Establishing Old Traditions in a New Generation
In 2012, DEC held New York State’s first Youth Deer Hunt during the three-day Columbus Day weekend. The Youth Deer Hunt was a positive experience for thousands of young hunters and provided a great opportunity for families to celebrate their hunting heritage and build a new generation of deer hunters and wildlife enthusiasts. During the Youth Deer Hunt, 14- and 15-year-old junior hunters could take one deer, antlered or antlerless, with a firearm when accompanied by a licensed and experienced adult mentor (see Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring Program for other rules of the program and dates for 2013).
See the Big Game Hunting Photo Gallery http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/54795.html for photos of successful junior hunters and the 2012 Youth Deer Hunt Report at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/86468.html for a full assessment of the special hunt opportunity.
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