Still Time to Get Outside for the 2018 Pheasant Season!

2018 Pheasant Forecast by Ed Gorman, Small-Game Manager for CPW and video by Jerry Neal, videographer and information specialist for CPW
Posted October 31, 2018
Colorado Outdoors

Colorado pheasant season is still in full effect. Check out the 2018 Colorado pheasant and quail hunting forecast video below. Pheasant hunting tips are also available on Colorado Outdoors Online.

NE Colorado Pheasants Forever Super Raffle

The prizes are a Remington 700 stainless ADL 30-06, a Beretta outlander 12-gauge semi-auto shotgun, a CZ Redhead 12 gauge over/under shotgun, a Benelli Montefeltro 20 gauge semi-auto shotgun, a Franchi Instinct L 28 gauge over/under shotgun, and a Kimber Custom II 1911 handgun in .45. The raffle is limited to 300 tickets, winner need not be present to win. Prizes will be choice if winner is at the banquet or winner will be assigned a prize if they are not present. NO FIREARMS WILL BE GIVEN OUT TO THE WINNERS AT THE DRAWING. Winners will receive information and a certificate stating which firearm they wish claim at our authorized FFL center in Sterling and must pass all required background checks.

Colorado Raffle License number is 2018-13677

1 ticket for $50.00 or 3 Tickets for $100.00

To buy tickets go to:

NE Colorado Pheasant Forever Super Raffle

Western Team Welcomes New Member: Nik Wright, Kit Carson County, CO

Nik Wright, Kit Carson CountyNik was born and raised in Lubbock, TX and received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Washington in Wildlife Science. Growing up, he loved spending time outdoors and spent many days chasing quail, redfish, and any other game he could find. His experiences hunting and fishing as a child illuminated his passion for conservation and drove him to pursue a career as a wildlife biologist. For his senior thesis, Nik collaborated with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on a project involving the potential reintroduction of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse to the Methow Valley in Okanogan County, WA. Prior to joining Pheasants Forever, he was a deer behavioral analyst for the Predator Ecology Lab at the University of Washington where he studied how the recolonization of northwestern gray wolves is directly and indirectly affecting mule and white-tailed deer behavior. Nik became intimately familiar with the work of Pheasants Forever while assisting and working with landowners in Douglas County, WA on Greater sage-grouse and Columbian sharp-tailed grouse conservation, and is excited to be a part of that positive impact. By working with landowners to develop and implement site-specific wildlife management plans, he hopes to contribute to Pheasants Forever’s mission of conservation to ensure that future generations have the same opportunities he had as a child.

Farewell to a Legend: Colorado’s Jerry Miller Turns in his Seed Mixes

Krysten Strong | Farm Bill Biologist, Pheasants Forever/USDA NRCS/ Wray, CO

Jerry MillerThis spring, after 8 years serving as the Northeastern Colorado Farm Bill Biologist, Jerry Miller hung up his biologist hat and retired to the simple life.

In 2010, Jerry was hired on as Eastern Colorado’s first Farm Bill Biologist with Pheasants Forever. A former forester, Jerry is a native of Northeastern Colorado, who’s family are well known farmers and outdoorsmen in Logan County.

During his 8-year tenure with Pheasants Forever, Jerry changed both the conservation and physical landscape in Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, and Logan Counties of Northeastern Colorado. Even before his time with Pheasants Forever, Jerry had made it his mission to provide on the ground habitat while protecting the local water and soil resources through tree plantings along Northeast Colorado’s rural waterways. Jerry continued this mission through Pheasants Forever and Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Pheasant Habitat Improvement Program (PHIP).

As new programs became available locally, Jerry was quick in taking action. As a fellow biologist, you knew you had to step up quick because there was no question that, left to his devices, Jerry would have no trouble in filling any and all available acres.

In his latter years with Pheasants Forever, Jerry took the state and national pollinator initiative to heart, planting thousands of acres of pollinator and monarch habitat through EQIP.

In addition to his on-the-ground habitat implementation, his outreach efforts enabled him to make a more permanent impact on habitat. Each year, Jerry would take part in a number of youth programs, set up a habitat display at every local event he could squeeze in, provided landowner workshops, and assisted in providing conservation training to producers, biologists, and future generations of conservationists.

Jerry’s presence will be missed by the Colorado PF Team, as well as many others. We wish him all the best in his retirement, as no one could deserve it more. After all, there aren’t many people who can say that their legacy has made such an impact on local habitat that it can be viewed from Google Earth!

