(WENY) -- Today the NYSDEC announced a new program designed to help new hunters find mentoring from experienced hunters.

The new service hopes that by forming these connections, vital information including safety guidelines, registration, and how to be successful on a hunt can be passed along. 

“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 Seggos said. “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.”

The mentored hunts are built to give new hunters the knowledge they need on firearm safety while also building confidence in their hunting skills.

Those interested can visit the DEC's website.