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For Release: Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Youth Conservation Program Dates Set

Bow Hunter and Hunter Safety Courses for Children 12 - 16 years-old Will Be Offered

Two separate two- day hands on programs on bow hunter safety and hunting safety will be offered in March and April by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Sportsman Education unit.

The Bow Hunter Safety Course will be offered on March 17 and 18 and the Hunter Safety Course will be offered on April 14 and 15 at the Peconic River Sportsman's Club in Manorville.

Both events are being sponsored by the DEC's Sportsman Education unit, the New York State Conservation Officers Association and the Peconic River Sportsman's Club.

"Hunting and fishing are an important part of Long Island's heritage, and we are very fortunate that our region offers a multitude of diverse and rewarding recreational opportunities," DEC Region One Director Peter A. Scully said. "DEC applauds our local sportsmen and women, the Conservation Officers Association and the Peconic River Sportsman's Club for their tireless work towards the protection of our environment and natural resources. The 2012 Youth Conservation Program is the perfect way to introduce children to hunting ethics and to teach them how to be responsible hunters."

Each class is limited to 40 participants and selections are made by a panel that reviews a 75-word application.

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive their Hunter Education Training Certificate or Bow Hunter Education Training Certificate. These certificates are required in order to purchase a hunting license.

Enrollment in the class is open to all boys and girls between the ages of 12 and 16 who have not yet taken either their Hunter Education or Bow Hunter Education course.

For more information or to register for one or both of these sessions, contact the NYS DEC Sportsman Education Office at (631) 444-0255. A link to the application for these programs can be found on the Long Island Calendar of Events page.