Thousands Of Pheasants Released Across NY

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation is preparing for pheasant hunting season in New York by releasing - well you guessed it - pheasants.

The birds are a mix between the Mongolian pheasant and the Chinese pheasant.

"They're a stronger flying bird and they have really good tails on them, good plumage; it's a superior bird," said Jeffrey Eller, DEC senior fish and wildlife technician.

A superior bird to kick off the pheasant hunting season which starts on October 1.

The DEC will be releasing more than 3,000 birds in counties in northern and central New York from now until mid October.

But New York did not always have so many of these pheasants to go around.

Back in the 70's, the state noticed a decline. 

"Subsequently, the state started raising game farm pheasants and releasing them throughout the state to provide hunting opportunity but also to supplement harvest," said Eller.

DEC representatives say pheasant hunting is great for the economy.

"It brings in a lot of hunters and there's an influx of money into the economy. They stay overnight in the area. They utilize the restaurants and the stores," said Eller.

Eller says it's not just adults getting in on the pheasant fun.

This Saturday and Sunday, hunters ages 12 to 15 will be able to hunt in northern New York.

Sunday, November 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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