Archery qualifications are scheduled for hunters who are interested and eligible to hunt in the cantonment area.
Hunting in the cantonment area is archery only for deer, bear and turkey during their respective seasons between Sept. 27 and Dec. 8.
Hunters who are eligible to hunt in the cantonment area include active-duty military and their Family Members, military retirees, and Army Civilian Employees and contractors who possess a common access card.
Persons who hold other forms of identification cards are not eligible to hunt in the cantonment area.
To qualify and receive an archery qualification card, a bow hunter must shoot three of five arrows equipped with broadheads (or other big game hunting arrow – i.e. no field points) in the vital area of life-size 3-D deer targets.
Targets will be placed at distances between 10 and 30 yards. Bow hunters will shoot from an elevated structure 10 feet high. Only one qualifying shot will be allowed at each target.
Bow hunters are required to take the qualification course every year. Archery qualification cards expire Sept. 1.
The archery qualification card must be in the bow hunter’s possession while hunting in the cantonment area. Archers who fail to qualify on their first attempt may try again, but only at a later qualifying session.
All archery qualification sessions will be held near the Natural Resources Permit Office, Bldg. S-2509, located on Route 26 between Great Bend and Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Qualifications, which will be held rain or shine, take less than 10 minutes for each person to complete.
Neither a New York state archery stamp or Fort Drum recreational access pass are required to attend a qualification session.
Qualification sessions are scheduled as follows: Wednesday, Thursday, Sept. 18-19, Sept. 21 and Sept. 25-26.
All Wednesday and Thursday sessions will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.; the Saturday session will meet from 10 a.m. to noon.
Additional qualification sessions will be held on an as-needed basis for returning or recently arrived Soldiers.
For more information or to make an appointment, call the Fort Drum Fish and Wildlife Management Office at 772-9303.
Approximately 3,000 acres in the cantonment area are open to hunting either on a daily basis or weekends only, depending on the area.
Cantonment area hunters must hunt from an elevated tree stand or a tripod stand at least 10 feet off the ground. Hunters are restricted to two tree stands in the cantonment area at any one time. All stands must be marked with the name and phone number of the hunter in a manner to be legible from the ground. Tree stands must be removed from hunting areas before Dec. 31.
Some 70,000 acres are open to hunting in the training area, including archery-only areas in Trainings Areas 4A, 4B, 4D, and 5D. Hunters who are interested in bow hunting only in the training area do not need to qualify.
For more information on the 2013 hunting season or other outdoor recreational opportunities on post, see Fort Drum’s Fish and Wildlife Management Program website at www.fortdrum.isportsman.net