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conservation chatter corner

with ron schroder

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YOUR IN ON THE OUTDOORS FOR WESTERN NEW YORK
www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com

 

7 - 20 – 18

 

Welcome to this week’s Conservation Chatter Corner – little bits of happenings concerning our outdoors and you, the sportspeople who enjoy being part of that outdoors.

 

DEER MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM– APPLICATION DEADLINE IS AUGUST 1: DEC’s Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) helps qualifying landowners and resource managers implement site-specific deer management on their lands to address crop damage, forest regeneration problems, protect areas of sensitive and rare plants, enhance municipal deer harvest, or to conduct custom deer management.

                                          Photo by John Adamski

*DEC issues a special DMAP permit and a determined number of DMAP deer tags to a landowner or group of landowners whose property(s) is in need of site-specific deer management.

*DMAP is a hunting program.  Permits and tags are valid for use only during the open deer hunting seasons and can only be used by licensed hunters.

*Only antlerless deer may be taken under the authority of a DMAP permit.

To learn more about DMAP, determine if you are eligible, and to download the DMAP application, see the Deer Management Assistance Program. The DMAP application deadline is August 1, 2018.

 

PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE RELEASES STATISTICS ON BOATER SAFETY: Progressive Insurance recently released a survey* on boat safety and mishaps on the water. The results show some interesting differences between boaters in different parts of the country.

Here are some interesting findings, state by state:

• Boaters in Minnesota (44%) and Wisconsin (45%) were more likely than their peers in other big boating states** to have struck a rock with their prop.

• Ohio boaters were the most likely to report having hit a dock (38%).

• Boaters in New York were more likely than their peers to experience ‘boat rage’ (7%).
• But boaters in North Carolina reported the highest percentage (52%) of having expressed their

frustration using — shall we say — colorful language.
• Nearly a quarter of Michigan and Texas boaters surveyed have left the drain plug out while
boating.

• Minnesota and Michigan are home to the most long-time boaters (more than 10 years).
• Wisconsin boaters are the least likely to take a boat safety course (only 23%).

• 37% of North Carolinian boaters reported having been boarded by the coast guard for a safety check.

Here are some national findings:

• Across the country, 80% of boaters report that they consider themselves experienced boaters,

but only 50 percent of those surveyed report having taken a boat safety course.

• 27% of surveyed boaters reported feeling very confident with basic boating terminology like bow, starboard, port side.

• Though most boat owners (78%) are in it for the fun; Progressive wants to remind those enjoying the water that it’s important to practice safety when operating a boat as one of the highest water-accident time of the year approaches.

• Overall, the most common mishap boaters across the country report making was forgetting their sunscreen (45%).
The survey also found that the more time you spend on the water means the more you might encounter. Those who have been on the water for more than ten years are more likely to say they’ve been boarded by the Coast Guard for a safety check, hit a rock with a prop, caught a prized fish to only lose it at the last second, left the drain plug out, or become stranded on the water.
For more information on Progressive Boat Insurance and our newest optional coverage, Sign & Glide, visit www.progressive.com/boat. This coverage, which you can add on to your boat insurance policy, allows on-water towing, jump starts, soft un-groundings and fuel delivery if your boat is disabled in the water.

*Data from a nationwide survey of 1,994 boaters, conducted June 2018
**Defined as top 10 states, based on watercraft registrations

 

STILL TIME TO GET IN ON TWO OF THE MONTEZUMA AUDUBON CENTER’S YOUTH SUMMER CAMPS:  There is still time to register girls and boys ages 11-15 for the Montezuma Audubon Center’s Youth Summer Camps. Wildlife Exploration Camp   will take place July 30 to August 3 and the Montezuma Paddling Camp  will occur August 6 to 10; both camps run from 9 am to 4 pm. In the “Wildlife” Camp, Campers will explore the Montezuma Wetlands Complex’s habitats, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians during hiking, canoeing, wildlife management, and other outdoor activities. During their time at “Paddlers” camp, youngsters of all skill levels will create their own adventures with the help of our trained educators to discover Montezuma’s rivers, streams and wetlands while learning to paddle canoes and kayaks. The camp fee is $150/session. Space is limited and registration is required. (For more information, please call (315) 365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.)


MEDICAL MARIJUANA: The question is can medical marijuana users in NY state purchase or possess a firearm. The answer, according to Deiter Kramer, a retired Conservation Officer and active SCOPE member, is NO. Deiter continues “Federal ATF form 4473, the firearms transaction form you fill out at a dealer when you purchase a firearm contains question 11 sub e, which asks are you an unlawful user or are you addicted to marijuana or other.......

Then the warning notice at the end of this question states, the use and possession of marijuana remains unlawful under federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medical or recreational purposes in the state where you reside. Medical marijuana users in NY state cannot purchase or possess a firearm.”

Deiter cautions, “With all the hullabaloo about easy medical Marijuana, be very careful because as you sign up for medical Marijuana you give up your guns and your 2nd amendment rights. Look for the fine print.”

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Snapchat Leads to Charges - Erie County: In early July, a video post on Snapchat depicting a young male striking a snapping turtle through its carapace with a pick axe went viral in the town of Holland, resulting in the video and subject's information being posted on Facebook. DEC Law Enforcement was alerted and launched an immediate investigation. On July 7, ECO Tim Machnica located and interviewed the suspect in the town of Colden. The subject admitted that he had killed the turtle because he was concerned about the safety of his younger sister and his dog. The subject has a valid hunting license, but the season for taking snapping turtles was closed and his method of taking was illegal. ECO Machnica issued summonses for taking small game during the closed season and taking small game by means not specified. The defendant faces fines of up to $500, not including court surcharges.

Big Birds Keep ECOs Busy - Onondaga County: On July 6, Lt. Dave McShane and ECO Paul Sherman responded to a report of an injured Bald Eagle on an undeveloped island on Cross Lake. The eagle had been spotted by kayakers unable to provide specific information on the location of the raptor. The two officers searched the island but failed to locate the bird. The following day, DEC received additional reports of eagle sightings with detailed location information. ECOs Don Damrath and Mark Colesante responded and searched again, eventually spotting the injured eagle in a blown-down tree. Approaching cautiously, ECO Damrath persuaded the eagle into a cage. The injured eagle, a two-year-old female, was taken to a raptor rehabilitator where it was determined the bird likely had a broken left wrist. The eagle was transported to the Cornell University Wildlife Health Center for X-rays and further evaluation.

On July 9, ECO Damrath was dispatched to the Seneca River Dam in Baldwinsville after receiving reports of an injured great blue heron. ECO Damrath arrived to find the bird entangled in monofilament fishing line after going for the bait being used by a 14-year-old fisherman. Moving quickly to prevent additional injury as the line tightened around the bird's body, the ECO freed the bird from hook and line. The bird immediately flew off. The young fisherman's mother thanked ECO Damrath for his assistance and shared her son's desire to become an Environmental Conservation Police Officer when he grows up.

ECOs Colesante and Damrath remove injured Bald Eagle from Cross Lake Injured Bald Eagle from Cross Lake
ECOs Colesante and Damrath remove injured Bald Eagle from Cross Lake

ECO Damrath untangling fishing line from the great blue heron
ECO Damrath untangling fishing line from the great blue heron

Swiftwater Rescue - Livingston County
On July 8, ECO Chris Ward responded to a 911 call from Livingston County regarding two individuals stranded in the Genesee River north of Route 20A in the town of Geneseo. ECO Ward arrived and joined a multi-agency effort to locate the father and his adult daughter. Following the information given, the responders were on the west side of the Genesee River. Rescuers determined that the responders were approximately .3 miles too far north and on the wrong side of the river. ECO Ward and Livingston County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Phillips were at the Route 20A bridge when new information was dispatched with the victims' correct location. ECO Ward and Deputy Phillips located the pair approximately ½ mile away, hanging onto a fallen tree in five feet of rushing water. Deputy Phillips crawled on top of the deadfall and comforted the individuals, while Officer Ward threw a throw bag to the father and instructed him to secure it to his daughter. After the rope was secured, the daughter refused to let go of the deadfall. With Deputy Phillips anchoring the rescue line on shore, ECO Ward secured himself to it, worked his way out to the individuals, and convinced the daughter to grab onto him and let go of the deadfall. ECO Ward brought her to shore safely. ECO Ward and Deputy Phillips then repeated the same process with the father. Once out of the water, both victims were checked by local EMTs and determined to be uninjured.

