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While most big game seasons are done and gone, the pheasant and quail hunting seasons just ended or are still going strong, especially in the Cowboy State. The pheasant season in particular was  open until December 31. The sharp-tailed grouse and wild turkey seasons were also open until this time in most areas.

The chukar and gray partridge seasons remain open right through until the end of February.

During these times it is important to remember the laws of hunting that keep you, and those around you, safe and within legal limits. Just as a refresher, the Game and Fish Department has put up notices to remind hunters of these regulations. For those who haven’t seen their notices, here are the main regulations:

Hunter Orange:  although not a hunting requirement, unless you are hunting pheasants on Game and Fish wildlife habitat, it is highly recommended that you remain visible to hunters close by with a high visibility orange hunter jacket.

Nontoxic Shot: since 1991 it has been illegal to use any shot that can cause illness or death when it is ingested by birds. The most common type of nontoxic shot is steel, however Bismuth, various tungsten shot alloys and some other non-lead shot types also comply with regulations.

Shotgun Shell Capacity: Most game birds that require a shotgun can only be taken if the shotgun is plugged to admit with just one shell in the chamber and a maximum of two in the magazine..

Evidence Of Species: With the exception of pheasants and waterfowl, hunters must leave one fully feathered wing attached to a carcass of game birds while they are in the field and during transportation. For waterfowl, a wing and a head are to be left attached and for pheasants the head, wing or foot much be attached to the carcass. This is to help officials identify the species and the gender.

Are you up to date with regulations?

Let us know in the comments below.

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