NY agency taking pheasant-rearing applications

February 11, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The state Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for people to raise pheasant chicks to be released for hunting.

The agency distributed 42,408 day-old pheasant chicks last year, and is now accepting 2013 applications through March 15. The chicks are free to qualified applicants. Participants must have a brooding facility, a covered outdoor rearing pen, and a suitable release site.

The baby pheasants are distributed from April through June and may be released when they're 8 weeks old. Daily care is necessary until release.

The program is funded through license fees paid by hunters, trappers and anglers.

Those interested should contact their nearest DEC regional office.

More information and regional office addresses here.

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