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Sunday April 23, 2023
 
 
https://www.dec.ny.gov/press/127286.html
Contact  Environmental Conservation Officer
R1SportsmanEducation@dec.ny.gov

The Youth Turkey Program is a two-part, hands-on program on youth turkey hunting. This free event is part of the state's Youth Turkey Program designed to introduce youth between the ages of 12 and 15 to the fundamentals of turkey hunting and provide an opportunity to hunt on public lands under the guidance of an experienced mentor.

The program consists of two parts: an orientation at the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center on April 19; and a mentored hunt on public lands during the spring youth turkey weekend on April 22 and 23. The program is limited to 20 participants and requires youth hunters to possess a Hunter Education Training Certificate, a valid Junior Hunting License for small game, and a valid turkey tag.

The Youth Turkey Program is hosted by DEC's Division of Law Enforcement and the New York State Conservation Officers Association, with support from the DEC Hunter Education Program, National Wild Turkey Federation, and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

For more information or to register, contact Environmental Conservation Officer Taylor Della Rocco at taylor.dellarocco@dec.ny.gov, call the Regional DEC Hunter Education Office at (631) 444-0255, or email R1SportsmanEducation@dec.ny.gov. Registration for the Youth Turkey Program is open through April 5, 2023.


9:00 AM
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Ryan Coulter - DEC Region 3
(845) 256-2204, fwfish3@dec.ny.gov

Participate in a free Beginner's Fishing Clinic co-hosted by NYSDEC and Dutchess County Sportsmen Federation at Overlook Park in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County on Sunday, 4/23 from 9 AM - 1 PM. In addition to casting a rod and catching fish, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology, and more! No freshwater fishing license is required during the event, and all equipment and bait will be provided for free.

Location/Address: Overlook Park, 36 Knights Place, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Visit the Free Learn to Fish page for more information and other upcoming events near you.


1:00 PM
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27123.html
Contact  Patrick Kaminski - NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
(516) 766-1029

Participate in a free Beginner's Fishing Clinic co-hosted by DEC I FISH NY and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation at Hempstead Lake State Park in West Hempstead, Nassau County on Sunday, 4/23 from 1 PM - 2:30 PM. In addition to casting a rod and catching fish, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics, aquatic ecology, and more! No freshwater fishing license is required during the event, and all equipment and bait will be provided for free.

For more details and to register, visit the Hempstead Lake State Park Upcoming Events site (leaves DEC site)

Location/Address: Hempstead Lake State Park, 1000 Lake Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552


Visit the Free Learn to Fish page for more information and other upcoming events near you.


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* Special note for hunters: most hunting zones do not align with DEC's regional boundaries, so you won't find hunting seasons listed in the regional calendars. Use the statewide calendar instead.

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