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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

 

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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.

 

THE NRA SUES NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO, NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES:  The National Rifle Association of America (“NRA”) today announced that it filed a lawsuit against the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”), New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and DFS Superintendent Maria T. Vullo alleging violations of the NRA’s First Amendment rights. Filed on May 11, 2018, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, the lawsuit claims that Cuomo, Vullo, and DFS engaged in a “campaign of selective prosecution, backroom exhortations, and public threats” designed to coerce banks and insurance companies to withhold services from the NRA.  The NRA argues that such tactics vastly overstep DFS’s regulatory mandate, and seek to suppress the speech of Second Amendment supporters and retaliate against the NRA and others for their political advocacy. The lawsuit seeks millions of dollars in damages to redress harms inflicted by the DFS campaign.

Among other things, the lawsuit cites a pair of “guidance” letters issued on April 19, 2018, by the DFS to the CEOs of banks and insurance companies doing business in New York.  Styled as regulatory “risk management” advisories, the letters encourage institutions to “take prompt actions” to manage “reputational risk” posed by dealings with “gun promotion organizations.” The same day, Cuomo issued a press release in which Vullo directly urged “all insurance companies and banks doing business in New York” to “discontinue[] their arrangements with the NRA.”

The lawsuit claims that the “guidance” letters were accompanied by back-channel communications and targeted enforcement actions, which further reinforced the Cuomo administration’s message that it is bad business in New York to do business with the NRA.

The lawsuit explains that the DFS mandate – preceded by an “investigation” orchestrated by gun-control activists into insurance programs sponsored by the NRA – has already caused several insurance companies to sever relationships with the NRA and to plan to cancel the insurance policies of law-abiding New York consumers. According to the complaint, the directive of Cuomo and Vullo has had its intended effect – to advance Cuomo’s longstanding opposition to gun-rights supporters and to distort insurance markets in the service of a political agenda.

On May 2, 2018 and May 7, 2018, Lockton Companies, LLC and Chubb Ltd., respectively, announced they will pay millions of dollars in fines to DFS and cease doing business with the NRA – for no other reason than many of the insurance programs with which they are associated carry the NRA brand. On May 9, 2018, Lloyd’s of London announced that it is directing insurance underwriters to terminate any existing partnerships [with the NRA].

The lawsuit explains that these outcomes are the culmination of years of political activism by Cuomo against the NRA and gun rights organizations. As recently as April 20, 2018, Cuomo called the NRA an “extremist organization” and urged New York companies “to revisit their ties to the NRA and consider their reputations…”

In the face of such attacks, the NRA continues to educate the public about the Second Amendment, defend the NRA and its members against political and media attacks, and galvanize participation in the political process. The NRA claims that in response, Cuomo and DFS are taking actions to silence the organization.

Citing the Supreme Court’s landmark Bantam Books, Inc. v. Sullivan case, the lawsuit argues that “viewpoint discrimination applied through ‘threat[s] of invoking legal sanctions and other means of coercion, persuasion, and intimidation’ violates the Constitution where, as here, such measures chill protected First Amendment activities.” 

 

NEW YORK STATE CONSERVATION COUNCIL’S REPORT ON NEWLY ACTIVE FIREARMS LEGISLATION: After the February 14th shooting in Parkland, FL, several pieces of restrictive firearms legislation, some old, some new, have been actively promoted as "addressing the problem" Needless to say, none of the bills listed here will do anything but restrict or eliminate sportsmen's activities. Of particular concern is the potential impact on educational programs and on programs for young hunters.

A2406/S1414 and A9068/S5808A would increase the waiting period for background check delays from federally required 3 days to 10 days. The actual cause of these protracted delays is the failure of government agencies to submit prohibited person information in a timely manner. Rather than address this issue, legal firearms purchasers are being asked to bear the burden.

Note: This issue appears to be Governor Cuomo's firearms issue de jour for his reelection campaign.

