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Even though September offers some of the best fishing of the year, many sportsmen and women will be turning their attention to area woods and fields in the coming month. Among the hunting seasons opening up in September are Canada goose, squirrel, bear, ruffed grouse, and deer. Since the new license year begins on October 1, hunters are reminded that they need a current 2010-11 license in order to hunt prior to October 1.

Canada Geese

The September Canada Goose Season runs from Saturday, September 1-25 in the Northeast Goose Hunting Area. Hunting hours extend from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, non-toxic shot is required, and the daily bag limit is eight geese. In addition to small-game hunting privileges, goose hunters will need a HIP number, and a duck stamp.

All individuals who hunt migratory game birds in New York State are required to register in the state’s Harvest Information Program (HIP). Registration is valid from July 1 through June 30 annually, and individuals can register at www.NY-HIP.com or by calling 1-888-427-5447. Individuals who are 16 years and older need a federal migratory game bird hunting stamp (duck stamp) in order to hunt waterfowl. Duck stamps are available at most post offices, on-line at www.duckstamp.com, or by calling 1-800-852-4897).

Squirrels

The season for gray, black, and fox squirrels also opens on September 1, and that season runs through February 28. Hunting hours extend from sunrise to sunset, and the daily bag limit is six squirrels. Since red squirrels are unprotected by regulations, reds may be hunted at any time of the year.

Black Bears

The Early Black Bear Season begins on Saturday, September 15 and runs through October 12, the day before Muzzleloading Season starts across the Northern Zone. Wildlife Managements Units open for early-bear hunting are 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, 5J, 6C, 6F, 6G, and 6H. Hunting hours extend from sunrise to sunset.

When a successful hunter reports his take, DEC will mail a collection packet including a postage-paid return jaw envelope and information explaining collection. DEC uses part of the bear’s lower jaw or a tooth to determine age of the bear. Ruffed Grouse

The Ruffed Grouse Season opens on Thursday, September 20, and, like the squirrel season, continues through February 28. Often called “partridge,” ruffed grouse may be hunted from sunrise to sunset. The daily limit is four birds.

DEC is seeking grouse hunters to participate in a survey to help monitor ruffed grouse populations. For more information, visit www.dec.ny.gov and search for ́grouse hunter log.

Deer

The Early Bowhunting Deer Season in the Northern Zone opens on the traditional September 27, a Thursday this year. That season runs through October 19, the day prior to the beginning of the Regular Deer Season. Hunting hours extend from sunrise to sunset, and hunters must have valid 2011-12 hunting privileges which would consist of a bow/muzzleloader either sex tag or a bow/muzzleloader antlerless tag.

Calendar

Monday:Lisbon Sportsmen’s Club Hosts Trap and Skeet Shooting at Pray Rd. Property at 5:30 P.M.

Tuesday-Thursday:Hunter Education Course at Morley Wesleyan Church (Pre-register at 244-0787; 6-8 p.m.).

Saturday—Chippewa Bay F&G Club’s Annual Corn Roast.

Saturday—Squirrel Season Opens in NYS.

Saturday—Early Canada Goose Season Opens in Northeast Goose Hunting Area.

September 5-6—Bowhunter Education Course at SLV Sportsmen’s Club (Pre-register at 394-0912).

September 6-8—Hunter Education Course at Dexter American Legion (Pre-register at 785-2533).

September 6-8—Hunter Education Course at Fort Drum (Pre-register at 772-0053).

September 7-8—Hunter Education Course at Hammond Village Hall (Pre-register at 276-8063).

September 7-8—Hunter Education Course at Gouverneur R&G Club (Pre-register at 287-0022).

September 8—Bowhunter Education Course at Massena R&G Club (Pre-register at 769-3205).

September 8—Bowhunter Education Course at Fort Drum (Pre-register at 772-5169; 9 A.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.).

September 8-9—Hunter Education Course at Star Lake Community Center (Pre-register at 848-3490).

September 12-13—Hunter Education at Norwood Boces (Pre-register in person at Potsdam Town Offices).

September 9-14—Hunter Eductation Course at New Hope Baptist Church, Watertown (Pre-register at 785-2533).

September 11, 13, and 15—Hunter Education Course at Norfolk R&G Club (In-person Registration at Norfolk Town Hall).

September 12-13—Hunter Education Course at Norwood Boces (Pre-register in person at Potsdam Town Offices).

September 14-15—Bowhunter Education Course at Duffany’s Paint & Body Shop (Pre-register at 788-2161).

September 15—Early Bear Season Opens in WMUs 6C, 6F, 6H, 6J, 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, and 5J.

September 20—Ruffed Grouse Season Opens in Northern Zone.

September 22-23—Youth Waterfowl Hunt in Northeastern Waterfowl Hunting Zone.

September 23-24—Hunter Education Course at Massena R&G Club (In-person Registration with Massena Town Clerk).

September 29-30—Youth Pheasant Hunt in Northern New York.

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