Montezuma Wildlife Refuge Releases White-Tailed Deer & Waterfowl Hunting Information
The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge has released hunting season information for this year’s white-tailed deer
and waterfowl hunting seasons. There have been some changes to each of these hunting programs, which are
outlined on the regulation sheets available at https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Montezuma/visit/visitor_activities.html.
The dates for deer hunting on the refuge conform to the New York State seasons for the Southern Zone, with
opening day of the Archery season being October 1 and opening day of the Firearms season being November 19.
The refuge will also offer youth hunting during the State’s Youth Firearms Season, October 8 – 10, 2016, open to
hunters aged 14 – 15. Youth must have an adult licensed mentor with them during the hunt. Scouting will be
permitted September 24 – 25 and November 12 – 19, from one hour before legal sunrise to one hour after legal
sunset. Those scouting must pick up a scouting permit at the Hunter Check Station on State Route 89 and must have
a hunting license and tags. Refuge staff will be at the Hunter Check Station on September 24 from 8:00 – 9:00 AM
and 11:00 AM – noon to answer questions. All hunters must check in and obtain a hunting permit at the Hunter
Check Station each day they hunt on the refuge.
The waterfowl season at Montezuma NWR will begin with the Youth Waterfowl Hunt, to be held Saturday, October
1, 2016. Reservations for this hunt will be taken on Thursday, September 22, 8:30 -9:00 AM. Reservations for the
regular waterfowl season’s opening day will be held Thursday, October 13, 8:30 – 9:00 AM. Call (315) 568-4136 to
make reservations. Opening day is October 22, 2016. The refuge is opening a new area to waterfowl hunting this
year, Kipp Island. This area is located in the town of Montezuma, Cayuga County. A guided tour of the Kipp Island
hunting area will be held on September 24 at 9:00 AM; meet refuge staff at the Hunter Check Station on State Route
89. All waterfowl hunters must make a reservation to hunt; reservations are taken from 8:30 – 9:00 AM on
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call to make your reservation the hunt day before the day you would like to
hunt (e.g., if you want to hunt on Thursday, make your reservation on the Tuesday before). You must obtain your
hunting permit directly from refuge staff at the Hunter Check Station each day you hunt on the refuge.
In order to hunt for waterfowl on the Montezuma NWR, you must possess a valid waterfowl identification course
completion certificate. Valid certificates are issued by the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation upon completion of their course. If you are an out-of-state resident and are unable to attend a New
York State waterfowl identification course, contact the refuge for an out-of-state course and test. There will be a
course held at the refuge Visitor Center (3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY 13148) on September 20, 2016,
6:00 – 10:00 PM. You must preregister to take this course by calling (315) 568-5987; space is limited. You can
find other courses listed at https://register-ed.com/programs/new_york/129.
Hunting, trapping and fishing are considered by many to be a legitimate, traditional recreational use of renewable
natural resources. The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, other laws, and the Fish and
Wildlife Service’s policy permit hunting on a national wildlife refuge when it is compatible with the purposes for
which the refuge was established and acquired (https://www.fws.gov/refuges/hunting/whyAllowed.html).
For more information, contact the refuge office at (315) 568-5987.
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