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DEC Sponsored Pheasant Hunt Applications Open


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is accepting applications for Sponsored Pheasant Hunts. Sponsored hunts are free, non-competitive events open to the public and coordinated by a group, club, individual, or organization to benefit youth, women, first-time hunters, veterans, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups.

As part of the program, the DEC will distribute up to 6,000 mature pheasants annually to sponsoring organizations across New York State. Pheasants are provided free of cost, with a maximum of two pheasants per registered hunter.

Program details and hosting requirements are available for download on DEC’s website. Organizations and individuals interested in hosting a sponsored pheasant hunt can apply online by visiting the Learn to Hunt page and clicking on the application link.

Individuals interested in participating in a sponsored pheasant hunt or other mentored hunting opportunities can find and register for events in their area on the Mentored Hunting Opportunities page

Mentored and sponsored hunts are added weekly, especially during the late summer, so interested parties should check back frequently.

For additional information, questions about eligibility, or help locating a sponsored pheasant hunt near you, contact Reynolds Game Farm at (607) 273-2768 or [email protected]

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