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Area youth hunting, fishing programs announced

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    A big largemouth caught and released back through the ice.
March 10, 2018 12:30 am

The Columbia County Sportsmen’s Federation’s Youth Outdoor Education Program has announced its 2018 schedule.

Kathy Burke said in a press release this week they are kicking off the 2018 program with a hunter safety course on April 7 at the Tri Village Rod & Gun Club in Valatie from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The following weekend features a Youth Turkey Hunt Safety Talk & Calling Seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Ghent Rod & Gun Club.

Those participating in the Youth Turkey Hunt must attend the safety talk in order to participate in the sponsored hunt. The two-day youth turkey season takes place statewide on April 21-22.

Those 12 to 15 years of age may hunt turkeys during this season when properly licensed and supervised by authorized adults.

In Greene County, Bob Monteleone reports youth and others can get their hunter safety certificate in time for the 2018 Youth Season by attending a hunter safety course at the Catskill Mountain Fish and Game Club on Friday, April 6 from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Online registration and pre-class homework is required for all hunter safety courses. For those who are not online, there is a work-around using hard copy manuals. You can get further information on that process by going to DEC’s website at or by contacting Kathy Burke (518-929-2709) and Bob Monteleone (518-488-0240) directly.

The Greene County Sportsmen’s Federation also reminds you to save the date of June 9 for its Annual Youth Catskill Point Fishing Event which features an archery shooting booth run by NY Bow Hunters, plus much more.

Information on other youth events sponsored by the Greene County Sportsmen’s Federation, including the Cairo Fishing Derby, Youth Turkey and Pheasant Hunts will be made available at a later date.

Columbia County’s Youth Outdoor Education Program provided the following information about its scheduled events:

April 28: Fly Tying and Fly Fishing

June 2: Muzzleloader/Crossbow Course,

June 10: Bench Rest Shooting,

July 10,12: Archery

July 17,19,21: Small-bore Rifle

July 23: Canoe Trip

July 25,26,28: Shotgun Marksmanship

Aug. 1,18: Trap Shooting League

Aug. 19: Kayak Trip

September 15: Sporting Clays and 5 Stand

Sept. 22: Bowhunter Education Course

Sept. 29: Youth Pheasant Hunt, Youth Deer Hunt Safety Talk

Oct. 6,7,8: Youth Deer Hunt

Anyone interested in attending any, or all, of these courses can contact Kathy Burke for more information at 518-929-2709 or via e-mail at

News and Notes

— The Greene County Sheriff’s Office is seeking to disseminate the following notification to all Greene County Pistol Permit holders:


— The Green County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is holding its Annual Dinner/Auction today, Saturday, March 10 at Anthony’s Banquet Hall on Route 23B in Catskill. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $70 for singles, $100 for couples and $40 for aged 16 and under. Contact either Dana and Adrianne Hanusik at 518-943-2729, Jeff Holiday at 518-943-1986 or Bob Sager at 518-731-6353 for tickets, packages and further information.

— The Kinderhook Sportsmen’s club is hosting its Carbine Shooting League at its facility at 376 Fowler Road in Ghent at 9 a.m. on March 11, March 25, April 8, April 22 and May 6. The contest scores three consecutive shots at 50 yards with two categories; one for scoped rifles, and one for iron sights. For more information, call Roy Fay at 518-860-7792.

— The Kinderhook Sportsman’s Club is also hosting its third annual St. Patrick’s Dinner of corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes on March 11 from 3-6 p.m. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for kids under 12. For more information, contact Sheila at 518-653-5519 or Kathy at 518-669-0101.

— The last fly-tying class at the Phoenicia Fish and Game Club scheduled for today has been canceled.

— The free NY Safe Boating Class is offered at the Philmont Community Center on March 25, 26 and 27 from 6-9 p.m. The Community Center is located at 14 Lake Drive in the Village of Philmont. To earn a NY Safe Boating Certificate, attendance is required at each session. While the course is free, NY state charges a $10 fee to those over 18 to obtain a permanent Boating Safety Certificate. The class is open to anyone over the age of 10. Pre-registration is required by March 2 by emailing or calling 518-755-8456. The class is limited to 15 students. Contact Julia Veronezi at 518 392 4713 or Douglas Cropper at 518 672 4531 for further information.

— The Rip Van Winkle Rod and Gun Club is sponsoring a Crow Hunt on March 23-24. Teams must return by 4 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $20 per two-person team, $15 for one person and $12 for non-participants. Registration at the gate is $30 per team. For more information call Pipes Plus at (518) 678-9356.

— Remember to report poaching violations by calling 1-844-DEC-ECOS.

Happy hunting, trapping, and fishing until next time.

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