Youth hunters and their adult mentors are cordially invited to attend the 14th Annual Robert F. DeRoo Memorial Youth Pheasant and Waterfowl Hunts at the Montezuma Audubon Center, located at 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. The waterfowl hunt will be held on Saturday, October 2 and the pheasant hunt will be held on Saturday, October 9. Additionally, a Waterfowl Hunter Education Course will be held for youth on Saturday, September 25. This is a free event to celebrate conservation through hunting. Visit http://montezuma.audubon.org to download the registration forms.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, we will require all youth, mentors and staff to wear a mask and keep 6 feet apart while inside the Montezuma Audubon Center regardless of their vaccination status. To help keep everyone safe, several hand hygiene stations have been installed inside the center. Due to space limitations, only one adult mentor is allowed to attend the hunt with a youth hunter.
The youth hunting events are being coordinated by the Montezuma Audubon Center, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In order to participate in the hunt, the youth hunter must bring the following documents:
• A New York State issued Hunter Safety Certificate
• A current 2021-2022 Junior Hunting License
• A HIP number (for waterfowl hunt only) which can be obtained at https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6405.html.
The mentor must the following bring to hunt:
• A 2021-2022 New York State Hunting License
• A 2021-2022 Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (for waterfowl hunt only)
• A HIP number (for the waterfowl hunt only) which can be obtained at https://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6405.html.
We will offer a Waterfowl Education Course for youth ages 12-15 at the Montezuma Audubon Center on Saturday, September 25 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Click https://register-ed.com/events/view/172445 to register for the course. This course is required to hunt waterfowl at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Following the course, all youth waterfowl hunters and their mentor are required to attend a safety meeting and dinner at the Montezuma Audubon Center at 5:00 PM.
The Waterfowl Hunt will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021. The guide that is assigned to your youth hunter will coordinate a time and place to hunt.
The Pheasant Hunt will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021. We’ll meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center at 7 AM to review the safety procedures with the youth hunters and their mentor before hunting.
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