State Parks announce waterfowl blind drawingsby jmaloni
Beaver Island State Park, West River Parkway, Strawberry Island all included
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced that lottery drawings for the first half of waterfowl hunting season at Beaver Island State Park, Strawberry Island and the West River Parkway have been scheduled.
Draws will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning Friday, Oct. 26. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and the draws start at 6:30 p.m. sharp.
The draws will continue to take place in the basement of the Beaver Island Clubhouse. Participants should enter in the back door closest to the parking lot next to the clubhouse. Take note that, this year, blinds No. 39 and No. 40 will not be available due to construction on Motor Island.
To participate in the lottery drawings, hunters must be present and show a valid New York state small game hunting license with a signed duck stamp, proof of completion of a waterfowl ID course, and proof of registration in the harvest information program.
Duck season will run from Oct. 27 through Dec. 9 and the Canada goose season will run from Oct. 27 through Dec. 11. Since the Canada goose hunting season is only two days longer than the duck season, blind drawings for those two days will take place during the last draw on Friday, Dec. 7.
There will be no call-ins this year.
Again this season, State Parks will include a DEC universal access blind located on East River Road at Spicer Creek Wildlife Management area (north of the cemetery). Waterfowl hunting is restricted to the wooden universal blind structure only.
For more information, call the park office at 716-773-3271 on weekdays between 8:15 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.