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Part 54: Public Use Of The Perch River, Wilson Hill, and Upper &Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Areas

(Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, §11-0913)

[effective 10/04/65]

[amended 10/20/93]

Contents:

Sec.

§54.1 Applicability

The provisions of this Part apply to the Perch River Wildlife Management Area in Jefferson County and the Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area and the Upper and Lower Lakes Wildlife Management Area in St. Lawrence County (Areas).

§54.2 Permits

Entry on those portions of the Areas posted Wetlands - Restricted Area or State Wildlife Refuge - posted is prohibited unless a permit is issued by the Department of Environmental Conservation (department). The department, at its discretion, may waive the permit requirement on all or portions of an Area by written or posted notice.

(a) A permit is valid only for the purpose, period of time and portion of an Area for which it is issued.

(b) A permit is not transferable.

(c) The permittee must carry the permit on his or her person at all times while on the Area.

(d) Permit applicants will be provided a written copy of all rules and regulations for an Area upon request or at the time of permit issuance.

(e) Permittees may be required to submit a report of their activities on forms provided by the department. Failure to submit a report requested by the department will result in the denial of permit privileges for a period of one year.

§54.3 Hunting

Hunting in the Wetlands - Restricted Area portions of an Area is prohibited unless a valid hunting permit is obtained or the hunters are registered at the waterfowl permit station of the Area as directed by posted notice. Hunting is prohibited in the State Wildlife Refuge - Posted portions of an Area.

(a) Wilson Hill. Hunting permits are issued in order of personal appearance at the waterfowl permit station beginning no later than one hour before designated hunting hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays between the opening and final closing days of the duck hunting season. No more than 150 waterfowl hunting permits and 35 small game hunting permits will be available each day.

(1) Special early goose hunting season. No more than 100 Canada goose hunting permits will be available in order of personal appearance beginning no later than one hour before designated hunting hours each day of the Canada goose season following Labor Day.

(2) Archery hunters must sign in at the registration box located at the waterfowl permit station each day of any upland game hunting season when the waterfowl permit station is closed. Registration may begin no earlier than one hour before designated hunting hours and access is by foot only at any time the main entrance gate is closed.

(3) Waterfowl and small game hunters must sign in at the registration box at the waterfowl permit station beginning no earlier than one hour before designated hunting hours each day after the final closing day of the duck season.

(b) Perch River. Hunting permits are available in order of personal appearance at the waterfowl permit station beginning no later than one hour before designated hunting hours each day of the duck hunting season. No more than 300 waterfowl hunting permits will be available each day.

(1) Upland game hunters must sign in at the registration box located at the waterfowl permit station each day of any upland game hunting season when the permit station is closed. Registration will begin no earlier than one hour before designated hunting hours. Access to hunting areas is by foot only.

(2) Waterfowl hunters must sign in at the registration box located at the waterfowl permit station beginning no earlier than one hour before designated hunting hours each day following the final closing day of the duck season.

(c) Upper and Lower Lakes. Seasonal hunting permits will be available no earlier than 30 days prior to the opening of the small game hunting season. They may be applied for as follows:

(1) by writing to the Regional Wildlife Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601, or

(2) by appearing in person, during normal business hours, at the Division of Lands and Forest Office, Department of Environmental Conservation, 30 Court Street, Canton, N.Y. 13617.(editor's note: as in original. This office now located at: NYSDEC, 6739 US Highway 11,Potsdam, NY 13676)

(d) Hunting hours and when a permittee may enter and must leave an area will be designated prior to the opening of hunting seasons by the regional office via news releases and by posted notice at the waterfowl check station located on the wildlife management area.

(e) The department may waive the day-use permit system on selected Areas and institute a seasonal permit system. In that event seasonal permits will be available. They may be applied for by writing to the Regional Wildlife Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

(f) The department may require the successful completion of a waterfowl identification course as a prerequisite for obtaining a waterfowl hunting permit.

(g) The department may institute a preseason drawing for an Area in order to select waterfowl hunters for designated hunting days. Drawings will be held no later than two weeks prior to the opening day of the waterfowl season by the Regional Office of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Watertown, N.Y.

(h) General hunting regulations:

(1) Waterfowl hunters must be equipped in the field with at least one of the following;

(i) Hip boots,

(ii) Waders,

(iii) Boat,

(iv) Retriever dog.

(2) Possession of a loaded gun other than during designated hunting hours is prohibited.

(3) Possession while afield, or use of more than 25 shotgun shells per day, by waterfowl hunters is prohibited.

(4) Consistently shooting at target species out of range is prohibited.

§54.4 Trapping

Trapping in the Wetlands - Restricted Area and the State Wildlife Refuge - Posted portions of an Area is prohibited unless a valid trapping permit is obtained. Trapping permits may be applied for by writing to the Regional Wildlife Manager, Department of Environmental Conservation, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601. Trappers must provide their current trapper stamp number when applying for a permit.

(a) Fall trapping permits are valid until February 20. Permits may be applied for beginning October 1 and fixed quotas are as follows:

(1) Perch River - 25 permits.

(2) Wilson Hill - 10 permits.

(3) Upper and Lower Lakes - 30 permits.

(b) Spring trapping permits are valid from February 21 until the end of the trapping season unless permittees are notified in writing to remove their traps. Permits may be applied for beginning January 20 and fixed quotas are the same as in the fall.

(c) Permits will be issued no later than 1 week prior to the designated starting date of trapping on an area as follows:

(1) If, by one week prior to the starting date of trapping, the number of applicants exceeds a quota, a random drawing will be held to fill that quota. All applicants will be notified, in writing, of the results of a random drawing.

(2) If, by one week prior to the starting date of trapping, the number of applicants is less than a quota, all applicants will receive a permit. Subsequently permits will be issued on request until the quota is filled.

(d) General trapping regulations.

(1) Only species designated on a permit may be trapped.

(2) Traps must be checked every 24 hours.

§54.5 Fishing

Fishing in the Wetlands - Restricted Area and State Wildlife Refuge -- Posted portions of an Area is prohibited unless a valid fishing permit is obtained.

(a) Perch River. Ice fishing on Perch Lake is permitted by day use permit only. Special fishing permits are issued by the Regional Office of the Department of Environmental Conservation, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

(1) Access to Perch Lake is permitted from designated fisher parking area only.

(2) Fishing is restricted to the lake proper. Entry onto adjacent upland and wetland is prohibited.

§54.6 General provisions

The following acts are prohibited on all portions of an Area;

(a) Disorderly conduct including but not limited to:

(1) use of abusive or obscene language or making an obscene gesture,

(2) engaging in or encouraging fighting or violent or threatening behavior,

(3) engaging in any behavior which may endanger the safety of persons or property,

(4) obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.

(b) intoxication; proof of age upon demand of any peace or police officer.

(c) Fires are prohibited on any dike/dam, truck trail, or designated parking area. Fires may be restricted in other locations by posted notice.

(d) Domestic hoofed animals including, but not limited to horses and llamas may not be walked or ridden on an Area unless a temporary revocable permit is obtained from the Regional Office of the Department of Environmental Conservation, 317 Washington Street, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

(e) Target or indiscriminate shooting is prohibited.

(f) Defacing, disturbing, injuring or befouling any part of an Area including buildings, signs, equipment or other property is prohibited.

(g) Hunting, fishing, trapping, or trespassing is prohibited on any portion of an Area which is designated by posted notice against such activity.

(h) All persons present on an area must comply with the reasonable demands or directions of any authorized person or sign.