December and January offer ideal pheasant hunting conditions in Colorado. The opening day crowds have thinned, crops have been cut and harvested and the cooler air is just right for walking the draws, sloughs and grassy fields in search of roosters. For those lucky hunters that are able to get some time in the field, Colorado Parks and Wildlife has some field dressing advice that will help protect your harvest and keep you legal. Watch Trent Verquer, Grasslands Habitat Coordinator, and Josh Melby, District Wildlife Manager, for some tips that will get you on the right path to field dressing your next pheasant.
How to: Field Dress a Pheasant. Video by © Crystal Egli/CPW
Also, always remember to follow some basic hunting etiquette to ensure future access to private lands. Please retrieve all spent shotgun shells and be sure to clean up all feathers after field dressing your pheasants.
Some helpful resources for your next pheasant hunt:
- Small Game and Waterfowl Brochure
- Small Game Walk -In Atlas Brochure
- Late Cropland Brochure
- Tips for Colorado Pheasant Hunters