2018 Banquet Schedule

Friday, November 2nd 2018
Southern Wyoming QF Banquet
Bryon Brockel

Friday, November 9th 2018
NE Colorado PF Banquet
Doors will open at 6:00PM with a “Prime Rib” dinner to follow. We will have auctions, raffles, games, and more!
Location: Northeastern Junior College-Ballroom
100 College Ave, Sterling, CO 80751
Trent Verquer, Banquet Chair
Ph: 970-556-5784
Click here for more details

Saturday, November 10th 2018
Phillips County PF Banquet
Doors will open at 5:00PM with “Rocky Mountain Oysters” dinner to follow. We will have auctions, raffles, games, and more!
Location: Phillips County Fairground in Holyoke
Scott Murry and Riley Dubbert, Banquet Chairs
Ph: 970-520-4207
Ph: 970-520-1785

Saturday, November 10th 2018
Yuma County PF Banquet
Doors will open at 5:00PM with “Rocky Mountain Oysters” dinner to follow. We will have auctions, raffles, games, and more!
Location: Yuma County Ag Building 1 mile north of town on Hwy 59
Matt Hardesty – President
Ph: 970-630-0250

Saturday, November 10th 2018
SE Colorado PF Banquet Doors will open at 5:30PM with a “Chicken Fried Steak” dinner to follow. We will have auctions, raffles, games, and more!
Location: Eagles Lodge 1220 S Main St Lamar, CO.
Kevin Swanson – President
Ph: 719-688-9866
Lee Lirley – Treasurer
Ph: 719-688-9050

Beer-Can Pheasant

Beer-Can Pheasant
Try this simple recipe courtesy “Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail” author Hank Shaw, and we swear you will never skin another bird.

Beer can chicken is one of the best ways I know to roast a chicken, especially in summertime, when you can do this recipe on the grill. But, while you can jam a regular beer can into a pheasant, the birds are generally too small. But a Red Bull can will fit. Fill it halfway with beer.


  • 2 empty Red Bull cans
  • Enough beer to fill half the cans (use any beer you want)
  • 2 whole pheasants
  • 1/4 cup olive oil to coat birds
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme


  1. Take the pheasants out and let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Bring the beer out, too, as you don’t want cold beer in the can.
  2. Prepare your grill for indirect heat. If you are using charcoal, put the coals on one side of the grill, leaving another side free of coals. If you are using a gas grill, fire up only half of the burners.
  3. Rub the pheasants all over with olive oil. Mix the salt, pepper, and thyme in a bowl and sprinkle it over the pheasant.
  4. Fill the Red Bull can halfway with beer; it doesn’t matter what kind. Drink the rest of the beer. Put the can inside the pheasants’ cavity and place the pheasants on the cool side of the grill. The legs and the can will act like a tripod to keep the pheasant upright.
  5. Cover the grill and come back in 40 minutes. After that time, check the pheasants and add more coals if needed. Stick a thermometer into the thickest part of the pheasant’s thigh — you want it to read 160 degrees. If it’s not there, close the grill lid and come back in 15 minutes. Keep checking this way until the pheasant is done. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, poke the spot between the leg and breast with a knife and look for the juices to run clear, not pink.
  6. Carefully move the pheasants to a pan. Let them rest for 10 minutes. Carefully lift it off the can and carve up into serving pieces.

Consider brining your pheasants first, especially if it was a wild bird. Mix 1/4 cup of kosher salt with 4 cups of water and add some seasonings: I like bay leaves, rosemary and cracked black pepper. Submerge the pheasant in this brine for 4 to 8 hours, then drain and let sit in the fridge uncovered the next day — this helps you get a crispy skin. After that, you can do this like a regular beer can chicken.

This great recipe, and many others for your upland birds, can be found in small game cookbook “Pheasant, Quail, Cottontail” by hunter, angler, gardener, cook Hank Shaw.

The book is available through Pheasants Forever / Quail Forever at special chapter pricing. It makes for a great sponsor gift or addition to any cooking package at your next fund raising event.

More info at

Hunter Meet and Greet

DENVER – The South Metro Chapter of Pheasants Forever #816 (SMPF) is excited to announce their first ever “Hunter Meet and Greet” on opening weekend of the 2018 Pheasant Hunting Season. SMPF will be staged at specific locations for the weekend opener to help hunters find new places to hunt on public lands and assist those who become frustrated by afternoon, give advice on new strategies and provide information on the great habitat and education outreach programs that Pheasants Forever are involved in. South Metro Pheasants Forever will have their education/outreach trailer and canopy set-up for easy visibility. Stop on by and warm up, meet folks that enjoy the outdoors like you and maybe even find a new hunting buddy. Our partner, Cabela’s in Lone Tree, has donated two $25 gift cards for door prizes. The drawing will be held on Monday, November 12 and the winner will be contacted by email.

