MT: 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
the 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 are eligible too.

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

Applicants must apply by mail to FWP in Helena. Approved pheasant
releases will occur Aug. 1-Sept. 15.

For more information, and an on-line application form, visit FWP’s
website at fwp.mt.gov-search “Upland Game Bird Program,” or contact
Debbie Hohler at: 406-444-5674, or by e-mail: dhohler@mt.gov.

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