Voluntary Check Stations Help DEC's Annual Harvest Data Collection

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) encourages hunters to visit its deer and bear check station during the upcoming opening weekend of the regular big game season.

DEC's Region 8 check station, located at the DEC Headquarters, 6247 East Avon-Lima Road (State Route 20) in Avon, Livingston County, will operate Saturday, November 16, and Sunday, November 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participation is voluntary and helps DEC gather valuable data to assess the status of the big game population in the area.

Hunters are encouraged to bring their deer to the check station where DEC staff will determine deer age and collect biological and harvest information. With black bear season opening the same day as deer season, wildlife staff will also check harvested bears to collect weight and sex information, along with pulling a premolar tooth to determine the bear's age.

Take it, Tag it, Report it!

DEC reminds New York hunters of the importance of reporting their harvest. Harvest reporting is critical to wildlife management, and hunters are required to report their harvest of deer, bear, and turkey within seven days of taking the animal. The easiest way to report is via DEC's HuntFishNY mobile app. Through this app, hunters, anglers, and trappers can access an electronic version of their licenses and privileges, and report the harvest of deer, bear, and turkey quickly while afield on their mobile device. Hunters may still use the phone report system, but online and mobile systems are faster, more convenient, and easier for hunters to accurately enter information.