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Saturday October 13, 2012
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

Season Zones: Most waterfowl seasons are set based on five waterfowl hunting zones that have been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

Season Zones: Most waterfowl seasons are set based on five waterfowl hunting zones that have been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

View muzzleloadlng regulations for details on licenses/privileges and firearm requirements.

For more details on deer and bear hunting in New York State, visit DEC's Big Game Hunting webpage.
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

This season is open through January 27, 2013 in the special sea duck area only. Sea ducks include scoters, eiders and long-tailed ducks - formerly called oldsquaw. The daily limit is 7 sea ducks, with no more than 4 scoters  included in the daily bag.
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

Youth hunters, ages 12-15, must possess a junior hunting license and be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. Only junior hunters are allowed to possess a firearm or harvest birds during the special youth hunt weekend.

See DEC's Pheasant Release Sites webpage for information on release sites in your area.
Contact  Bureau of Wildlife

Youth Days are additional days for Junior Hunters only. Young hunters, 12 to 15 years of age, possessing a junior hunting license may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, Canada geese, and brant on 2 special days in each zone. Daily bag limits for ducks are the maximum allowed during the regular duck season, and 2 per day for Canada geese. Young hunters must be accompanied by a licensed (including current HIP registration and duck stamp) adult hunter, but the adult may not shoot any birds unless the respective regular season is open. Note: A 2011-12 hunting license is needed to hunt on any Youth Day in September 2012.

9:30 AM
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

This workshop helps teachers incorporate the Great Lakes into their classroom through standards-based, hand-on lesson plans and in-depth instruction in local Great Lakes issues. Participants will receive Project WET and Project WILD Aquatic curriculum and activity guides.

For educators of students in grades 6-12.

Please note: this workshop is being held in Barker, NY.

Registration required; call 716-683-5959 x204 to sign up.

10:00 AM
Contact  I FISH NY staff
(631) 444-0283

At Hempstead Lake State Park. Come out and enjoy a day of free fishing with the entire family! Headlining the event is a children's "Casting for Pumpkins" contest. In addition, over 1,000 trout will be stocked prior to the event. Age: All. Cost: $6 for participants 12 years and older plus parking fee; free with Empire Passport. Directions: Take exit 18 off Southern State Parkway. Follow the drive into the Park. Make your second right into the ticket booths. Make an immediate left after the booths. Follow to the end of the parking lot. Walk along the path to MacDonald and South Ponds.
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Binoculars and a bird guide are all you need to start this fascinating hobby. On this indoor/outdoor clinic, center staff will provide an overview of tools and techniques that will help you tell the catbirds from the cowbirds in your dogwoods. Afterwards, staff will lead an outdoor foray to look and listen for common birds. Binoculars are helpful but not necessary. We have several models for you to try.

Direction to Five Rivers

10:30 AM
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

Explore the hazards facing birds as they migrate south for the winter. For kids age 8 to 12. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Direction to Reinstein Woods

11:00 AM
Contact  Hudson River Estuary Program
845-889-4745 x106 or email

Paddle with staff naturalists and learn about tidal marsh ecology, Hudson River research, and challenges facing estuarine habitats. These FREE educational canoe trips at selected sites along the Hudson River Estuary are provided for the general public.

  • One trip per person, registration required. (register at URL listed above)
  • Novices and families welcome (minimum age is 6, maximum of 2 children under 16 per adult).
  • All gear provided.
  • For safety reasons, we can't allow other boats to join group.
  • Wear old sneakers or water shoes that can get wet/muddy (flip-flops come off!)
  • Prepare to be knee-deep in water.
  • Bring food, water, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a sense of adventure!

2:00 PM
Contact  Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center

They may not be faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, but many animals have abilities beyond those of humans.Take a walk and learn about some of the amazing residents of the woods. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.

Direction to Reinstein Woods
Contact  Five Rivers Environmental Education Center

Join us for an outdoor walk to look for and collect some beautiful fall leaves. Then we will go indoors for a craft project to help us learn all about leaves and the trees from which they came. Parent(s) and child(ren) must accompany each other. This program is free of charge, but space is limited. Please call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register by Wednesday, October 10.

Direction to Five Rivers

LegendFive Rivers Recreation and Families Reinstein Woods Sporting Seasons

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