- Associated Press - Sunday, February 7, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York environmental officials are taking applications from people who want to raise and release pheasants.

Every year, the state gives out day-old chicks to participants able to provide a brooding facility, a covered outdoor rearing pen and an adequate release site. The Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program is designed to increase opportunities for pheasant hunting around New York.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation distributed more than 31,000 pheasant chicks last year.

Applications for chicks this year are due by March 25. The chicks are distributed April through June. The birds are to be released after at least eight weeks.

The program is funded by license fees for hunters, trappers and anglers.

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