PGC announces pheasant release

BOLIVAR –Pennsylvania Game Commission Southwest Region Director Thomas A. Fazi recently announced agency employees began releasing ring-necked pheasants throughout the 10-county region.

Agency-raised birds were released for the junior pheasant hunt which was scheduled earlier this month.

Fazi noted that the Game Commission’s statewide pheasant stocking effort will be approximately 168,230 birds for the upcoming small game season. The Southwest Region’s total share of pheasants is 36,500 (27,560 males and 8,940 females), which includes 2,460birds (1940 males and 520 females) for the junior season.

A listing of stocking locations for the junior hunt can be found on pages 50 to 52 of the 2017-18 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest, which is available online at

The regular pheasant season begins Saturday, Oct. 21, and concludes on Saturday, Nov. 25. Late season pheasant hunting dates are Dec. 11 to 23, and Dec. 26 to Feb. 28. Pre-season stocking of pheasants will take place prior to Oct. 21, followed by four in-season stockings, as well as a late season stocking.

Hunters are reminded that pheasant harvest is restricted by sex in the various Wildlife Management Units. Please check the seasons and corresponding WMUs on page 46 of the 2017-18 Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.WMU maps can be found on pages 23 to 28 of the digest, and on the Game Commission’s website at “Wildlife” on the top of the homepage, then click on the “Habitat Management” and select the “Wildlife Management Units” of interest). Pheasants are stocked on state game lands with suitable pheasant habitat.

The Game Commission has added an option which identifies state game lands and those state parks and federal lands with suitable habitat that receive pheasant stockings. Click on “Pheasant Allocation” under the Quick Clicks tab on the Game Commission’s website ( for a listing of stocking locations.