Mark Ellingwood: (603) 271-2461
Liza Poinier: (603) 271-3211
September 29, 2005

Pheasant Season Opens Saturday, October 1

CONCORD, N.H. -- With the October 1 start of the 2005 pheasant hunting season come a handful of changes to the pheasant stocking program. "We're enhancing the pheasant stocking list by including the street or road name of release locations, and providing that information on the Fish and Game website," said Karen Bordeau, pheasant project leader for Fish and Game. Also, she said, most pheasant stocking will be taking place on Thursdays and Fridays, to maximize weekend hunting opportunities. Under the previous system, only the towns were listed, and birds were stocked throughout the week.

According to Bordeau, the changes to the program are the outcome of a comprehensive review of the pheasant program and the results of a web-based survey conducted last year, where pheasant hunters could offer their ideas for improving the program.

The pheasant season runs October 1 - December 31, with a daily limit of 2 and a season limit of 10. Pheasant hunters must purchase a $16 pheasant permit with their hunting license; permits and licenses are for sale at

This year, 13,500 adult ring-necked pheasants will be released in 50 towns across the state, with an average of 120 birds released at each of about 75 sites. This is an increase of 500 birds from recent years. Pheasants are purchased with revenues from the sale of pheasant permits.

New Hampshire's pheasant hunting tradition exists because private landowners continue to allow hunters to hunt pheasants on their property (about two-thirds of release sites are on private property). Hunters are asked to show appreciation for the generosity of landowners in providing their lands for this program.

While you're out there, play it safe. Top pheasant-hunting safety tips:

  • Control your firearm muzzle at all times.
  • Always wear safety glasses.
  • Know where your hunting partners are at all times.
  • Shoot only within your zone of fire.
  • Be sure of your target and what is beyond it.
  • Always keep your hunting dog under control.
  • Wear hunter orange on your head, back and chest.

CLICK HERE for more information on pheasant hunting and the list of stocking sites.

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