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Bird Hunting
Q. Do I need conservation and pheasant stamps if I buy a
one-day bird license?

A. Daily licenses do not require a conservation stamps. However, the pheasant management permit or stamp is required for all bird license holders, including youth and pioneers, who hunt pheasants on G&F habitat areas and most walk-in areas. The Upland Game Bird Regulations explains exactly where the stamp is required.

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Q. What is the limit on teal, widgeon and gadwall?
Those species are not listed in the waterfowl regs.

A. Good question. Your entire limit of six ducks in the Central Flyway and seven in the Pacific Flyway could be these species or a combination thereof. If the species is not listed in the regs, then you can take any number up to the limit.

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Q. Does the possession limit on birds and small game mean the
number I can have at home or the number I am allowed to have while hunting?

A. Both. The number of pheasants, ducks or for that matter fish is the number you can legally have in your possession period. Possession is defined as the number of game birds, fish etc. in transit or storage. Be sure to check the regulations for the daily bag limits and possession limits in the various hunt areas.

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Q. Are there any restrictions for hunting grouse with archery equipment?

A. As long as you have a bird license you may hunt any game birds in season with archery equipment. There is no restriction on draw weight of bows or types of arrows. Basically if you have a bow, arrows and a bird license you can go bird hunting.

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Q. If I get the federal "HIP" in Wyoming is it good in other states?

A. The HIP (Harvest Information Program) stamp is a free stamp but is specific to each state. You will need to obtain a stamp in whatever state you plan to hunt migratory birds.

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Q. Do I need to use steel shot for pheasants?

A. Yes and no. It all depends on where you are hunting. Nontoxic shot is required when hunting small game and upland game on the G&F's Springer and Table Mountain wildlife areas which are located in Goshen County. If you are hunting pheasants on other G&F wildlife units or on private lands, nontoxic shot is not required. Keep in mind however, that if you plan to include waterfowl in your bag, you can not have lead shot in your possession. For this reason, many hunters have opted to use nontoxic shot for all their hunting where there is opportunity for an upland/waterfowl mixed bag.

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Q. Can I hunt crows in Wyoming?

A. Yes. The Wyoming season is Nov. 1 -- Feb. 28. Crows may only be taken by using firearms, archery and falconry. No license is required, and there is no bag limit. Hunters are alerted crows closely resemble ravens, which are protected. Ravens have a wedge- or "V"-shaped tail and broader wings which prompts the birds to soar more beat their wings less. Ravens are primarily found in the western half of Wyoming and rarely frequent agricultural areas like crows. Ravens also have a larger bill from top to bottom than crows, and unlike the crow's distinctive "caw," the raven utters coarse "croak-like" calls.

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Q. Do I need a duck stamp to hunt doves or sandhill cranes?

A. The Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly called "Duck Stamp" is required for hunting ducks, geese, mergansers and coots -- but is not required for doves or sandhill cranes. There is some confusion, because like waterfowl, doves and sandhill cranes are migratory. birds and many hunters operate under the impression that a stamp is required. But according to federal regulations, the stamp is not required. If you have been buying the stamp to hunt doves, you can at least take some comfort in the fact that your money has been well spent. The federal law that created the duck stamp in 1934 provided that funds be used for waterfowl habitat acquisition and restoration.

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Q. Does my 12-year-old need a conservation stamp to hunt birds?

A. A conservation stamp is only required of persons licensed to hunt or fish in Wyoming. Since bird and small game licenses are not required for resident youth under 14, a stamp is not needed. Nonresident youth under 14 may also hunt birds and small game without a license, however they must be with a licensed adult and their bag is included in the adult''s bag limit. Nonresident youth may have their separate limit if they choose to buy their own license and stamp. While youth under 14 may legally hunt birds and small game without a license, they must carry their hunter safety card or certificate with them while hunting.

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Q. Why do pheasant shooting hours close at 4:00 p.m. on some
wildlife habitat units?

A. Shooting hours are from daylight to 4:00 p.m. only on areas where we occasionally stock pheasants from our bird farms. This gives us a chance to stock birds during daylight hours and gives the birds a chance to settle for a night without being hunted. Shooting hours for the rest of the state are from daylight to dark with the exception that shooting hours for the Special Springer Pheasant Hunt are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Wildlife habitat management areas which have the 4:00 p.m. closure are listed in the current regulations.

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Q. Why do I need to plug my shotgun to hunt pheasants?

A. The law requiring plugging (reducing the magazine capacity) of shotguns is probably a throwback from the market-hunting of early last century. When commercial hunting was outlawed, laws were passed to restrict overlimit or commercial harvest of migratory game birds, hence the reduction of shotshell capacity. Federal law still requires pump and autoloading shotguns be plugged to admit no more than two shells in the magazine and one in the chamber. Many people hunt waterfowl and pheasants on the same trip, and the plug law for game birds probably keeps some hunters from violating federal law when they hunt waterfowl. From a practical standpoint, there are very few pheasant hunting situations in which more than three shots can be reasonably fired while the birds are in range...even when multiple birds flush.

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Q. Do I need to wear blaze orange to hunt pheasants?

A. Hunter orange is required by law when hunting pheasants on Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife habitat areas. It is also required when hunting Glendo State Park and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation lands around Glendo Reservoir. These public hunting areas receive heavy pressure, and wearing orange makes it safer. While orange is not required pheasant hunting garb in other areas of the state, it''s still a good idea. The cover is heavy in many pheasant haunts, and hunter visibility is an important safety factor.

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Q. Is it legal to clean pheasants and ducks in the field?

A. Yes, it is legal to do most of the processing in the field. However, enough evidence must be left on the carcass to identify species and sex of the bird. For pheasants this means the feathered head, feathered wing or foot must remain naturally attached to the bird. For ducks, the feathered wing or feathered head is required.

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