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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. 19, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. DEC will release approximately 4,700 adult Ring-necked Pheasants on Region 9 lands open to public hunting for this falls pheasant hunting season. Stocked pheasants will be provided by DECs Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca. A list of pheasant release sites statewide [ http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9349.html ] is available on DECs website.
“DEC is pleased to provide enhanced pheasant hunting opportunities in Western New York through our cooperative pheasant raising programs, *said Region 9 Director Abby Snyder.* We would especially like to thank the Erie and Allegany County Sheriffs Departments for providing pheasants to be stocked at Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area and Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area through their Pheasant Rearing Programs.
The Day-old Pheasant Chick Program provides additional pheasant hunting opportunities through a partnership between DEC and sportsmen and women, 4H Youth, and landowners interested in rearing and releasing pheasants. Birds from this program are released before the season opens and dispersed 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 thanks to the cooperation of private landowners. Good landowner/hunter relations are critical to ensure 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 during October and November. Hunters are also encouraged to review the 2019-2020 New York State Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide [ http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/19smallgame.pdf ] before going afield, and to be sure of their targets and beyond when hunting. The guide identifies boundary restrictions and other important information, and is available online on DECs website. “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 hunters name, address, telephone number, 2019-20 license back tag number, preferred time of hunt (sunrise to noon or 1 pm to sunset), and the management area desired in order of preference. *All entries must be received by Sept 27.* 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. 19, Oct. 26, and Nov. 2 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
9691 Lower Lake Rd.
Barker, NY 14012
Joseph Davis State Park
1 Maintenance Ave.
Youngstown, NY 14174
Wilson Tuscarora State Park
3371 Lake Rd.
Wilson, NY 14172
Information on the file card should include the hunters 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 27.* Please call the respective Park Managers at the numbers provided 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. 25 and Nov 1).* 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. 16 until Dec. 8. 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 DECs Bureau of Wildlife at (716) 851-7010 in Buffalo or (716) 372-0645 in Allegany. Additional information about pheasant hunting [ http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8363.html ] is available on DECs website.
2019 Region 9 Adult Pheasant Stocking County Birds Township Release Site Allegany
Hanging Bog WMA along New Hudson Road
Keeney Swamp WMA Route 15B, off North parking Area
Conewango Swamp Wildlife Management Area – between Route 241 and Conewango Creek.
Allegany State Park, Wolf Run Road and Upper Bay State Road (free permit necessary from Administration Building).
Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area: Special permit required for opening day Oct. 19.*
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
Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area, south of Vail and Unger Road and Button Road. Special permit required for opening day Oct. 19**
East of Mileblock Road, south of Milestrip Road. Hunting by landowner permission only.
Joseph Davis State Park – Special permit required for hunting pheasants on Oct.19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. *
East of Hess Road, near Charlotteville Road. Hunting by landowner permission only.
Wilson-Tuscarora State Park – Special permit required for hunting pheasants on Oct.19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2.*
Golden Hill State Park – Special permit required for hunting pheasants on Oct.19, Oct. 26 and Nov .2.*
West of Hosmer Road, north of West Somerset Road. Hunting north of the railroad tracks only. Hunting by landowner permission only.
Wyoming 812 Middlebury Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area and Sulphur Springs Fish and Wildlife Management Act Cooperative Hunting Area, five miles north of Warsaw. Closed to pheasant hunting on Fridays (October through November only). Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area 70 Royalton and Alabama Cooperative stocking effort by DEC Regions 8 and 9.
*Contact New York State Park managers at the respective parks identified to apply for a permit.
**For information about special permits at Zoar and Harwood WMAs, please contact DECs Buffalo Office at 716-851-7010 or DECs Allegany Office at 716-372-0645.
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