S7874 is intended to prevent the arming of teachers but the unstated consequence would be to prohibit all possession and use of firearms on the grounds of any educational facility except for law enforcement and security guards. This would prohibit marksmanship programs, hunter safety classes and even inclusion in museum collections.

Note: This was a two-house bill, A10011. The sponsor, Assemblywoman Meyer, won a special election and has moved to the Senate. We expect a replacement Assembly offering.

A10426/S7890 would raise the age for legal possession of firearms from sixteen to twenty-one. While there are provisions to exempt possession "while hunting" and on supervised ranges, this bill would, for practical purposes, shut down the recreational use of firearms by young people. Yes, you can hunt but how to you get to the fields?

There are a myriad of other bills but those listed are active in both houses and appear to be the ones most likely to gain traction at this point in time. Check the Council website for the full list of bills and our memorandums.

It is important that your legislators know how you feel about this and all legislation of concern to you. You cannot assume that they know our position because you contacted them last session. If you need information on a particular bill, it can be found in the Council's Memorandums located on our website www.nyscc.com.

If you don't know your legislator, now is a good time to get to know him or her. If you don't know their name or address, go to assembly.state.ny.us or www.nysenate.gov.

Call, write, email or stop in today. We can't make this happen without the active support of New York's sportsmen. The most effective voice with any legislator is that of a voting constituent - particularly one with friends who vote! And don't forget to tell those friends!

And follow up! If a legislator actively supports your position and votes accordingly, be sure to send them a thank you. It is the right thing to do plus they will know you are watching.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE IN A BOATING ACCIDENT: While no one anticipates that their day on the water will be cut short by an accident, all boaters should prepare for the unexpected and know what to do in the event of an incident. If you are in a collision or accident while on one of the state’s waterways, Arizona law requires you to:

>stop and render aid at the scene of the accident;

>help those that have been injured and provide any assistance necessary unless doing so would endanger additional passengers or boats; and

>exchange names, addresses, contact information and the boats’ identifying numbers with anyone injured in the accident and/or the owner of any property that was damaged.

If it’s an emergency, call 911 if cellphone service is available. When preparing for an outing, boaters should take note of which law enforcement agency has jurisdiction on the waterway in order to call for assistance if needed. In addition, the National Safe Boating Council recommends that boaters carry at least two communication devices that will work when wet. For example, an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) and personal locator beacon (PLB) both transmit a coded message to the nearest rescue coordination center. 

In addition, daytime and nighttime signaling devices (brightly colored flags, spotlights, flares, strobe lights, etc.) are required on the Colorado River and are a good idea for any emergency situation. Plan to be self-reliant until help arrives. Many waterways are somewhat remote, and it may be an extended period before emergency personnel are able locate you. Carry plenty of water, be able to provide shelter from the sun and have first-aid supplies onboard. Above all, carry the required safety equipment and wear a life jacket. You can never put on a life jacket fast enough to save your life. Last year the majority of boating fatalities could have been prevented if the victims had been wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard reviews types and causes of incidents and determines if boating practices or the vessel can be made safer to ensure public safety. These reports help identify issues to improve boating safety. Stay safe this summer by wearing a life jacket — and it’s mandatory in many cases. State law requires that children 12 and younger wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while underway on any boat, each person on a personal watercraft like a Sea-Doo or Jet Ski must wear a personal flotation device, and each person being towed or surfing behind a boat on water skis or a similar device must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. In addition, all boats including paddleboards and kayaks must carry a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket that is the proper size for each person on board.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Merlin in the Rafters - Niagara County: On April 17, ECO Kevin Holzle received a call from a concerned homeowner reporting a small bird trapped inside a garage. ECO Holzle arrived to find a Merlin, a small species of falcon, flying in the rafters. While balancing on the beams, the officer safely captured the bird in a net and transferred it to a permitted wildlife rehabilitator. The Merlin was released back into the area after the rehabilitator determined it to be in good health.

