The Niagara Frontier Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced the permit lottery for the 2016 pheasant-hunting season will take place Monday, Oct. 3. The pheasant season runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 31 at Golden Hill, Wilson-Tuscarora and Joseph Davis state parks.
Youth hunt permits will be required for the two days expected to draw the heaviest hunting traffic: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 8-9. 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: Oct. 15, 22 and 29.
There will be two separate hunts each day. The first hunt will be from sunrise to 12:30 p.m. The second hunt will be from 12:30 p.m. to sunset.
As in the past, stocking will be done by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and no hunting will be permitted on the following release days: Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.
Also, be aware hunting in the participating state parks is prohibited during the open firearm season for deer.
Hunters interested in entering the permit lottery should mail in a separate, standard-size 3-by-5-inch 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:
The file card should include: applicant's name, address, telephone number, email address, hunting license back tag number, hunt date, a.m. or p.m. hunt, and desired park location. Entries will be computerized to avoid duplications. All lottery entries must be received by noon on Friday, Oct. 3.
There is no fee for the permit, and hunters awarded permits will have the option of naming one additional hunter on their permit.
For more information or questions, call the individual parks.