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The release of thirty thousand adult pheasants is scheduled to be completed in the state of New York. The announcement was made by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) earlier this week as they prepare for the new season.

The release at a variety of sites across New York will consist of two types of pheasants; the Chinese and Mongolian varieties. The wide distribution is done so that there were an amble numbers of birds for the first hunting weekend in all areas.

The majority of this year’s stock was raised on the state-run Reynolds Game Farm, located in Dryden close to the Cornell University campus.

The other birds were bred at private sportsmen’s clubs and groups such as the Onondaga Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. They raised the pheasants from when they were day-old chicks. In this case, the young pheasants are supplied by the DEC and are part of the Day-old Pheasant Chick Program.

According to the DEC Commissioner Joe Martens, the Day-old Pheasant Chick Program offers hunters additional chances to bag a bird. These opportunities are supported by private landowners who make their land available for pheasant hunting. “DEC is grateful for their help in providing a high-quality hunting experience for New York's sportsmen and sportswomen,” Joe Martens has recently said.

The pheasant hunting season in the state started on October 1 in the northern and eastern areas, October 18 in the central and western areas and November 1 on Long Island. The only exception to these dates is the wildlife management unit 7A in Oswego County, Central New York. The season at this location started on October 1.

There is also a special youth-only weekend the DEC has managed since 2007. The event is open to youths between the ages of 12 and 15 and is held on the weekend prior to the regular pheasant hunting season.

Will you be going to New York State for some pheasant hunting? If not, where will you be going?

Let us know in the comments below.


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