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For Release: Thursday, November 10, 2016

DEC Region 9 to Operate Deer & Bear Check Station on Opening Weekend

Hunters Can Help DEC's Data Collection and Research Efforts

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) encourages hunters to visit the deer and bear check station during the upcoming opening weekend of the regular big game season.

DEC's check station, located on Route 16, in Holland, Erie County (northbound about one mile south of the Town of Holland), will operate Saturday, Nov. 19 from noon until 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Participation is voluntary but appreciated and helps DEC gather valuable data necessary for assessing the status of the area's big game population.

"We welcome hunters to participate in DEC's data collection and research efforts again this year," said Ken Baginski, DEC Regional Wildlife Manager. "Although it is a completely voluntary program, we encourage hunters to take a few extra minutes to help us collect important data on harvested deer and increase our knowledge about diseases in the game population."

Hunters are encouraged to bring their deer to the check station where DEC staff will determine deer age and collect other important 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.

Technicians from NYS Department of Health (DOH) 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 during days of operation before 6 p.m.

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