BOISE — You can safely add ring-necked pheasants to the list of hard-to-find items this holiday season. A miscount by the supplier of birds destined for four regional Wildlife Management Areas means fewer birds stocked in the final weeks of the pheasant hunting season.

“Our supplier recently discovered that they were short by about 800 birds,” Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Tyler Archibald said in a statement. “Only one of the 58 other bird farms contacted had surplus birds available. Fort Boise and C.J. Strike Wildlife Management Areas will see fewer birds stocked as the season winds down.”

Obtained were 400 pheasants going to Montour and Payette River during the last full week of December. An adjusted stocking schedule can be found on the Fish and Game website at: https://idfg.idaho.gov/hunt/upland-game/wma-pheasant-stocking/southwest. More information: call the Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area office at 208-722-5888.

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