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Youth bowhunting bill on governor's desk

In other outdoor news, the state is poised to ink a bill allowing junior bowhunters to hunt big game at 12 years of age with adult supervision. The current age restriction is 14 years.

This is an important piece of legislation as it has been proven that introducing our youth to the sport of big game hunting at an early age increases the likelihood of them participating for life.

I also personally believe that bowhunting is an excellent way to introduce the young to hunting as it teaches patience and safety.

The bill has been passed by the state Senate and Assembly and now awaits only the governor's signature to become law this big game season. Outdoor groups, such as New York Bowhunters, are urging sportsmen to write or e-mail Governor Cuomo in favor of the law. To e-mail the governor, go to http://www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php

Youth fishing derby slated

The Willsboro Fish & Game Club will host its Mary Ryan annual youth fishing derby May 15 from 9 a.m. to noon with pre-registration is at 8:30.

The event is aimed at those ages 3 to 15 and there will be prizes and refreshments. There is no cost.

For more information call Jim Hotaling at 963-7430.

Spring Break Out Ride set

The Hague Fish & Game Club has scheduled its Spring Break Out Ride for Saturday, May 14. This event, which includes an ATV and horse ride, will start at the clubhouse at 9:30 a.m. The fee this year is $15 as the club members will head onto the T&T lease and back onto club property.

All ATV riders must wear helmets and provide proof of insurance. Refreshments will be available, a horseshoe tournament will start after lunch and music will be played into the night. Club officials would also like to remind members that dues are due by July 1.

John Gereau is managing editor of Denton Publications and an avid outdoorsman. He can be reached at johng@denpubs.com

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