Post officials wished to remind the public that Fort Drum recreation access passes and New York state hunting and fishing licenses will expire after Friday. New access passes and licenses for the 2011-12 season will go into effect on Saturday.
Access passes are available in person at the Natural Resources Permit Office, Bldg. S-2509, off Route 26 between Great Bend and Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield.
The Natural Resources Permit Office currently is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through Oct. 28. The office will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Oct. 31 to Nov. 21.
To obtain a Fort Drum recreation permit in person, applicants must present a photo ID and current New York state hunting, fishing or trapping license. Fort Drum recreation permits also are available through the mail. Application forms can be downloaded from the website www.FortDrum.isportsman.net.
New York state licenses are available on Fort Drum at the Exchange as well as sporting good stores, town clerk offices and other off-post vendors.
For information about hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses, see the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation website at www.dec.ny.gov.
Active-duty military personnel stationed at Fort Drum and their Family Members are eligible to purchase sporting licenses as state residents instead of nonresidents. New York state residents who are active service members of either the New York state organized militia, U.S. Reserve Forces, or certain members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible for free sporting licenses. See the state DEC website for more information about New York State’s Patriot Plan.
New this year is a requirement to register any weapon (bow or firearm) that is possessed on the installation with Fort Drum’s Law Enforcement Division. Although this has always been a regulation for residents on Fort Drum, it now also applies to people bringing weapons onto post temporarily for hunting or target shooting in the cantonment area as well as the training area.
Weapons can be registered at the Military Police Station seven days a week, 24 hours a day. For more information, download a fact sheet and weapons registration form from the website at www.FortDrum.isportsman.net.
Fort Drum provides one of the largest tracts of land in the Northeast region available to Soldiers, their Families, military retirees, DoD civilians and the general public for recreational use, with some 70,000 acres available for hunting, fishing, trapping, bird watching, primitive camping, hiking and berry-picking. For more information about access, passes, recreation opportunities, brochures and other publications, check out the website at www.FortDrum.isportsman.net.
(Fort Drum Fish and Wildlife Management Program)