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For Release: Wednesday, September 14, 2016

DEC Hosts Oneida County Youth Waterfowl and Pheasant Hunts

Two Free Programs for Youth

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) are again offering youth ages 12 through 17, an opportunity to hunt waterfowl and to hunt pheasant with them this fall. ECOs have partnered with the Oneida County Sportsmen Federation to hold two different events hosted by two different clubs.

The 6th annual youth Goose Hunt is a two day event to be held at the Cassety Hollow Fish and Game Club. There is an educational day beginning at 9:00 am on Saturday, September 24th and the hunt is Sunday, September 25th. Interested youth, ages 12 through 17, must fill out a mentoring application ahead of September 24th. More information can be found at CNY MyHunts website (link leaves DEC website.) For more information on the event please contact ECO Steve Lakeman, at 315-734-0648.

The first annual Oneida County Youth Pheasant Hunt is also Saturday, September 24th, and is hosted by the Boonville Fish and Game Club and Oneida County Sportsmen Federation. A safety talk will take place prior to the hunt. Youth ages 12 through 15 are eligible. For more information on the event please contact ECO Shana Hutton, at (315) 767-5232.

All interested youth hunters must possess a New York State small game license, and register with the Harvest Information Program (HIP). The event is absolutely free to the participants and all equipment will be provided if necessary.

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