Realizing the importance of educating our young people as well as adults, member clubs are involved with DEC Hunter Safety Programs, Scouting, 4-H activities, and the Federation sponsors a Free Handgun Safety Course in conjunction with the Ulster County Sheriff's Office Pistol Permit Unit.
The Federation supports the Fish & Wildlife Coalition for Youth, and the Future Fisherman Foundation. Our Federation was one of the first in the state to initiate the Lend-A-Pole Program. Many libraries throughout Ulster County participate in this program. Every spring we hold our annual Children's Fishing Contest at Lippman Park in Wawarsing. Every year the member clubs send over 50 Ulster County youths to NYS DEC Environmental Education Summer Camps. Money raised by the Federation's member clubs is also awarded through youth grants.
A pheasant raising program has been in place for over 30 years. The pheasants are released on public lands, approved in advance by the NYS DEC, for habitat and for open public hunting. The Federation also stocks thousands of trout and walleye each spring and fall in many of the streams throughout Ulster County. In addition, the Federation is involved with waterfowl and hare release programs, and more recently working with the Hudson Valley Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association.
The Federation works closely with our government representatives at the local, state and national levels to emphasize sportments interests. Pertinent bills are monitored throughout the legislative process in cooperation with the NRA, the NYS Rifle & Pistol Association, the NYS Trappers Association, the NYS Conservation Council, the Conservation Alliance of NY and the US Sportsmen's Alliance.