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Hunting pheasants in Utah is certainly not over yet and those in the state can look forward to more pheasant releases in the coming weeks across the state. The pheasant season in Utah runs until December 6th and pheasants will be released on the Thursday and Friday prior to each weekend up to that date.

By the end of the season, 13,000 roosters should have been released into the state.

Those that are looking to go hunting on Thanksgiving and the Friday afterwards won’t be disappointed. Birds will be released early that week to ensure that there are enough pheasants.

Pheasants will also not be released at Willard Bay Upland Game Area (UGA), located on the south side of Willard Bay Reservoir in northern Utah. This is because construction work is still underway at the dike in the area and to protect the workers at the site, pheasants will only be released near the South Marina at Willard Bay State Park.

All the releases will be done by Division of Wildlife Resources biologists with the support of two sportsman’s organizations. The release sites have been chosen based on the availability of habitat for pheasants as well as where hunters can legally hunt.

"If you haven't made it out yet," Jason Robinson, upland game coordinator for the DWR advises, "plan on getting out before the season ends. Plenty of pheasants will be available."

He also suggests signing up for the state’s Utah’s Upland Game Slam. This is open to both adult and youth hunters and there are rewards should anyone bag the harvest limit and complete the ‘Long Tail Limit’ slam.

Robinson also reminds hunters to follow hunting rules in the areas. 14 of the 57 pheasant release sites will be in waterfowl areas and therefore nontoxic shot (not lead) must be used. Hunters are also reminded to stay safe by wearing their hunter orange vests.

Have you hunted in Utah? What was your experience?

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