds are preferred. Candidates must have a strong work ethic and be able to physically endure the demands of field work in extreme weather conditions that can range from very hot to extreme cold. Candidates must have the ability to work independently and contribute to management, research, and academic teams. 

To Apply: Please forward a cover letter, CV, a copy of transcripts (unofficial), GRE scores, and 2 letters of reference to Dr. Troy W. Grovenburg at troy.grovenburg@sdstate.edu
Contact Person
Troy Grovenburg
Contact eMail

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WY Pheasant release a popular program

By Katie Roenigk

Hunting season for wild pheasants continues through December for roosters only.

The first week of December marks the final week of the season for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department's pheasant stocking program in the Riverton area.

The birds have been released in the Sand Mesa Wildlife Habitat Management Area near Riverton twice each week this fall as part of the ongoing Game and Fish program.

Wildlife biologist Greg Anderson said the animals are raised in Sheridan and transported by trailer to Ocean Lake and Sand Mesa in northern Fremont County.

On release days, Anderson said the locations are closed for shooting after 4 p.m., when he releases the pheasants and gives them the evening to disperse.

"Hunters can pursue them the next day," he said.

The pen-raised birds aren't expected to live long in the wild, Anderson added.

"They're put out and meant to be harvested," he said.

According to the Game and Fish website, pheasants will not be released if anyone is following the stocking truck. Anderson said he sometimes invites interested residents to tag along to watch him release the birds, however.

"On Tuesdays and Fridays typically I'm putting birds out, and a number of people are aware of that and will follow me around," he said. "Sometimes they bring their kids along, or I'll bring my kids along if they're out of school."

KS Quail, Pheasant Hunting the Army Way at Fort Riley

by WIBW News Radio

Hunters have found that what’s good for Fort Riley is good for them.

The thick brush, rugged terrain and overgrown fields used to train soldiers also provide outstanding wildlife habitat for quail, pheasants, deer, turkeys and even elk.

The 101,000-acre Army base is located in northeast Kansas.  Hunting is permitted on large chunks of acreage on the base where training is not taking place.

IA Pheasant hunting with Bobbe Carney - Video

It was a beautiful day in Central Iowa when we joined Bobbe Carney of Waterloo for a pheasant hunt with her dogs, Liz and Beans.

“I always loved doing things outdoors,” she said. “And we had hunting dogs when I was a kid, and I just tagged along. Every Saturday morning I'd wake my dad up and say, ‘I'll fix lunch and you take me hunting.' So that's how we did it.

“When I was young, I never saw another female in the field.”

Carney also coached the University of Iowa women's golf team.

Read more at http://www.kcrg.com/subject/sports/pheasant-hunting-with-bobbi-carney-20141201#g0ZkI5GyRCEKSHuZ.99