The Federation has a very active stocking program and stocks both fish and birds on public waters and lands. The stocking program uses Federation funds plus other available funds and providers to stock thousands of fish and birds each year in Orange County.

     Every Spring the Federation coordinates fish stocking programs for the rivers, streams and lakes in Orange County that are accessible to the public using fish purchased by the Federation, Orange County and NY State. (We do not announce the specific stocking dates for obvious reasons.

2020 FISH STOCKING PROGRAM
BECAUSE OF CV-19 ALL STOCKING WILL BE DONE
BY DEC PERSONAL.

TYPE SIZE
NUMBER

BT

2Y

2,170

BT

9"Y

4,270

BT

SY

14,130

RT

SY

8,980

 

TOTAL

29,550

The heavy rains in stocking areas can force
changes to stocking dates, amounts or locations.

FISH STOCKING
DATE LOCATION SECTION SPECIES SIZE
NUMBER
#1
3/19/20
RAMAPO RIVER
73
RT
BT

SY
SY

1,500
1,540
MOODNA CREEK
65
BT
RT
BT
SY
SY
2Y
810
1,500
100


#2
3/24/20
SHAWANGUNK KILL
63
RT
BT
SY
2Y
2,780
270
1921
BT
BT
RT
SY
2Y
SY
1,100
100
900
#3
3/27/20
NEVERSINK RIVER
79
BT
BT
SY
2Y
4,560
550
SINGLE KILL
80
BT
SY
740
#4
3/31/20
RUTGERS CREEK
62
RT
BT
BT
SY
2Y
SY
2,300
200
290

#5
4/9/20
WALTON LAKE
67
BT
BT
9"Y
2Y
2,940
350
ROUND POND
76
BT
9"Y
740
WAWAYANDA CREEK
64
BT
SY
590
#6
4/10/20
HESSIAN LAKE
67
BT
BT
SY
2Y
590
100
ASKOTI
70
BT
BT
9"Y
2Y
590
100
SKANATATI LAKE
71
BT
SY
370
ISLAND POND
75
BT
SY
1,300
#7
4/24/20
RAMAPO RIVER
73
BT
BT

SY
2Y

1,250
400
MOODNA CREEK
65
BT
SY
290
WOODBURY CREEK
69
BT
SY
440
RINGWOOD RIVER
2031
BT
SY
260

MEETING LOCATIONS

1
ROUTE 17 &32 10:30 AM
2
QUICKWAY DINNER IN BLOOMINGBURG 10:00 AM
3
RT 209 BRIDGE AT SCHOOL JUST SOUTH OF CUDDEBACKVILLE 10:00 AM
4
FIREHOUSE ON COUNTY ROUTE 55 IN SMITH'S CORNERS 10:30 AM
5
ROUND POND 10:30 AM
6
BEAR MOUNTAIN PARK ADMINISTRATION BUILDING 10:45 AM
7
ROUTES 17 & 32 10:30 AM
Meeting location of Rt 6 & Rt 32 has been corrected to Rt 17 & Rt 32

STOCKING OF PHESANT

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Both Stewart and Sterling are multi use areas so non-hunters might be using the same area that you are hunting in.  Even if regulations limit access during regular, (gun,) deer hunting season you can never know if someone will ignore or not even know of the regulations, for example, most non-hunters don’t know when any hunting seasons starts and you can bet that almost none will be wearing blaze orange or even looking for hunters.  In addition, other hunting parties that you don’t know about might be hunting in the same area that you are hunting in.  We have never had a problem in any location and we want it to remain that way. 

In addition to NY State laws and regulations, both Stewart and Sterling have their own rules and regulations including where, when and what you can hunt and other requirements. You must have a special license to hunt at Sterling Forest that only cost $5 but if you are only hunting stocked birds, the license is free and YOU MUST DISPLAY YOUR PERMIT IN YOUR CAR. Please make sure that you read, understand and follow all NY State, Stewart and Sterling Forest rules and regulations. You should know at some point you will checked.

 

SOME RULES FOR SAFE HUNTING IN MUTI-USE AREAS

  • All hunters should always wear blaze orange clothing and hats when appropriate and always when going into and out of the hunting area.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings and be on the lookout for others, both hunters and non-hunters.

  • Know your target and what is beyond.

  • Wear electronic ear muffs if possible.  You should protect your hearing but regular ear muffs or plugs might prevent you from hearing someone approaching you.

  • We can't exclude non-hunters from using the same fields that we use so if you see anyone in the area that you are hunting in please suspend your hunting until they are clear.

  • As a hunter, you have the same right to use the areas as everyone else however you should never argue with non-hunters. If someone confronts you, please try to take their name, license plate number or other information and report the incident to the appropriate authorities. NY does have Hunter Harassment laws.

PHEASANT AND QUAIL

The DEC and OCFSC stock birds in various public hunting areas in Orange County.
Areas of Sterling Forest and the Stewart Forest are both stocked.

   Phesant in flight at sunset

The Federation continues its bird stocking program with releases of both Pheasant and Quail
in October, November and December in both Stewart and Sterling Forest. The money to buy the birds comes from a yearly grant from the Orange County Government.

Stewart Forest (Pheasant & Quail)

CLICK HERE FOR A MAP
FOR STEWART MAP

Barron Rd.

56, 58, 59, 60, 63, 64, 65, 66

New Rd

 

Orlando Dr.

 

Ridge Rd.

20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

Maple

7, 8, 9,10, 15, 16

Sterling Forest (Pheasant)

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STERLING FOREST MAPS

Indian Hill/Orange Turnpike (Most birds here)

McCaegs Meadow

Lourel Meadow

STOCKING BY WEEK 2021

DATE

STEWART

STERLING

 

P

Q

P

10/5

145

 

 

10/10     50

10/12

145

 

10/19

145

 

10/24     53

10/26

145

 

 

11/2

140

 

11/9

140

 

 

11/16 50    
11/28     50

12/14

50

 

 

12/21

40

 

55

Stocking amounts, locations and dates can be changed without notice because of weather, access, funding, bird availability and other reasons. Locations can change yearly. DO NOT HUNT WHILE STOCKING IS TAKING PLACE!

Brownie and bucket DEC Fish Stocking Truck
     It takes a lot of hard work to do all of the stocking and we want to thank all of those who meet the trucks, pick up the birds and do all of the other things that need to be done to have such a successful program.
P.O. Box 784
Monroe, NY 10949
(845) 782-7449
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