 

SAFETY TIPS FOR FEEDING BIRDS SEED IN THE SUMMER:  Dr. David Bonter has been studying feeder birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for over a decade. In the course of his research, he fills and maintains more than a dozen bird feeders around Ithaca, New York. Here are his tips for safe bird feeding in summer.
- Keep your seed dry. Hot, humid summer weather creates the potential for mold. "Some molds produce the byproduct aflatoxin, which is fatal to birds," Bonter says. He suggests filling feeders halfway in summer and refilling frequently, instead of packing feeders full so the seed sits for long periods. If you find mold on your seed, get rid of it.
- Move feeders occasionally. Concentrations of seed hulls and bird droppings under a feeder can lead to outbreaks of salmonellosis, a bacterial sickness that can affect birds (and people). Move feeders around the yard and don't allow waste to build up in one area.
- Put suet in the shade. Some packaged suet comes in no-melt varieties, but even these can spoil or become soft and foul a bird's feathers in high heat. Keep suet in cool places. Or, switch to a hummingbird feeder in summer.
- Clean your feeders regularly. Washing feeders roughly every two weeks with a 10 percent bleach solution will keep your feeders both attractive and healthy for your guests.
- Be bear aware. Black bear populations are on the rise in much of North America, and the big bruins will absolutely go after your seed stockpiles. Please be aware of potential bear problems in your area and if necessary, take your feeders down during summer to avoid unexpected bear visits.
(Courtesy, Cornell Lab of Ornithology - All About Birds Blog http://blog.allaboutbirds.org/)

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)
JUNE 2018
1-8/5 - Legacy Exhibit at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, 311 Curtis Street, Jamestown, NY (Tue-Sat 10:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 1:00-%;00 pm) The summer “Legacy Exhibit” provides exclusive original works from the Peterson Collection, along with significant artifacts and memorabilia that highlight Roger Tory Peterson’s life and work. (Cost: Adults: $12, Seniors/Military: $10, Children & Students: $8, Family: $30, RTPI Donors: $5 Discount.) (For information call 716-665-2473; National: 800-758-6841. Email: info@rtpi.org Website: rtpi.org)
6/16- 8/13 - Birds in Art at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. Hosting the Birds in Art exhibit is a milestone in the exciting new upward trajectory that the nature center is on. It represents the spirit of craft and design, and its relationship with the natural world. Experiences like Wooden Bird Carving and Birds in Culinary Art offer the opportunity to hone a handcraft either in the studio or in the kitchen deepening the connection to the exhibit elements that highlight both the birds of exotic locations but also the birds of the farmyard. (For information call 585-374-6160)
30-7/29 – 2018 Annual LOC Summer Trout and Salmon Fishing Derby on Lake Ontario. $10,000 Grand Prize also prizes for the largest Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow/Steelhead and Brown Trout. (For information call 315-333-5213, email locderby@aol.com or go to http://www.loc.org/)

JULY 2018
19 - Public Information Session On Habitat Management Plan For Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area at DEC's Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY (6:00 – 8:30 pm). The meeting will include a presentation about Happy Valley WMA, with specific activities and locations for planned management actions and a brief overview of the Young Forest Initiative, as well as a question and answer period. This meeting is wheelchair accessible. For special accommodations or more information, contact Adam Perry at 607-753-3095 ext. 240. The habitat management plan for Happy Valley WMA can be found on DEC's website. http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html

19 - Silver Lake Bass Club Silver Lake Fishing Derby (Contact: Zachary Kowasz 585-315-1053 Brad Ashcraft 585-409-9030)

19 - Intro to Campfire Cooking at Keuka Lake State Park, 3560 Pepper Road, Keuka Park, NY (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Learn to cook easy and delicious campfire meals and keep campers well fed and happy! Taught by L.L. Bean expert guides. This clinic will be held outdoors at Keuka Lake State Park, so please wear appropriate clothing. Join the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium staff for this exciting L.L Bean partner clinic (Cost: Free) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

19 - Creek Critters at Amherst State Park, 390 Mill St, Amherst, NY (10:30 am) Discover what amazing animals are lurking underwater along Ellicott Creek. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

20 - Registration Deadline for DEC Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitator And Leashed Tracking Dog Examinations Scheduled for August 10: Examinations will run from 10:00 am to noon at most DEC regional offices across the state. The list of DEC Regional offices can be found on the DEC website. Exam Registration Forms can be found on the DEC website. There is no charge to take any of the written exams. To apply for any of these exams, visit the DEC Special Licenses Unit and complete an exam registration form. Completed forms can be sent by mail, fax or email to: NYS DEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752, Fax: 518-402-8925, Email: SpecialLicenses@dec.ny.gov.   

20-22 - The 2018 Crosman All-American Field Target Championship at the Rochester Brooks Gun Club, 962 Honeoye Falls #6 Road, Rush, NY. Dedicated air gun competitors from around the globe can now register for the three-day competition which features multiple shooting matches including the main two-day rifle event. There are five divisions and classes for competitors, Open, Hunter, WFTF, Freestyle and Pistol. In addition to the main rifle event, this year will also feature a pistol match, the Quigley Bucket Match and the Pyramyd Air Gunslinger match. For more details and wanting to register can do so online by visiting  https://www.crosman.com/caaftc. Participants can also download and mail-in the registration form if they choose http://www.crosman.com/connect/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/FTC-2018-Registration-Form-1.pdf.

21 -  8th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye SHOOTOUT. 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby (July 20, 2018).  $500 entry fee, teams of 2 to 5 anglers per boat, 6-fish bag weigh-in, 7AM – 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. weigh-in at Cabana Sam’s.  Up to $100,000 in cash and prize awards. (For information contact Don Ruppert 716-416-3709 or go to https://walleyeshootout.com/.)

21 – Upstate Anglers BASS Team Open - Oneida Lake at Oneida Shores, Ladd Road (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information email admin@upstateanglers.com or go to http://www.upstateanglers.com/)

21 – C V Bass League Tournament – Silver Lake at the State Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Entry Fee: $60.00. Fish alone or with a partner) (For information call John Orchowski 814-258-5298 or email forchowski@hotmail.com)

21 - Steuben County Coon Hunters, Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 4082 Depot Street, Cameron, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $13.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $13.00) (For information call Roger Barney at 607-695-9024 ten.sehguh@yenrab_jr)

21 - Southern Tier Cha Inc. Coonhound Event at the clubhouse at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville NY (5:00 pm – Coonhound Event Bench Show–Poor Boy - $10.00/6:30 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial-Poor Boy - $10.00/6:30 pm –Coonhound Event Water Race - $10.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Kevin Noody at 716-679-8783 or email moc.oohay@ydoonnivek)

21 – Butterflies & Dragons at the Seneca Meadows Education Center, 1977 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, NY (10:30 – 11:30 am) Families will make a butterfly or dragonfly craft in this program, then we will grab some nets to capture and identify the real thing! (Cost: Free) (For information/register call 315-539-5624)
21 - Family Nature Quest: Caterpillar Crawl at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Discover the hiding spots of caterpillars in the forest and fields. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21 - Birding 101: Class #7 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Search for sparrows in the woods, and learn about the eight species that visit here. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21/22 – 36th Annual Wine Country Classic Boat Show & Regatta at Keuka Lake - Depot Park, Hammondsport, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 1:00 pm) This show offers you the opportunity to some of the finest classic boats and cars, Fiberglassics to "Woodie" cars! The Wine Country Classic Boats is a chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). (For information call 315-521-2626 or go to http://www.winecountryclassicboats.com/)

22 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. We ather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled.  (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

22 – CVBM Sodus Bay Tournament at Sodus Town Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

23-27 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camp - Fisheries at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily) Young anglers will learn safe fishing practices and how to catch “the big one” from wildlife biologists while casting for trout, panfish, salmon, bass, carp and more around Montezuma and the Finger Lakes Region. Ages: 11-15. (Fee: $150) (For information/register contact: Chris Lajewski, Center Director, 315-365-3588, montezuma@audubon.org)

23-27 - Intro to Timber Framing Workshop at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (7/23 8:00 am – 7/27 4:00 pm) WITH ROB HUGHES ($50 discount offered to participants who sign up for both the Intro and Advanced Workshops.)

PURPOSE: This workshop is designed to provide an intensive timber framing experience for beginners while building a structure to be used for shelter and staging for future campus programs. Although no previous experience is required, participants are expected to fully embrace both the “learning” and the “doing.” Our program is designed to develop specific skills in a particular sequence that builds anticipation and confidence. This will be an active learning process and students can expect to walk away with a deeper appreciation for the craft and the ability to take the next step and design and build a frame of their own.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

All hand and power tools will be provided. All you need to bring is eye and hearing protection, a handful of pencils (carpenter style or normal school pencils), a utility knife, and perhaps a tool apron. You may choose to bring a notebook or journal to record things you might forget, but your instructor(s) will continue to provide feedback via email/phone after the course is over. Students are also encouraged to bring their own water bottle or energy drinks daily. Hydration and electrolyte balance will become more important than you might think. Lunch will be provided by the Finger Lakes Museum.

HOW YOU SHOULD DRESS:

Late July in the Finger Lakes can get quite warm so dress accordingly. Shorts are fine, but we will be creating an enormous amount of sawdust that will get in your shoes. Close-toed shoes are highly recommended, but you do not need work boots. We are looking for a balance of comfort and safety.

SAFETY:

We will be using a wide range of hand and power tools, most of which you are unlikely to have any past experience with. Your instructors will go over safe use of all tools (probably to the point of being annoying) and all students must not hesitate to ask for clarification as often as necessary. Of particular concern are afternoons when fatigue sets in and there is a tendency to become complacent. Perhaps the greatest thing you can do to increase safety is to listen to your body. Staying hydrated and properly nourished will be important. All students will need to complete a “Release of All Claims” form prior to using any tools.

DAILY WORK SCHEDULE:

Given the large amount of joinery we will do in one short week, our days will be quite full. To avoid the heat, we will begin each day at 8:00 am, breaking for a 45 minute lunch around noon. During our lunch break, instructors will lead discussions about various cultural and historical aspects of Timber Framing and this time will also serve as question and answer sessions. Our workday will end at 4:00, but your instructor will be on site till 5:00 (depending on our production rate, students may be asked to continue beyond 4:00 whenever possible). Our target for raising the frame will be Friday afternoon, but that may be pushed to Saturday if the weather (or productivity) necessitate the extra day. (Cost: $300) (For information/register contact Rob Hughes 585-683-2097 bigbeamsrob@gmail.com  or

rhughes@wccsk12.org )

23-27 - Tinker Nature Camp at Tinker Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY. (1:00 3:30 pm) Participants will have fun with a different nature topic each day! Topics include: exploring nature, investigating birds, life at the pond and nature play. (For 3rd – 6th graders.) (Cost: Res -$45.00/Non Res - $55.00) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

24-26 - The 10th Annual Western New York Bowhunting Festival at Swain Resort, 2275 County Road 24 Swain NY 14884. (Fri 1:00 pm – Sun 4:00 pm) Activities for archers of all types; uniquely situated on 100+ wooded acres. The festival offers attendees a wide variety of educational & participatory experiences including Compound Archery, Traditional Archery, Trapping, Tracking and more. Guest performer: Archery Contortionist Bella "BoBella" Gantt will be demonstrating her amazing talents. Activities include: Four 3D Archery Courses; Two Shooting Ranges; Kids Course; Balloon Shoot; Archery Competition; Vendors & Dealers and Guest Speakers. (Shooting Rates: $35 - Three Day Pass; $30 - Saturday & Sunday Pass; $15 - Friday Only; $25 - Saturday Only and $15 - Sunday Only. Kids 12 & under enter and shoot for Free! (adult supervision required) Spectators for the event are also FREE.) (For information call 607-545-6511 or email info@swain.com.)

24-26 – The 2018 Genesee Valley Flint Knappers Association’ Annual Stone Tool Craftsman Show at Letchworth State Park, Highbanks Recreation Area, Castile, NY. (Fri/Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Event will include flintnapping demonstrations; living history encampment – fur trade & civil war era; eastern seaboard atlatl competition; primitive skills demonstrations and prehistoric artifact identification (Free). (For information go to http://gvknappers.tripod.com)

25 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Sodus Bay (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) The trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !!  The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)  

25 - Birdwatching Walk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (6:30 pm) Take a guided walk to search for seasonal birds. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

26 - Montezuma Explorer Day Camp at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) Learn about the wonders of Montezuma during a day of fun, nature-based activities for kids ages 6-12! We’ll hike through the forest (don’t forget your bug spray!) and search for clues of the birds and other wildlife that live here. We’ll also explore the wetlands and try to catch frogs, turtles, fish and other critters that live just under the water’s surface (bring extra shoes that can get wet!). Bring a bag lunch, water, sunscreen, and a snack. (Fee: $30/child. Pre-paid reservations are required.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

26-28 - 2018 Costa FLW Series Northern Division Bass Fishing Tournament on Lake Erie; Buffalo, NY; Safe Harbor Marina & Buffalo Harbor State Park; (6:30AM Launch-2:30PM Retrieve and weigh-in.) Forecast is 100-175 boats, 2 anglers per boat; open to public to watch or compete (must be an FLW member to compete).

27 - Grape Country Coonhunters Association Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Williams Hill Road, Branchport, NY (9:00 pm - Coonhound Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Josh Wood at 315-729-4773)

28 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at Lake Neatahwantha, Town of Granby, Oswego County (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

28 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

28 - Birding and Boating:  Cayuga-Seneca Canal at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 2:30 pm) Join us for a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the Cayuga-Seneca Canal near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. This is a wonderful opportunity to view Montezuma from the water, explore Montezuma’s breeding songbirds and raptors, and try canoeing/kayaking for the first time! Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child with-out rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). Pre-paid reservations are required. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

28 - Sandy Creek Shootout VIIII Fishing Derby at Sandy Creek Launch Hamlin, NY. (5:00 am – 2:00 pm) Each boat will have a minimum of two participants.  The maximum number of rods to be run by any boat shall be eight (8) All entered fish must be caught in the open waters of Lake Ontario. 100 % Payout, Big fish payouts, 50/50 raffles. (For information go to www.sandycreekshootout.com.)

28 - FLX Big Money Open Bass Tournament – Onondaga Lake at Keuka Lake State Park. (Buy In: $250/Pay Out: 1st $3,000 · 2nd $1,000 · 3rd$ 750 - Lunker $250/Based on a 25 boat field)(For information call 978-427-9496 or email thinklikeafish1@gmail.com)

28 - Finger Lakes Open Bass Tournament – Cayuga Lake. Launch Location: Deans Cove, NY. (For information contact Tucker Kautz  607-426-9978 or email Kautzt86@yahoo.com)  

28 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Open Bass Tournament – Conesus Lake at the State Launch on East Lake Road. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

28 - Orleans County Houndsmen Beaglers’ Beagle Event at their clubhouse at 13461 Phipps Road, Albion, NY. Beagle Bench Show ($15.00)/Beagle Hunt ($20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483) 

28 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner and Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes.

Intermediate kayaking skills, taught by Dan Murn, professional Kayaking Coach based out of Fairport, NY, include setting up seating position for comfort and effect using the whole body, refining strokes in each phase, the catch, pull, recovery and exit, reading moving water to get to your destination, and finding a landmark to focus on, such as a tree, island, bridge, boat dock, etc. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (Cost: $20.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

28 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Forbidden Trail Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Addison American Legion Post 730, 85 Maple Street, Addison, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Wayne Metarko 607-359-4278  bowanna41364@yahoo.com)

28 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Sodus Bay at Sodus Bay Town Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $85.00 boat for Members/$105.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information call Jonathan Bechy 607-761-3037)

28 – NY Kayak BassFishing Tournament on Conesus Lake For competition rules go to https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/. (For information email newyorkKBF@gmail.com)

28 - Summer Wildflowers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Search for seasonal wildflowers, and learn their uses and folklore. For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

29 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled.  (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

29 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Cayuga  Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) The trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !!  The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)

 

Until our next meeting in the Corner, have a great time in the outdoors. This is Ron Schroder for – “Your In on The Outdoors for Western New York.”

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7 - 13 – 18

 

Welcome to this week’s Conservation Chatter Corner – little bits of happenings concerning our outdoors and you, the sportspeople who enjoy being part of that outdoors.

 

TREES FOR TRIBS PROGRAM FIRST-TIME GRANTS: Approximately $525,000 in grant funding, made available by the state’s Environmental Protection Fund (EPF), is now available through the new Trees for Tributaries Grant Program to support riparian tree planting projects for communities across New York State. This funding is available to municipalities, academic institutions and not-for-profits, for projects that will plant trees and shrubs along streams to improve wildlife habitat, water quality and storm resiliency.

volunteers planting trees and shrubs along a stream

Projects must use native trees and shrubs for planting, and must occur within the eligible funding locations. Visit www.dec.ny.gov/animals/113412.html for a map of eligible areas. Grant amounts will range from a minimum of $11,000 to a maximum of $100,000. Priority will be given to projects that engage community partners and volunteers in their tree planting activities, as well as those that create a stream buffer width of 35 feet or more.

Applications are due by 3:00 p.m. on September 7, 2018. The Trees for Tributaries Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is available on DEC’s website www.dec.ny.gov/animals/113412html and through the NYS Grants Gateway website grantsreform.ny.gov/. All grant applicants must register in the NYS Grants Gateway system before applying. Not-for-profit applicants are required to “prequalify” in the system, so it is recommended the process be started well in advance of the grant application due date.

A “How to” webinar will be offered Wednesday July 25th, 2018 at 10 AM to educate potential applicants on the grants process, see Trees for Tributaries Grant Program webpage for details. General questions about the grants program may be directed to Mary Hegarty, DEC’s Trees for Tributaries Statewide Coordinator, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4250, treesfortribs@dec.ny.gov.

 

DEC TO HOLD PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION ON HABITAT MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR HAPPY VALLEY WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session to provide information and answer questions about a recently completed habitat management plan for the Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the towns of Albion, Amboy, Parish, and Williamstown in Oswego County. The session will take place on Thursday, July 19, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at DEC's Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar. DEC staff will be available to answer questions from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a formal presentation.

Active habitat management to benefit wildlife populations is fundamental to wildlife management and has been an important component of New York's efforts for decades. Habitat management plans are being developed for all WMAs.

These plans guide land use for a 10-year period, after which DEC will assess progress and modify the plans as needed.

DEC launched the Young Forest Initiative in 2015. Goals of DEC's Young Forest Initiative include establishing a minimum of 10 percent of the forested acreage on WMAs as young forest over the next 10 years, and maintaining young forest habitat on WMAs. An important part of the forest landscape, young forests has declined over the past 50 years along with the wildlife that depend on this type of habitat. While DEC has been managing forests on WMAs to improve wildlife habitat for many years, the agency is increasing its efforts and raising awareness about this type of habitat management.

In addition to aspects of the Young Forest Initiative, the habitat management plan incorporates recommendations from various sources, including unit management plans, existing WMA habitat management guidelines, best management practices, the New York Natural Heritage Program's WMA biodiversity inventory reports, and bird conservation area guidelines.

DEC will continue active management on Happy Valley WMA to benefit many wildlife species, particularly ruffed grouse and snowshoe hare, while following best management practices. The improved habitat will also provide opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting and bird watching.

The meeting will include a presentation about Happy Valley WMA, with specific activities and locations for planned management actions and a brief overview of the Young Forest Initiative, as well as a question and answer period. This meeting is wheelchair accessible. For special accommodations or more information, contact Adam Perry at 607-753-3095 ext. 240.

The habitat management plan for Happy Valley WMA can be found on DEC's website.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:
Wildland Search: Town of Ossian, Livingston County:
 At 8:18 p.m. on July 8, Forest Ranger assistance was requested to locate an overdue hiker. An acquaintance reported that a man was on his second trip with a group hiking on Rattlesnake Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Ranger Cordell contacted the reporting party who indicated the subject had decided to go fishing instead of hiking on nearby ponds, but did not rejoin the group at the agreed-on time that evening. The man's vehicle was located within the search area. While Forest Rangers were requesting Livingston County 911 to obtain a cell phone location for the subject's phone, Rangers learned about an ambulance request on the opposite side of the WMA for a man matching the subject's description. Forest Rangers confirmed with Allegany County 911 that the man was the subject of their search. The man was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and treatment.

Snake in the Ceiling - Oswego County
On June 29, ECO Matt Foster responded to an unusual complaint in the village of Pulaski. The panicked caller reported that a large snake had fallen from the ceiling onto a subject sleeping in his bedroom. After a brief investigation, the officer determined the six-foot-long Red-Tailed boa constrictor had escaped its enclosure in the apartment above and entered the ceiling. The snake, which is legal to possess in New York, was reunited with its owner.

Red Tailed boa that fell from a ceiling in Pulaski
Red Tailed boa that fell from a ceiling in Pulaski

Fawn Rescues in Central New York and the Southern Tier
June 25, was a busy day for ECOs as numerous reports of fawns needing assistance were fielded by Region 7 officers. In the city of Binghamton, ECO Andy McCormick responded to a report of a fawn trapped in the backyard of an abandoned property surrounded by a six-foot-high chain link fence. ECO McCormick responded to the scene with Lt. Ric Warner and Investigator Rob Johnson. The officers scaled the fence and found the fawn in the high grass and moved the fawn to the other side of the fence. A doe appeared as soon as the fawn bleated, and the lucky fawn was seen leaving with its mother. Meanwhile, in the town of Nichols in Tioga County, ECO Stan Winnick and DEC Air Resources specialist Tom Gragg responded to another complaint of an abandoned fawn. A farmer noticed a vehicle stopped alongside the farm for a period of time before driving away. Checking where the car had stopped, the farmer found a small fawn with a bottle of milk. After determining the mother was not nearby, ECO Winnick transported the fawn to the nearest licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator. In the town of Onondaga, ECO Paul Sherman and Lt. Dave McShane responded to a complaint of a fawn trapped after falling into a five-foot-deep hole surrounded by a wooden structure. The pit had been constructed by the homeowner to protect a tree when fill was brought in to raise the level of the yard. The wooden structure was intended to keep people from falling into the pit, with just enough space to allow the young deer to fall in and become trapped. After the complainant removed a few boards from the structure, the officers freed the fawn using a catch pole and rope. The animal was released in the backyard to reunite with its mother.

Lt. Dave McShane with the fawn The pit around a tree trunk that the fawn had fallen into
Lt. Dave McShane with the fawn and the pit it had fallen into

 

TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE CONFLICTS BETWEEN BEARS AND PEOPLE:

 

Car photoBlack bears have been keeping DEC Wildlife staff busy, with numerous human-bear conflicts already this summer. Bears are often attracted to bird feeders, improperly stored garbage, messy grills, and pet food that is left outdoors. When people allow bears to have access to human-related foods, it encourages bear behavior that put people, property and bears at risk.

Reducing human-bear conflicts requires changing human behavior. When we reduce attractants for bears, we protect people and property, and we do what’s best for bears too.
To reduce human-bear conflicts:
House photo

Take down bird feeders after April 1st.

Store garbage in a bear-resistant garbage can or keep inside until the morning of pick up.

Clean up grease from grills after use.

Feed pets indoors.

Owners of backyard chicken flocks in bear country should also take steps to secure their flock and feed.

Visit DEC's website to learn more about how to reduce human-bear conflicts.

 

 

GROWING ANTLERS: If you have been fortunate to spot a white-tailed deer in the past few weeks, whether it was grazing on your garden or running across the road, you may have noticed small antler nubs forming. The soft looking material that covers the forming antlers is known as “velvet.” As day length grows longer in the spring months, it triggers hormones that initiate the growth of velvet. The velvet is lined with blood cells that help promote and support antler growth during the summer months.

By now, the healthiest bucks are putting on up to a quarter inch or more of new antler a day and showing signs of branching and tine development. At its peak, antlers are one of the fastest growing animal tissues. Large antlers are driven by both age, nutrition and genetics, with age being the most significant influence in New York. A yearling buck sporting short spike antlers its first year might grow an impressive 10-point rack by the time he is 3½ years old, if given the chance!

 

BULLET WEIGHTS UNVEILS TIN FOOTBALL JIGS FOR BASS ANGLERS: Active government legislation and increasing environmental consciousness are driving demand for  non-lead products. These new non-toxic tin football jigs provide another environmentally friendly, effective option for bass fishing. Designed for fishing hard bottoms covered with rock, gravel and the like, the tin football jigs come in various sizes and color options are black and green pumpkin. They do a great job of minimizing hang-ups on hard bottoms. The tin football jigs will be available to consumers in August 2018. 

The company offers fishing sinkers made of lead, steel (Ultra SteelÒ), tin (Ultra TinÔ), tungsten and brass. Bullet Weights products are available in fishing tackle retailers, sporting goods stores and sporting goods departments of mass merchants. For more information, visit www.bulletweights.com.

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)
JUNE 2018
1-8/5 - Legacy Exhibit at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, 311 Curtis Street, Jamestown, NY (Tue-Sat 10:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 1:00-%;00 pm) The summer “Legacy Exhibit” provides exclusive original works from the Peterson Collection, along with significant artifacts and memorabilia that highlight Roger Tory Peterson’s life and work. (Cost: Adults: $12, Seniors/Military: $10, Children & Students: $8, Family: $30, RTPI Donors: $5 Discount.) (For information call 716-665-2473; National: 800-758-6841. Email: info@rtpi.org Website: rtpi.org)
6/16- 8/13 - Birds in Art at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. Hosting the Birds in Art exhibit is a milestone in the exciting new upward trajectory that the nature center is on. It represents the spirit of craft and design, and its relationship with the natural world. Experiences like Wooden Bird Carving and Birds in Culinary Art offer the opportunity to hone a handcraft either in the studio or in the kitchen deepening the connection to the exhibit elements that highlight both the birds of exotic locations but also the birds of the farmyard. (For information call 585-374-6160)
30-7/29 – 2018 Annual LOC Summer Trout and Salmon Fishing Derby on Lake Ontario. $10,000 Grand Prize also prizes for the largest Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow/Steelhead and Brown Trout. (For information call 315-333-5213, email locderby@aol.com or go to http://www.loc.org/)

JULY 2018
4-15 - The 28th Annual Stephen Harrington Memorial Erie Canal Fishing Derby will be held on the Canal from the Niagara River to Albion. Over $20,000 in prizes will be up for grabs, including a boat package supplied by Brobeil Marine of Buffalo for the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize is determined through a special drawing at the Awards Ceremony of all first place winners of the seven species categories – bass, walleye, northern pike, bullhead, carp, sheepshead and catfish. There’s a family registration for just $25. Adults can register for $15; kids 14 and under can register for $10. A cash bash is also available for $5. There are six registration outlets and five weigh stations along the canal. In addition there will be 50 tagged fish worth some $10,000 in prizes. For more information, check out www.eriecanalderby.com.

14 - Boating Safety Course by U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, NY (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski. (For information/register call Martin Laufer at 390-7727 or mdl29@msn.com)

14 - The 3rd Annual Onondaga Cup & Lake Fest at Willow Bay (Northeast end of Onondaga Lake Park), Liverpool, NY (9:00 am – 6:00 pm) Athletes will compete in a nostalgic regatta – master & juniors rowers in a USRowing Registered Regatta, plus corporate teams, individual kayakers and paddle-boarders and new to the event Dragon Board races. Live mermaids, on-water entertainment, cooking competitions, live music, a kids zone with rides, yoga, barre & hit exercise classes, a “Crew-Fest”- craft beer tasting event, entertainers and more, all in a free, relaxed, shady, lakeside venue. (For information go to http://www.onondagalakefest.com/#Competition)

14 - Finger Lakes Open Bass Tournament – Keuka Lake. Launch Location: Branchport, NY. (For information contact Tucker Kautz  607-426-9978 or email Kautzt86@yahoo.com

14 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Open Bass Tournament – Honeoye Lake at the State Launch on East Lake Road. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com) 

14 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop Shotgun Course at Sunset Farms Sporting Clays, 492 N. Knight Rd. Delanson NY. (Noon – 4:30 pm) (BOW) shotgun instructors are offering an intermediate level, one-day shotgun course for those women who already have some experience shooting a shotgun and want to learn more and get better at shooting at stationary and moving targets. Come to this course to find out what a choke does, how to select appropriate ammo, and how to find the right shotgun for you. You will also get the opportunity to shoot at a variety of targets on a sporting clay course. You can take this class if you have taken the shotgun class at a BOW workshop, you are comfortable shooting a shotgun, and/or you have hunted with a shotgun. (Cost: $35.00) (For more information contact Kelly Stang at kelly.stang@dec.ny.gov or visit Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, and sign up for e-mail notifications.)

14 - National Wild Turkey Federation – JAKES Outdoor Fun Day at the Bath Rod & Gun Club,

7771 Telegraph Road, Bath, NY. (For information contact Jim Mcglynn at 607-776-6263 or email elkmcg@wildblue.net)

14 - Cattaraugus County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 10491 Route 240, West Valley, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show (Regional Qualifying Event) - $20.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt (Regional Qualifying Event) - $30.00) (For information call Chris Deperro 716-570-6798 moc.oohay@orrepedsirhc) 

14 - Citizen Science Training: The Search For Monarchs at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn how to search for and record monarchs at Reinstein Woods or in your own backyard. For adults and children ages 12 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

14 - ALIENS! at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:00 pm) Are there visitors from outer space in Reinstein Woods? No, just plants and animals that have been introduced from other parts of the world. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

14-15 - Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament centered at Chadwick Bay Marina, Dunkirk Harbor, New York. This is a 1-day tourney, 5 fish/day, with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Unlimited boat field, 2 - 5 anglers per boat, $500 entry fee, 100% payback, 6AM take-off. (For information contact Mark Mohr 716-998-9871 or go to https://www.rayzorsbigdawg.com/.)

15 – Start of Snapping Turtle Season (>9/30)

15 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Salmon River Strutters & Leatherstocking Chapters’ Woman in the Outdoors Event at the Leather Stocking Club, 4860 St Route 104, New Haven, NY.  (For more information contact Michael Cali  315-342-1645 or email macfir116@gmail.com)

15 - Beyond BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

15 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Cayuga Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) The trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !!  The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)  

15 - FLX Big Money Open Bass Tournament – Keuka Lake at Keuka Lake State Park. (Buy In: $250/Pay Out: 1st $3,000 · 2nd $1,000 · 3rd$ 750 - Lunker $250/Based on a 25 boat field)(For information call 978-427-9496 or email thinklikeafish1@gmail.com)

16-20 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camp - Bow Safety / Trapper Safety at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily) Campers will learn the necessary safety techniques and responsibilities when using a bow and arrow to pursue deer and as a trapper when setting traps to catch wild game. This camp will be taught as a home study course to maximize our time in the field. Campers will be given the course manual and workbook prior to camp. Ages: 11-15. (Fee: $150) (For information/register contact: Chris Lajewski, Center Director, 315-365-3588, montezuma@audubon.org)

16-20 - Tinker Nature Camp at Tinker Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY. (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) Participants will have fun with a different nature topic each day! Topics include: exploring nature, investigating birds, life at the pond and nature play. (For 3rd – 6th graders.) (Cost: Res -$45.00/Non Res - $55.00) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

16-20 - Archery Camp: Session Two at the Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd Ithaca, NY   (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) Not only will campers in this program receive one-on-one shooting instruction from a certified archery instructor, but they will also explore the evolution of the sport through its history, from early humans that flint knapped stone points for hunting, to the modern equipment and practices observed in the Olympics. Campers will learn safe shooting habits, bow and arrow building basics, and proper technique with both traditional recurve and modern compound bows. For ages 12 - 14 years. (Cost: $300.00) (For information/register call 315- 673-1350)

17 - Going Batty! at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (8:00 pm) Bats are amazing animals but are often misunderstood. Separate fact from fiction, and learn about the only true flying mammals. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

17-19 – 71st Annual Woodsmen's Field Days at the Oneida County Fair Grounds, Route 294, Boonville. The primary goals of the Woodsmen's Field Days are promotion of the forest industry in general, and in keeping with the intent of Rev. Reed, the lumberjack in particular, a vanishing breed of men. With these goals in mind we felt what better way to do so than establish a forum on the Information Super Highway (the World Wide Web in particular), thereby making related information available to anyone, any time, any place. (For information and schedule go to http://www.starwebhosting.net/woodsmen/boonvil1.html)

18 - Black Powder Public Shoot at the Bement-Billings Black Powder Range, 9241 State Route 38, Newark Valley, NY (5:30 pm) (monthly on the 3rd Wednesday until Sep 19, 2018) (For information call Bob Waite 215-688-0614 or Joe Cavanaugh 607-723-8405.)

18 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Conesus Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) The trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !!  The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247)  

18-19 -  2018 NYFAB NFAA Outdoor State Archery Championships at the Double T Archery Club, 1110 N French Road, Buffalo, NY (Sat 7:00 am – Sun 6:00 pm) This annual shoot, sponsored by the New York State Archery Association, allows for shooting for ages from 6 to 70-plus. All disciplines are included: recurve, compound, barebow and crossbow. Fees are $30 for adults, $25 for Junior Olympic. Friday allows for practice from 2-5 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. Applications can be found at www.nysaa.org. (For information contact Dave Hoffman at 716-440-1582.) 

19 - Public Information Session On Habitat Management Plan For Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area at DEC's Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY (6:00 – 8:30 pm). The meeting will include a presentation about Happy Valley WMA, with specific activities and locations for planned management actions and a brief overview of the Young Forest Initiative, as well as a question and answer period. This meeting is wheelchair accessible. For special accommodations or more information, contact Adam Perry at 607-753-3095 ext. 240. The habitat management plan for Happy Valley WMA can be found on DEC's website. http://www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html

19 - Silver Lake Bass Club Silver Lake Fishing Derby (Contact: Zachary Kowasz 585-315-1053 Brad Ashcraft 585-409-9030)

19 - Intro to Campfire Cooking at Keuka Lake State Park, 3560 Pepper Road, Keuka Park, NY (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Learn to cook easy and delicious campfire meals and keep campers well fed and happy! Taught by L.L. Bean expert guides. This clinic will be held outdoors at Keuka Lake State Park, so please wear appropriate clothing. Join the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium staff for this exciting L.L Bean partner clinic (Cost: Free) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

19 - Creek Critters at Amherst State Park, 390 Mill St, Amherst, NY (10:30 am) Discover what amazing animals are lurking underwater along Ellicott Creek. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

20 - Registration Deadline for DEC Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitator And Leashed Tracking Dog Examinations Scheduled for August 10: Examinations will run from 10:00 am to noon at most DEC regional offices across the state. The list of DEC Regional offices can be found on the DEC website. Exam Registration Forms can be found on the DEC website. There is no charge to take any of the written exams. To apply for any of these exams, visit the DEC Special Licenses Unit and complete an exam registration form. Completed forms can be sent by mail, fax or email to: NYS DEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752, Fax: 518-402-8925, Email: SpecialLicenses@dec.ny.gov.   

20-22 - The 2018 Crosman All-American Field Target Championship at the Rochester Brooks Gun Club, 962 Honeoye Falls #6 Road, Rush, NY. Dedicated air gun competitors from around the globe can now register for the three-day competition which features multiple shooting matches including the main two-day rifle event. There are five divisions and classes for competitors, Open, Hunter, WFTF, Freestyle and Pistol. In addition to the main rifle event, this year will also feature a pistol match, the Quigley Bucket Match and the Pyramyd Air Gunslinger match. For more details and wanting to register can do so online by visiting  https://www.crosman.com/caaftc. Participants can also download and mail-in the registration form if they choose http://www.crosman.com/connect/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/FTC-2018-Registration-Form-1.pdf.

21 -  8th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye SHOOTOUT. 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby (July 20, 2018).  $500 entry fee, teams of 2 to 5 anglers per boat, 6-fish bag weigh-in, 7AM – 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. weigh-in at Cabana Sam’s.  Up to $100,000 in cash and prize awards. (For information contact Don Ruppert 716-416-3709 or go to https://walleyeshootout.com/.)

21 – Upstate Anglers BASS Team Open - Oneida Lake at Oneida Shores, Ladd Road (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information email admin@upstateanglers.com or go to http://www.upstateanglers.com/)

21 – C V Bass League Tournament – Silver Lake at the State Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Entry Fee: $60.00. Fish alone or with a partner) (For information call John Orchowski 814-258-5298 or email forchowski@hotmail.com)

21 - Steuben County Coon Hunters, Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 4082 Depot Street, Cameron, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $13.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $13.00) (For information call Roger Barney at 607-695-9024 ten.sehguh@yenrab_jr)

21 - Southern Tier Cha Inc. Coonhound Event at the clubhouse at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville NY (5:00 pm – Coonhound Event Bench Show–Poor Boy - $10.00/6:30 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial-Poor Boy - $10.00/6:30 pm –Coonhound Event Water Race - $10.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Kevin Noody at 716-679-8783 or email moc.oohay@ydoonnivek)

21 – Butterflies & Dragons at the Seneca Meadows Education Center, 1977 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, NY (10:30 – 11:30 am) Families will make a butterfly or dragonfly craft in this program, then we will grab some nets to capture and identify the real thing! (Cost: Free) (For information/register call 315-539-5624)
21 - Family Nature Quest: Caterpillar Crawl at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Discover the hiding spots of caterpillars in the forest and fields. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21 - Birding 101: Class #7 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Search for sparrows in the woods, and learn about the eight species that visit here. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21/22 – 36th Annual Wine Country Classic Boat Show & Regatta at Keuka Lake - Depot Park, Hammondsport, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 1:00 pm) This show offers you the opportunity to some of the finest classic boats and cars, Fiberglassics to "Woodie" cars! The Wine Country Classic Boats is a chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). (For information call 315-521-2626 or go to http://www.winecountryclassicboats.com/)

21/22 – 36th Annual Wine Country Classic Boat Show & Regatta at Keuka Lake - Depot Park, Hammondsport, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 1:00 pm) This show offers you the opportunity to some of the finest classic boats and cars, Fiberglassics to "Woodie" cars! The Wine Country Classic Boats is a chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). (For information call 315-521-2626 or go to http://www.winecountryclassicboats.com/)

22 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. We ather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled.  (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

22 – CVBM Sodus Bay Tournament at Sodus Town Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

 

Until our next meeting in the Corner, have a great time in the outdoors. This is Ron Schroder for – “Your In on The Outdoors for Western New York.”

 

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7 - 6 – 18

 

Welcome to this week’s Conservation Chatter Corner – little bits of happenings concerning our outdoors and you, the sportspeople who enjoy being part of that outdoors.

 

DEATH OF A FRIEND TO WESTERN NEW YORK OUTDOOR MEN & WOMEN: A mentor and a friend Will Elliott died July 1st. Respected for his knowledge and insight into the outdoors, Will was an ardent voice for the hunting, fishing and conservation community. He was inducted into the New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Southtowns Walleye Association honored him with a Conservationist of the Year Award in 2016 after he stepped down from outdoor writing at the Buffalo News. His column appeared in the paper for more than 30 years. Recently, Will continued to freelance for other publications and had a regular column in NY Outdoor News.
I knew Will from years of putting out fish and wildlife news releases for the Department of Environmental Conservation. He was a very knowledgeable individual who really had the sportspeople of western New York at heart. After my retirement, we kept in touch generally with reports on trapping, etc. After sending reports to Will, I always received a reply, “Thanks for the post Ron.” Now I think it’s time to turn that around. THANKS FOR THE POSTS WILL!

 

NEW YORK STATE PARKS SEEKS POLICE OFFICER CANDIDATES: Interested in helping our millions of visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit to New York State Parks? The New York State Park Police are seeking candidates interested in a rewarding law enforcement career in the New York State park system.
A competitive written Civil Service examination is scheduled for September 15th. Applications for the exam must be submitted to the Department of Civil Service by August 1st, 2018. Apply on-line.
For information on the qualifications and selection process, visit parks.ny.gov or Text NYSPARK POLICE to 468311.

 

INVASIVE SPECIES AWARENESS WEEK: The fifth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) campaign will be held July 8-14, 2018. This year, the ISAW theme is "What YOU can do to stop the spread!" The week-long campaign features several statewide events focused on invasive species, ranging from invasive species removal projects, guided hikes and paddling events, informational webinars, citizen science trainings, film screenings, and more. Visit the ISAW events page to learn more about how you can become involved.
Can’t get out and help during invasive species awareness week? Here are a few other ways you can help stop the spread of destructive invasive species:
Be sure to clean all plant material and mud from your boat and gear before leaving the boat launch. Dispose of materials in an aquatic invasive species disposal station if one is available.
Select only native plants for use in your yards and gardens.
Don't move firewood, and be aware of firewood regulations in your area. Moving firewood can contribute to the spread of forest pests.
Clean boot treads and pant legs to remove plants and seed material after a hike to avoid spreading these to other sites.

 

KUDOS: DEC Investigator Named Conservation Officer of the Year - Oswego County
Neil Stevens, a 10-year veteran with DEC's Division of Law Enforcement, was recently named the North East Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association (NECLECA) "Officer of the Year." NECLECA is a professional organization of the chiefs and command staff from 13 northeastern states, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, NOAA Office for Law Enforcement, and the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Stevens holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in Natural Resource Conservation from Cornell University and recently became a pilot for DEC's Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program, and was deployed to Puerto Rico last year as part of a relief team that helped the island regain electrical service. As a member of the Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation (BECI) unit, Stevens conducted criminal investigations with successful prosecutions in cases involving the illegal commercialization of fish and wildlife, hazardous waste investigations, and a fatal hunting-related shooting incident. This case required a particularly delicate approach, working closely with other agencies and prosecutors, and resulted in a guilty plea by the perpetrator. Stevens, who lives in Central New York and is currently a member of the DLE's Training Academy staff, enjoys spending time with his family and dog and piloting airplanes in his free time.

