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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Fall Pheasant Release Plans Announced for WNY Adults

The Western New York pheasant hunting season is fast approaching, opening on Saturday, Oct. 15. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will release approximately 4,460 adult Ring-necked Pheasants on Region 9 lands open to public hunting for this fall's pheasant hunting season. Pheasants to be stocked will be provided by DEC's Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca, NY.
---Junior hunters can hunt these sites, which are designated below "YH", with a good chance of finding released birds. Sites designated "RS" are locations where birds will be released for the Regular Season.

Allegany County

  • Birdsall - Keeney Swamp Wildlife Management Area (YH, RS)
  • New Hudson - Hanging Bog WMA along New Hudson Road (YH, RS)

Cattaraugus County

  • Conewango, Randolph - Conewango Swamp Wildlife Management Area - between Rte 241 and Conewango Creek. (YH, RS)
  • Farmersville - Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area - Special permit required to hunt opening day Oct. 15 (59 kB PDF); Contact NYSDEC, 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14203, (716) 851-7010 (YH, RS)
  • Red House - Allegany State Park, Wolf Run Rd. (free permit necessary from Admin. Bldg.) (YH, RS)
  • Red House - Allegany State Park, Upper Bay State Rd. (free permit necessary from Admin. Bldg.) (RS)
  • South Valley - Allegheny Reservoir Wildlife Management Area - vicinity of Bone Run off Onoville Rd. (YH, RS)

Steuben County

  • Erwin - McCarthy Farm, McCarthy Road. (RS)
  • Tuscarora - Nichols Farm on Thompson Road (YH, RS)

Livingston County

  • Livonia - Hemlock-Canadice State Forest - North end of Hemlock Lake (YH, RS)
  • Springwater - Hemlock-Canadice State Forest - South end of Hemlock Lake (YH, RS)

Wyoming County

  • Middlebury - Carlton Hill Multiple Use Area & Sulphur Springs F.W.M.A. Co-op - 5 miles north of Warsaw; Closed to pheasant hunting on Fridays (October through November only) (YH, RS)