Montezuma Refuge Sunset

Montezuma wildlife refuge


The 2014 youth waterfowl season for New York’s Western Zone is scheduled for Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5.  The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge will participate by hosting a Youth Hunt on Saturday, October 4 at the refuge’s Tschache Pool.


To register for the youth hunt at the Montezuma NWR, you must call the refuge’s Hunter Check Station, 315/568-4136, on Thursday, September 25, between 8:30 and 9:00 AM, to make your reservation.  Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.


During the youth season, only hunters ages 12 to 15 are allowed to hunt. A mentor (a licensed parent or guardian) must accompany them while hunting.  These youth hunt days allow an adult to guide and teach safe and ethical waterfowl hunting methods to the beginning waterfowl hunter without the fast and exciting pace and competition of a regular waterfowl season opener.


All youth hunters and adult mentors must possess a current New York state hunting license and have a current Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration number. Adult mentors must also have a current Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp).  A non-motorized boat or canoe is required to hunt at Montezuma NWR, and use of a trained hunting dog is advised.


Completion with a passing grade of a New York State Waterfowl Identification class is required for all waterfowl hunters to hunt the Montezuma NWR (you must show proof of class completion when you check in to hunt at the refuge).  You can check for waterfowl identification class availability at the NYS DEC website:


The 2014 Waterfowl Hunting regulations for the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge can be obtained at the refuge or by calling 315/568-5987.


For further information, please contact the refuge’s Main Office at 315/568-5987.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 96-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses more than 540 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.