I remember this and also protested. I understand DEC and politics, but it made me uneasy to bird in the area and see hunters walking through. I believe they also deer hunt there too.
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Subject: Re: [hmbirds] Pheasant
Southern Adirondack Audubon protested the release of pheasants in this area when we heard of the plan. Somehow releasing an alien introduced species for hunting in an area purchased and supposedly protected for an endangered native species seemed very counter productive. DEC’s reasoning was that they had to keep the hunters happy and they wouldn’t make it through the winter. However, pheasants are commonly seen now in Spring and Summer, long before the next group is released in the fall. So….?
Now in Stuart’s Draft Hwy, Staunton, VA
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Well look what I found, this link shows that the pheasants are released in the Washington County State Forest, which I presume to be that trail on Blackhouse Rd as our hotspot holds that same name, for youth hunts: https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/9349.html
I swear there used to be a release further up on Rt 41 in Kingsbury/Smith's Basin ages ago as well but that was word-of-mouth.
On Thu, Jan 14, 2021, 5:51 PM zach schwartz-weinstein <zachsw@...> wrote: