tubbalowski wrote:I did. The website again says Nassau and Suffolk, but....
Region 1 - Long Island
For further information on release sites contact: - Bureau of Wildlife Stony Brook Office at 631-444-0310
•Brookhaven - Rocky Point State Natural Resources Management Area* (YH, RS)
•Riverhead & Brookhaven - Otis Pike Preserve* (YH, RS)
•Brookhaven - Eastport State Lands* (YH)
*A daily permit must be obtained from the Ridge Hunter Check Station for "Regular Season" hunting (designated "RS" above). A Seasonal Access Permit is needed for the Youth Hunt (designated "YH" above).
No Nassau. Maybe we can just shoot lost pheasants that stray across the border.
Frank Lopez wrote:OK, Tubby, here's the deal. I've been hunting pheasant on Long Island for nearly 50 years. Back in the 60s and early 70s we had wild populations, but today wild birds are mostly out on the south fork beyond the canal. The DEC lists Nassau and Suffolk counties together because they comprise Region 1. This is because the regions are set up to monitor all DEC activities, such as upland hunting, fishing, trapping and waterfowling. You can fish both salt and fresh water in Nassau, and you can hunt waterfowl, and legally, you can hunt upland birds. The problem is that there is virtually nowhere in Nassau county that has access to hunting for upland birds.
As far as Suffolk county is concerned, there is limited access to private lands, particularly in the western portion of the county. About the only place to hunt pheasant is on the state managed lands in Rocky Point and the Otis Pike preserve. These are the only two areas where the state releases pheasant on Long Island. Typically, the state releases birds on Saturdays and Sundays and one random day during the week. They will also make releases on opening day and Election Day. The coop is closed on Thanksgiving day and Christmas day. In order to hunt the coop on opening day, any of the weekend days or Election day, you need to make a reservation by phone. Reservations are taken by phone at the Ridge check station on Saturdays and Sundays for the following week, but you'll need to check the schedule as to when to call for Election day and opening day. You can begin calling at 8:30 am for reservations at the Rocky Point area and at 11:00 (check this one to be sure) for the Otis Pike Preserve.
Once you have a reservation, you'll be given a number that corresponds to you position in line. Then you need to show up at the check station on the day of the hunt about half hour before sunrise. When it's your turn, you get to pick a numbered parking spot from the board. You are allowed no more than three hunters and two dogs. You must stay at that parking spot until 8:30, after which you are free to move to any unoccupied spot. You may not cross any public roads, either paved or dirt, while hunting.
That's about it. If you have any other questions, I'll be glad to answer them as best I can.
Gabagool wrote:Wow Frank, that's some operation over there. But helpful nonetheless. Thanks for the original post Tubbtowski, I myself was curious and whatnot.
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