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  • Finger Lakes State Park announces 2012-2013 hunting schedule

  • Tim Joseph, Regional Director of the Finger Lakes State Parks, announced the 2012 - 2013 hunting schedule for the region’s state parks.

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  • Tim Joseph, Regional Director of the Finger Lakes State Parks, announced the 2012 - 2013 hunting schedule for the region’s state parks.  
     
    BIG GAME – DEER
    Deer – Archery
    Reference the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules for archery hunting in the following parks:
    Bonavista, Buttermilk Falls, Chimney Bluffs, Connecticut Hill, Fillmore Glen, Ganondagan, Harriet Hollister Spencer, Juniper Pond, Keuka Lake, Long Point, Mark Twain, Newtown Battlefield, Pinnacle, upper Robert H. Treman, Sampson, Stony Brook, Taughannock Falls, Two Rivers, and Watkins Glen.
    Note:  Bonavista and Harriet Hollister Spencer will NOT be open for the special late season.
    Note:  Archery deer hunting is allowed at Ganondagan State Historic Site from dawn to 9:00 a.m. only.  Obtain a permit from the visitor center in the afternoon of the day prior to hunting.
    Deer – Crossbow
    Reference the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules for crossbow hunting in the following parks:
    Bonavista, Buttermilk Falls, Chimney Bluffs, Connecticut Hill, Fillmore Glen, Harriet Hollister Spencer, Juniper Pond, Keuka Lake, Long Point, Newtown Battlefield, Pinnacle, upper Robert H. Treman, Sampson, Stony Brook, Taughannock Falls, Two Rivers, and Watkins Glen.
    Deer – Shotgun and Muzzleloading Rifle (No gun hunting during the Columbus Day Youth Season)
    Reference the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules for shotgun and muzzleloading rifle hunting in the following parks:   
    Chimney Bluffs, Connecticut Hill, Harriet Hollister Spencer, Juniper Pond, Long Point and Sampson.    
    Note:  Harriet Hollister Spencer does not allow hunting during late special season (reference the DEC guidelines).  
    Deer – Muzzleloading only (no shotgun or rifle) allowed during regular shotgun season
    Reference the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules for muzzleloading hunting in the following parks: Fillmore Glen, Pinnacle, Keuka Lake, and Two Rivers
     
    SMALL GAME
    Duck– Early and Late Seasons
    Reference the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules for waterfowl hunting in the following parks: Seneca Lake, Chimney Bluffs, Fair Haven Beach (Sterling Creek), Juniper Pond and Long Point. State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules.
    Note:  Duck hunting at Sampson is late season only and is limited to ten hunters per day.
    Note:  Seneca Lake State Park is late season ONLY.  All hunters must be in boats at all times.
    Canadian Geese
    Reference the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules for goose hunting in the following parks: Chimney Bluffs, Fair Haven Beach (Sterling Creek & Federal Pier), Juniper Pond, and Long Point.
    Page 2 of 3 - Note:  Federal Pier at Fair Haven Beach is open for late season only.  Reference the New York
    State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates.
    Note:  Special park permits are required for Mark Twain (limited quantities).  Please contact the park directly for dates and times for hunting.
    Note:   Seneca Lake State Park is late season ONLY.  All hunters must be in boats along shoreline.
     
    Brant and Snow Geese
    Reference the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules for brant and snow geese hunting in the following parks:
    Chimney Bluffs, Fair Haven Beach (Sterling Creek), Juniper Pond and Long Point.
    Turkey
    Reference the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules for turkey hunting in the following parks: Chimney Bluffs, Connecticut Hill, Juniper Pond, Pinnacle and Sampson.
    Note:  Fall turkey hunting at Sampson is bow only.
    Other Small Game
    Reference the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules for small game hunting in the following parks: Chimney Bluffs, Connecticut Hill, Long Point, Juniper Pond, Mark Twain, Pinnacle, and Sampson.
    Note:  Small game hunting is not allowed during any deer season at Mark Twain, Pinnacle and Sampson.
    Separate park hunting permits are required for deer hunting at Ganondagan State Historic Site and Mark Twain State Park.      
    A separate special park permit is required for all hunting at Sampson State Park along with blaze orange hat or vest.  Weapons may not have a capacity of more than three rounds.    
    At Bonavista State Golf Course, deer hunting will be limited to one person per zone only with a five person maximum total for the facility on a first come first serve basis each day.  Hunters must sign in and out daily at designated spot and indicate their zone.  No reservations can be made.
    At Long Point State Park, special DEC permits for deer hunting are required from the check station at King Ferry.
    On the Catharine Valley Trail, a one-mile section of the trail near the Village of Montour Falls will be closed for approximately four (4) weeks during regular gun season.  Reference the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (D.E.C.) Hunting and Trapping Guide for current dates and rules for regular gun season.  
    Safety zones and restricted areas are posted to ensure the safety of other park patrons and regional personnel.  Signs will be posted at all parks during hunting season to notify patrons of this activity.  Handguns will not be permitted in any of the parks.
    Page 3 of 3 - All portable tree stands must have the owner’s name, address, and phone number and must be removed at the end of the season.
    No trapping is allowed at any of the State Parks in the Finger Lakes region.
    Note: A valid New York State hunting license with the proper hunting stamps will serve as the regional hunting permit. Except where otherwise stated, this is the only permit necessary.  
    No Hunting Allowed At:
    Cayuga Lake State Park
    Indian Hills State Golf Course
    Seneca Lake State Park (Duck and geese only)
    Sonnenberg Gardens State Historic Site
    Jennings Pond

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