When heading out hunting, remember that it has been a dry year in Alberta. Please be careful with anything that may start fires.
Please take care and use respect on all sites.
2017 Provincial Pheasant
This upcoming fall will be the fourth season that Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) is administering the Provincial Pheasant Release Program.
ACA plans to release 26,000 pheasants on over 39 sites between September and November in 2017.
September 1: Buffalo, Bigelow, Hopewell, Daysland, South Plain Lake (located in WMU 200s).
- The South Plain Lake site will be expanded by a quarter section.
- We have added the Vandenberg (SW-20-053-11-W4M) site. It is immediately east of the South Plain Lake site. Please be sure to find the right site as there are two Vandenberg sites in the Alberta Discover Guide.
- It will be a two-month release season (three releases per week)
September 15: Whitetail North and Lac Cardinal Point Uplands (WMU 522)
- Lac Cardinal Point Uplands is new this year and is located north of Grande Prairie.
- It will be a five-week release season (two releases per week)
October 15: The southern release sites' (WMU 100s). We will provide further updates closer to that time.
- It will be a five-week release season (one release per week).
NOTE: The “no hunting after 2 p.m. except on Saturdays” rule will no longer apply at the Provincially Designated pheasant release sites (Bigelow, Buffalo, and Millicent). These sites are now open to hunting all day, seven days a week within the pheasant hunting season.
To ensure an ethical hunt, we do not reveal release times or specific dates.
A friendly reminder
There is no need to ask permission to access most of the pheasant release sites run by ACA; however, there are a few sites in southern Alberta located on private land where the landowner needs to be informed prior to access.
Most of our release sites are surrounded by private land. Be respectful and remember to ask permission from the landowner before chasing a pheasant onto someone's private property.
Pheasants and clean water
Perhaps the most important component of this program is engaging landowners, counties, and other conservation groups about existing habitat issues and the solutions that are available that support pheasant survival. The permanent cover, shrub, and cattail patches and healthy riparian areas that are essential for pheasants, also improve water quality in our watersheds—providing benefits for a multitude of other wildlife in Alberta.
ACA provides opportunities for veteran pheasant hunters and beginners alike. Supporting work that enhances pheasant habitat depends on continued participation by all.