Lincoln, Neb. – Hunters should report any leg bands they find on the pheasants they shoot this fall in the Southwest Focus on Pheasants area, according to Jeff Lusk, upland game program manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.

Game and Parks is capturing wild birds in the focus area and putting leg bands on them. The purpose is to help understand how pheasants move and use the study area, portions of Hitchcock, Hayes and Red Willow counties, as well as hunter harvest in the area.

Hunters should provide the number of the band, and the location and date it was recovered. Hunters may keep the band after reporting it. Bands may be reported by calling 402-471-1756.

The youth pheasant season is Oct. 22-23 and the regular season is Oct. 29-Jan. 31, 2012.

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