Rooster Pheasants Being Released In 16 Wildlife Management Areas

Rooster Pheasants Being Released In 16 Wildlife Management Areas
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LINCOLN – A few weeks into the pheasant season for hunters, officials with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will be releasing rooster pheasants in 16 wildlife management areas.

According to a release from Game and Parks, these releases at wildlife management areas will take place prior to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The 16 areas 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.

The pheasants will be released to enhance hunting opportunities over the Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) holiday weekend and encourage families to spend time together in the field. Non-toxic shot is required at Kirkpatrick Basin North, Peru Bottoms, Randall W. Schilling, and Wilkinson, but otherwise all usual regulations apply.

Nebraska’s pheasant, quail, and prairie grouse seasons run through Jan. 31, 2021. 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.