A native of eastern Europe, the ring-necked pheasant was first introduced to Utah in the late 1800s. Since then, it’s been distributed by transplanting game-farm birds and natural dispersion.
The ring-neck is highly dependent on crop lands and agricultural landscape. The pheasant is one of the most sought-after game birds in Utah, and the DWR will release more than 11,000 pheasants during Utah’s general hunt through Nov. 16.
To find out where the birds will be released, go to wildlife.utah.gov.
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