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For Release: Monday, August 20, 2012

DEC Announces 15th Annual Youth Waterfowl Program

Instructional Class and Youth Waterfowl Days Set for Oct. 20, Nov. 10 & 11

Long Island's 15th Annual Youth Waterfowl Program, open to young hunters ages 12 to 15, will be held Oct 20, Nov 10 and Nov. 11, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. This program is made possible through DEC's collaboration with the New York Conservation Officers Association, Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, Shikar Safari Club International, Ducks Unlimited and South Shore Waterfowlers Association.

The Youth Waterfowl Program, an instructional course, is set for Oct. 20. Youth Waterfowl Days, specially designated hunting days, are set for Nov. 10 and 11.

The Youth Waterfowl Program is a special event to help junior hunters prepare for and participate in the 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
  • Trap shooting

Certified Sportsman Education Instructors, as well as DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs), will be present to guide participants through the program and help the youth hunters become part of the long tradition of waterfowl hunting on Long Island. All new applicants must attend an instructional day at Hubbard County Park in Flanders on Oct. 20, which will qualify them for the option of hunting at Hubbard County Park in Flanders or Southaven County Park in Yaphank on Nov. 10.

Participants must be 12 to 15 years of age by Nov. 10, have completed a hunter education course by Oct. 20, possess a junior (small game) hunting license by Nov. 10, and must be registered with the Harvest Information Program (HIP).

For further information regarding the Youth Waterfowl Program and to sign up for the Oct. 20 instructional class, please contact DEC Region One Sportsman Education Program at (631) 444-0255 or email Region 1 Sportsman Education.

Applications for the Youth Waterfowl Program are due by October 5.

About Youth Waterfowl Days:
Each year, two days are set outside the regular duck hunting season in each waterfowl zone, when any junior hunter may hunt ducks and geese. On these Youth Waterfowl Days, junior hunters (ages 12 to 15) must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter. Adults cannot hunt during these two days.