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Michigan will increase its rooster release in 2023

Ring-necked rooster releases through the Michigan Pheasant Hunting Initiative will exceed 6,000 birds this fall, similar to 2021 numbers. (Photo courtesy of Windigo Images)
The Department of Natural Resources plans to triple the budget for the pheasant release program this fall compared to 2022. The birds will be supplied and distributed by Michigan Association of Game Bird Breeders and Hunting Preserves, as they have in the past. The plan is to release birds twice a week at most game areas in the program during the early part of the season (Oct. 20 to Nov. 14) and once a week during the December season. Releases will be random, not on a set schedule.
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