Pheasant release. (WGFD)
(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Pheasant stocking in north-central Wyoming will be basically the same as last year and southeast Wyoming will have one less walk-in area stocked but expanded hunting on the Springer/Bump Sullivan Wildlife Management Habitat Area.
The only walk-in areas in southeast Wyoming to be stocked with pheasants this fall from the Yoder Bird Farm are 29 and 63 in Goshen County. Area 19 in Goshen County will not be stocked this year and like last year, no pheasants will be stocked in Laramie or Platte counties due to lack of cover.
Pheasants will be stocked at least twice a week at the Springer/Bump Sullivan WHMA (Hunt Area 8) near Yoder during the general season, which was extended this year to Nov. 2 – 21. The Table Mountain WHMA south of Huntley will also be stocked twice a week through November.
The stocking plan for pheasants from the Sheridan Bird Farm is the same as past years.
Weather permitting, the Yellowtail WHMA (Hunt Area 5) near Lovell will be stocked twice a week through the week of Christmas and the Ocean Lake and Sand Mesa WHMAs (Hunt Area 2) near Riverton will be stocked twice a week through the first week in December. Check http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/
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.
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 from November 2-December 1 (typical release period).
Personnel generally release birds after the close of shooting hours on the release day (after 4 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.
Walk-in areas will be stocked in Campbell County (No. 2), Johnson County (Nos. 9, 11) and Sheridan County (Nos. 1,2,3,4,5 and 6). Plus, in the Sheridan-Buffalo area, the Bob Ruby Rock Creek and Buffalo Run state land areas, Bud Love WHMA, Welch Bureau of Land Management area and Fort Phil Kearny Hunter Management Area will also be stocked. Weather permitting, these walk-in and other areas in the Sheridan-Buffalo area will be stocked once a week through November and possibly longer depending on the supply of birds. Hunters can contact the Sheridan Game and Fish Office for the specific locations of these release areas.
Hunters, regardless of age, are reminded to purchase the Pheasant Special Management Permit to hunt pheasants on walk-in and habitat areas. Hunters are reminded to please read the 2013 pheasant hunting regulations before going afield
Hunters are cautioned if they follow the stocking truck, the driver will likely return to the bird farm and not release the birds until a later date.