The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will be operating a deer and bear check station, during opening weekend of the regular big game season. The check station, located on Route 16 in Holland will operate Nov. 16, noon-8 p.m. and Nov. 17, from noon-7 p.m.
“Hunters will have the option of participating in DEC’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. We thank New York State Department of Transportation for their assistance in providing the check station location and signage, to safely guide motorists to the site.”
Hunters can bring their deer to the check station where DEC staff will determine deer age and collect other biological and harvest information. With black bear season opening the same day as deer season, again this year, staff will check harvested bears, as well.
Participation is voluntary, but helps DEC gather data necessary for assessing the status of the area’s big game population. Technicians from NYS Department of Health may also be present at the check station, to examine deer for ticks and collect samples to test for Lyme disease.
As in previous years, hunters wishing to donate their harvest to “Hunters Helping the Hungry,” sponsored by the Venison Donation Coalition, may drop off a deer at the Holland check station, before 6 p.m.
The DEC also reminded hunters to be familiar with Chronic Wasting Disease regulations, this year. For more information about CWD, visit DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8325.html.