Release birds for hunting on private land
The rules for releasing ring-necked pheasants and chukar partridge (small game birds) for hunting.
Effective January 1, 2014.
You can release small numbers of ring-necked pheasants and chukar partridge (up to 10 of each species) for hunting on private property without a permit or authorization from the Ministry of Natural Resources.
You need to follow certain rules.
This is a summary of the provincial laws. You can find a complete set of rules related to this activity in:
- hold a small game licence
- release only up to 10 ring-necked pheasants and/or 10 chukar partridge each year
- release the birds on land you own or occupy (e.g., you lease the land)
- release the birds during the open hunting season for the species
If you follow these rules, you do not need a permit or authorization.
Daily bag and possession limits
While you can release up to 10 birds of each species, there are daily and overall possession limits on the quantity of ring-necked pheasants you can harvest and keep.
These rules are outlined in the Hunting Regulations Summary.
Other bird species or quantities over 10
If you want to release more than 10 birds of each species – or another bird species – other authorizations and approvals apply.
Contact a local Ministry of Natural Resources office for more information.
Please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources for more information at:
Phone: 1-800-667-1940 (toll-free)