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For Release: Friday, November 1, 2019

DEC to Operate Deer and Bear Check Station on Opening Weekend of Regular Big Game Season

Voluntary Check Stations Help DEC's Annual Harvest Data Collection and Research Efforts

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

DEC's Region 9 check station, located on Route 16, in Holland, Erie County (northbound about one mile south of the town of Holland), will operate Saturday, Nov. 16, from noon until 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Participation is voluntary and helps DEC gather valuable data to assess the status of the area's big game population.

"Although it is completely voluntary, we encourage hunters to take a few extra minutes to stop by the check station," said DEC Region 9 Big Game Biologist Ryan Rockefeller. "Just a few minutes of your time helps expand DEC's knowledge about this year's big game harvest and provides us with valuable biological data for ongoing and future big game studies."

Hunters are encouraged to bring their deer to the check station where DEC staff will determine deer age and collect other biological and harvest information. With black bear season opening the same day as deer season, wildlife staff will also check harvested bears to collect weight and sex information, along with pulling a premolar tooth to determine the bear's age.

Technicians from State Department of Health (DOH) will 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.

Take it, Tag it, Report it!

DEC reminds New York hunters of the importance of reporting their harvest. Harvest reporting is critical to wildlife management, and hunters are required to report their harvest of deer, bear, and turkey within seven days of taking the animal. The easiest way to report is via DEC's HuntFishNY mobile app. Through this app, hunters, anglers, and trappers can access an electronic version of their licenses and privileges, and report the harvest of deer, bear, and turkey quickly while afield on their mobile device. Hunters may still use the phone report system, but online and mobile systems are faster, more convenient, and easier for hunters to accurately enter information.

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