SMPF will be at the following locations:

  • November 10 at 5–8:30 a.m. in Sterling, Colorado at the Reata Travel Shop located on US 6 (take I-76 to Exit 125, turn right 1 block).
  • November 10 at 10:00 a.m–12:30 p.m. in Haxtun, Colorado at the Haxtun Sooper’s located on US 6 and S. Colorado Ave.
  • November 11 at 12:30-2:30 p.m. in Holyoke, Colorado located at the Phillips County Event Center located on US 385 one block north of the railroad tracks

SMPF will also be at Pheasants Forever Eastern Colorado Banquets:

  • November 09 Sterling Northeastern Junior College Ballroom

  • November 10 Holyoke Phillips County Event Center

South Metro Pheasants Forever will provide PF and Colorado Parks and Wildlife brochures and also remind hunters to get their HIP numbers before entering the field.


Pheasants Forever Mission:

Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.

Smoky River Pheasants Forever 4th Annual Youth Shoot

(admission includes unlimited shooting, Youth P.F. Membership & Lunch)

September 22, 2018 at 10:00am – Youth 8-18
C.W. Gun Club

.22LR / Shotgun / Archery

*Firearms and ammunition are being provided, please no personal firearms. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

For info call, text or email:
Zac Bakley – 303.947.7468
Todd Marriott – 719.340.0279

Smoky River Pheasants Forever 1st Annual Shoot & Swing

Join us at C.W. Gun Club & Smoky River Golf Course on September 15,2 018 at 9:00am.

2 Person Scramble $100/Team (includes Pheasant Forever Memberships)

25 Shots of Trap & 9 Holes of Golf

1st place team wins pair of Remington 870 Express Shotguns!
2nd & 3rd Place also win a pair of prizes.

Silent Auction with various items including P.F. Kimber Custom II 1911 .45 ACP

  • Smoked Brisket Meal & Hole prizes
  • Bring your own guns & ammo, clubs, cart & B.Y.O.B. (Please no alcohol at the gun range. Please save it for the golf course)
  • Please visit our Facebook page for complete details

To sign up call, text or email:
Zac Bakley: 303.947.7468
Chad Brown: 719.232.7604
Scott Smith: 719.342.2902

Livin’ on a “Prair-ie”: “It’s raining….when?”

Marina Osier| Farm Bill Range Conservationist, Pheasants Forever/USDA NRCS | Lamar, CO

Summer in Lesser-prairie chicken (LPC) country involves many long days of vegetation monitoring on active Lesser-Prairie Chicken Initiative (LPCI) contracts. The monitoring protocol is designed to collect data to determine how the prescribed management implemented over the 5-10 year contract term is affecting the plant communities, specific to the habitat requirements of LPCs. Though sometimes a tedious task, annual vegetation monitoring provides a multitude of opportunities in terms of knowledge and out-reach. Opportunities to see and experience much of chicken country, to continue to interact with landowners and work with them to prescribe adaptive management, and to observe potential for future habitat projects for other wildlife.

Summer fieldwork also provides an anecdotal comparison between average, above average, and well below average precipitation years. For most of southeast Colorado, an area where average rainfall maxes out around 15 inches, the 2017 field season was what many locals consider a phenomenal year for moisture. With 2017 annual precipitation up to almost 30 inches in some areas, the grasses and forbs grew like few producers in the area had ever seen in their lifetimes.

However, the relief from the drought was short-lived, and the rains shut off at the end of the 2017 summer. With very little winter snow following, leading to below average snowpack in the mountains and moisture on the plains, southeast Colorado slid right back into the drought that haunts so much of the West. The 2018 season was plagued by a combination of very little precipitation and temperatures soaring well past 100 degrees since early spring. These conditions caused a very short “green up” which lasted just a couple weeks. Grass growth and sand sagebrush lagged behind, and the few forbs that showed up wilted quickly, leaving little evidence of their presence.

Though drought often spells trouble for wildlife, the birds are still singing, quail are still calling, and lesser-prairie chickens are still booming. Due, in part, to the adaptive management strategies employed by the producers and natural resource professionals, the fluctuations in precipitation can be absorbed by the resiliency of the wildlife that lives in this dynamic area. And with any luck, the 2019 season will bring a healthy balance of rainfall back to the plains.

LPCI Monitoring