New York, Vermont waterfowl hearings rescheduled for March 22

In addition to providing places to hunt waterfowl, wetlands are pumped to provide habitat for migrating waterfowl and other water birds, to provide areas for people to observe wildlife, and to spread out the distribution of migrating birds to reduce the possibility of disease outbreaks.

ESSEX, Vt. — Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department waterfowl hearings in Whitehall, N.Y., and Essex, Vt., that were cancelled due to heavy snow have been rescheduled.

Both have been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 22. The Essex hearing is at Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Road, Essex; the Whitehall hearing is at the Skenesborough Rescue Squad Building, 37 Skenesborough Drive, Whitehall. Both run from 6:30-9 p.m.

The annual hearings are being held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Board. Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to attend one of the hearings and share their preferences and opinions about the proposed seasons.

Under Federal regulations, waterfowl seasons, bag limits, and shooting hours in the Lake Champlain Zone must be uniform throughout the entire zone. Waterfowl seasons in New York’s portion of the Lake Champlain Zone must be identical to the waterfowl season in Vermont’s portion of the Zone.

Comments received, as well as input and recommendations from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, will be reviewed by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board.

The proposed 2017 migratory bird hunting seasons are available at vtfishandwildlife.com. Comments may be sent to ANR.FWPublicComment@Vermont.Gov.
 

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