Friday, October 7, 2005
Hunting begins on Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge on October 12
Waterfowl hunting will be permitted on 86 acres of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) land in Carlisle, beginning October 12 and archery hunting for white tail deer will open on most NWR refuges on October 17. This is the first time waterfowl and white tail deer hunting has been permitted on the refuge and persons using the land for other recreational purposes are advised to be on the lookout for the orange garments required by hunters.
Only archery hunting will be permitted for deer, but the season will be extended, as the table shows. There will be no hunting in Great Meadows south of Route 225 or anywhere in Concord.
Subsequent to changes in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations in September of this year that allowed hunting to occur in three eastern Massachusetts refuges, the Great Meadows, the Assabet River and Oxbow NWRs, over 400 applications for hunting permits have been received at the NWS office in Sudbury. That number of permits dwarfs the quota set by the Fish and Wildlife Service for the 2005-2006 year, which is 90 permits for deer, and 35 for waterfowl for the three refuges listed above. This discrepancy was resolved by a lottery held earlier this week. Michael Dixon of the Sudbury NWR office anticipates a second lottery may be held in the coming week if vacancies occur on the first list. He indicated there will be a turkey draw on the Oxbow and Assabet sites this spring. Persons wishing to apply for a possible second lottery or the turkey draw should apply at the Great Meadows NWR office, 73 Weir Road in Sudbury, or by e-mail to: Michael Dixon@fws.gov. Hunting permit applications are also available on the web site: www.fws.gov/northeast.
The accompanying table may be useful. Additional information about refuges that welcome hunters is available at 1-800-344-WILD, or online at http://refuges.fws.gov/hunting.
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