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Greene County Youth Fair just a month away

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Didn't have to be a kid to enjoy DEC's Fur Bearer Table, Trout Tank and Greene County Sportsmen Federation Display at the 2018 Youth Fair in Cairo.

June 28, 2019 02:00 pm Updated: June 28, 2019 02:23 pm

The 2019 Greene County Youth Fair is just a month away. It’s scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 25 and closes on Sunday, July 28. 

Last year, local sportsmen and the DEC did something remarkable; they brought a strong presence of hunting and fishing to the free, youth-centric event. The Greene County Federation of Sportsmen and the Cairo Fish & Game Club had a long line of tables with all kinds of animal games and displays, strung together with DEC’s Wildlife and Fisheries Technicians, and ECOs. 

DEC set-up a tank stocked with lunker trout right behind the tables which was a big hit with both kids and adults. It also served as a draw to the hunting, fishing, and trapping themed section of the tent. 

NY Bowhunters once again operated their free Archery Shooting Booth, and DEC’s “I Fish NY” program supported a hands-on fishing game where kids cast plugs to reel in plastic “lunkers.” ECOs conducted an outstanding K9 demonstration as well as fielded questions at the hunting and fishing tables alongside our partner sportsmen. 

Of course, there’s much at the fair than just great hunting, fishing, trapping, and archery activities. Animal showmanship, the midway, live music, reptile & critter demos, plus much more. 

Go to the fair’s website at  for schedules and more information. Save the date for this free, kid-friendly event which promises to be even better than before. Looking forward to seeing you all there. 

Happy Independence Day & Hunting & Fishing until next time.

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

News and Notes

22nd annual Lake Taghkanic Bass Tournament Results from June 15, 2019:

First Place – Joe Law of Catskill, with 14.85 lbs. 

Second Place – Team of Gerry Damm of Elizaville, and Rich Pilch of Caanan, Connecticut, with 14.68 lbs.

Third Place – Team of Dale Obrgon and Harry Praetorious with 14.41 lbs. 

Fourth Place – Team of Dan & Rick Regan of Dover Plains with 12.43 lbs.

Fifth Place – Team of Ben Hart and Matt Shook of Hudson, with 12.57 lbs. 

Sixth Place – Team of Bill Johnson of Clermont, & Rob Regan of Dover Plains with 12.43 lbs. 

Lunker – Gerry Damm at 3.85 lbs. 

The next tournament will be held at West Beach at Lake Taghkanic, on Saturday, July 20 from 4-11 a.m. The third tournament will be held on the fourth on August 10th. Entry is $40.00 per person with a 100% pay out. 

First place gets 30%, second 25%, third gets 20%, fourth 15%, fifth 10%, and sixth place gets the entry fee. Five fish limit, fish finders and live bait are allowed and all boats must have some type of live well. 

All fish must be alive at weigh in. Dead fish will not be weighed. All are welcome to compete. For more information, call Bill Johnson at 518-537-5455. 

Upcoming Youth Fishing Derbies:

Annual Youth Fishing Derby at Bavarian Manor - June 29

The Greene County Federation of Sportsmen in conjunction with the Cairo Fish and Game Club is sponsoring their Annual Youth Fishing Derby at the pond at Bavarian Manor in Purling today. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and fishing continues from 10 a.m.-noon. 

Youths 3 to 15 years of age accompanied by an adult are eligible to participate. Free hot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks for the kids. All kids get a prize with special awards for winners in the junior and senior divisions. 

The Greene County Youth Activity Day and Fishing Derby - *Note Change in Date 

**Date Changed from July 6 to July 13  

The Greene County Federation of Sportsmen announced their Greene County Youth Activity Day and Fishing Derby will be held on July 13 at Dutchman’s Landing in Catskill, not on the date previously reported. 

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., on July 13. The fishing derby begins at 9 a.m. Kids 5 to 15 years old can register but must be accompanied by an adult. The contest will feature two groups: ages 5-11 and ages 10-15. 

There will be awards in each group for biggest fish, smallest fish, and most fish caught. There is also a special trophy for the largest striped bass caught by anyone. All registrants will receive a prize. There will be an archery shooting booth and other activities and free hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, soda, and water for the kids.

NY Bowhunters Announce Date for Bowhunters Youth Camp 

The local chapter of NY Bowhunters announced it is seeking kids aged 11 through 16 to attend their free Bowhunters Youth Camp scheduled for August 24 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.& Sunday, August 25 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It will once again be held at the Earlton Fish & Game Club at 56 Potic Creek Road in Earlton. 

All attendees can earn their NYS Bowhunter Safety Certificate. The staff includes a former collegiate archery coach, and the program features woodsmanship, tree stand use and safety, land navigation, blood trailing, knot tying, plus much more. Equipment will be provided, or you can bring your own.

Lunch will be provided both days. All expenses are covered by the volunteers of NY Bowhunters. You must pre-register as slots are limited. Contact NYB Region 4 Representative, Ed Gorch at 518-634-7139, or via email at to register or for more information.

Field & Stream’s Free Outdoor Education Series 

Fishing 101 - Tuesday, July 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Baitcasting 101 – Tuesday, July 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

*All classes are presented at Field & Stream store at 579 Troy Schenectady Road in Latham.

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