Investigator Neil Stevens at the North East Conservation

Investigator Neil Stevens at the North East Conservation
Law Enforcement Chiefs Association annual meeting

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:
No Fishing License Leads to Multiple Charges - Monroe County: On June 19, ECOs Spencer Noyes and Ron Gross were checking fishermen in Monroe County when an angler said he did not have his fishing license but did have an ID the ECOs could use to look it up. When the man went to his car to retrieve his ID, the ECOs could smell the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The man did not have a valid fishing license and his driver's license had been revoked due to multiple violations and unpaid fines. When the man was asked about how he arrived at the location he became visibly nervous, telling a long-winded story about the car, which did not belong to him, and how he was driven to the location by another individual, who was then picked up and went fishing elsewhere. The ECOs advised the man that the car was going to be searched due to the odor of marijuana and that he would be charged with anything in the car because he was currently in possession of the vehicle. The man admitted that there was some marijuana in the center console, and when ECO Gross searched the car, he found marijuana, a scale with white residue on it, a razor blade, approximately two grams of a white substance consistent with crack cocaine, and IDs belonging to the man and other individuals. The ECOs arrested the fisherman, charging him with fishing without a license. In addition, the Greece Police Department charged him with criminal possession of a controlled substance 4th degree, criminal possession of drug paraphernalia 2nd degree, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Littering and Stealing Sunfish - Cayuga County: On June 23, ECO Mark Colesante located a vehicle in the parking lot at Mud Lock on the Seneca River in the town of Aurelius matching the description of a previous complaint of a man taking bass out of season. ECO Colesante spotted a fisherman catching sunfish on almost every cast. When other fisherman would come near, he released the fish back to the water. As the subject eventually packed up to leave, he threw an empty fishing hook package into the river. ECO Colesante followed the man toward the parking lot When the fisherman reached the edge of the woods, he stopped and appeared to be watching the parking lot for signs of observers. When he finally looked behind him, ECO Colesante said, "Are you looking for me?" The man had a cooler containing 80 sunfish, 30 fish over the daily limit. ECO Colesante issued the subject tickets for taking over the daily limit of sunfish and depositing trash into the navigable waters of the state. The man was arraigned at Aurelius Town Court and paid $200 in fines and surcharges.

Illegally taken sunfish from the Seneca River

 

 

BEST BASS WATERS: Bassmaster Magazine’s 100 Best Bass Lakes rankings for 2018 were recently released. The process to create the rankings takes about three months to complete. Data is received from state fisheries agencies across the U.S. This is coupled with catch data collected from dozens of tournament organizations across the country from the past 12 months. After the numbers are crunched, a blue-ribbon panel from the bass fishing industry debates the strength of the lakes, then settles on the final rankings. The rankings identify the Top 10 lakes in the nation regardless of location, as well as the Top 25 lakes in four geographical divisions. From New York - the Thousand Islands (St. Lawrence River) placed eight in the top 10. Among the Northeastern Division: 2 - Thousand Islands (St. Lawrence River); 3 - Lake Erie; 5 - Lake Champlain; 12 - Oneida Lake; 13 - Cayuga Lake and 23 - Chatauqua Lake. The complete rankings can also be found in Bassmaster.com photo galleries.

 

2018 – 2019 DUCK STAMPS: Mallards in flight adorn the 2018-2019 Federal Duck Stamp that goes on sale today. The 85th Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp made its debut at a special event hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Hanover, near Baltimore, Maryland.
The 2018-2019 Federal Duck Stamp features a pair of mallards landing in a marsh painted by Robert “Bob” Hautman. This is Hautman’s third Federal Duck Stamp; he also created the 1997-1998 stamp, featuring a solitary Canada goose, and the 2000-2001 stamp, featuring a northern pintail. He was named Ducks Unlimited Flyway Artist of the Year in 2018.

2018-2019 Federal Duck Stamp featuring a painting of mallards


The Junior Duck Stamp features the emperor goose painted by Rayen Kang, a recent graduate of Northview High School in Johns Creek, Georgia. Kang enjoys drawing in her free time and she has taken art lessons from the age of 10, learning how to accurately portray still life, people, and nature from her observations. Her emperor goose painting was her third submission to the Junior Duck Stamp Contest.


The Federal Duck Stamp plays a critically important role in wildlife conservation. Since 1934 sales from the iconic stamp have raised more than $1 billion to acquire and protect more than six million acres of wetlands habitat on hundreds of national wildlife refuges spread across all 50 states and U.S. territories. First petitioned by sportsmen and women who banded together to protect wildlife habitat, the stamps continue to be fueled by waterfowl hunters required to buy a Federal Duck Stamp each year. In addition to hunters being required to buy the stamps, the stamps are very popular among collectors and many birders, wildlife photographers and other outdoor enthusiasts buy them to support wildlife and habitat conservation.
2018 marks the 12th year Bass Pro Shops has hosted the first day of sale event. Hunters, conservationists and collectors can purchase the Federal Duck Stamp at all Bass Pro Shops retail locations in the United States.
To purchase or learn more about the Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp, visit www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp.php.

 

KUDOS: The Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) presented Olean Times Herald outdoor writer Steve Sorensen with its highest award at its annual conference on June 13 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Sorensen won the Pinnacle Award from this national organization in the Newspaper/Web category for his article titled “The Nun’s World Famous Deer Hunt,” published at Legendary Whitetails website in December, 2016. He also won the Outstanding Achievement Award for his January 2017 North American Whitetail magazine article titled “Pennsylvania Bookends.” A total of 12 awards were presented, and Sorensen was the only person to win two.

