2020 Provincial Pheasant Release Program
This upcoming fall will be the seventh season that ACA is administering the Provincial Pheasant Release Program.
IMPORTANT NOTE: 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.
A Different Looking Pheasant
Starting in mid-October we will be releasing up to 1000 melanistic ringneck pheasants mixed in with our regular ringneck releases. Melanistic ringneck pheasants are the same as the pheasants we normally release, but have a natural genetic mutation. This gives them a striking, dark, iridescent plumage. These unique birds will be randomly spread across all release sites so your chances of seeing one are likely low. However, if you are fortunate enough to harvest one, please let us know where. Good Luck!
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.