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Minnesota pheasant season kicks off this weekend

The Minnesota pheasant season starts Saturday morning and goes through Jan. 1 throughout the state.

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A pheasant roams through a field on Sept. 27, 2022, at Buena Vista Ski Area near Bemidji.
Maggi Fellerman / Bemidji Pioneer
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The Minnesota pheasant season starts Saturday morning and goes through Jan. 1 throughout the state.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages anyone going hunting to check regulations before they head out into the field. Participants ages 16 to 64 must purchase a small game license and pheasant stamp to hunt pheasants in Minnesota.

Pheasant hunters must wear at least one visible article of clothing above the waist that is blaze orange or pink . This could be a hat, jacket or hunting vest. Blazed colors will make you more visible to other hunters.

Shooting hours start at 9 a.m. and go until sunset and all pheasants harvested in the field and being transported must have one leg or a fully-feathered wing attached.

A person may not shoot pheasants with a rifle or handgun other than a .22 caliber rimfire using short, long or long rifle ammunition. Shotguns used when hunting pheasants may hold more than three shells.

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Those curious about learning how to hunt pheasants can watch a recorded DNR webinar about pheasant hunting strategies, techniques and how to get started, on the DNR website at mndnr.gov/FishWildlife/Outreach/index.html#tab-1-2.

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