Pheasant Release Program Applications Due May 15

Landowners interested in raising and releasing ring-necked
pheasants this year through the state Upland Game Bird Enhancement
Program have until May 15 to submit an application.

Under Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Upland Game Bird
Release Program, landowners who attempt to establish pheasant
populations in suitable habitat can be reimbursed for raising and
releasing pheasants.

Landowners can apply if the land in the project area remains
open to reasonable public hunting. Projects must comprise at least
100 contiguous acres of land and contain a combination of habitat
components-including cover and food-that upland game birds need to
survive.

Projects on private and public lands submitted in partnership
with youth organizations, 4-H clubs, sports groups-or other
associations that can guarantee the completion of all project
requirements-also are eligible.

Application for releases must be submitted to FWP by May 15.
Pheasant releases take place between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15.

Hunting preserves, lands that host a commercial hunting
enterprise, and lands where hunting rights are leased or paid for
are not eligible.

For more information, and an on-line application form, visit
FWP’s Web site at fwp.mt.gov—search
“Upland Game Bird Program,” or contact your nearest FWP office.

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