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ID – HUNTING – Pheasant stocking program expanded in the southeast region

Portneuf Wildlife Management Area managed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has been a popular site for deer, turkey, and grouse hunting in the fall, but you can now add pheasant hunting to the mix! That’s because Idaho Fish and Game has expanded its pheasant stocking program in the region to include this beautiful 3,100-acre WMA located just south of Inkom. “Hunters have always enjoyed pursuing deer and upland game birds at Portnuef WMA, and have even encountered pheasants now and then,” says Jennifer Jackson, Regional Communications Manager for Fish and Game’s Southeast Region. “However, now hunters can count on a more consistent and fun pheasant hunting experience between October 25th and the end of pheasant season in November.” For those hunters who have traditionally enjoyed hunting stocked pheasants at the Sterling WMA near Aberdeen, don’t worry — stocking will continue there. In fact, Idaho Fish and Game will be releasing 300 more birds at Sterling this year compared to last year— that’s over 3200 birds available to hunters at Sterling this fall. Portneuf WMA will receive just over 1500 birds condensed in a shorter time frame which starts after general deer season ends. Pheasant season runs from October 17 through November 30 in the southeastern and eastern parts of the state; however, Fish and Game won’t start stocking pheasants at the Portneuf WMA until the week of October 25. This delayed stocking effort at this particular WMA is intended to reduce hunter congestion by concentrating pheasant hunters on the WMA after deer season. [full article]

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