Hunting

DEC Waterfowl Program offers two days of hunting education for Long Islanders ages 12-15

Elmer Fudd managed to avoid breaking the law, getting the right duck hunting license, when Bugs tricked Daffy into writing FRICASSEEING DUCK on his application form in a memorable 1953 Warner Bros. Happy melodies cartoon Duck! Rabbit, Duck!

But young Long Islanders can learn about hunting ethics, regulations, safety requirements and other “responsible” practices at the 25th Annual Youth Waterfowl Program offered over two days of instruction this fall by the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The program is open to 30 students, ages 12 to 15, officials said Tuesday.

Applications must be submitted by October 14, with the Youth Waterfowl program instruction course scheduled for October 22 – and the Youth Designated Hunt Day scheduled for November 5.

Entry requirements include that all applicants complete a hunter education course by October 22, be between the ages of 12 and 15, and have a junior small game license by November 5.

They must also be registered with the state’s DEC Harvest Information Program.

This program requires those planning to hunt woodcock, ducks, geese, barnacles, rails, snipes, coots, gallinules or sea ducks to register for the Harvest Information Program Migratory Birds, which allows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state wildlife agencies to monitor annual harvests — and set annual hunting regulations statewide.

“The Youth Waterfowl program is a vital part of DEC’s efforts to encourage responsible hunters to pass traditions on to the next generation and develop New York’s environmental stewards,” said the DEC State Commissioner. , Basil Seggos, in a statement, adding, “Long Island’s abundant hunting opportunities provide the perfect setting for sharing the skills needed to become safe and responsible members of the hunting community.

The program has trained about 650 young waterfowl hunters since its inception in 1998. Officials said areas of instruction include: hunting ethics and regulations; waterfowl identification; gun safety review; use of retriever and decoy; cold water survival and boating safety; and trap shooting. The DEC said appropriate COVID-19 precautions would be followed.

Experienced waterfowl hunting volunteers will act as mentors to guide participants through the program. Officials cited a long tradition of waterfowl hunting on Long Island and said all new applicants must attend a training day at the Peconic River Sportsman’s Club on Oct. 22 before participating in the youth hunt at the county park. from Southaven or Hubbard County Park on November 5. Each year, two days are set outside of the regular hunting season in each waterfowl area around the state to allow young hunters to hunt both ducks and geese, officials said.

All junior hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter – and officials said such adults could not hunt during the two day youth hunt.

For more information, call 631-444-0255 or email [email protected]