The New York State DEC has announced the pheasant release of 30,000 birds onto open public lands for the fall 2015 season.
New York’s pheasant season is slated to open October 1 in the northern and eastern zones, and opening October 17 in the central and western zones. November 1 will see the opener for Long Island.
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will be releasing in the neighborhood of 30,000 farm-raised birds around the state prior to the hunt.
One of the best parts of this release will be the special youth-only early hunt for junior hunters aged 12 to 15 years of age.
Starting in 2007, the state of New York has offered a start-of-the-season hunt, usually a week prior to the regular season in each zone, for young small game hunters, giving them the best possible chance to bag a bird and become a pheasant hunter for life.
The western zone youth hunt is the weekend of October 10-11, 2015.
The northern and eastern zone hunt youth pheasant hunt is September 26-27.
The Long Island youth hunt is slated for October 24-25.
All of these regions will be provided with released birds across selected sites to give these young hunters a great chance to be successful.
Here are the four important links to use for this year’s NY pheasant hunting season: