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For Release: Wednesday, September 15, 2021

DEC Announces Fall Pheasant Release Plans for Western New York

Hunters Encouraged to Enter Permit Lotteries

Pheasant hunting season in Western New York will open on Saturday, Oct. 16, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. DEC will release approximately 4,900 adult ring-necked pheasants from its Reynolds Game Farm on Region 9 lands open to public hunting for this fall's pheasant hunting season. A complete statewide list of pheasant release sites is available on DEC's website.

The Day-old Pheasant Chick Program provides 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.

DEC reminds hunters to ask permission from private landowners before hunting on their lands. Cooperative landowner/hunter relationships 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 efforts, pheasant hunting is not allowed on Fridays at Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area during October and November. Hunters are encouraged to review the 2021-2022 New York State Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide before going afield, and to be sure of their targets and beyond when hunting. The guide, which is available on DEC's website, includes boundary restrictions and other important information. For reference, "Rooster only" and "rooster and hen" boundary descriptions are located 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. Hunters interested in entering the DEC permit lottery for these multiple use areas are advised to mail one standard-size postcard to NYSDEC, Bureau of Wildlife, 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14203.

Postcards must include the hunter's name, address, telephone number, 2021-22 license back tag number, preferred time of hunt (sunrise to noon or 1 p.m. to sunset), and the management area desired in order of preference. All entries must be received by Sept 24. 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.

BE ADVISED: Dogs are not allowed in designated 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. 16, Oct. 23, and Oct. 30 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 is from sunrise until 12:30 p.m. The second hunt is 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 standard-size file card for each date and park they 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 Campbell
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 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 24. Contact the respective Park Managers with questions regarding the permit lottery. Note: there will be no pheasant hunting at Golden Hill, Joseph Davis, and Wilson Tuscarora State Parks on release days (Oct. 22 and 29). There is no fee for the permit and hunters awarded permits have the option of naming one additional hunter on their permit.

Hunters wishing to hunt pheasants in Allegany State Park are reminded they must pick up a free hunting permit at the administration building near Red House Lake before hunting in the park. Small game hunting is not allowed in Allegany State Park during the regular big game season from Nov. 20 until Dec. 12. Refer to the table for a summary of the number of pheasants to be stocked and release sites in each county. Contact DEC's Bureau of Wildlife at (716) 851-7010 in Buffalo or (716) 372-0645 in Allegany with questions. Additional information about pheasant hunting is available on DEC's website.

2021 WNY Pheasant Stocking Locations (Regular Season)
County Birds Township Release Site
Allegany 469 New Hudson Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area- along New Hudson Road.
203 Birdsall Keeney Swamp Wildlife Management Area - Route 15B, off North parking area
Cattaraugus 315 Conewango-Randolph Conewango Swamp Wildlife Management Area - Between Route 241 and Conewango Creek
315 Red House Allegany State Park, Wolf Run Road, Upper Bay State Road. (Free permit necessary from Administration Building.)
294 Farmersville Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area - Special Permit required for opening day, October 16th**
308 South Valley Allegheny Reservoir Wildlife Management Area - vicinity of Bone Run off Onoville Road.
Chautauqua 252 Sherman Alder Bottom Wildlife Management Area - off Idora Road and Route 76.
Erie 238 Collins Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area - south of Vail and Unger Road. Special Permit required for opening day, October 16th**
161 Brant East of Mileblock Rd. South of Milestrip Road - Hunting by landowner permission only.
238 North Collins Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area - north of Genesee Rd, west of Rt 75.
Niagara 196 Lewiston Joseph Davis State Park - Special permit required for hunting on October 16, 23 and 30.* - No hunting on release days October 22 and 29.
154 Newfane East of Hess Rd., near Charlotteville Rd. - Hunting by landowner permission only.
105 Newfane West side of Hess road, south of Drake Settlement Road, north of Gow Road. - Hunting by landowner permission only.
210 Wilson Wilson-Tuscarora State Park - Special permit required for hunting on October 16, 23 and 30.* - No hunting on release days October 22 and 29.
210 Somerset Golden Hill State Park - Special permit required for hunting on October 16, 23 and 30.* - No hunting on release days October 22 and 29.
119 Somerset West of Hosmer Rd., north of West Somerset Rd. - Hunting north of railroad tracks only. Hunting by permission only.
Wyoming 938 Middlebury Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area and Sulphur Springs Hill Fish and Wildlife Management Act Cooperative Hunting Area, 5 miles north of Warsaw. Closed to pheasant hunting on Fridays (October through November only).
Tonwanda WMA 56 Royalton Alabama Cooperative stocking effort by Region 8 and Region 9

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

** For more information about special permits for Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area and Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area, please contact NYS DEC office at 716-851-7010

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