DEC Requests Input from Waterfowl Hunters

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is seeking input from Empire State waterfowl hunters to help set the dates for the 2017-18 duck hunting seasons by Feb. 19. Each year, DEC reviews recommendations made by Waterfowl Hunter Task Force members relative to season dates, split seasons and when a special youth hunting weekend will be held in the five waterfowl hunting zones in New York. The five zones are the Western, Southeastern, Northeastern, Lake Champlain and Long Island zones. There are some Federal guidelines that need to be followed, such as dates opening no earlier than Sept. 23 and closing no later than Jan. 28, 2018.

There are three options to submit your comments:
 There is a new online input tool with which to provide your feedback. Go to http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42364.html to log your comments.
 Directly contact the Task Force members in your zone. Check out the lists at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42364.html
 Send an email to the Waterfowl Input Season mailbox at seasonwaterfowl@dec.ny.gov. When you send the email, they will be sent to all Task Force members in the zone you are commenting on. Let your voices be heard.

Trout Unlimited Meeting Jan. 31

Western New York Trout Unlimited (TU) will be holding its next monthly meeting on Jan. 31 at the Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga starting at 7:30 p.m. Members who want to come early for fly tying, arrive around 6 p.m. Guest speaker for the main meeting will be Jen Maguder with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy. She will discuss Trout Fishing Opportunities in the Chautauqua Creek Oxbow – a new location for many. The general public is invited to attend. For more information contact President Chuck Godfrey at 440-6995.

The Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy acquired 21.6 acres along Lyons Road in Sherman. This became the Chautauqua Creek Oxbow Forest Preserve with a 2,200 foot section of Chautauqua Creek running through it. Public Fishing access will soon be offered. Call them at 664-2166 for more information.

Remington Rifle Settlement Proposed

If you own a Remington Model 700, Seven or related models, you may be eligible to have your trigger replaced or receive other benefits. The settlement covers two different classes. The first involves rifles that use a trigger connector. The second is for firearms that use an X-Mark Pro trigger mechanism. The latter is the subject of a voluntary safety recall. If you own one of the guns in question, don’t use the gun and contact Remington immediately. There have been claims that the trigger mechanism is faulty and it can fire without pulling the trigger. For more information, call (800) 876-5940 or go online at www.remingtonfirearmsclassactionsettlement.com to see if your gun is eligible for a new trigger assembly.

Application Period Begins for Pheasant Chick Program

Submit an application to be involved with the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Day-Old Chick Program. The deadline is March 25. Last year, over 34,000 day-old pheasant chicks were distributed around the state, in partnership with DEC, 4-H Youth Groups, landowners and sportsmen. The funding source is the state’s Conservation Fund. Chicks are available at no charge to an applicant who is able to provide a brooding facility, a covered outdoor rearing pen and an adequate release site. For more information in Region 9, contact the DEC office at 372-0645. In Region 8 the contact number is 585-226-5380.

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