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Special Seasons Designated for Young Hunters

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Take a Junior Hunter Afield During These Special Seasons

DEC provides special hunting opportunities for junior hunters (licensees ages 12–15) by offering youth hunts for waterfowl, wild turkey, and pheasants. Junior hunters must have a valid small game license and are required to have a licensed adult hunter accompany them during the youth hunts. Adults are required to have a valid hunting license and are not allowed to possess a firearm or harvest an animal during the special seasons. Both the junior and adult hunters are required to have a turkey permit for the turkey hunt and current HIP registration for the waterfowl hunt. A 2010/11 hunting license is needed to hunt on any youth day in September, and a 2011/12 license is needed after October 1st.

Migratory game bird hunting regulations are set by the federal government in late summer. Final waterfowl seasons and bag limits will be announced in September, so be sure to check the DEC website or the waterfowl hunting guide prior to going afield.


Youth Pheasant Hunt

Northern and Eastern New York

September 24–25, 2011

Western New York

October 8–9, 2011

Youth Waterfowl Hunt
Waterfowl Hunting Zone

Tentative Dates


September 17–18, 2011


September 17–18, 2011

Lake Champlain

September 24–25, 2011


October 8–9, 2011

Long Island

November 12–13, 2011

Youth Wild Turkey Hunt

Upstate NY (north of Bronx-Westchester Co. boundary) and Suffolk County

April 21–22, 2012

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