Hunters encouraged to visit deer and bear check station on Nov. 20 and 21
Hunters are encouraged to visit the Region 9 deer and bear check station during the opening weekend of the regular big game season. The station will be located on Route 16 in Holland, Erie County, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials said in a news release. It will be open noon to 8 p.m. Nov. 20 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 21.
Hunters are encouraged to bring their harvested deer and bear to the check station, where DEC staff will determine age and collect biological and harvest information. Participation is voluntary and helps DEC gather valuable data to assess the status of the area’s big game population.
The DEC also collects biological and harvest information from thousands of deer across the state each year by visiting facilities that process the venison for hunters. 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 before 6 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 21.