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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 New York on both state lands and private lands open to public hunting.

Successful Pheasant Hunters with a Bird in the Bag
Successful Pheasant Hunters with a Bird in the Bag.

Youth-only Pheasant Hunt - DEC offers specially designated youth-only pheasant hunting seasons. 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.

DEC 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.

Region 1 - Long Island

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

View maps for each of the properties in Suffolk County.

Suffolk County

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

*For the above Suffolk County locations a daily permit must be obtained from the Ridge Hunter Check Station for "Regular Season" hunting (designated "RS" above), and 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

  • 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

  • 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 the Region 4 Pheasant Release Sites (9 MB PDF).

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. Pheasant hunting only. (YH, RS)

Columbia County

  • Stockport - Brickyard WMA - Highway 9J and Avord Dock Rd. (YH, RS)
  • Stockport - Stockport WMA - Rod and Gun Rd. Please respect the no discharge areas and nearby private residences. There is a no firearms discharge area to the west of Joslen Heights Rd. and north of Joslen Blvd. (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. (YH, RS)
  • Franklin - Off Rt. 357 across from Merrickville Rd. on Town property. Must obtain permission to hunt surrounding private land. (YH, RS)
  • Roxbury - West Settlement Rd. about 3/4-mile north of Andrew Gray Rd. NYCDEP Land - respect no hunting zone, which is privately leased. (YH, RS)
  • Stamford/Bovina - Scutt Mountain Road. NYCDEP Land - respect property and nearby private residences. (YH, RS)

Montgomery County

  • Canajoharie - Maring Rd. near Rte. 89 (YH, RS)
  • Minden - Clinton Rd. 1/2-mile west of NY-163 (YH, RS)

Otsego County

  • Middlefield - County Rte. 43 & 35 - Hunters must ask permission prior to hunting. E-mail Nick Green (YH, RS)
  • Milford - Rt. 28 , South of Milford - Must stay on farm road, do not drive on fields to avoid puddles and ruts (YH, 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)

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

  • Beekmantown - Monty's Bay Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)
  • Chazy - Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)
  • Altona - Lewis Preserve Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)

Essex County

  • Keene - Hammond Pond Wild Forest, near the intersection of Route 73 and Route 9 (YH, RS)
  • Westport - Near the junction of Lake Shore Rd & Clark Rd on state land (YH, RS)

Fulton County

  • Ephratah - South of Ephratah on Rte. 140 (YH, RS)

Saratoga County

  • Greenfield - Daketown State Forest (YH, RS)
  • Wilton - Saratoga Sandplains Wildlife Management Area(Old Gick) (YH, RS)
  • Wilton - Saratoga Sandplains Wildlife Management Area (Fox Parcel) (YH, RS)

Washington County

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

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 maps of the Region 6 Pheasant Release Sites (PDF).

Herkimer County

  • Danube - Nowadaga Creek (canal) - hunting in fields at end of Depot Rd. between canal and hikeway trail; parking at yellow gate; no motorized vehicles on field. (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)
  • Lyme - Point Peninsula Wildlife Management Area; will be stocked opening week, but not opening day. (RS)

Oneida County

  • Rome - Rome Wildlife Management Area (RS)
  • Verona - Verona Beach State Park Co-op; Hunters are required to obtain a seasonal hunting permit. Self-issued permits are available from Verona Beach State Park website (link leaves DEC website) or from 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

Print or download maps of all of the Region 7 Pheasant Release Sites (PDF).

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 - Galavotti Farm - 8087 N. Main St., Canastota; Permission required, call (315) 456-9026; Park in designated areas; Limited to 2 vehicles, 4 hunters maximum. (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

Overview map of all Region 8 pheasant release sites (PDF).

Chemung County

Genesee, Niagara County

Genesee County

Livingston County

Monroe County

Ontario, Yates Counties

Ontario County

Seneca County

Schuyler County

Steuben County

Wayne County

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; 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; 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)
  • North Collins - Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area - off state route 75. (YH, 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. 9-10, 16, 23, & Oct. 30; 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. 9-10, 16, 23, & Oct. 30; Questions, call (716) 795-3885 (YH, 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. 9-10, 16, 23, & Oct. 30; 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)