The Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks has announced the annual permit lottery for the 2014 pheasant hunting season will take place Friday, Oct. 3. This will include the drawing for both the youth hunt and the regular season hunt.
Permits will be required for the two days expected to draw the heaviest hunting traffic for the youth hunt, which will be Saturday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 12. The youth hunt this year will allow for a second hunter on the permit.
For the regular season hunt, permits will be required for the three days expected to draw the heaviest hunting traffic. Those days are Saturdays, Oct. 18, 25 and Nov. 1.
There will be two separate hunts each day. The first hunt will be from sunrise until 12:30 p.m. The second hunt will be from 12:30 p.m. until sunset.
Hunting throughout the pheasant season from Oct. 18-Dec. 31 is allowed at two state parks: Golden Hill and Wilson-Tuscarora. Permits, however, are required on Oct. 11, 12, 18, 25 and Nov. 1.
Each hunter interested in entering the permit lottery should mail in a separate, standard-size 3-by-5 file card or postcard for each date and park he would like to hunt. Only one permit will be issued to each hunter per day. Cards may be put into one envelope for each respective park and mailed together to the appropriate address listed below. Send to:
Golden Hill State Park Wilson Tuscarora State Park
Eric Hoppe David Giambra
9691 Lower Lake Rd. 3371 Lake Rd.
Barker, NY 14012 Wilson, NY 14172
File card should include: applicant's name, address, telephone number, email address, hunting license back tag number, hunt date, a.m. hunt or p.m. hunt and desired park location.
Entries will be computerized to avoid duplications. All lottery entries must be received by noon on Monday, Sept. 29. For more information, call the individual parks.
As in the past, stocking will be done by the DEC. There is no hunting on Friday release days: Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31.
There is no fee for the permit. Hunters awarded permits will have the option of naming one additional hunter on a permit.