March 13, Bennington, VT - March 15, Essex, VT - March 20, Whitehall, NY
Public hearings have been scheduled on the status of waterfowl populations and proposed waterfowl hunting seasons for the State of Vermont and Lake Champlain zone in New York.
The annual hearings will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Board as follows:
March 13 -- Bennington Fire Facility, 130 River Street, Bennington, Vermont 05201.
March 15 -- Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Road, Essex, Vermont 05452.
March 20 -- Senior Citizens building at the Whitehall Recreation Center, 28 Williams Street, Whitehall, New York 12887.
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 & Wildlife Department and the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, will be reviewed by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board.
The proposed 2018 migratory bird hunting seasons are on the Fish & Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). Comments can be sent to ANR.FWPublicComment@Vermont.Gov.
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available on request at the Vermont meetings. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information. Requests should be made as early as possible, for example an interpreter must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Please send an e-mail to: David.Sausville@vermont.gov or call the office staff at 802-878-1564 (voice), 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).
Media Contacts: Vermont: David Sausville, (802) 878-1564, New York: David Winchell, (518) 897-1248