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Published on: Nov. 2, 2006

Last revision: Feb. 16, 2011

Youth Rabbit Hunt

go to www.missouriconservation.org and click on “What events are going on in my area.”

Rules and regulations vary for youth and women’s upland hunts. If you have questions, contact the person listed on the announcement.

Orgs for Kids

“Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever both support the philosophy of educating our youth about the outdoors by letting them experience conservation first-hand,” said Cheryl Riley, youth program coordinator for both organizations.

Youths interested in joining Pheasants Forever can sign up for a Ringnecks youth membership. Youths interested in Quail Forever can sign up for a Whistlers youth membership. Both come with a year’s subscription to the “Upland Tales” magazine (four issues), a membership card and an invitation to a local PF or QF chapter banquet.

To sign up for PF call toll free at (877) 773-2070 or log onto the PF Web site at www.pheasantsforever.org. To sign up for QF call toll free at (877) 45-QUAIL or log onto the QF Web site at www.quailforever.org. The annual membership fee for a Ringnecks or Whistlers membership is $15.

Find a Youth Hunt

To find out about hunts in your area, go to www.missouriconservation.org and click on “What events are going on in my area.”

Rules and regulations vary for youth and women’s upland hunts. If you have questions, contact the person listed on the announcement.

Orgs for Kids

“Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever both support the philosophy of educating our youth about the outdoors by letting them experience conservation first-hand,” said Cheryl Riley, youth program coordinator for both organizations.

Youths interested in joining Pheasants Forever can sign up for a Ringnecks youth membership. Youths interested in Quail Forever can sign up for a Whistlers youth membership. Both come with a year’s subscription to the “Upland Tales” magazine (four issues), a membership card and an invitation to a local PF or QF chapter banquet.

To sign up for PF call toll free at (877) 773-2070 or log onto the PF Web site at www.pheasantsforever.org. To sign up for QF call toll free at (877) 45-QUAIL or log onto the QF Web site at www.quailforever.org. The annual membership fee for a Ringnecks or Whistlers membership is $15.

Pheasant Facts

Pheasants are not native to Missouri. Pheasants first arrived in the U.S. in 1881 when Judge Owen Nickerson Denny (U.S. consul to China) shipped 30 Chinese ringnecks (26 survived the journey) to his home in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.

More than 90 percent of a pheasant chick’s diet during the first week of its life consists of insects.

Pheasant hens remain with their broods for eight to 10 weeks, but even under their watchful eyes, about one-half of the chicks will die from natural causes, primarily predation.

Few pheasants die of old age. The average life span of a pheasant is less than one year.

Pheasant Hunting

With favorable winter and spring weather conditions, Missouri hunters should expect to see a 2006 pheasant harvest that is in line with the 30,000-bird average.

Only rooster pheasants are legal to hunt in Missouri during the season, which begins Nov. 1 in the Northern Zone and Dec. 1 in the Southern Zone. The daily limit is two roosters in the Northern Zone, and one rooster in the Southern Zone.

For more information about hunting pheasants in Missouri, see the “2006 Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations,” available at permit sellers statewide, or visit the Conservation Department’s Web site at www.missouriconservation.org and search for “pheasant hunting.”

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