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Pheasant Release Sites

Annually, about 30,000 adult pheasants are raised on the Richard E. Reynolds game farm in Ithaca and released just prior to and during the fall pheasant hunting season. Releases occur across the state on both state and private lands open to public hunting.

Successful Pheasant Hunters with a Bird in the BagYouth-only Pheasant Hunt - DEC offers specially designated Youth Pheasant Hunts. Pheasant hunting was one of the first hunting experiences for many of today's adult hunters, and this two-day hunt will help maintain this traditional introduction to hunting.

The Department releases adult pheasants on specific sites for the Youth Pheasant Hunt weekends (consult the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide for the applicable dates in your area). Junior hunters can hunt these sites, which are designated below "YH", with a good chance of finding released birds. Sites designated "RS" are locations where birds will be released for the Regular Season.

Print or download a complete listing of Pheasant Release Sites for 2016 (PDF) (162 KB).

Region 1 - Long Island

For further information on release sites contact: - Bureau of Wildlife Stony Brook Office at 631-444-0310

Suffolk County

  • Brookhaven - Rocky Point State Natural Resources Management Area* (YH, RS)
  • Riverhead & Brookhaven - Otis Pike Preserve* (YH, RS)
  • Brookhaven - Eastport State Lands* (YH)

*A daily permit must be obtained from the Ridge Hunter Check Station for "Regular Season" hunting (designated "RS" above). A Seasonal Access Permit is needed for the Youth Hunt (designated "YH" above).

Region 3 - Lower Hudson Valley

For further information on release sites contact: - Bureau of Wildlife New Paltz Office at 845-256-3098

Dutchess County

  • Amenia - Wassaic Multiple Use Area (RS)
  • Milan - Lafayetteville Multiple Use Area (YH, RS)
  • Red Hook - Tivoli Bays Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)

Orange County

  • New Windsor - Stewart State Forest (YH, RS)
  • Tuxedo - Sterling Forest State Park - Must obtain hunting permit from Sterling Forest Park Office. (RS)

Putnam County

  • Kent - Ninham Mountain Multiple Use Area (RS)
  • Patterson - Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)
  • Patterson - Great Swamp WMA, access off Cornwall Hill Rd., park in designated areas only (6 car capacity) (YH, RS)

Sullivan County

  • Freemont - Crystal Lake State Forest (RS)
  • Mamakating - Bashakill Wildlife Management Area (RS)
  • Thompson - Wolf Brook Multiple Use Area (RS)

Ulster County

  • Rochester - Davis Farm (RS)
  • Rochester - Kelder Farm - Hunters must be off fields by 10 AM (RS)
  • Wawarsing - Ver Nooy Kill State Forest (Lundy Estate), access from Lundy Road off 209 (RS)

Region 4 - Capital District / Northern Catskills

For further information on release sites contact: - Bureau of Wildlife
- Schenectady Office at 518-357-2355 or
- Stamford Office at 607-652-7367

Print or download maps of all of the 2016 Region 4 Pheasant Release Sites (PDF) (15 MB).
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Albany County

  • Berne - Partridge Run WMA - See maps at all informational kiosks. (YH, RS)
  • Knox - Margaret Burke WMA - west side of County Route 254. (YH, RS)
  • New Scotland - West side of Diamond Hill Rd. north of Clipp Rd. (RS)

Columbia County

  • Kinderhook - County Rte. 21 southeast of Dahlgren Rd. (RS)
  • Stockport - Stockport WMA - Rod and Gun Club Rd. & the intersection of Joselin Heights Rd. and Ravish Rd. - Please respect the no discharge areas and nearby private residences. (YH, RS)

Delaware County

  • Colchester - Bear Spring Mtn. WMA - East Trout Brook Rd. (YH, RS)
  • Delhi/Franklin - County Route 16 at the town line. NYCDEP Land - respect property and nearby private residences. (RS)
  • Franklin - Off Rt. 357 across from Merrickville Rd. on Town property. Must obtain permission to hunt surrounding private land. (RS)
  • Roxbury - Relay State Forest - Relay Rd. (formerly Morse Rd.) off of Narrow Notch Rd. (RS)
  • Stamford/Bovina - Scutt Mountain Road. NYCDEP Land - respect property and nearby private residences. (YH, RS)

Greene County

  • Jewett - Colgate Lake Wild Forest - County Route 78 (RS)