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)
JUNE 2018
1-8/5 - Legacy Exhibit at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, 311 Curtis Street, Jamestown, NY (Tue-Sat 10:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 1:00-%;00 pm) The summer “Legacy Exhibit” provides exclusive original works from the Peterson Collection, along with significant artifacts and memorabilia that highlight Roger Tory Peterson’s life and work. (Cost: Adults: $12, Seniors/Military: $10, Children & Students: $8, Family: $30, RTPI Donors: $5 Discount.) (For information call 716-665-2473; National: 800-758-6841. Email: info@rtpi.org Website: rtpi.org)
6/16- 8/13 - Birds in Art at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. Hosting the Birds in Art exhibit is a milestone in the exciting new upward trajectory that the nature center is on. It represents the spirit of craft and design, and its relationship with the natural world. Experiences like Wooden Bird Carving and Birds in Culinary Art offer the opportunity to hone a handcraft either in the studio or in the kitchen deepening the connection to the exhibit elements that highlight both the birds of exotic locations but also the birds of the farmyard. (For information call 585-374-6160)
30-7/29 – 2018 Annual LOC Summer Trout and Salmon Fishing Derby on Lake Ontario. $10,000 Grand Prize also prizes for the largest Salmon, Lake Trout, Rainbow/Steelhead and Brown Trout. (For information call 315-333-5213, email locderby@aol.com or go to http://www.loc.org/)
JULY 2018
4-15 - The 28th Annual Stephen Harrington Memorial Erie Canal Fishing Derby will be held on the Canal from the Niagara River to Albion. Over $20,000 in prizes will be up for grabs, including a boat package supplied by Brobeil Marine of Buffalo for the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize is determined through a special drawing at the Awards Ceremony of all first place winners of the seven species categories – bass, walleye, northern pike, bullhead, carp, sheepshead and catfish. There’s a family registration for just $25. Adults can register for $15; kids 14 and under can register for $10. A cash bash is also available for $5. There are six registration outlets and five weigh stations along the canal. In addition there will be 50 tagged fish worth some $10,000 in prizes. For more information, check out www.eriecanalderby.com.
6 – Registration deadline for August 4 - Kids Fishing Derby at Martin Road Park/Buyck Pavilion, 1344 Martin Road, Henrietta, NY (7:00 – 10:30 am) The derby is sponsored by the Ely Fagan-American Legion Post 1151. Bring the kids and enjoy the sport of fishing! Awards and free lunch provided, but please bring your own pole and bait. For ages 4 – 14 years. (Please register online at parksandre. For information call 585-359-2540.)
6-7 - 14th NY Trappers Forum Summer Fur Rondy at Nichols Pond County Park, Town of Fenner, NY. (Approximately 5 miles south of Canastota, NY.) (8:00 am) Numerous trapping and outdoor demonstrations, trapping supplies, a trapper training course, raffles, contests and much, much more. (Cost: Free) (For information contact Tim Evans at 315-247-0285 chuckeytim@gmail.com or Steve Wratten at 315-824-2415/315-750-5652)
7 - Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament. This is a one day five walleye/day . Optional Big Fish Friday is on July 6. Unlimited boat field with two to five anglers per boat. $500 entry fee. 100 percent pay back. (Call Mark Mohr for details at 998-9871 or go to www.rayzorbigdawg.com.)
7 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 13461 Phipps Road, Albion, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $15.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)
7 - Southern Tier Cha Inc. Coonhound Event at the clubhouse at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville NY (5:00 pm – Coonhound Event Bench Show–Poor Boy - $10.00/6:30 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial-Poor Boy - $10.00/6:30 pm –Coonhound Event Water Race - $10.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Kevin Noody at 716-679-8783 or email moc.oohay@ydoonnivek)
7 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Enchanted Mountain Chapter Wheelin’ Sportsmen’s Fishing Event on private property 3694 N. Nine Mile Road, Cattaragus, NY. (For information contact Randy Opferbeck (716) 373-3322 gobbler648@verizon.net )
7 - Living Landscapes: Birds & Butterflies at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) The right plants can make a yard come alive with birds and butterflies. Explore what you can do to attract these animals to your yard. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)
7-8 - Bird Carving at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. Carve and painting a life size, American Robin or Baltimore Oriole in an antique smooth style. The instructor, Robin Salsbury, will be providing all the materials including wood, paint, wire for legs, and glass eyes as well as knives and paint brushes. For over 20 years, Robin has carved numerous birds, generally preferring native species. His repertoire includes ducks, geese, shorebirds, songbirds, and even a life-size Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. (For information call 585-374-6160)
8 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Honeoye Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) the trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !! The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)
9-13 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camp - Hunter Safety / Waterfowl ID at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily) Youth will earn their hunter safety and waterfowl ID certificates while learning how to be a safe, ethical, and responsible sportsman during hands-on learning and outdoor experiences! Waterfowl ID is required to hunt waterfowl at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. This camp will be taught as a home study course to maximize our time in the field. Campers will be given the course manual and workbook prior to camp. Ages: 11-15. (Fee: $150) (For information/register contact: Chris Lajewski, Center Director, 315-365-3588, montezuma@audubon.org)
9-14 – Youth Rowing Camp at the Les Wagner Rowing Center, 3348 New York 17C, Owego, NY. (8:30 am – 12:00 pm)For Boys and Girls, 13–18 years old. Since 1998, HIBC has conducted junior and adult rowing at the Les Wagner Rowing Center on the beautiful Susquehanna River. To introduce this enjoyable and challenging sport to the youth in our area. The cost of the program is $130.00 for the 6 days, which includes a tee-shirt and snacks. Attire for campers is simple: sneakers or sandals, cotton socks, tee shirt and a long-sleeve shirt, and shorts. The fee will be refunded if, after the initial session, the camper decides to withdraw.
11 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Silver Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) Tthe trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !! The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)
12 - Silver Lake Bass Club Conesus Lake Fishing Derby (Contact: Zachary Kowasz 585-315-1053 Brad Ashcraft 585-409-9030)
12 - Jewels Of The Sky at Billy Wilson Park, Amherst, NY. (10:00 am) On this guided walk we will search for ebony jewelwings and tiger swallowtails as well as other dragonflies and butterflies in flight. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)
12 - Invasive Plants Work Day at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Help remove invasive plants from Reinstein Woods and learn alternative native species to plant instead. For adults and children 12 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)
14 - Boating Safety Course by U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, NY (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski. (For information/register call Martin Laufer at 390-7727 or mdl29@msn.com)
14 - The 3rd Annual Onondaga Cup & Lake Fest at Willow Bay (Northeast end of Onondaga Lake Park), Liverpool, NY (9:00 am – 6:00 pm) Athletes will compete in a nostalgic regatta – master & juniors rowers in a USRowing Registered Regatta, plus corporate teams, individual kayakers and paddle-boarders and new to the event Dragon Board races. Live mermaids, on-water entertainment, cooking competitions, live music, a kids zone with rides, yoga, barre & hit exercise classes, a “Crew-Fest”- craft beer tasting event, entertainers and more, all in a free, relaxed, shady, lakeside venue. (For information go to http://www.onondagalakefest.com/#Competition)
14 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop Shotgun Course at Sunset Farms Sporting Clays, 492 N. Knight Rd. Delanson NY. (Noon – 4:30 pm) (BOW) shotgun instructors are offering an intermediate level, one-day shotgun course for those women who already have some experience shooting a shotgun and want to learn more and get better at shooting at stationary and moving targets. Come to this course to find out what a choke does, how to select appropriate ammo, and how to find the right shotgun for you. You will also get the opportunity to shoot at a variety of targets on a sporting clay course. You can take this class if you have taken the shotgun class at a BOW workshop, you are comfortable shooting a shotgun, and/or you have hunted with a shotgun. (Cost: $35.00) (For more information contact Kelly Stang at kelly.stang@dec.ny.gov or visit Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, and sign up for e-mail notifications.)
14 - National Wild Turkey Federation – JAKES Outdoor Fun Day at the Bath Rod & Gun Club,
7771 Telegraph Road, Bath, NY. (For information contact Jim Mcglynn at 607-776-6263 or email elkmcg@wildblue.net)
14 - Cattaraugus County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 10491 Route 240, West Valley, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show (Regional Qualifying Event) - $20.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt (Regional Qualifying Event) - $30.00) (For information call Chris Deperro 716-570-6798 moc.oohay@orrepedsirhc)
14 - Citizen Science Training: The Search For Monarchs at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn how to search for and record monarchs at Reinstein Woods or in your own backyard. For adults and children ages 12 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)
14 - ALIENS! at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:00 pm) Are there visitors from outer space in Reinstein Woods? No, just plants and animals that have been introduced from other parts of the world. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)
14-15 - Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament centered at Chadwick Bay Marina, Dunkirk Harbor, New York. This is a 1-day tourney, 5 fish/day, with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Unlimited boat field, 2 - 5 anglers per boat, $500 entry fee, 100% payback, 6AM take-off. (For information contact Mark Mohr 716-998-9871 or go to https://www.rayzorsbigdawg.com/.)
15 – Start of Snapping Turtle Season (>9/30)
15 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Salmon River Strutters & Leatherstocking Chapters’ Woman in the Outdoors Event
at the Leather Stocking Club, 4860 St Route 104, New Haven, NY. (For more information contact Michael Cali 315-342-1645 or email macfir116@gmail.com)
15 - Beyond BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)
15 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Cayuga Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) The trail will utilize the honor system for the entire season including the bass tournaments--there are 2 good results from this change--less chaos at launch time and a guarantee that all fishermen get 8 hours of fishing in !! The system has been modified with great results and less congestion in the mornings--sign up/pay entry fee from 6-645--get your live well checked and go to your spot and begin fishing at 7 and fish until 3 and be back at launch by 315 which gives a full 8 hours to fish !! (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/

 

Until our next meeting in the Corner, have a great time in the outdoors. This is Ron Schroder for – “Your In on The Outdoors for Western New York.”

What Do You Think? Have something for other sportspeople? Let us know HERE.

 

 

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6 - 29 – 18

 

Welcome to this week’s Conservation Chatter Corner – little bits of happenings concerning our outdoors and you, the sportspeople who enjoy being part of that outdoors.

 

ANGLING TIPS TO HELP TROUT AND SALMON BEAT THE HEAT: This spring, trout anglers have Brown Troutbenefited from abundant rainfall and cool weather conditions that promote the growth and survival of trout and salmon. However, with the forecast for high temperatures this weekend through next week, it is important to remember that trout and salmon are coldwater sportfish that can experience serious physical stress whenever water temperatures climb above 70° Fahrenheit. Heat stressed fish often seek pockets of cold water created by upwelling groundwater, small feeder streams, or water released from deep reservoirs. These refuges allow trout to avoid or recover from potentially fatal levels of heat stress. You can help by taking the following precautions during your warm weather fishing trips.

>Avoid catch and release fishing for heat stressed trout. Trout already weakened by heat stress are at risk of death no matter how carefully they are handled.

>Don’t disturb trout where they have gathered in unusually high numbers. Because these fish are likely to be suffering from heat stress and seeking relief, responsible anglers will not take unfair advantage of their distress.

>Fish Early. Stream temperatures are at their coolest in the early morning.

>Go to Plan B! Have an alternate fishing plan ready in case water temperatures are too high at your intended destination. Consider fishing a waterbody that is less prone to heat stress or fishing for a more heat tolerant species like smallmouth bass.

By paying attention to water temperatures and adapting fishing strategies to changing conditions, anglers can help New York State’s trout and salmon beat the heat.

 

DEC AND DAM ANNOUNCE STATEWIDE SPOTTED LANTERNFLY OUTREACH CAMPAIGN: The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (DAM) today announced the start of an outreach campaign encouraging New Yorkers to look for and report sightings of the spotted lanternfly (SLF), a new invasive threat.

SLF was first found in Pennsylvania in 2014, and efforts to detect the invasive pest have increased after a single, dead SLF adult was found in New York in the fall of 2017.