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NYSERDA opens public deer hunting at WNY nuclear center

ASHFORD — 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 Ashford, beginning Oct. 1. Approximately 2,000 acres will be open for the entire archery season and for 6 1/2 days during the regular hunting season.

Scouting will be available Sept. 15, 19 and 29 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 2012 – 13 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation big game or sportsman license. Up to 70 hunters, 10 hunters per area, may hunt each day. Pre-approval to hunt in archery season is mandatory, with each registered bow hunter’s being issued a 2012 NYSERDA wallet ID card to hunt any day of the season. Archery hunting assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis and check-in and out for archery will be at the West Valley Demonstration Project’s main gatehouse. Licensed junior bowhunters, aged 12 and 13 may hunt deer but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, while hunting.

Application packets will be available on Sept. 4 in the drop box at NYSERDA’s Ashford office and at the main gate of the WVDP. To request an application, call the deer hunting information line at 942-9960, ext. 4990. Completed registration forms may be mailed to the NYSERDA Deer Hunting Program, 9030-B Route 219, West Valley, NY 14171, attention Alita Dueringer, or deposited in NYSERDA’s drop box.

Hunters may pre-register and select one hunting assignment of their choice, during the regular season. Walk-ins will be allowed, subject to availability. Check in and out for the regular season will be held at NYSERDA’s hunting station. Hunters must use New York state legal firearms for this region, as designated by NYSDEC, with the exclusion of rifles, pistols and crossbows. Licensed junior gun hunters ages 14 – 15 can hunt deer when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Hunters wanting to place a portable tree stand during the hunting season must request a NYSERDA identification tag, in order to do so. All stands must be removed by the end of NYSERDA’s hunting season. Any stands remaining on NYSERDA property after Dec. 1 will be considered abandoned and may be subject to forfeiture.

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

The NYSERDA archery deer hunting dates run from Oct. 1 – Nov. 16. Pre-approval is mandatory.

The regular season runs all day Nov. 17 – 23, except Nov. 22, which is a half day.

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