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Managed Waterfowl Hunts At Tuckahoe WMA Planned


February 13, 2020

A plan presented by Division staff to implement the state's first managed waterfowl hunts at the Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area (WMA) was authorized in September by the Fish and Game Council. This new opportunity comes on the heels of a cooperative, five-year habitat restoration project that was completed during the winter of 2017-18. Managed waterfowl hunting opportunities are a common practice across the country that seek to maximize waterfowl use and provide a quality hunting experience. This is done by providing an attractive forage base for waterfowl and reducing the disturbance waterfowl experience by limiting hunting pressure.

The objectives of this plan are to:

1) Improve the overall quality of waterfowl hunting at the Tuckahoe WMA impoundments,

2) Provide an opportunity for newly recruited or less experienced waterfowl hunters,

3) Provide a new and improved experience for current waterfowl hunters, and

4) Provide an opportunity that alleviates access and overcrowding constraints that negatively impact waterfowl hunters' experiences.

Beginning in the fall of 2020, a permit application process will be in effect to access permanent hunting blinds and delineated hunting zones being constructed at the three Tuckahoe impoundments. There will be NO FEE associated with the application process. A decoy loaner program and waterfowl hunting mentors will also be available for those new to waterfowl hunting, as needed. A current license, HIP Certification, and state and federal stamps are required.

More information and updates will be provided throughout the year as plans for this opportunity develop.

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Last Updated: February 13, 2020