If you are looking to enhance pheasant hunting in New York, the application period for the cooperative Day-Old Chick Program is now open according to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The program helps to provide pheasant hunting opportunities throughout the state thanks to a partnership between DEC, pheasant hunters, 4-H youth groups and landowners willing to accept stocked birds.
The program has been around for a long time. It was started in the early 1900s and it is funded through the state’s Conservation Fund – supported through license fees paid for by hunters, trappers and anglers. Last year, DEC distributed more than 34,5000-day-old pheasant chicks to qualified 4-H participants and sportsmen/women. Applications must be filed with your regional DEC office by March 25. For Region 9 in Western New York, the contact number is 372-0645. A Pheasant Rearing Guide and an application can be found on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov.