LINCOLN, Neb. – Hazardous weather conditions forced the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to alter slightly its Thanksgiving pheasant release schedule.
Rooster pheasants were released in time for Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, at 13 wildlife management areas (WMAs). Pheasants were not released at Pressey WMA in Custer County. Instead, those birds were redistributed to remaining release sites. Pheasants were released at: Powder Creek, (Dixon County), Oak Valley (Madison County), Wilkinson (Platte County), George Syas (Nance County), Sherman Reservoir (Sherman County), Cornhusker (Hall County), Kirkpatrick Basin North (York County), Branched Oak (Lancaster County), Yankee Hill (Lancaster County), Arrowhead (Gage County), Hickory Ridge (Johnson County), Twin Oaks (Johnson County), and Rakes Creek (Cass County).
Kirkpatrick Basin North and Wilkinson are non-toxic shot only, but otherwise all normal regulations apply.
The releases are intended to provide additional hunting opportunities for the public and encourage families and friends to participate together. For those coming in from out of state, nonresident 2-day hunt permits, are available. This also offers a good opportunity to complete the Take ’Em Hunting Challenge (OutdoorNebraska.org/TakeEmHunting) or participate in the Upland Slam (OutdoorNebraska.org/UplandSlam).
The public is encouraged to be considerate of other hunters, exercise caution due to weather and prioritize safety while afield. For more information on permit requirements or upland hunting opportunities, visit OutdoorNebraska.org or call Game and Parks at 402-471-0641.