LIVINGSTON COUNTY — New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that the application period for DEC’s sponsored pheasant hunts is now open.
The program enables interest groups to obtain pheasants for use in sponsored hunts involving youth, women, novices, veterans, and people with disabilities. Applications for the program are due by Sept. 1.
“Through the dedication of local hunters and conservation organizations who sponsor these events, people new to hunting can experience pheasant hunting in a controlled setting with the assistance of mentors,” Seggos said. “I appreciate the dedication of experienced volunteer hunters who donate their time to share their experience and love of the outdoors with others.”
The sponsored hunts allow the volunteer hunters to teach young and novice hunters about safety, ethics, and the tradition of pheasant hunting. Program requirements and an application to host a sponsored pheasant hunt can be found on DEC’s website (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/49071.html) or by contacting the regional DEC office for Livingston County in Avon at (585) 226-5380.