Albany, NY (WIBX) - Young hunters will have a chance to bag a deer during this year's Columbus Day youth hunt weekend, thanks to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Junior hunters ages 14 and 15 may participate in the special October 6-8 season.

In the Northern and Southern Zones of New York, youth hunters may take a deer of either sex, as long as they have a big game license and are accompanied by a licensed adult. The Long Island region will not have a youth hunt weekend due to restrictions in Environmental Conservation Law.

Also, other areas of the state open only to bow hunting, such as Westchester County and sections of Monroe and Albany counties, will not be opened though the season will continue to run during the weekend.

Officials with the DEC say future hunts may be affected by pending legislation, but for now the agency's rules remain in effect.

For more information and details regarding the Youth Firearms Deer Hunt, click here. The DEC also offers other programs for junior hunters to get them involved in the sport.