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Pheasant Hunting- When in doubt, ask permission

Signs Marking Public Hunting Access On Private Land In WisconsinPheasant hunting is right around the corner.  Pheasants Forever (PF) reminds all pheasant hunters to be safe, courteous, and ethical hunters. PF also reminds hunters to ask permission before going onto private land, to review their state's hunting regulations prior to taking to the fields, and to introduce a youngster to the excitement of pheasant hunting.

"The 2006 pheasant hunting season should be one to remember with a bumper crop of roosters ready to explode into the air across much of the pheasant range. However in that excitement, I ask all of our members and fellow hunters to remember that hunters lead by example," said PF President and Chief Executive Officer Howard Vincent. "Be a hunter that's knowledgeable in the laws, ethics, and conservation values of our sport."

A safe hunt is always a successful hunt, no matter how many birds are bagged. First, treat every gun as if it were loaded. Second, always keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction. And, third, know your target and what is beyond. PF also reminds hunters to wear hunter orange and always use non-toxic shot for migratory birds.

It's important that hunters are also familiar with their state's signage system. Be sure you know what signs indicate a state wildlife management area or federal waterfowl production area open to public hunting.

If you are unsure if the land is public, then contact your local natural resource agency.

PF's orange "Habitat" signs do not indicate public property. These orange PF signs indicate that the landowner has helped improve their land for wildlife. Their participation in conservation efforts does not require them to open their land to public hunting. Please be respectful of these partners in conservation.

PF also encourages experienced hunters to introduce a youngster to the passion of pheasant hunting this fall. PF members feel that in this age of video games, computers, and cell phones, kids are losing their connection to the outdoors. A day afield with a mentor can spark an interest in conservation and hunting heritage.

PF hopes this spark will ensure that the next generation of land stewards hold the same values for the land, natural resources, wildlife, and hunting tradition.

PF was formed in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1982. PF and its quail division, Quail Forever, are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. Such efforts benefit landowners and wildlife alike.

There are over 115,000 PF and QF members in over 700 chapters across the continent. Known as "The Habitat Organization," PF and QF chapters have spent nearly $200 million to complete 325,000 habitat projects since 1982.

Over 4 million acres across the country have been improved for wildlife as a result of those efforts.