Thanks to a recent rule change, properly licensed 17-year-olds can participate in this year’s youth pheasant hunt. The change was not reflected in the 2016-2017 upland game, furbearer and turkey rules brochure.
In the past, 16 was the cutoff for the youth hunt.
The youth hunt runs from Saturday, Oct. 7, to Oct. 13. It opens 30 minutes before sunrise, except on C.J. Strike, Cartier Slough, Fort Boise, Market Lake, Montour, Mud Lake, Niagara Springs, Payette River, and Sterling Wildlife Management Areas where pheasants are stocked, at which shooting hours begin at 10 a.m.
For most places, the daily bag limit is three cocks, and the possession limit is nine, except on nine WMAs in southern Idaho where pheasants are stocked. For these, the daily limit is two cocks and six in possession.
Youth hunters are required to wear the traditional hunter orange above the waist during pheasant season while hunting on these WMAs, but they do not need a WMA permit.
For more information, see the upland game, furbearer and turkey seasons rules online or obtain a hard copy at Fish and Game license vendors.
In south-central Idaho, general pheasant hunts for all ages start on Oct. 21. Some areas in northern Idaho have an earlier start date, depending on location. For a full map of zones, see the rules brochure.