Merlin captured by ECO Holzle
Merlin captured by ECO Holzle

The First Rule of Fish Club - Cayuga County: On April 24, ECO Mark Colesante was on patrol in Fair Haven State Park when he came across a pair of fishermen behind one of the State Park cabins. The two fishermen were properly licensed, and had no fish. However, ECO Colesante noticed two buckets behind the cabin that contained several crappies, three of which were clearly under the legal size of nine inches. The two fishermen said the fish belonged to men staying at the camp and gave the officer the names of two men. ECO Colesante asked if there were any other fish inside the cabin and the pair agreed to let him look inside. When the officer entered the cabin, he found the rules of "Fish Club" prominently displayed on the refrigerator. The first rule of Fish Club is "Do not talk about Fish Club." ECO Colesante left his business card and asked for a call when the other members returned to the cabin. Having no luck finding the missing fishermen in the park, ECO Colesante returned later in the day and found all the club members back at the camp. One of the other Fish Club members admitted to catching the three short crappies and was issued a ticket for possessing the undersized fish, returnable to the Town of Sterling Court.

Illegal Dumper Makes the News - Chemung County: On May 2, ECO John Lifrieri was contacted by West Elmira Police and Chemung County Dispatch for illegal dumping that occurred during the overnight hours at two separate boat launch sites, the Grove Street boat launch in Elmira and the Fitch's Bridge boat launch in West Elmira. ECO Lifrieri met with the officers and sorted through the household debris before it was loaded into a DPW truck for disposal. A piece of mail with a local address was found in the garbage. A West Elmira police officer and ECO Lifrieri then visited the other dump site in West Elmira and found a local TV news crew already on the scene. More household garbage was secured, including an unlabeled photo of a young boy. ECO Lifrieri and the officer took the photo to a local elementary school and the school administration immediately identified the boy. Officers were able to connect items from both sites to the boy's parents. After initially denying involvement, the boy's father admitted to being responsible after being shown his son's photo from the Fitch's Bridge dump site. The subject was charged on two counts of unlawful disposal of solid waste, one count for each dumping location, and the incident received extensive coverage in the local press. The case will be heard in both the Elmira town and city courts in June.

ECO Lifrieri and local Police and public works employees sorting through garbage
ECO Lifrieri and local Police and public works employees

2019 DU CALENDAR WANTS PHOTOS: Each year Ducks Unlimited publishes an official DU Calendar featuring extraordinary photography of wetlands scenes, waterfowl and hunting dogs. We are inviting all DU members to join us in celebrating 81 years by submitting their photos for consideration in the 2019 edition of the DU Calendar. 

Photos should fall within one of these three categories:

>wetlands and surrounding habitat

>waterfowl

>hunting dogs

The DU Calendar is a great way to raise funds essential for wetlands conservation. If your photo is chosen, it will help protect vital wetland habitat for future generations. And it will be seen by DU supporters worldwide!

But hurry—the deadline to submit your photos is June 17! Start by reading our photo rules and guidelines. Be watching your email in August to see if your photo has been chosen.

As always, thank you for your support of Ducks Unlimited!

*If you are not currently a DU member, join today and start uploading your photos!

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

May 2018

19 - 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)

19 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Grand Slam Gobblers Chapter Dinner at the Wolcott Elks Club, 6161 w. Port Bay Road, Wolcott, 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 Chris Reed   jmc604@hotmail.com)

19 - Genesee Charter Boat Association 1st Annual FREE Kid Derby at the Summerville Breakwall, Club Terrace, Rochester NY (7:00 – 10:00 am) All kids and their parents are invited to come and fish. You will NOT need a fishing license to join the fun.  The Genesee Charter Boat Association has a free fishing permit! For information you will NOT need a fishing license to join the fun.  The Genesee Charter Boat Association has a free fishing permit! (For information email Captain Larry Hammond at captlarry@bullseyecharter.com)

19 - Whitetails Unlimited – Clifton Springs Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Phelps Hotel, 90 Main Street, Phelps, NY Deadline for ticket sales 5-16-18. (Cost: Adult - $50.00/Spouse - $35.00/Youth - $25.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Rich Morano 585-705-9235 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

