30,000 adult pheasants are to be released at sites all over New York State.
As New York hunters prepare for the upcoming pheasant season, New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) prepares to give hunters a helping hand in their quest to for what was, for many, their first game animal.
According to a press release from the DEC, every year the state releases 30,000 farm-raised ringneck pheasants into the wild, many of which will be released into special youth-only hunting zones.
New York’s pheasant numbers are at an all-time low, and this effort by the state to increase bird numbers should have a significant impact on hunters’ chances of tagging a bird.
Be sure to check out this printable PDF for more info on the planned release sites.
Many wildlife departments across the country participate in stocking pheasants, which essentially releases pen-reared birds into the wild.
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