DEC Announces Deer Check Station Schedule

November 19, 2010 Updated Nov 19, 2010 at 11:09 AM EDT

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DEC Announces Deer Check Station Schedule

November 19, 2010 Updated Nov 19, 2010 at 11:09 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - As shotgun season approaches, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 9 Office announced that it will operate one deer check station in Western New York this year.

The check station is located on Route 16, northbound, about one mile south of the Town of Holland, and will operate Nov. 20 from noon until 8 p.m., and Nov. 21 from noon until 7 p.m.

In cooperation with NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, deer checking will also occur in Allegany State Park on opening day (Saturday, Nov. 20).

Hunters are encouraged to bring their deer to the check station where DEC staff will determine deer age and collect other important biological information. Participation is voluntary but appreciated, and helps DEC to gather valuable data necessary for assessing the status of the area’s deer population.

“Again this year, hunters will have the option of participating in a number of research projects related to diseases that affect deer,” said Tim Spierto, DEC Region 9 Senior Wildlife Biologist. “Although it is completely voluntary for their animals to be sampled for disease surveillance, hunters are encouraged to take a few extra minutes in order to help us increase us our knowledge on this topic.”

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 7 p.m.