19 - 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 - $15.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound  Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Chris Deperro  716-570-6798  moc.oohay@orrepedsirhc

19 - Warblers and Wine Van Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) Join us for our first trip to Thorpe Vineyard, located along the Lake Ontario shoreline in Wolcott. During the tour, guests will sample award winning wines at the winery and walk around nearby Chimney Bluffs State Park to search for Warblers including the Cerulean, American Redstart, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue and nearly two dozen other Warbler species. Must be 21+ to participate. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (Fee: $20/adult, includes wine tasting.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

19 – Bird Walk: Finding Migrants and Nesters, meet at Powder Mills Park Fish Hatchery Parking Lot, Park Road, (7:30 am – noon) This birding walk, sponsored jointly by the Burroughs Audubon Nature Club and the Rochester Birding Association, will start at the Powder Mill Fish Hatchery parking lot. It will continue at the Sanctuary nearby on Railroad Mills Rd. You may see several species of migrating or nesting warblers and songbirds like Baltimore Orioles, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, and Scarlet Tanagers. The walk will be led by Richard Ashworth. The walk is open to the public. (For information call Richard Ashworth 585-381-2189.)

19 - Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium Spring 2018 Open House at 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Have you been wondering what is happening at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium? Join Museum staff, volunteers, and trustees to find out! Tour the Finger Lakes Museum campus and explore the wetlands by land and water on mini guided wetland walks and mini guided eco-paddles from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Visual highlights will show our achievements and future plans. (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)

19 - 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)

19 - Outdoor Basics: Learn from the experts! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 11:00 am - Kayaking: From family fun to the tournament trail-choose the kayak that fits the fun;

2:30 pm - Paddle Sports Accessories: Life jackets, dry bags, and more for your next adventure and 3:30 pm -? Table Top Grilling: From campsites to tailgates, best results anywhere you grill. (For information call 716-608-4770)

20 - Outdoor Basics: Learn from the experts! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 1:30 pm - Fryers: Fryer function from fish to French fires and 3:00 pm - Dutch Ovens and Camp Cookware Basics: Campsite cooking with Dutch ovens and camp cookware. (For information call 716-608-4770)

20 - Erie County Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY (2:00 – 5:00 pm) (For information call Dave Barus  716-597—4081)

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Summer Slam Chapter Dinner at the Hornell American Legion Post #440, 72 Seneca Street, Hornell, NY. A great time to help raise vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Mike Valentine 607-281-5322   mvalentine@stny.rr.com)

20 - Birding By Ear at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (9:00 am) Who’s that singing deep in the forest or way up in the trees? Learn to

identify local birds by their calls and songs. For adults only.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

24 - Concealed Carry Class - Legal Heat at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (5:00 - 9:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 37+ states. Legal Heat's concealed carry class covers firearms safety, handling, transportation, storage, ammunition, self-defense and firearms laws, concealed carry techniques and much more. Legal Heat’s firearm training instructors are all NRA and Utah BCI certified, insured and among the most highly experienced in the industry and can answer your CCW questions. This course typically runs approximately 4 hours. This Legal Heat course does not have a test€or range requirement. The Utah and Arizona permits are open to residents of any state and can be applied for by mail. You do NOT have to reside in the state of UT or AZ to qualify to apply for their concealed carry permits. Register TODAY for this fun and informative class. Seating may be limited. (For information go to  https://mylegalheat.com/cabelasor call 877-252-1055 ) (This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet.) (DO NOT BRING FIREARMS OR AMMUNITON INTO THE CLASSROOM.)

