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National Hunting and Fishing Day

This year National Hunting and Fishing Day is September 22, 2018
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National Hunting and Fishing Day is celebrated the fourth Saturday of every September to promote outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, and target shooting.

There are many activities across the state you can participate in. Head out and enjoy one near you!

National Hunting and Fishing Day is a designated free fishing day in New York which means anyone can fish the freshwaters of New York and no fishing license is required. It is a great time to try it out.

Visit the National Hunting and Fishing Day website (leaving DEC's website) to find more events in New York. What else can I do?

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Foster participation in hunting, fishing, and shooting
by mentoring a young hunter or angler.

Try something new you have never done before

Attend a workshop

Get out and enjoy the outdoors this fall. Here are a few reasons why you should participate on September 22nd or any day during open hunting seasons or fishing seasons:

  • It builds comradery and it's FUN!
  • You can build a sense of stewardship of fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.
  • It provides an opportunity for experienced hunters and anglers to share their knowledge with others.
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Youth hunts allow youths to be supervised in the field
before regular seasons open

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