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Scattershot: Getting ready for the hunt

Waterfowl band reporting online only

With the opening of the regular duck and goose seasons this Saturday in the Western Zone, waterfowl hunters are reminded that if you harvest a banded bird, please report it online to https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/ at the National Bird Banding Laboratory. There is no longer a toll-free number associated with the reporting of banded birds. That was discontinued earlier this year. Using the website streamlines data collection, reduces error, is mobile-friendly and provides the hunter with instant information about the bird.

Hunting isn’t the only means for reporting banded birds. Biologists may recapture birds in their research. The bird may also be found dead by the public from other causes. Data collected from these bands is used to manage these birds through season-setting, migratory game bird regulations and bag limits.

Remaining deer permits available Nov. 1

Deer hunters looking to add a Deer Management Permit (DMP) or two for this coming big-game season can do so on Nov. 1 for under-subscribed  Wildlife Management Units (WMU). Leftover permits are not available by phone, mail or the internet. Applications must be made through a license-issuing agent. Leftover DMPs will be accepted for the following areas across the state: 1C, 3M, 3R, 3S (bowhunting only), 7F, 7H, 7J, 8A, 8C (bowhunting only), 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 9A, 9F, 9G. Bonus DMPs are also available for any hunter filling an antlerless permit in 1C, 3S, 4J or 8C.

These permits will be disbursed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you previously paid the $10 DMP application fee, you will not be required to pay for these. However, if you did not pay the $10 fee, you will be required to pay this time (unless you are exempt). The list of units with DMPS available will be updated daily on the DEC website or you can call the DMP Hotline at 1-866-472-4332.

Duck blind drawings in state parks

With Western Zone duck season opening on Saturday (as well as the South Area of Canada goose season), area state parks will be holding lottery drawings for hunters looking to score on a waterfowl blind in Fort Niagara, Joseph Davis, Wilson-Tuscarora and Golden Hill state parks. Drawings will be held on Thursdays at the Fort Niagara State Park Maintenance Building starting at 6:30 p.m. sharp! The first drawing will be Oct. 26, followed by Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4, 11.

To be eligible for the lottery draws you must have a current small-game license, a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp, a Harvest Information Program (HIP) number and a waterfowl identification certification card. A dog or boat is also required for bird retrievals. For more information call 745-7273.

Please note that Fort Niagara blind No. 2 will not be available during the week due to boat ramp construction. The south ramp is currently closed.

97 Rock to host “Huntstock”

If you are into hunting, mark Nov. 11 on your calendar. That’s the day that 97 Rock Studios will be hosting a new event – “Huntstock.” The longtime classic rock station will be ushering in hunting seasons in Western New York by uniting a group of like-minded individuals focused on hunting gear, taxidermy, local hunting groups and more. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cumulus Festival Grounds of 97 Rock Studios. Contact Philip Leone at 888-9726 if you would like more information or email him at Philip.leone@cumulus.com.

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