HOLLAND — Area hunters may visit the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s deer and bear check station in Holland, during the opening weekend of the regular big game season.
The check station, located on Route 16 northbound, will operate Saturday, Nov. 17 from noon – 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from noon – 7 p.m.
Deer may be brought to the station, where DEC staff will determine the animals’ ages and collect other biological and harvest information. With black bear season’s opening the same day as deer season again this year, the staff members will also check harvested bears.
This voluntary participation assists the DEC in assessing the status of the area’s big game population. Technicians from the NYS Department of Health will also be present at the check station, to examine deer for ticks and collect samples to test for Lyme disease.
“Hunters will have the option of participating in DEC and DOH’s data collection and research,” said Tim Spierto, DEC Region 9 senior wildlife biologist. “Although it is a completely voluntary program, hunters are encouraged to take a few extra minutes to help increase our knowledge about diseases in the game population.”
Hunters wishing to donate their harvest to “Hunters Helping the Hungry,” sponsored by the Venison Donation Coalition, may drop a deer off at the Holland check station during its days of operation, before 6 p.m.
The DEC reminded hunters to become familiar with chronic wasting disease regulations, this year. Pennsylvania has been added to the list of CWD states. Hunters may not bring back unprocessed deer or deer heads from any CWD state into New York. For more information about CWD, visit www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8325.html.