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For Release: Thursday, September 27, 2018

DEC Alerts Hunters to Conditions at Region 6 Wildlife Management Areas

Potential Impacts to Fall Hunting Opportunities in Region 6

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that conditions at several Region 6 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) should be taken into consideration by hunters for their fall hunting plans. These conditions are due to lack of rainfall, ongoing construction, maintenance, and habitat management.

Waterfowl hunters traveling to Region 6 should note that water levels have been low this year and are not likely to rebound in time for the Northeast waterfowl zone opening day, Oct. 6. Hunters at Perch River, Upper and Lower Lakes, and Wilson Hill WMAs should be especially mindful that access into traditional areas may be difficult.

In addition, construction at the upper pool on Perch River WMA will limit traditional access points and restrict parking. DEC asks that hunters obey all signs and fencing in the area of the upper pool dike and parking areas and keep a safe distance away from the construction site.

At Upper and Lower Lakes WMA, the floating dock at the middle access will either be removed or blocked due to its unsafe condition. Replacement of this structure is anticipated next year. In conjunction with the low water levels, access at this location will be limited.

On Tug Hill WMA, logging operations may be occurring along the northern half of Beech Street throughout the hunting season. This timber harvest is intended to create habitat suitable for young forest dependent species such as snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, and American woodcock. Tug Hill WMA will remain open, but DEC recommends that hunters avoid hunting along this section of Beech Street when logging equipment is operating. Hunters should also use caution when driving on WMA roads and yield the right-of-way to approaching log trucks.

For additional information contact DEC's Regional Wildlife Office at 315-785-2263. Region 6 covers Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Oneida, and Herkimer counties.

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