The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has drafted a plan to guide management of the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge for the next 15 years. This 9,184-acre refuge is located in Cayuga, Seneca and
Alternative B would do the following:
- Permit waterfowl hunting on the refuge during the first split on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
- Open portions of the northeast section of the refuge, to waterfowl hunting during the regular season at the refuge manager’s discretion, these areas would correspond to those that could be opened to the late snow goose seasons and the resident
and late snow goose seasons. Canada
- Open some refuge grasslands for the early or resident Canada goose hunting season (generally September 1 through 25).
- Coordinate with farmers in the refuge’s cooperative farming program to open designated areas for the early or resident Canada goose hunting season (generally September 1 through 25) and open designated areas of the Main Muck to snow goose hunting during the late (winter) snow goose hunting season (generally late January through the beginning of March) and the Light Goose Conservation Order (generally the beginning of March through mid-April).
- Fall turkey hunting and youth spring turkey hunting would be opened.
Alternative C would do the following:
- Waterfowl hunting would keep the same objective, rationale, strategies, and monitoring elements as Alternative A.
- Over the life of the plan, allow access for hunting of turkey during the spring and fall hunt seasons.
For more information on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s drafted plan for the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, please click here. The comment period closes on Thursday, June 21, and comments can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include “Montezuma NWR Draft CCP” in the subject line of the message.
It is important to encourage the USFWS to expand access and opportunities for hunting on refuge lands, so please take a few minutes to submit comments in support of Alternative B.