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Fall Pheasant Release Planned for Western New York
New York Ag Connection - 10/14/2020

Pheasant hunting season in Western New York will open Oct. 17, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced. DEC will release approximately 4,600 adult ring-necked pheasants on Western New York lands open to public hunting for this fall's pheasant hunting season. Stocked pheasants will be provided by DEC's Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca. A complete list of pheasant release sites statewide is available on DEC's website.

The Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program provides additional pheasant hunting opportunities through a partnership between DEC, hunters, 4-H youth, and landowners interested in rearing and releasing pheasants. Birds from this program are released before the season opens and disperse widely, presenting a greater challenge for experienced hunters.

Hunters are reminded to ask permission from private landowners before hunting on their lands. Many of these release sites are available for hunting because of the cooperation of private landowners. Good landowner/hunter relations are critical to ensure that these areas remain open to hunting in future years.

To ensure the safety of hunters and DEC staff during pheasant stocking, pheasant hunting will not be allowed on Fridays at Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area during October and November. Hunters are encouraged to review the 2020-2021 New York State Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide before going afield, and to be sure of their targets and beyond when hunting. The guide identifies boundary restrictions and other important information, and is available online. "Rooster only" and "rooster and hen" boundary descriptions are on page 40 of the guide.

A special permit is required for hunting small game during the opening day of pheasant season on Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area in the town of Collins (Erie County), and Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area in the town of Farmersville (Cattaraugus County). Ten permits will be issued per time block on each management area. Small game hunting on all other days remains sunrise to sunset with no permit required. Hunters should also note that dogs are not allowed within the designated area on the Multiple Use Areas for any purpose during the 48-hour period immediately preceding opening day of the fall pheasant season as posted on Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area and Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area.

Hunting throughout the pheasant season is allowed at Golden Hill, Joseph Davis, and Wilson-Tuscarora state parks in Niagara County. However, permits are required on Oct. 17, 24, and 31 for Golden Hill, Joseph Davis, and Wilson-Tuscarora state parks. There will be two separate hunts each day that a permit is required: the first hunt will be from sunrise until 12:30 p.m.; the second hunt will be from 12:30 p.m. until sunset.

Hunters wishing to hunt pheasants in Allegany State Park are reminded that they must pick up a free hunting permit at the Administration Building near Red House Lake before hunting in the park. No small game hunting is allowed in Allegany State Park during the regular big game season that runs from Nov. 16 until Dec. 8.

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