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New York: Comment Period Open in Proposed Pro-Hunting Plans for Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Friday, June 8, 2012

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 Wayne Counties and was established in 1938 to provide nesting, feeding, and resting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds.  In the drafted plan, three alternatives are presented for public review.  Alternative A would keep things as they currently are.  Alternative B would open new opportunities and more accessible sites for hunting.  Alternative C is similar to Alternative B, but would leave waterfowl hunting in its current state.

 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 Canada and late snow goose seasons.
  • 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 northeastplanning@fws.gov.  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.  

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