Meeting scheduled to discuss G&F pheasant management program

It costs the Wyoming Game and Fish Dept. more to raise a pheasant than the cost of a tag to shoot it. That’s a situation G&F officials are hoping to rectify and they are actively looking for input from hunters as to how to improve those numbers.

pheasantA special public meeting will be held at the Lovell Fire Hall tonight, Thursday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. to discuss ways to manage the pheasant population more effectively.

Currently it only costs $12.50 for a license to hunt pheasant but it costs G&F between $20 and $23 to produce each bird. That includes the cost of employees and other costs related to raising the birds.

According to local game warden James Hobbs, roughly 3,000 or more pheasants are released each year on the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area. The release of the farm-raised pheasants is very expensive for the Game and Fish Dept.

By Patti Carpenter