Just before Oct. 12, about 700 pheasants will be released statewide

Oct. 12 might be the perfect day to take a young person pheasant or quail hunting.

On Oct. 12—three weeks before the regular pheasant and quail hunt starts in Utah—those who are 15 years of age or younger will have the state’s pheasants and quail all to themselves.  That’s the day Utah hosts its annual youth pheasant and quail hunting day.

To increase the chance young hunters take a bird, Division of Wildlife Resources biologists will release about 700 pheasants on wildlife management areas, and Walk-In Access areas, across the state.

Also, in east-central Utah, 20 lucky young hunters will get a chance to hunt pheasants with volunteer hunting guides and trained bird dogs.

After Oct. 12, the pheasant and quail hunt will close.  The hunt will reopen—for hunters of all ages—on Nov. 2.

To participate in the youth hunting day, a hunter must be 15 years of age or younger on Oct. 12 and a graduate of Utah’s Hunter Education course.

He or she also needs a hunting license and must follow all of the state’s upland game hunting rules.

The rules are available in the 2013 – 2014 Utah Upland Game and Turkey Guidebook.  The free guidebook is available at www.wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks.

Some tips regarding good places to hunt are available at http://go.usa.gov/DwaB

You can also access the tips at www.wildlife.utah.gov/dwr/hunting/hunting-information/upland-game.html.

Image courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

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