In 2001, Montana's Legislature revamped the state's Upland Game Bird Release Program. The program can reimburse landowners for raising and releasing pheasants in suitable habitats.
The intent of the program is to establish new pheasant populations for public hunting.
Projects on private land submitted in partnership with youth organizations, 4-H clubs, sports groups, or other associations that can guarantee the completion of all project requirements are also eligible.
Projects eligible for funding under the Upland Game Bird Release Program must comprise at least 160 contiguous acres of land and contain a combination of winter cover, food, nesting cover, and other upland game bird habitat components needed to establish viable upland game bird populations.
To determine if your land or project is a good fit, your FWP wildlife biologists will:
Reimbursement requirements for releasing pheasants:
Hunting preserves, lands that host a commercial hunting enterprise, and lands where hunting rights are leased or paid for are not eligible. To help determine the success of this program Fergus, Richland and Roosevelt counties are not eligible. These counties will serve as "control" counties where wildlife biologists will monitor pheasant populations and compare them to counties where pheasants have been released.
Thank you for your interest in the Upland Game Bird Release Program. The 2013 Pheasant Release application deadline ended January 15, 2013. Applicants will be informed of their status this spring. 2013 Pheasant releases will take place August 1 through December 15.
Please visit this page in October 2013 to get updates on program information and a 2014 application.
New Program Information! Applications are being accepted for the 2014 pheasant releases funded through the Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program. Applications must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Releases will take place from August 1, 2014 through September 15, 2014.
Thank you for your interest in the Upland Game Bird Release Program!
In 2001, Montana's Legislature revised and added a new component to the state's Upland Game Bird Release Program. The new program funds releases of wild, free-ranging birds trapped in Montana or wild turkeys brought into the state by FWP.
Want to establish wild turkeys in your area?
Each new release proposal must first undergo an environmental assessment and be approved by the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission.
To determine if your proposal is a good fit, and if suitable wild turkey habitat exists, your FWP wildlife biologists will:
Hunting preserves, lands that host a commercial hunting enterprise, and lands where hunting rights are leased or paid for are not eligible.