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For Release: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

DEC Region 8 to Operate Deer & Bear Check Station on Opening Weekend

Hunter Participation Encouraged

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. The check station, located at the Region 8 DEC office at 6274 E. Avon-Lima Road (State Routes 5 & 20), in the Town of Avon, will operate Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19 and 20 from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and weekdays thereafter from 8:45 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. The check station will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. Participation is voluntary but appreciated and helps DEC gather valuable data for assessing the status of the area's big game population.

"The value of hunter participation in DEC's data collection and research cannot be overstated," said Art Kirsch, DEC Region 8 Senior Wildlife Biologist. "Although it is completely voluntary, we encourage hunters to take a few minutes to help us gather information on this year's deer harvest and increase our knowledge about diseases in the deer 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.

DEC reminds hunters to report their deer harvest within seven days and to be familiar with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) regulations this year. For more information about CWD, please visit DEC's website.

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    Region 8
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    Avon, NY 14414
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