DNR Restocks Pheasant Population for Holiday Hunting

(Dodge County) The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources restocked pheasant at several properties in Dodge County to increase hunting opportunities during the holidays. The pheasant holiday stocking began in 2017 to provide pheasant hunters an additional opportunity to hunt during the holiday season. Properties in Dodge County include the Horicon Marsh Wildlife Area, Mud Lake Wildlife Area, and Theresa Marsh Wildlife Area. Other wildlife properties in the area that will be stocked include French Creek and Pine Island in Columbia County and Jefferson Marsh, Waterloo Wildlife, and Lake Mills in Jefferson County. In total, 25 properties across central and southern Wisconsin were restocked. DNR State Game Farm Manager Kelly Maguire says the selected areas are located near population centers to provide accessible opportunities to as many holiday hunters as possible. Hunters are required to purchase a 2021 Wisconsin pheasant stamp to pursue these birds. With stamp-funded revenue, the DNR creates and maintains grassland habitats required for pheasants to survive and reproduce year-round. The DNR restocked 2,920 pheasants over a two-day period during the last week. Pheasant season in Wisconsin runs until January 9th.