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March 04, 2016

2016 Waterfowl Season Public Hearings

March 15, Whitehall, NY - March 16 White River Jct. - March 17, Essex, VT

Public hearings on the status of waterfowl populations and waterfowl hunting seasons for the State of Vermont and Lake Champlain zone in New York will be held Tuesday, March 15, in Whitehall, New York, Wednesday, March 16 in White River Junction and Thursday, March 17, in Essex, Vermont.

The annual hearings are being held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Board. In past years, these hearings were held in August, but a new process now allows the seasons to be set earlier.

The March 15 meeting will be held at the Skenesborough Rescue Squad building in Whitehall, New York. The March 16 meeting will be held at the Hartford High School auditorium in White River Junction. The March 17 meeting will be held at Memorial Hall, 5 Towers Road, Essex, Vermont.

The hearings will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

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 2016 migratory bird hunting seasons are on the Fish & Wildlife website ( Comments can be sent to ANR.FWPublicComment@Vermont.Gov.

GPS Address

Memorial Hall

5 Tower Road

Essex, VT 05452

44.512346 073.059717

Additional parking can be found at a park and ride located at 3 Jericho Road (Route 15).

Hartford High School

37 Highland Avenue

White River Junction, VT 05001

43.65776 072.31893

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request at the Vermont meeting. 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, if possible. Please send an e-mail to: 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

Source: Department of Fish and Wildlife
Last Updated at: March 04, 2016 13:32:20