DEC now accepting applications for sponsored pheasant hunt program through Sept. 1
The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is accepting applications for sponsored pheasant hunts. Sponsored hunts are free, non-competitive events coordinated by a group, club, individual, or organization to benefit youth, women, first-time hunters, veterans, and people with disabilities.
As part of the program, DEC provides up to 50 game farm-raised pheasants to each sponsoring organization free of charge."Sponsored pheasant hunts are a great opportunity for experienced hunters to share their knowledge and experience with new hunters," DEC Commissioner Seggos said. "Not only are these hunters teaching novices about ethics and safety, they are introducing new hunters of all abilities to the great tradition of upland bird hunting."
In a sponsored hunt, dedicated local hunters share their expertise with beginners in a supportive environment. This program gives individuals the chance to embark on a life-long pursuit of hunting and outdoor enjoyment.
Volunteers are key to this program's success. To sponsor a hunt, interested individuals and organizations should contact the local DEC regional office for an application (For St. Lawrence County, this is 317 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601 or 315-785-2263.
All applications must be received by the local regional wildlife office by Sept. 1. Successful applicants will be notified via phone. If an application is approved, sponsors are required to arrange with the Reynolds Game Farm to coordinate a delivery time, date, and location.
More info, www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/49071.html .