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Welcome to New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) annual public deer hunting program at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center (Center). This year,NYSERDAwill open up approximately 1,500 acres of the Center beginning October 1, 2019 to hunters aged 12 and older with a valid New York State Department of Environmental Conservationhunting license. NYSERDAs free program allows up to 50 hunters (10 hunters per five designated areas) to hunt each day of archery season through November 15, 2019. Scouting will also be available September 21, 25, and 28(sign up at NYSERDA 2019 Scouting Program in EventBrite).
Preapproval for the archery program is required. You must complete NYSERDA's 2019 archery hunting application online. Visit the deer hunting page on NYSERDA's website at:(https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/deer-hunting). Upon completion of the online application, hunters must sign and print the certificate of completion, and keep it on their dashboard throughout the season. Do not register for other hunters.
Upon selection of your day(s) and area(s), you will automatically be registered for those days/areas unless the 10 hunters per area per day limit has been reached. For accountability purposes, during each day of scouting and archery, participating hunters must call the NYSERDA Deer Hunting Information lineat 716-942-9960 ext. 4990 upon leaving the woods, but no later than one hour after sunset. Hunters must also call the NYSERDA Deer Hunting Information Line if they choose not to scout or hunt any day that they are registered. Failure to comply with ANY aspect of the hunting program requirements may result in your suspension from the NYSERDA Hunting Program.
Crossbows are allowed the last two weeks of archery season (November 2-15, 2019) for crossbow-certified hunters age 14 or older. Hunters who plan to hunt with a crossbow must have in their possession while afield either their completed Hunter Education Certificate of Qualification card dated on or after April 1, 2014, or the completed DEC Crossbow Certificate of Qualification.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
Junior hunters (aged 12-13) must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or youth mentor" who is at least 21 years of age. Junior Hunters (aged 14-15) must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or person 18 years or older. No minors under age 12 will be allowed in the field.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Call the NYSERDA Deer Hunting Information Line (716-942-9960 x4990) for information on the program.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes. While hunting, display your NYSERDA completion certificate on the dashboard of your parked vehicle each day, and park and hunt in your designated location. Please be sure to park far enough off the road for snowplows to get through.
What can I bring into the event?
Consumption of intoxicants (e.g., alcohol, marijuana) before or during hunting is prohibited. Anyone discovered under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be permanently removed from the program.No ATVs or motorized vehicles are allowed on NYSERDA's property.
Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
No. Each hunter must register individually for each day and area; do not register for other hunters.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is no available public transportation to this location.
Hunters are to park and hunt in the area for which they have been assigned. If you have not called the Deer Hunting Information Line to check out of the woods one hour past sunset, the NYSERDA Project Manager will notify the Cattaraugus County Sheriff to search for your vehicle; and, as needed, initiate emergency response actions.