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Go hunting at the West Valley Demonstration Project

WEST VALLEY — The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority will offer its annual public deer hunting program at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center, in the town of Ashford, beginning Oct. 1. Approximately 2,000 acres will be open, for the entire archery season, and seven days, during regular season. Scouting will be available on three days, this year: Sept. 14 and 28 and Wednesday, Sept, 18, from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Check-in and out for scouting will be held at NYSERDA’s hunting station, located at the junction of Rock Springs Road and Thornwood Drive.

NYSERDA’s program is open to anyone with a valid 2013-14 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Big Game or Sportsman License, and allows up to 70 hunters, 10 hunters per area, to hunt, each scheduled day. The 2013 application packets will be available. starting Wednesday, Sept. 4, in the drop boxes at NYSERDA’s Ashford office and NYSERDA’s hunting station, as well as at the main gate of the West Valley Demonstration Project.

This year, hunters will also be able to download an application form at Interested hunters can also call the deer hunting information line, at 942-9960 ext. 4990, and request that an application be mailed or emailed to them. Completed application forms can be mailed to the NYSERDA Deer Hunting Program, 9030-B Route 219, West Valley, NY 14171-9799, attention Alita Dueringer, or deposited in NYSERDA’s drop box.

Each hunter must complete an application to hunt in NYSERDA’s program. For archery season, pre-approval is mandatory, with each registered bow hunter being issued a valid 2013 NYSERDA wallet ID card, to hunt any day of the season. Check-in and out for archery will be at the WVDP main gatehouse. Licensed junior bowhunters, ages 12-13, are allowed to hunt deer, but a parent or guardian must accompany them. No minors younger than 12 are allowed in the field. Unlicensed minors ages 12 and older may accompany a parent or guardian as an observer, if they complete a junior release form.

Hunters may pre-register and select one hunting assignment. Walk-ins will be allowed, subject to availability. As per NYSDEC regulations, licensed junior gun hunters, ages 14-15, can hunt deer, but a parent or guardian must accompany them, while hunting.

Hunters may place one portable tree stand, during the 2013 NYSERDA hunting season, if they request a NYSERDA identification tag, as noted in the application.

For more information about deer management permits for use at the WNYNSC, contact the NYSDEC. The site is located in Wildlife Management Unit 9M.

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