DEC will operate two deer and bear control stations on the opening weekend of the big game regular season



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ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has opened two new deer and bear checkpoints in Hector and Avon. Although catch reporting is voluntary, these stations help DEC collect important data on big game populations in the region.

This year, a new Region 8 checkpoint will be located at the Finger Lakes National Ranger Station on State Route 414 in Hector. The opening hours are Saturday November 21 and Sunday November 22 from noon to 5:00 p.m.

The checkpoint located at DEC headquarters at 6247 East Avon-Lima Road (State Route 20) in Avon will operate on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hunters are encouraged to take slaughtered deer to any of the checkpoints where DEC staff will determine age and collect biological and harvest information. Since black bear season opens on the same day as deer season, wildlife staff will also check harvested bears to gather biological information and determine the bear’s age.

DEC reminds New York hunters of the importance of declaring their harvest. Harvest report is essential to wildlife management, and hunters are required to report their harvest of deer, bears and turkeys within seven days of catching the animal. The easiest way to report is through DEC HuntFishNY mobile app.

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