Pheasant Habitat Improvement Program

The Pheasant Habitat Improvement Program (PHIP) is a cooperative effort between the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Pheasants Forever Inc., and local Pheasants Forever Chapters in Colorado. The program is designed to assist landowners in developing and enhancing habitat for ring-necked pheasants. PHIP is offered within the core pheasant range in Colorado, including the counties of Morgan, southeastern Weld, Logan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Yuma, Washington, Kit Carson, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Prowers and Baca.

What Projects can be done with PHIP?

PHIP habitat projects are designed to increase year round survival of pheasants, and in some cases bobwhite and scaled quail. In addition, many PHIP practices also increase hunting opportunity and success. Establishing tall grass in waste areas and sprinkler corners, planting sorghum food and cover plots, providing cropland incentives to retain tall wheat stubble, and developing shrub thickets are a few examples of PHIP practices.

How does PHIP work?

The Division of Wildlife contracts the PHIP program to Pheasants Forever, Inc., Local Pheasants Forever chapters and CDOW field staff deliver the program to private landowners. The Division provides PF with technical guidelines and a project menu that can be accomplished through PHIP, and cost share and incentive rates for those projects. Many chapters install the projects for the landowner, but occasionally may ask landowners that own farming equipment to help install a project. Most projects are installed at no out-of pocket expense to the landowner, and increase opportunities for enrollment in the Small Game Walk-In Access Program.

What are the benefits of PHIP?

  • Enhanced upland game bird populations
  • Improved wildlife habitat for a variety of species
  • Environmental benefits
  • Better hunting opportunities

Where do I start?

Interested landowners in the project range can begin by contacting a nearby local Pheasants Forever chapter to see what types of projects are available.  Landowners may also contact the Division of Wildlife to learn more about the PHIP program and upland game bird habitat improvement opportunities in eastern Colorado

Contact Pheasant Habitat Improvement Program

Colorado Division of Wildlife
8118 CR 370
Sterling, Colorado  80751
Phone: (970)-521-0233


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Baca County, Colorado
  • Cheyenne County, Colorado
  • Kiowa County, Colorado
  • Kit Carson County, Colorado
  • Logan County, Colorado
  • Morgan County, Colorado
  • Phillips County, Colorado
  • Prowers County, Colorado
  • Sedgwick County, Colorado
  • Washington County, Colorado
  • Weld County, Colorado
  • Yuma County, Colorado