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For Release: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

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. 15, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. DEC will release approximately 4,900 adult ring-necked pheasants on Region 9 lands open to public hunting for this fall's pheasant hunting season. Stocked pheasants will be provided by DEC's Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca, New York. A complete list of pheasant release sites statewide is available on DEC's website, including an interactive map showing pheasant stocking locations.

The Day-old Pheasant Chick Program provides additional pheasant hunting opportunities through a partnership between DEC and sportsmen, 4H Youth and landowners that are interested in rearing and releasing pheasants. Birds from this program are raised to adulthood and 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 to ensure that these areas remain open to hunting in future years.

To ensure the safety of hunters and DEC staff while pheasant stocking is occurring, pheasant hunting will not be allowed on Fridays at Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area, or on Thursdays at Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area and Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area during October and November.

Hunters are also encouraged to review the 2022-2023 New York State Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide before going afield, and to be sure of their targets and beyond when hunting. The guide identifies boundary restrictions and other important information. "Rooster only" and "rooster and hen" boundary descriptions are located on page 43 of the guide. Information regarding pheasant hunting sites and permits is available on DEC's website.

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 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 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 Thursday, Sept 29. Please call the respective Park Managers at the numbers provided above 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. 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. 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.

2022 Pheasant Stocking List (Regular Season)
County Birds Township Release Site
Allegany 469 New Hudson Hanging Bog WMA along New Hudson and Brown Road
107 Almond Klipnocky State Forest NE corner Gas Springs Rd/Roots Rd
217 Birdsall Keeney Swamp WMA Route 15 B, off North parking area
Cattaraugus 322 Conewango-Randolph Conewango Swamp WMA - between Route 241 and Conewango Creek
322 Red House Allegany State Park, Wolf Run Rd., Upper Bay State Rd. Free permit necessary from Administration Building
294 Farmersville Harwood Lake MUA - Special Permit required for opening day, October 15th *
315 South Valley Allegheny Reservoir WMA - Bone Run area off Onoville Rd.
Chautauqua 259 Sherman Alder Bottom WMA - off Idora Rd. and Route 76
Erie 238 Collins Zoar Valley MUA - south of Vail and Unger Rd. Special Permit required for opening day, October 15th* Closed to pheasant hunting on Thursdays (October and November only).
161 Brant East of Mileblock Rd. south of Milestrip Road Hunting by landowner permission only.
238 N. Collins Clear Lake WMA, north of Genesee Rd., west of Rt. 75 Closed to pheasant hunting on Thursdays (October and November only).
Niagara 196 Lewiston Joseph Davis State Park - Special permit required for hunting on October 15, 22 and 29.* No hunting on release days October 21 and 28.
154 Newfane East of Hess Rd., near Charlotteville Rd.
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 15, 22 and 29.* No Hunting on release days October 22 and 29.
210 Somerset Golden Hill State Park - Special permit required for hunting on October 15, 22 and 29.* No hunting on release days October 21 and 28.
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 MUA & Sulphur Springs FWMA Cooperative Hunting Area - 5 miles north of Warsaw Closed to pheasant hunting on Fridays (October through November only).
Tonawanda WMA 56 Royalton Cooperative stocking effort by Region 8 and Region 9

*Contact NYS Park Managers to apply for Permit

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