DWR to Conduct Special Youth Pheasant Hunt This Weekend

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Division of Wildlife Resources Press Release

The Division of Wildlife Resources will be sponsoring a special pheasant hunt at Desert Lake for 25 Castle Country youth. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12 beginning at 9 a.m.

Division biologists will release 60 rooster pheasants early Saturday morning in the area surrounding Desert Lake in Emery County. Starting at 9 a.m., 25 lucky youth will have the chance to find them. This will be a guided hunt, led by DWR personnel. Participating youth are welcome to bring their own bird dogs, although volunteers will furnish dogs for those who don’t have their own.

In order to qualify for this hunt, children must be 15 years old or younger. Pre-registration is required and can be done by calling the DWR office in Price at 613-3707 before 5 p.m. Friday. All 25 slots will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The young hunters must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or a person 21 years of age or older, who has been approved by the legal parent or guardian.

Participants will need a current hunting or combination license, HIP number, plugged shotgun and non-toxic shot.

The event is free, but pre-registration is required and only 25 openings are available. For more information, call Brent Stettler at 613-3707 or 636-6731.

Although Oct. 12 has been set aside as the youth only pheasant hunt statewide, DWR officials look forward to offering the special Desert Lake hunt to the small group of hunters. Wildlife officials feel that this special event will provide each youngster with an excellent chance to shoot and harvest some birds.

Hunters who plan on participating in the statewide pheasant hunt, should be aware that DWR officers will stock 60 roosters at the Huntington Game Farm as well. Although youth hunting at this location will not part of the guided hunt, plenty of pheasants should be found here.

According to the DWR Upland Game Guidebook, youth pheasant and quail hunts will begin at 7:06 a.m. and end on 7:21 p.m. on Oct. 12. Hunters must be 15 years old or younger to participate. The bag limit is two roosters.

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