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Pheasant hunters of all ages will had something to be excited about this October when the season kicked off. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced  that they will be releasing over 30,000 adult pheasants into state fields to give junior hunters something to shoot for.

For the seventh year in a row, kids ages 12-15 years old will had the opportunity to hit the fields the weekend prior to the regular pheasant hunting season, allowing them to get some experience and hopefully take a few birds before the older hunters get into the mix. Pheasants will be released in numerous sites across the state to give juniors the best chance at success.

Programs like the Day-old Pheasant Chick Program are the reason why New York youngsters have this opportunity. This program in particular was developed back in the early 1900s to help give hunters the best hunting experience possible. Since its inception, the program has worked with hundreds sportsmen and women to help stock the pheasant bird population.

Each spring, baby chicks are distributed to volunteers who have applied and been accepted to the program. These volunteers then raise the birds into adulthood, incurring the costs of feed, water, utilities, facility construction and other expenses. When the pheasants reach a certain age they are distributed throughout the state to be released before the season begins.

One of the Day-old Pheasant Chick Program’s objectives is to distribute 60,000 day-old pheasant chicks to approved program volunteers. They also aim to provide good hunting experiences for at least 40,000 local hunters.

The program is always looking for new volunteers, and people interested in participating are welcome to as long as they follow the proper guidelines. More information on the Day-old Pheasant Chick Program and how to get involved can be found on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website.

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