Deer Hunting Program

Welcome to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Deer Hunting Program at the Western New York Nuclear Service Center. Each fall, NYSERDA sponsors an annual archery deer hunting program, making approximately 1,500 acres of the Center available during archery season to anyone with a valid New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hunting license. NYSERDA’s program allows up to 50 hunters (10 hunters per five designated areas) to hunt each day and provides scouting days prior to archery season.

Changes to the 2019 Deer Hunting Program are outlined below:

  1. Scouting will be available three days: Saturday, September 21; Wednesday, September 25; and Saturday, September 28, 2019. Hunters must register on line for scouting at the Eventbrite website Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. Each hunter must register individually for each day and area. You may not register for other hunters. NYSERDA’s 2019 archery program will run October 1 through November 15, 2019.
  2. If you are not registered in NYSERDA’s program, you must sign a Release Form for Scouting and Tree Stand Removal [PDF] prior to scouting (or removing a tree stand on NYSERDA’s property). This form must be emailed to the NYSERDA Deer Hunting Coordinator at deerhunting@nyserda.ny.gov.  A copy of this form must remain on your dashboard each day. A parent or guardian must also sign the scouting/tree stand removal release form on behalf of their minor child and accompany them in the field for scouting. No minors under age 12 will be allowed in the field.
  3. All hunters must complete the online West Valley Deer Hunting ApplicationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. to participate in NYSERDA’s 2019 archery program. Upon completing and signing the form, hunters must print and sign the certificate of completion, and keep it on their dashboard during the entire archery season. Upon completion of your application, all hunters must register for archery hunting online at the Eventbrite websiteLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. to select their preferred hunting days. Each hunter must register individually for each day and area they wish to participate.  You may not register for other hunters.
  4. For accountability purposes, during each day of scouting and archery, participating hunters must call the NYSERDA Deer Hunting Information Line at 716-942-9960 x4990 upon leaving the woods, but no later than one hour after sunset. Hunters must also call the NYSERDA Deer Hunting Information Line if they choose not to scout or hunt any day that they are registered. Failure to call may result in suspension of your participation in NYSERDA’s program.
  5. Attached are maps [PDF] of the NYSERDA hunting Areas 1 through 3, 5, and 6 for your reference.
  6. Crossbows are allowed the last two weeks of archery season (November 2– November 15, 2019) for crossbow-certified hunters age 14 or older to hunt deer. Hunters must have in their possession while afield either their completed Hunter Education Certificate of Qualification card dated on or after April 1, 2014, or the completed DEC Crossbow Certificate of Qualification.

Harvest Cards

If you are successful in harvesting a deer on NYSERDA’s property, please complete the Harvest CardLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. Your information is valuable in creating an accurate harvest count for the season. A summary of the 2019 harvest is available upon request. 

Program Rules

  1. Safety – For the safety of all participants, hunters are required to comply with our safety and program rules. Failure to comply with ANY aspect of the hunting program requirements may result in your suspension from the NYSERDA Hunting Program:
    • Violation of DEC hunting regulations may result in disciplinary action by DEC
    • Consumption of intoxicants (e.g., alcohol, marijuana) before or during hunting is prohibited. Anyone discovered under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be permanently removed from the program.
    • NO ATVs OR MOTORIZED VEHICLES are allowed on NYSERDA’s property.
    • If you have not called the Deer Hunting Information Line to check-out of the woods one hour past sunset, the NYSERDA Project Manager will notify the Cattaraugus County Sheriff to search for your vehicle; and as needed, initiate emergency response actions. 
    • While hunting, display your NYSERDA completion certificate on the dashboard of your parked vehicle, and park and hunt in your designated location. Please be sure to park far enough off the road for snowplows to get through.
    • Be courteous and respect our site neighbors. Take trash home with you or use the waste receptacles provided at each entry point. DO NOT LITTER If you are discovered littering, you may be subject to New York State littering fines.
    • If you are discovered trespassing on private property or in non-hunting areas of the Center, you will be SUSPENDED FROM THE PROGRAM and may face trespassing charges by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department. If you are not registered in the Program and are discovered on any portion of the Center, YOU WILL FACE TRESPASSING CHARGES.
  2. NYSERDA allows the use of one portable tree stand on our property during NYSERDA’s hunting season, which must be removed at the end of NYSERDA’s archery season. Any stands remaining on NYSERDA’s property after December 1, 2019, will be considered abandoned and may be removed. If you have or see an inactive tree stand on NYSERDA’s property, please email deerhunting@nyserda.ny.gov with details on its location.
  3. Interested hunters are encouraged to call the NYSERDA Deer Hunting Information Line (716-942-9960 x4990) throughout the year, for information on the program.

To inquire about additional deer management permits for use at the WNYNSC, contact: The New York State Department of Environmental ConservationLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. This site is located in the Wildlife Management Unit 9M.