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For Release: Thursday, September 22, 2016

Duck Hunters Take Note: Low Waters in Some Areas

DEC Announces Water Conditions at Three Wildlife Management Areas

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 invites duck hunters to any one of its public lands to hunt, but regional DEC staff is asking hunters to take note that some areas are experiencing low waters.

Perch River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) waters will be difficult to access due to extreme drought conditions and limited capability to control water levels. Waters are one to two feet lower than typical during the hunting season. Perch River WMA is in Jefferson County, the towns of Brownville, Orleans, and Pamelia. The area can be accessed from state Route 12, Allen Rd., Buckminster Road, and Vaadi Road. Please use caution when driving the Vaadi Road since it is currently under construction.

Upper & Lower Lakes WMA waters have also been impacted by severe drought conditions. Water levels are approximately one foot lower than in 2015. Upper & Lower Lakes WMA is located about two miles west of the village of Canton along state Route 68 in St. Lawrence County.

Water levels at Wilson Hill WMA vary depending on the pool. The West Pool & Bradford Pool are both slightly higher than last fall. The East Pool and the Nichols Pool are both being kept at nearly the same levels as last year. The new, accessible hunting blind at Nichols Pool is ready for duck season. Wilson Hill WMA is located in northern St. Lawrence County, approximately six miles west of the village of Massena off State Route 37.

Use the links in this page for more information on places to hunt and hunting regulations, or call DECs Regional Wildlife Office at 315-785-2263.

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