Pheasant season has opened and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Lander Region has shared the release calendar for the Ocean Lake and Sand Mesa Wildlife Habitat Management Areas.
Releases will continue until birds are no longer available from the Sheridan Bird Farm (typically the first week of December). The calendar and habitat information can be found here.
Wildlife Biologist Greg Anderson updates the calendar as well to give the public important season notices and up to date information if releases need to be postponed or canceled. If there are no special notifications on the calendar, hunters can expect that birds were released as scheduled.
An average of over 3700 pheasants have been released on the Sand Mesa and Ocean Lake WHMAs annually since 1996. 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 during the release period (check your regulations for specific dates). And please keep in mind that all hunters need a pheasant management stamp to hunt in these areas.