Adult Rooster Pheasants To Be Released At 16 Wildlife Management Areas

LINCOLN – Several wildlife management areas will be seeing a release of adult rooster pheasants prior to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

According to a release form Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, the pheasants will be released to enhance hunting opportunities over the extended Thanksgiving holiday weekend and encourage families to spend time together in the field.

The 16 WMAs are Powder Creek, (Dixon County), Oak Valley (Madison County), Wilkinson (Platte County), George Syas (Nance County), Sherman Reservoir (Sherman County), Pressey (Custer County), Cornhusker (Hall County), Kirkpatrick Basin North (York County), Peru Bottoms (Nemaha County), Randall W. Schilling (Cass), Branched Oak (Lancaster County), Yankee Hill (Lancaster County), Arrowhead (Gage County), Hickory Ridge (Johnson County), Twin Oaks (Johnson County) and Rakes Creek (Cass County).

To view a map of the pheasant release sites, visit and click on the “pheasant releases” tab.

Non-toxic shot is required at Kirkpatrick Basin North, Peru Bottoms, Randall W. Schilling and Wilkinson WMAs, but otherwise all usual regulations apply.

Nebraska’s pheasant, quail, and prairie grouse seasons run through January 31, 2022. Permits and applicable stamps may be purchased at For more information on these and other publicly accessible lands throughout Nebraska, visit or contact Game and Parks at 402-471-0641.