25 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (7:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129)

26 - Start of Statewide Muskellunge Fishing Season (>11/30)

26 - Birding 101: Class #5 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn why some birds stay just for the summer and which to look for

during the summer. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

26 - FREE Kids' Activities at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 4:00 pm) Catch-And-Release Pond; Photo download with color-me photo overlay; Kids' craft -?? Decorate a wood turtle; Kids' Workshop at 1:30PM - Learn the how, the where, and the fun of nature discovery close to home. The day also includes: Free BBQ Sampling (Award-winning teams showcase their Pitmaster culinary expertise. Samples may vary. While supplies last.) and FREE Flossie’s Funnel Cake Samples (1:00 – 4:00 pm) (Samples while supplies last.) (For information call 716-608-4770)

26 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

26 - Boy Scout Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will learn about the importance of invasive species control, land management, and the birds that benefit from these activities. Scouts will also help improve our forest habitats by removing Japanese Honeysuckle. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for getting dirty, and if possible, bring work gloves. All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone.  (Fee: $5/Scout) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

26 - Howland’s Island Van Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (8:00 - 11:00 am) Spring songbird migration and breeding season is underway so join us for an early morning tour behind the locked gates of Howland’s Island. We’ll drive onto the island and make stops along the way listening and looking for migrants like the Warbling Vireo, Scarlet Tanager, and nearly two dozen Warbler species. We’ll also highlight the 10,000 year cultural and natural history of this unique island habitat PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

26 - Treefrogs and Peepers! at Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, PO Box 133, Marcellus, NY (8:00 – 10:00 pm) Treefrogs and spring peepers are perhaps the most elusive frogs ever. However, evenings in late May can be the perfect times to observe them at Philips Pond - especially if there’s a little rain. Join us for a night hike to the  pond to enjoy the treefrog-peeper chorus and try to spot a few of these fascinating frogs. For ages 5 and up. This will be a night hike that includes one steep trail, bring a flashlight. ($6.00 for members; $9.00 for public.) (For information call 315-673-1350 or email  info@baltimorewoods.org)

26-28 – 54th Annual National Lake Trout Derby On Seneca Lake. Fishing will be from 6:00 am Saturday to noon Monday, and participants can take their catches to one of three weigh stations – in Geneva, Sampson State Park in Romulus and Watkins Glen. The derby is open to adults and youth 5 and older. The main prizes will be: Grand Prise - $7,500; 1st place lake trout:$3,000 and 1st place brown, rainbow and llS: $1,500. (For information call 315-789-5520.

 

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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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.

 

NEW YORK REPORTS BOATING FATALITIES: The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation recently announced its 2017 Recreational Boating Report. The state reported 22 fatalities in 2017 – the same as 2016 – which had placed the Empire State 31st in the nation for boating fatalities. In 2017, unregistered craft (kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, peddle boats and nonmotorized sailboats) represented 14 of the 22 fatalities (63.6 percent), an increase of 8 fatalities over 2016. Most of the victims capsized or fell overboard and were not wearing life jackets that may have allowed them to survive.

The nation’s boating advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), said the overall statistics show that efforts are paying off to improve safety with recreational boats, but there is a need to increase efforts to educate paddlers.

To help improve paddler safety, BoatUS recommends paddlers take the free online paddlesports safety course at americancanoe.org. The BoatUS Foundation offers a free online safety course for recreational boat owners at BoatUS.org/NewYork that meets the state’s education requirements and may earn a boat insurance discount.

The report notes that New York’s overall boating-fatality rate has dropped significantly since the 1970s. The 22 boating fatalities in 2017 were just 16.7 percent of what they were in 1973, New York’s worst year on record with 132 boating fatalities. More than 22,000 New York residents took a boating safety class in 2017, the majority opting for an online boating safety course. This compares to just 8,076 who took a class in 2000.

Some of the success in reducing boating fatalities, the report notes, is attributable to the creation of the US Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety, the Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971, establishment of federal safety standards for boat manufacturers, improved requirements for boating safety education, increased access to online education, more comfortable life jackets, technology improvements (cellphones), strengthened BWI laws, and enhanced marine law enforcement.

