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For Release: Wednesday, August 24, 2022

DEC to Host St. Lawrence County Youth Waterfowl and Pheasant Hunt

Free Program Held in September for Youth Ages 12 to15

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced the annual St. Lawrence County Youth Hunt will be held this September, providing an exciting opportunity for junior hunters to learn from expert Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs). The program is free for participants.

Region 6 ECOs are partnering with the Massena Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and DEC Wildlife staff at Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area to offer junior hunters ages 12 to 15 an opportunity to hunt waterfowl and pheasant. The hunt is a three-day event that begins with a classroom portion at the Massena Rod and Gun Club on Wednesday, Sept. 14, followed by two consecutive Saturdays for hunting.

What: St. Lawrence County Youth Waterfowl and Pheasant Hunt

Where: Massena Rod and Gun Club, 155 Patterson Road, Massena, NY 13662

Educational day: Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 5 P.M.

Hunting days: Saturday, Sept. 17, for waterfowl; Saturday, Sept. 24, for pheasant.

Interested youth hunters must possess a New York State small game hunting license and register with the Harvest Information Program (HIP). The event is free to participants and equipment will be provided if necessary. The event is hosted by the Massena Rod and Gun Club and sponsored by the New York Conservation Officers Association, NWTF, and St. Lawrence County Sportsmen's Federation.

For more information and to sign-up for the event, please contact Lt. Troy Basford at (315) 265-2757, or ECO Ian Helmer 315-559-8503.

Youth interested in participating need to sign up prior to Sept. 14, 2022.

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