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NYS game farm to remain open

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by raymerlo, Jan 17, 2009.

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  1. raymerlo

    raymerlo Member

    Sep 5, 2008
    I would like to thank everyone for their help in getting Governor Paterson to reverse his decision to close the Reynolds Game Farm (pheasant farm). It was the over whelming support from everyone that finally turned a bad decision around. The good things that are resulting from this is that now all of the facts about where our money ( Conservation Fund)is spent will come out. It has awoken the sleeping giant (sportsmen and gun owners). We must stand together and protect all our rights. I will be looking for input about funding the pheasant farm and the Conservation Fund, that will be after we see the expenditure reports. Here is the Governors press release. Yours in ConservationHarold L. Palmer


    New York State Conservation Council, Inc.

    >>> Press Office <Governor's.Press.Office@chamber.state.ny.us> 1/16/2009 3:06 PM >>>

    State of New York | Executive Chamber
    David A. Paterson | Governor

    For Immediate Release: January 16, 2009
    Contact: Errol Cockfield | errol.cockfield@chamber.state.ny.us |
    212.681.4640 | 518.474.8418
    Contact: Erin Duggan | erin.duggan@chamber.state.ny.us | 212.681.4640 |
    DEC Contact: Yancey Roy | yxroy@gw.dec.state.ny.us | 518.402.8000


    Small Game Hunting Brings Millions of Dollars to the Upstate Economy

    Hunters Commit to Partner with State to Preserve Savings and Economic
    Benefits from Hunting

    Governor David A. Paterson today announced that he has directed the
    Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to halt the closure of the
    Reynolds Game Farm in Tompkins County as state officials and hunting groups
    explore options to fully support the costs of the program with increased
    license fees.

    ?The State has long recognized the economic impact hunters and their
    industry provide for New York State,? said Governor Paterson. ?I am pleased
    that sportsmen and women have joined us to help find creative ways to
    weather the state?s fiscal crisis while preserving programs important to

    According to DEC, approximately 60,000 sportsmen and women hunt pheasants
    in New York State each year. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 2006
    National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation has
    estimated that small game hunters spent approximately $600 per person per
    year on excursions and equipment-related expenses in 2006, contributing
    potentially millions of dollars to the State economy.

    Since the closure of the farm was proposed, hunting groups have advanced
    several proposals to establish increased license fees or other hunting
    related fees to support program costs. In consideration of this effort, the
    Governor has requested that DEC develop a fee structure that will generate
    new revenues to the Conservation Fund that would fully offset the
    operational and capital costs of the facility. If sufficient resources can
    be identified, operation of the Game Farm would continue in State Fiscal
    Year 2009-10. Governor Paterson asked DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis to
    explore a sustainable, hunting related funding stream to cover the expenses
    of the farm without the use of State dollars. Other long term options to
    sustain the State?s pheasant stocking program could also be explored.

    The farm, located outside of Ithaca, propagates pheasants for the hunting
    season. Operating costs are more than $750,000 per year ? $400,000 of that
    in personnel. State law permits pheasant hunting through a $16 small game
    license. The Reynolds Game Farm is largely paid for through the
    Conservation Fund, although the Fund?s annual deficits have required the
    use of State dollars to keep the farm operating.

    Money from hunting and fishing licenses is dedicated to the Conservation
    Fund, which helps support a number of programs including fish hatcheries,
    sporting license databases, wildlife health monitoring studies and stream
    and lake surveys.

    All pheasants distributed through the pheasant stocking program are
    released, either by DEC or other cooperators, on land open to the public
    for pheasant hunting. On an annual basis, the pheasant stocking program
    typically produces:

    - 25,000 adult pheasants that are raised on site and distributed
    by DEC.
    - 60,000 day-old pheasant chicks that are distributed to and
    released by 160 4-H clubs, numerous sportsmen?s clubs and five
    New York State prisons each year.
    - 15,000 young pheasants distributed to individual landowners.
    - 1,600 adult pheasants for special hunts including people with
    disabilities and youths (ages 12 to 15).

  2. CW638YORK

    CW638YORK Member

    May 17, 2008
    Good news for a change around here !

    Now lets hope Governor Paterson doesnt take up hunting ! ( for the rest of the country...he is blind )

    Thanks for your efforts,

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