 

RESPONSES TO DICK’S SPORTING GOODS’ HIRING A GROUP FOR ANTI-SECOND AMENDMENT LOBBYING:

>Springfield Armory is severing ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring a group for anti-Second Amendment lobbying.

This latest action follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to remove and destroy all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their inventory. In addition, they have denied Second Amendment rights to Americans under the age of 21. We at Springfield Armory believe that all law abiding American citizens of adult age are guaranteed this sacred right under our Constitution.

It is clear where Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, stand on the Second Amendment, and we want to be clear about our message in response. Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company. At Springfield Armory, we believe in the rights and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question. We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.

> The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, Board of Governors today unanimously voted to expel Dick’s Sporting Goods from membership for conduct detrimental to the best interests of the Foundation.

Dick’s Sporting Goods recently hired a Washington D.C.-based government affairs firm, for “[l]obbying related to gun control.” Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Edward W. Stack announced earlier this year the retail chain would end sales of modern sporting rifles, voluntarily raise the age to 21 to purchase firearms in their stores and called for more restrictive legislation. Dick’s later announced they would destroy the remaining modern sporting rifle inventory. NSSF responded that business decisions should be individually made, but was nonetheless disappointed and the decision does not reflect the reality of the vast majority of law-abiding gun owners.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Prescribed Fire: Town of Lysander, Onondaga County: On April 30, Forest Rangers and staff from DEC's Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Lands and Forests conducted a 17-acre prescribed burn at the Three Rivers Wildlife Management Area. The burn was conducted in grass fields to release bound nutrients, maintain and improve grassland habitat, and reduce the amount of encroaching woody vegetation. This project is anticipated to improve the grassland habitat for breeding, nesting, and foraging for many wildlife species, such as Henslow's sparrows, bobolinks, ringed-necked pheasant, and wild turkey.

Wildfire: Town of Harmony, Chautauqua County: On May 1 at approximately 3 p.m., the Panama Fire Department reported a wildfire that had reached an unoccupied house and barn. Forest Rangers responded and worked with local fire departments from Panama, Ashville, Busti, Bear Lake, Kiantone, and Lakewood to suppress the wildland fire and structure fires. The fire originated from unlawful burning of debris and spread quickly due to high winds. The Rangers issued two tickets for violations of the Environmental Conservation Law. Chautauqua County fire investigators are continuing to investigate the fire.

Wildland Fire: Town of Canisteo, Steuben County: On May 2 at approximately 4:45 p.m., DEC Dispatch received a call from Steuben County 911 requesting Forest Ranger assistance with a wildland fire burning on a steep, south-facing slope inaccessible by vehicle. Due to fire activity, weather conditions, and difficult terrain, five Rangers responded to assist. Local volunteer fire companies also responded with wildland fire engines and UTVs. By 8 p.m., the fire was under control. Over the next four days, Forest Rangers patrolled the fire and continued to reinforce the control line and target interior hot spots. The fire was declared out on May 6. It burned a total of 43.6 acres. An investigation determined the fire was caused by tree branches in contact with power lines.

Firetruck responding to a forest fire on a hill
Wildland Fire

 

ASSESSING VEGETATION IMPACTS FROM DEER: Do you own, manage or care about some forested land in New York? Are you interested in finding out whether deer are threatening the future of that forest? Cornell University Cooperative Extension is offering training sessions this spring on a new, easy-to-use method for monitoring deer impacts on forests: AVID or Assessing Vegetation Impacts from Deer. DEC partnered with ecologists from Cornell University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to develop AVID as a method for volunteers, foresters, landowners and others to measure the effect of deer browse on New York forests. If you can’t attend in-person training, all the information you need to start monitoring is also available at AVIDDeer.com and will soon be available as a smartphone app for use in the field.

