From the February 2013 Conservationist
2012 Youth Deer Hunt a Success!
This past Columbus Day weekend (October 6-8, 2012) marked the state's first youth firearms deer hunt. During the special weekend hunt, 14- or 15-year-old junior hunters with a big game license were eligible to take one deer of either sex with a firearm when accompanied by a licensed, experienced adult. In total, junior hunters reported taking nearly 760 deer.
The youth hunt was a great opportunity for junior hunters to learn about New York's hunting traditions; feedback from young hunters who participated was enthusiastic and overwhelmingly positive. No hunting-related shooting incidents were reported during the hunt, either. (Editor Dave Nelson reminds all hunters that wearing hunter orange saves lives!)
Here are photos of just a few of the junior hunters who participated in the youth hunt. Visit DEC's Big Game Hunting Photo Gallery to see more of this year's successful hunters. Congratulations to all who participated.
Image at top of page: On October 8, Alexis Dekanek took this 8-point buck on her family's farm in Herkimer County. This was her first deer hunt.
Olivia Yeaple took this 8-point buck
with a shotgun.
Hannah Hayes of Honeoye Falls
took her first buck on October 6.
On October 6, Michael Cook from
Parishville took this 8-point buck.
Fourteen-year-old Rhiannon Goetze
shot this impressive buck, her first
deer, in Monroe County.
Charles "Chas" Decker from Bloomville
harvested this 7-point buck, which was
his first deer.