Montgomery County

  • Canajoharie - Old Sharon Rd. between Mapletown and Tubbs Rd. (RS)
  • Canajoharie - North of Clinton Rd., east of NY-163 (YH, RS)
  • Canajoharie - Maring Rd. near Rte. 89 (YH, RS)
  • Canajoharie/Minden - Clinton Rd. 0.5 miles west of NY-163 (RS)

Otsego County

  • Middlefield - County Rte. 43 & 35 (RS)
  • Milford - Rt. 28 , South of Milford - Must stay on farm road, do not drive on fields to avoid puddles and ruts (RS)

Schoharie County

  • Conesville - Bear Kill Rd. NYCDEP land near Brand Rd. and Karlau Rd. Respect property and nearby private residences. (YH, RS)
  • Richmondville - Lape Road. No motorized vehicles; walk up farm lane. (YH, RS)
  • Richmondville - Beards Hollow Road. (YH, RS)
  • Schoharie - Sunnyside Road to Deere Lane (private road). (YH, RS)

Region 5 - Eastern Adirondacks/Lake Champlain

For further information on release sites contact: - Bureau of Wildlife
- Raybrook Office at 518-897-1291 or
- Warrensburg Office at 518-623-1240

Clinton County

  • Chazy - Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)

Essex County

  • Westport - Near the junction of Lake Shore Rd & Clark Rd on state land (YH, RS)

Fulton County

  • Ephratah - South of Ephratah on Rte. 140 and Turn Hill Road (RS)

Saratoga County

  • Greenfield - Daketown State Forest (YH, RS)
  • Wilton - Saratoga Sand Plains (Old Gick) (YH only)

Washington County

  • Greenwich - Carter's Pond Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)
  • Jackson - Eldridge Swamp State Forest (YH, RS)
  • Fort Edward - Washington County State Forest (YH)

Region 6 - St. Lawrence Valley/Western Adirondacks

For further information on release sites contact: - Bureau of Wildlife
- Watertown Office at 315-785-2263 or
- Potsdam Office at 315-265-3090 or
- Herkimer Office at 315-866-6330

Print or download a description of all of the 2016 Region 6 Pheasant Release Sites (PDF) (1.2 MB).

Herkimer County

  • Danube - Nowadaga Creek (canal) (RS)

Jefferson County

  • Brownville - Perch River Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)
  • Cape Vincent - Ashland Wildlife Management Area (RS)
  • Clayton - French Creek Wildlife Management Area (RS)

Lewis County

  • Martinsburg - East Martinsburg Rd. (RS)

Oneida County

  • Rome - Rome Wildlife Management Area (RS)
  • Verona - Verona Beach State Park Co-op; Hunters are required to sign-in and obtain a seasonal hunting permit from the Utica DEC office (315-793-2554) or the Verona Beach State Park office (315-762-4463) (RS)
  • Whitestown - Oriskany Flats Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)

St. Lawrence County

  • Canton - Upper & Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)
  • Louisville - Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area (RS)
  • Macomb - Fish Creek Wildlife Management Area (RS)

Region 7 - Central New York

For further information on release sites contact: - Bureau of Wildlife - Cortland Office at 607-753-3095 ext 247

Broome County

  • Triangle - Whitney Point Multiple Use Area (YH, RS)

Cayuga/Tompkins Counties

  • Ledyard, Genoa, Lansing - Cayuga Tompkins Co-op Hunting Area (YH, RS)

Cayuga County

  • Conquest - N. Montezuma Wildlife Management Area - Howland Island. (RS)

Chenango County

  • Smithville - Long Pond State Forest (YH, RS)

Madison County

  • Hamilton - South of the Village of Hamilton along Payne Brook to Middleport Rd. or County Rte. 77. (RS)
  • Lenox - Ditch Bank Road along Cowaselon Creek (RS)

Onondaga County

  • Lysander - Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)

Oswego County

  • Richland - Deer Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)
  • West Monroe - Three-Mile Bay Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)

Tioga County

  • Richford - Michigan Hill State Forest (YH, RS)

Region 8 - Rochester/Western Finger Lakes

For further information on release sites contact: - Bureau of Wildlife
- Avon Office at 585-226-5380
- Bath Office at 607-776-2165

Chemung County

  • Veteran - Bill Winkky Farm, Ridge Rd.; Permission required; Park in designated area; Limited to 2 vehicles - 4 hunters maximum (RS)
  • Veteran - Dick Winkky Farm, Veteran Hill Rd.; Permission required; Park in designated area; Limited to 2 vehicles - 4 hunters maximum (RS)
  • Veteran - Dick Winkky Farm, Dann Blvd.; Permission required; Park in designated area; Limited to 2 vehicles - 4 hunters maximum (RS)
  • Chemung - Maple Hill State Forest (RS)

