DEC is holding its 20th Annual Youth Waterfowl Program for young hunters on Long Island ages 12 to 15, on Nov. 11 and 12.
The Youth Waterfowl Program is a special event to help junior hunters prepare for and participate in Youth Waterfowl Days. The program includes instruction in:
Hunting ethics and regulations;
- Waterfowl identification;
- Firearms safety review;
- Retriever and decoy use;
- Cold water survival and boating safety; and
- Trap shooting.
Applications for the Youth Waterfowl Program are due by Oct. 25. Space is limited to 35 students.
All new applicants must attend the instructional day at Hubbard County Park in Flanders on Nov. 4, which qualifies them for the option of hunting at Hubbard County Park in Flanders or Southaven County Park in Yaphank on Nov. 11, and anywhere else hunting is allowed on Nov. 12.
Participants must be 12 to 15 years of age by Nov. 11, have completed a hunter education course by Nov. 4, possess a junior (small game) hunting license by Nov. 11, and be registered with the Harvest Information Program.