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Hunting, fishing celebrated in Ridge

With many fishing poles set down into the

With many fishing poles set down into the water Justin Munez, 15, of North Babylon reels his pole in. Credit: Steve Pfost, 2011

The state Department of Environmental Conservation’s annual National Hunting and Fishing Day will be held Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ridge.

Launched in 1972 by the state as a way to thank sports-minded men and women who contribute to land conservation and environmental awareness, the day features kid-themed events such as a fishing derby, archery lessons, face painting and balloons.

Decoy, taxidermy and trapping displays will be on site, as well as hunting and retrieving dog demonstrations and a Rough Riders Cavalry Troop re-enactment.

“Hunting and fishing are an important part of Long Island’s heritage, and we are very fortunate that our region offers a multitude of diverse and rewarding recreational opportunities,” DEC Regional Director Peter Scully said in a statement.

The event, held in collaboration with the Suffolk Alliance of Sportsmen, will be at the DEC’s Hunter Check Station in Ridge, which is a quarter-mile west of the William Floyd Parkway and a quarter-mile north of Route 25.

For more information, call Suffolk Alliance of Sportsmen at 631-566-2804 or go online to



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