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For Release: Tuesday, August 29, 2023

DEC Now Accepting Waterfowl Hunting Permit Lottery Entries for Duck Hunting Opening Weekend at Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas

Entries Accepted Through Sept. 15

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is accepting entries for a special permit to hunt waterfowl at two popular wildlife management areas (WMAs) in Western New York. The special permit will allow for duck hunting on the first Saturday and first Sunday of the Western Zone duck season at Oak Orchard and Tonawanda WMAs.

Hunters need to fill out an online form to apply for the lottery. The deadline to apply is Sept. 15, 2023. The opening weekend waterfowl hunting permits will be distributed by a random lottery.

For each of the two days, Oct. 21 and 22, DEC typically issues 100 permits for Tonawanda WMA and 50 permits for Oak Orchard WMA. The WMAs are primarily in Genesee and Niagara counties, with small portions in Orleans and Erie counties. Depending on WMA wetland conditions assessed just prior to the lottery, DEC may reduce the number of permits issued.

For questions or concerns about the permit lottery or access to the online entry form, contact the DEC Iroquois Wildlife Field Office at (585) 948-5182. Anyone unable to complete the online survey should contact the office before the Sept. 15 deadline.

The special permits are part of DEC's ongoing efforts to promote hunter safety, reduce hunter conflicts, and increase the quality of hunting on days when these areas receive the greatest use.

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