DEC offering new online resource for novice hunters

Mar. 28—The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday a new online resource for new hunters and organizations offering mentored hunting opportunities.

The tool will connect novices with experienced hunters who will help them develop the skills needed to be safe and successful when afield, according to a statement from the department.

"One of the greatest hurdles to newly certified hunters going afield for the first time is the lack of a mentor or a support system to help them understand the basics of a successful hunt," DEC Commissioner Basil B. Seggos said in the release. "New York State is home to dozens of groups and organizations offering mentored hunt opportunities and DEC's new platform will amplify opportunities for new hunters to connect with knowledgeable and enthusiastic mentors to help create enjoyable experiences."

According to the DEC, first-time hunters can search for learn-to-hunt opportunities on the new Mentored Hunt Program registration webpage. The page also provides a platform for those hosting a mentored hunt to advertise their event statewide.

Partnering organizations can fill out an application to have their event posted on the registration page. The DEC said that this will make events more visible to new hunters statewide, ease registration for participants, help facilitate planning and promote events to a wider audience.

Groups interested in hosting a mentored turkey, deer, waterfowl, pheasant or small game hunt should visit the Application to Host a Mentored Hunt site to register.