Genesee, Niagara County

  • Alabama, Royalton - Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area; Closed to pheasant hunting on Tuesdays and Fridays (YH, RS)

Genesee County

  • Alabama - John White Wildlife Management Area (RS)
  • Darien - Darien Lake State Park (YH, RS)
  • Oakfield, Alabama - Oak Orchard Wildlife Management Area; Closed to pheasant hunting on Tuesdays and Fridays (YH, RS)

Livingston County

  • Livonia - Hemlock-Canadice State Forest - North end of Hemlock Lake (YH, RS)
  • Springwater - Hemlock-Canadice State Forest - South end of Hemlock Lake (YH, RS)

Monroe County

  • Greece, Parma - Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)

Ontario, Yates Counties

  • Naples, Italy - High Tor Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)

Seneca County

  • Fayette - Poorman Farm, Poorman Rd. off Rt. 414 (RS)
  • Lodi - Finger Lakes National Forest - Area around Lodi Center Rd. (County Rte. 137), Neal Rd., Smith Rd., and Dean Rd. (RS)

Schuyler County

  • Hector - Finger Lakes National Forest - Satterly Hill Rd. (RS)

Steuben County

  • Erwin - McCarthy Farm, McCarthy Road. (RS)
  • Tuscarora - Nichols Farm on Thompson Road (YH, RS)

Wayne County

  • Conquest - N. Montezuma Wildlife Management Area - Howland Island (RS)
  • Savannah - N. Montezuma Wildlife Management Area along Savannah-Spring Lake Rd. (YH, RS)
  • Wolcott/Huron - Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)
  • Wolcott - Chimney Bluffs State Park, Garner Rd., directly across from the entrance to Chimney Bluffs State Park parking lot at 7700 Garner Rd. (YH, RS)

Region 9 - Western New York

For further information on release sites contact: - Bureau of Wildlife
- Buffalo Office at 716-851-7010 or
- Allegany Office at 716-372-0645

Allegany County

  • Birdsall - Keeney Swamp Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)
  • New Hudson - Hanging Bog WMA along New Hudson Road (YH, RS)

Cattaraugus County

  • Conewango, Randolph - Conewango Swamp Wildlife Management Area - between Rte 241 and Conewango Creek. (YH, RS)
  • Farmersville - Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area - Special permit required to hunt opening day Oct. 15 (59 kB PDF); Contact NYSDEC, 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14203, (716) 851-7010 (YH, RS)
  • Red House - Allegany State Park, Wolf Run Rd. (free permit necessary from Admin. Bldg.) (YH, RS)
  • Red House - Allegany State Park, Upper Bay State Rd. (free permit necessary from Admin. Bldg.) (RS)
  • South Valley - Allegheny Reservoir Wildlife Management Area - vicinity of Bone Run off Onoville Rd. (YH, RS)

Chautauqua County

  • Sherman - Alder Bottom Wildlife Management Area - off Idora Rd. and Rte 76. (YH, RS)

Erie County

  • Collins - Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area - South of Vail and Unger Road and Button Road. - Special permit required to hunt opening day Oct. 15 (59 kB PDF); Contact NYSDEC, 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14203, (716) 851-7010 (YH, RS)
  • Brant - East of Mileblock Rd., south of Milestrip Rd. Must obtain permission from landowner. (RS)

Erie, Niagara Counties

  • Royalton, Newstead - Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area (RS)

Niagara County

  • Lewiston - Joseph Davis State Park - Special permit required for hunting pheasants on Oct. 8-9, 15, 22, & 29; Questions, call (716) 745-7273 (YH, RS)
  • Newfane - East of Hess Road, near Charlotteville Road. Must obtain permission from landowner. (RS)
  • Somerset - Golden Hill State Park - Special permit required for hunting pheasants on Oct. 8-9, 15, 22, & 29; Questions, call (716) 795-3885 (YH, RS)
  • Somerset - East of Hosmer Road, between Haight Road and West Somerset. Must obtain permission from landowner. (RS)
  • Somerset - West of Hosmer Road and north of West Somerset Road. Hunting north of railroad tracks only. Must obtain permission from landowner. (RS)
  • Wilson - Wilson-Tuscarora State Park - Special permit required for hunting pheasants on Oct. 8-9, 15, 22, & 29; Questions, call (716) 751-6361 (YH, RS)

Wyoming County

  • Middlebury - Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area & Sulphur Springs F.W.M.A. Co-op - 5 miles north of Warsaw; Closed to pheasant hunting on Fridays (October through November only) (YH, RS)