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For Release: Thursday, November 8, 2012

DEC: Additional Pheasants Released In Region 6

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that additional pheasants were released the week of November 5 in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties. These pheasants, from the New York state game farm, are being distributed in the upstate areas. Originally, these pheasants were scheduled for release on Long Island but Hurricane Sandy has forced DEC to distribute them upstate.

The pheasants were released at various locations on State Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). The pheasant season in Region 6 opened on October 1st and will close on February 28, 2013.

Earlier this fall, approximately 3,500 adult pheasants were released throughout the five counties in DEC's Region 6. In Jefferson County, birds were released on Perch River (Town of Orleans), Ashland (Town of Lyme) and French Creek (Town of Clayton) WMAs. In St. Lawrence County, birds were released on Fish Creek (Town of Macomb), Upper & Lower Lakes (Town of Canton) and Wilson Hill (Town of Louisville) WMAs. In Oneida County pheasants were released on Oriskany Flats and Rome WMAs and Verona Beach State Park Cooperative Area. Herkimer and Lewis counties each received pheasants in 3 separate releases on private
lands open to public hunting.

Jefferson County was stocked with an additional 200 birds at Ashland, French Creek and Perch River WMAs. St. Lawrence County will be stocked with 98 pheasants at Upper and Lower Lakes WMA.

For information on specific WMAs or pheasant hunting cooperative areas, contact:

  • St. Lawrence County - Potsdam Wildlife Office -- (315) 265-3090
  • Jefferson and Lewis counties - Watertown Wildlife Office -- (315) 785-2263
  • Oneida and Herkimer counties - Utica Wildlife Office -- (315) 793-2557.
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