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Licenses and stamps
Pheasant stamp and small game license requirements vary based on age and residency. View the quick summary in the regulations section below, which provides a link to complete information in the hunting regulations booklet.
You need blaze clothing
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. Remember that more blaze will make you more visible to other hunters.
|Statewide||Oct. 15 - Jan. 1, 2023|
|Vermillion Highlands||Dec. 12 - Jan. 1, 2023|
9 a.m. to sunset (Sunrise and sunset data)
|Oct. 15 - Nov. 30||2 roosters|
|Dec. 1 - Jan. 1, 2023||3 roosters|
|Oct. 15 - Nov. 30||6 roosters|
|Dec. 1 - Jan. 1, 2023||9 roosters|
- 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.
- Residents and non-residents ages 18-64 must have a pheasant stamp.
- Residents 65 and older don't need a pheasant stamp but must have a small game license, which can be purchased at a reduced price.
- Non-residents 65 and older must have a pheasant stamp and a small game license.
- Check the complete stamp and small game requirements.
Learn to hunt
Do you value strong connections to your outdoors and the food you eat? Are you looking for a new way to interact with the fields, woods and waters around you?
Please check out our pheasant hunting how-to guide to get started.