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Part 87: Hunting, Fishing and Public Use In The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

Contents:

Sec.

§87.1 Applicability

The provisions of this Part shall apply to the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Basom, New York ("area").

§87.2 Woodcock

The hunting of woodcock shall be permitted except that no person shall hunt woodcock in areas posted by signs as closed to public hunting. The open area is delineated on maps available at the refuge headquarters.

§87.3 Migratory Waterfowl

(a) No person shall hunt migratory waterfowl in the area other than at the hunting site to which he is assigned.

(b) No person shall hunt migratory waterfowl in the area unless he possesses a permit to do so issued at the refuge office.

(c) No person shall hunt migratory waterfowl in the area on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday, except during the youth waterfowl hunt. All waterfowl hunters must have successfully completed the New York State Waterfowl hunter training program.

(d) Prior registration will be required for the opening day and the first three Saturdays of the migratory waterfowl hunting season. On other days hunting sites will be assigned on the basis of a daily drawing held prior to the hunt. On all other hunting days, permits will be issued on the basis of a daily drawing held prior to the hunt. Hunters shall have a choice of available sites as their name is drawn.

(e) No person shall hunt migratory waterfowl in the area after noon on any day.

(f) No person hunting migratory waterfowl in the area shall fail to check out at the permit station on Lewiston Road by 1 p.m. and submit for inspection any waterfowl taken.

(g) No person hunting migratory waterfowl in the area shall have a loaded gun unless he is actually hunting at his designated hunting site.

(h) No person shall hunt migratory waterfowl in the area more than 50 feet from his designated hunting site unless actively pursuing crippled birds. Not more than three hunters will be assigned to the same site.

(i) No person shall hunt migratory waterfowl in the area other than with a shotgun using steel shot.

(j) No person shall use or possess more than 15 shells per day when hunting migratory waterfowl in the area.

(k) No person in the area shall:

(1) consistently shoot high;

(2) engage in disorderly conduct;

(3) be intoxicated; or

(4) otherwise engage in unsportsmanlike conduct.

A permittee may be ejected from the area for failure to comply with the regulations contained in this subdivision.

(l) No permittee who leaves his designated hunting site shall return to that site unless he obtains permission from official personnel.

(m) Waterfowl hunting in the area shall terminate when the duck hunting season closes or upon the opening of the shotgun deer season, whichever occurs first.

(n) Waterfowl hunters must provide and use a minimum of six decoys per hunter.

§87.4 Big Game

No person shall hunt deer in areas posted by signs as closed to public hunting. The open area is delineated on maps available at refuge headquarters.

§87.5 Small Game

(a) The hunting of upland game birds and small game mammals, including foxes, opossums, red squirrels and woodchucks, shall be permitted from October 1 through the last day of February, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the Environmental Conservation Law and regulations promulgated thereunder.

(b) The hunting of wild turkey in the area is permitted only during the spring New York State turkey hunting season. All turkey hunters must obtain a free turkey hunting permit from the refuge headquarters.

(c) No persons shall hunt upland game birds or small game mammals, including foxes, opossums, red squirrels and woodchucks, in areas posted by signs as closed to public hunting. The open area is delineated on maps available at the refuge headquarters.

(d) No person shall hunt raccoon or opossum at night in the area unless he possesses a seasonal permit, issued at the refuge headquarters.

§87.6 Sport Fishing

(a) No person shall fish in the area other than in waters which are posted to allow fishing.

(b) No person shall fish in the area from April 1 through July 14 and October 1, through November 30, except that fishing shall be permitted during these periods on those portions of the Feeder Canal and Oak Orchard Creek which are designated by signs as open. The entire refuge is open to fishing from July 15 through September 30.

(c) Ice fishing is permitted on Ringneck and Center pools from December 15 through the last day of February.

(d) No person shall use a boat in the area, except that boats without motors may be used in Oak Orchard Creek from the Knowlesville Road to a wire barrier two miles westward from March 1 through July 14; boating is permitted from Knowlesville Road to State Route 63 from July 15 through September 30. All boaters must obtain a free permit from the refuge headquarters.

(e) No person shall leave boats, structures or other equipment overnight in the area.

§87.7 Public Access and Recreation

(a) The refuge, except for designated nature trails, is closed to public access from March 1 through July 14. The open areas are delineated on maps available at the refuge headquarters.

(b) Travel by motor vehicle or on foot is permitted on designated travel routes for the purpose of nature study, photography, hiking and sightseeing during daylight hours.

(c) No person shall travel on other than designated travel routes.

(d) No person shall be in the area after dark, unless he has permission to be there.

(e) No person shall have a pet in the area unless it is on a leash which is not longer than 10 feet.

§87.8 [Repealed]