A rooster pheasant stands in a grassy clearing in Western Washington.
A rooster pheasant stands in a grassy clearing in Western Washington.
Naturally sustained pheasant populations are limited in Western Washington due to the cool, wet climate and the lack of grain farming. Each year 35,000 to 40,000 pheasants are released on approximately 25 release sites.

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Western and Eastern Washington pheasant programs

Western Washington pheasant release program

The purpose of the pheasant program in Western Washington is to provide upland bird hunting opportunities. This program encourages participation from new, young, and seasoned hunters.

Naturally sustained pheasant populations are limited in Western Washington due to the cool, wet climate and the lack of grain farming. Each year 35,000 to 40,000 pheasants are released on approximately 25 release sites.

Seasons (limit 2 pheasants either sex; see possession limits in the migratory waterfowl pamphlet)

Youth: Sept. 19–20

65+ or disabled: Sept. 21–25

Regular: Sept. 26-Nov. 30

Extended: Dec. 1–15 (see pamphlet for site locations)

*To alleviate hunting pressures on some popular hunting sites, hunters must choose either odd-numbered or even-numbered weekend dates when purchasing a license. See regulations for further details and full list of wildlife area units.

*pheasant hunting may only occur from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

*all pheasant release sites in Washington require non-toxic shot

Where to go

Region 4 (Island, King, Pierce, Skagit, Snohomish counties): Sea Plane Base, OLF Coupeville, Zylstra Road, Bayview, Arnold Farm, Cherry Valley, Stillwater, JBLM, Samish (youth and senior), Crescent Lake, Ebey Island

Region 5 (Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis counties): Shillapoo, Vancouver Lake, Lincoln Creek, Kosmos, Woodland Bottoms

Region 6 (Grays Harbor, Mason, Pacific, Thurston counties): Chehalis River (Brady), Hunter Farms, Sargent Mac, Chinook, Scatter Creek, Skookumchuck, JBLM

https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/locations/pheasant-release

License types and fees*small game license NOT required in Western Washington

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More information about Western Washington pheasant: https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/01923/wdfw01923.pdf

A rooster pheasant stands in a field of dry grass in Western Washington.
A rooster pheasant stands in a field of dry grass in Western Washington.
Rooster pheasants are released to supplement harvest in Eastern Washington.

Eastern Washington pheasant release program

Each year thousands of pheasants are released on lands accessible to the public. The Eastern Washington release sites are shown on the maps in this pamphlet. Rooster pheasants are released to supplement harvest. We do not provide release dates because we want to minimize crowding at these release sites and promote hunter ethics.

Seasons (limit 3 roosters; see possession limits in the migratory waterfowl pamphlet)

Youth: Sept. 19–20

65+ or disabled: Sept. 21–25

Regular: Oct. 24-Jan. 18

*all pheasant release sites in Washington require non-toxic shot

Where to go

Region 1 (Ferry, Lincoln, Spokane, Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Asotin, Walla Walla counties): Sherman Creek, Fishtrap Lake, John Henley, Central Ferry HMU, Willow Bar/Rice Bar, Hartstock Unit, Asotin Wildlife Management Area, Mill Creek HMU, Hollebeke HMU

Region 2 (Okanogan, Chelan, Grant counties): Kline/Hegdahl, Chiliwist, Swakane Canyon, Chelan Butte, Banks, Steamboat Rock, Gloyd Seeps, Quincy, Buckshot, Lower Crab Creek

Region 3 (Yakima, Kittitas, Franklin, Benton counties): Sunnyside, Whiskey Dick, Big Flat HMU, Toothaker, Hope Valley, Lost Island

Region 5 (Klickitat county): Finn Ridge Road, Goldendale Hatchery, Gun Club Property

https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/locations/pheasant-enhancement

License types and fees*small game license REQUIRED

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More information about Eastern Washington pheasant: https://wdfw.wa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/01933/wdfw01933.pdf

Link to license purchase site: https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/#/login

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