FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE03-48
York City Announces New Deer Hunting Area Near The Schoharie Reservoir
Commissioner Christopher O. Ward of the New York City Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) announced today that 148 acres on the west side of the
Schoharie Reservoir in the Town of Gilboa will be opened for deer hunting
this fall. The new Road Seven Unit will be available for bow, regular
and muzzleloader deer hunting to hunters with valid DEP Hunting Tags.
"Hunting opportunities on City water supply lands have steadily
increased over the past few years from just over 13,000 acres in 1999
to more than 31,000 acres this year,” said Commissioner Ward. “Over
3,700 acres of hunting area are available on City lands in Schoharie and
Greene Counties alone.
“The success of past seasons and the City's commitments under the
1997 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with watershed towns have played an
important role in increasing hunting opportunities. Hunters have been
responsible visitors to City water supply lands and that is very encouraging
for the future," he said. In the MOA, New York City committed to
open newly-acquired lands for limited recreation and to review currently-owned
City lands, primarily located near reservoirs, for their recreation use
The Road Seven Unit is one of eleven City hunting areas that are open
in New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Management
Unit (4R). The property is shown on the DEP map for the hunting area and
indicated in the field by orange stickers that read "Hunting by Permit"
on existing DEP signs. Access to the interior of the hunting area is excellent
due to the presence of several woods roads. Hunting activities in the
area will be carefully monitored and DEP staff are available to address
any problems. DEP has acquired, or is in the process of acquiring, other
nearby properties it plans to open more land for hunting at Schoharie
in the coming years.
Bow hunting, first introduced on an experimental basis last season,
will be allowed this year on all water supply hunting areas, including
the Road Seven Unit, in addition to regular gun and muzzleloader hunting
for deer. In 2002, three hunting areas were open for bow hunting to a
limited number of hunters who were selected in a random lottery. This
season, bow hunting will be permitted on all water supply hunting areas
for hunters with valid DEP Hunting Tags.
DEP Hunting Tags are required in order to hunt on City water supply
hunting areas. These are available to all eligible DEP Access Permit holders
who apply. Applications are available on the DEP Web site www.nyc.gov/watershedrecreation
along with the hunting conditions and overview maps of the 2003 hunting
areas. Applications are also at many bait and tackle shops and town halls
in the watershed; DEP Offices in Queens, Manhattan and Kingston; and DEP
Land Management Offices in Ashokan, Downsville, Grahamsville, Mahopac
Maps of the hunting areas will be mailed with the 2003 hunting tags
starting in late September and continuing through the hunting season.
Hunters who completed and returned their 2002 Deer Hunt Survey by the
January 22, 2002 due-date and have valid Access Permits will receive their
hunting materials this year automatically starting in late September.