2018 Provincial Pheasant
This upcoming fall will be the fifth season Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) is administering the Provincial Pheasant Release Program.
ACA plans to release between 28,000 – 29,000 pheasants on 42 sites between September and November in 2018.
- Pheasant releases will commence just prior to the September 1st opener at the following sites: Hopewell, Bigelow, Buffalo Lake, Daysland and South Plain Lake/Vandenberg. Each of these sites will receive three releases per week until the end of October.
- Pheasant releases will commence just prior to September 15th at the Lac Cardinal and Whitetail North sites. Each site will receive two releases per week until mid October.
- Pheasant releases will commence just prior to the October 15th opener in the Brooks area, Frank Lake, Namaka Lake, and Whiteside 2/Granfield sites. Each site will receive three releases per week for six weeks.
- Pheasant releases will commence just prior to the October 15th opener in the Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Cardston, Fort Macleod and Picture Butte areas. Each site will receive one release per week for a six week period.
A 2 p.m. closure on designated pheasant release sites is no longer in effect.
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. The landowner contact information is provided in the details for those specific sites.
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.