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Provincial Pheasant
Release Program

This upcoming fall will be the third season that Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) is administering the Provincial Pheasant Release Program.

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Pheasant releases

ACA plans to release 26,000 pheasants on over 41 sites between September and November in 2016. Buffalo, Bigelow, Hopewell, Daysland, South Plain Lake (all located in WMU 200s) and Whitetail North (WMU 522) will be ready to hunt on September 15. The southern release sites' (WMU 100s) season starts October 15. We will provide further updates closer to that time. 

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.