Pheasants among us
The state’s pheasant hunting season opens Monday and, in preparation for that, the state stocks some areas with farm-raised ring-necked pheasants. The lack of farmland – the birds’ preferred habitat – has caused the numbers of wild pheasants to plummet. So, each year the state raises some 25,000 ring-necked pheasants and then trucks them around New York. There will be a story in an upcoming TJN and on Lohud.com, with video. For now, enjoy these photos of TJN photographer Joe Larese making his photos and video.
That’s state wildlife biologist Pat Vissering below with Joe.