Fish and game leagues around the state are augmenting that with their own youth hunts allowing the state to release birds on their land and taking kids out to hunt them.
One such event will take place on Sept. 29 at the Willsboro Fish and Game Club.
Jim Hotaling, a member of the Willsboro Fish and Game who is helping organize the day, said that a practice session will be held this Saturday, Sept. 22, to acclimate kids to firearm safety and bird shooting.
Practice and hunt times will begin at 8 a.m. and registration is required. Just call Hotaling at 518-963-7430.
Youth will learn how to handle a 20 gauge shotgun and will have an opportunity to shoot skeet. John Alden, a certified hunter safety instructor, will be on hand.
Those who own a 20 gauge may bring it along. Shotguns will be provided by the club for those who do not have one.
The hunt open to boys and girls ages 12 to 15 accompanied by parent or legal guardian will be limited to the first 25 that register, but subsequent hunts may be scheduled, depending on turnout, Hotaling said.
Each hunter will be allowed 2 birds apiece. Joe Pray will bring his hunting dogs to help flush birds as youth hunt away from one another with adult supervision.
This is a tremendous opportunity for area kids, both those with hunting experience or without, to learn more about all the woods have to offer, and I applaud those involved in making it happen.
Now if only I could talk the state into releasing 25,000 whitetail near my camp in Newcomb just before the start of regular season.
Safety courses scheduled
A Gun Hunting Safety Course will be held at the Schroon Lake Fish & Game Club on Sept. 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants must attend both days to complete the course.
Advanced registration is required. Contact Don Sage at 518-585-7250 or Pat Perkins at 518-597-3288.
A Bow Hunting Safety Course will be held at the Moriah School on Friday, Oct. 5, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. Again, course goers must attend both days to complete the course and advanced registration is required. Contact Dennis Mullen at 518-942-6565 or Dick Stevenson at 518-962-8957.