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For Release: Friday, September 23, 2016

Fall Pheasant Release Plans Announced for WNY Youth

Hunters Encouraged to Enter Permit Lotteries Soon

The Western New York pheasant hunting season is fast approaching, opening on Saturday, Oct. 15. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will release approximately 4,460 adult Ring-necked Pheasants on Region 9 lands open to public hunting for this fall's pheasant hunting season. Pheasants to be stocked will be provided by DEC's Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca, NY. A complete statewide list of pheasant release sites is available on DEC's website.

"DEC is pleased to provide enhanced pheasant hunting opportunities in Western New York through our cooperative pheasant raising programs," said DEC Senior Wildlife Biologist Emilio Rende. "To ensure the safety of our sportsmen and DEC staff while stocking, pheasant hunting will not be allowed on Fridays at Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area (MUA) during October and November. We wish local sportsmen and sportswomen a safe and successful season."

The Day-old Pheasant Chick Program provides additional pheasant hunting opportunities through a partnership between DEC and sportsmen, 4H 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 in ensuring that these areas remain open to hunting in future years.

Hunters are also encouraged to review the 2016-2017 New York State Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide before going afield, and to be sure of their targets and beyond when hunting. The Regulations Guide identifies boundary restrictions and other important information, and is available online. "Rooster only" and "rooster and hen" boundary descriptions are located on page 43 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). Hunters interested in entering the DEC permit lottery for these Multiple Use Areas should mail one standard size post card to:

NYSDEC, Bureau of Wildlife
270 Michigan Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14203

Post cards must include the hunter's name, address, telephone number, 2016-17 license back tag number, preferred time of hunt (sunrise to noon or 1:00 pm to sunset), and the management area desired in order of preference. All entries must be received by Sept 30. There is no fee for the permit, and hunters awarded permits will be able to name one additional hunter on their permit. Ten permits will be issued per time block on each management area. Small game hunting on all other days will remain 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. 15, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29 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 interested in entering the Permit Lottery at Golden Hill, Joseph Davis, and Wilson Tuscarora State Parks should mail a separate, standard size file card for each date and park that you would like to hunt. Only one permit will be issued to each hunter per day. Cards may be put into an envelope for each respective park and mailed together to the appropriate address below:

Golden Hill State Park
Renee Campbe
9691 Lower Lake Rd.
Barker, NY 14012
(716) 795-3885

Joseph Davis State Park
Josh Bodie
1 Maintenance Ave.
Youngstown, NY 14174
(716) 745-7273

Wilson Tuscarora State Park
David Giambra
3371 Lake Rd.
Wilson, NY 14172
(716) 751-6361

Information on the file card should include the hunter's name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, hunting license back tag number, hunt date, a.m. hunt or p.m. hunt, and desired park location. Entries will be computerized to avoid duplications. All lottery entries must be received by noon on Friday, Sept 30. If you have any questions regarding the Permit Lottery, please call the respective Park Managers at the numbers provided above. Please note that there will be no pheasant hunting at Golden Hill, Joseph Davis, and Wilson Tuscarora State Parks on release days (Oct.7, 14, 21 and 28). There is no fee for the permit and hunters awarded permits will have the option of naming one additional hunter on their permit.

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. 19 until Dec. 11. Please refer to the attached table for a summary of the number of pheasants to be stocked and release sites in each county. Any questions should be referred to DEC's Bureau of Wildlife at (716) 851-7010 in Buffalo or (716) 372-0645 in Allegany. Additional information about pheasant hunting is available on DEC's website.

Governor Cuomo has expanded recreational opportunities for residents and tourists, positioning New York State as a recreation destination, connecting communities to state lands, and improving the quality of life. Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State. In support of this initiative, last year $10 million in NY Works funding has been dedicated to fish hatchery repairs and 50 new land and water access projects such as boat launches, hunting blinds, trails and parking areas.

Under the initiative, the 2016-17 Enacted Budget included an additional $8 million for state land access projects and an additional $4 million for the state's hatcheries in NY Works funding. The Budget also creates a new capital account which along with federal Pittman-Robertson funds will be used to manage, protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat, and to improve and develop public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation.

Questions about the Youth Pheasant Hunt can be directed to DEC's Bureau of Wildlife at (716) 851-7010 in Buffalo or (716) 372-0645 in Allegany. See the table below for Youth Pheasant Hunt Stocking Locations. To apply for a permit, contact NYS Park managers identified above. Additional information about pheasant hunting is available on DEC's website.

Governor Cuomo has expanded recreational opportunities of residents and tourists, positioning New York State as a recreation destination, connecting communities to state lands, and improving the quality of life. Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State. In support of this initiative, last year $10 million in NY Works funding has been dedicated to fish hatchery repairs and 50 new land and water access projects such as boat launches, hunting blinds, trails and parking areas.

Under the initiative, the 2015-16 Enacted Budget included an additional $8 million for state land access projects and an additional $4 million for the state's hatcheries in NY Works funding. The Budget also creates a new capital account which along with federal Pittman-Robertson funds will be used to manage, protect and restore fish and wildlife habitat, and to improve and develop public access for fish and wildlife-related recreation.

2016 Region 9 Youth Hunt Pheasant Stocking
County Township Release Site
Allegany New Hudson Hanging Bog WMA along New Hudson Road.
Birdsall Keeney Swamp WMA Route 15B, off North parking area
Cattaraugus Conewango-Randolph Conewango Swamp WMA - Between Route 241 and Conewango Creek
Red House Allegany State Park, Wolf Run Road (Free permit necessary from Administration Building.)
Farmersville Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area. No special permit required for the youth hunt on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9.
South Valley Allegheny Reservoir WMA - vicinity of Bone Run off Onoville Road.
Chautauqua Sherman Alder Bottom Wildlife Management Area - off Idora Road and Route 76.
Erie Collins Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area, south of Vail and Unger Road and Button Road.
No special permit required for the youth hunt on Oct. 8 and 9.
Niagara Lewiston Joseph Davis State Park - Special permit required for hunting pheasants on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9. *
Wilson Wilson-Tuscarora State Park - Special permit required for hunting pheasants on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9.
Somerset Golden Hill State Park - Special permit required for hunting pheasants on Saturday, Oct 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9.*
Wyoming Middlebury Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area and Sulphur Springs Hill Fish and Wildlife Management Act Cooperative Hunting Area, 5 miles north of Warsaw.

*Contact NYS Park managers at the respective parks identified in text above to apply for a permit.

**For information about special permits at Zoar and Harwood WMAs, please contact DEC's Buffalo Office at 716-851-7201 or DEC's Allegany Office at 716-372-0645.

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