Wyoming Department of Game and Fisheries


Youth-Only Yellowtail Pheasant Hunt November 18-20

Cody – A youth-only pheasant hunt will take place November 18-20 at the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area near Lovell. During this three-day period, pheasant hunting is restricted to juveniles only on all land within the Yellowtail Wildlife Habitat Management Area north of the Shoshone River.

Prior to 2021, hunting young was limited to one day per season. Last year, the dates for the Young Hunt were expanded to a three-day framework to provide a better opportunity for young people to harvest birds.

“Pheasant hunting is a great way to introduce youngsters to hunting and to spend time together as a family outdoors,” said Lovell Area Game Warden Colten Galambas. “We encourage families to bring their children to Yellowtail for that special bird hunting occasion.”

A young person is defined as anyone 17 years of age or younger. To participate, young hunters must have a special pheasant management license and have successfully completed a hunter education course or be enrolled in the Wyoming Hunter Mentorship Program before hunting during the Young Hunt. In addition, youth over the age of 14 must have a valid game bird license and conservation stamp. An adult must accompany hunters under 14; adults cannot take pheasants in the Yellowtail area north of the Shoshone River during juvenile hunting days.

All pheasant hunters are required to wear neon orange or neon pink clothing (hat, shirt, sweater, jacket, vest, or coat) when hunting pheasants in the Yellowtail Wildlife Management Area.

Photo caption: With the help of First Hunt Foundation mentors and hunting dog Gus, Brice Peters of Cody harvested a pheasant last year during the youth-only Dab Hunt.



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