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September Outdoor Discovery – Connecting New York State families and visitors to the great outdoors
*Be a Mentor on National Hunting and Fishing Day*
Father and son fishing
September 23 is National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF). Experienced sportsmen and women are encouraged to celebrate by passing on their love of field and stream sports to others. This year, those who accept theNHF Day Challenge [ https://content.basspro.com/content/sweepstakes/index.cfm?sweepsName=2017NHFDaySweeps ] by pledging to take someone fishing, hunting or shooting between now and September 23rd can enter to win prizes. New York State is celebrating with several fishing and hunting opportunities. Try a new hunting/angling spot or game species. Reinvigorate the interest of a lapsed hunter or angler. Go afield for squirrel, early bear or early goose. Take a 12-15 year-old out during Youth Pheasant Hunt in eastern zones, or Youth Waterfowl Weekend in northeastern and Lake Champlain zones (September 23-24). NHF Day is also a free fishing day, when all ages can fish without a license. CheckDECs NHF Day webpage [ http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/111021.html ] for dates and details.