AVID

 

 

DEALING WITH PROBLEM WILDLIFE: Encounters with wildlife have become more numerous as a result of urban growth into animals' natural habitat. Seeing animals in the woods can be fun, but having a skunk under the porch or a woodchuck digging up your yard is not. DEC has information available on its website to help landowners find out how to prevent and control wildlife conflicts. There, you will find nuisance wildlife information including:

Tips to reduce conflicts with wildlife

Finding a licensed Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator near you

Identifying permits or licenses needed to remove nuisance wildlife on your own

If you encounter wildlife acting sick or abnormal, leave the area. Contact your local police department, animal control officer (if your town has one), or local Environmental Conservation Officer (1-844-DEC-ECOs). Encounters between people and wildlife with rabies or distemper are rare, but if there is physical contact between the animal and you or your pet such as a bite or scratch, contact your doctor or vet and the local county health department to report it. DEC has more information on wildlife health and disease on its website.  
If you need advice on dealing with problem wildlife, you can also contact your DEC Regional Wildlife office.

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IMAPINVASIVES TRAINING SESSIONS: Interested in becoming part of New York’s invasive species early detection network? Register for an upcoming iMapInvasives free training session.

Learn how to report the invasive species locations and control efforts in your area. You can even use your smartphone to report new findings.

Training is required to use this online mapping system. If you can’t make it to one of our in- person trainings, you can request a free login account and take our online tutorials

Feel free to contact us with any questions.

2018 iMapInvasives Training Sessions in Western/Central New York:

May 31 – Western NY [Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Basom, NY]
June 6 – Finger Lakes [Tioga County CCE, Owego, NY]
June 18 – St. Lawrence-Eastern Lake Ontario [SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY]

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NY SEA GRANT AND DEC AWARD $200,000 TO GREAT LAKES ACTION AGENDA PROJECTS: New York Sea Grant in partnership with New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that nearly $200,000 has been awarded to eight projects advancing the practice of resiliency in New York's Great Lakes watershed. Consistent with New York's Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA), the projects are enhancing community and ecological resiliency throughout the watershed, while supporting water quality improvements and the restoration of native wildlife and habitats.

New York Sea Grant administers the State's Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program, now in its fourth year of successfully funding projects that achieve goals of the GLAA, as identified by basin-wide stakeholders.

The 2018-2019 Great Lakes Basin Small Grant award recipients are:

Western New York Land Conservancy, East Aurora, $25,000: Enhancing Ecosystem Integrity and Climate Resiliency by Restoring Rare Wetland Seep Ecosystems in the Niagara Gorge: Measures to control non-native invasive plants in the wetland seeps and adjoining areas will add to a larger multi-year effort to restore plant communities throughout the Niagara Gorge, with additional funding from the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee and Governor Cuomo's Buffalo Billion II initiative. This work to restore the Niagara Gorge coincides with the removal of two miles of the expressway along the top of the gorge rim adjacent to the project site.

City of Ogdensburg: Alternative Solutions for Managing Erosion: Engineered Solutions vs. Nature-Based Approach and the Implications for Access to Waterfront Recreation, $25,000: Funding supports the siting and design of living shoreline features, and identification of impediments to their use. The public will be engaged in a discussion about the best ways to protect the shoreline from erosion and flood damage, while preserving and enhancing opportunities for waterfront access and recreation. The SAGE: Systems Approach to Geomorphic Engineering process developed by the US Army Corps of Engineers and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be used to assess coastal vulnerability and develop risk reduction measures that both sustain a healthy environment and create a resilient shoreline.

Genesee-Finger Lakes Regional Planning Commission, $25,000: Post-Flood Recovery Building Workshop: Through a whole community-driven planning process, all stakeholder groups in the Sodus Point area can react to the 2017 flood and erosion event along Lake Ontario by identifying past, current, and future challenges and strengths based on infrastructure, environment, economy, tourism, and other community components. Actions to improve community resilience to future high and low water levels and to better integrate coastal resiliency efforts into local planning and management will be developed and prioritized.

Onondaga Environmental Institute, Syracuse, $24,987: Improving Aquatic Habitat Connectivity in the Onondaga Creek Watershed for Coldwater Species Restoration in the Face of a Changing Climate: Increasing native riparian vegetation and removing invasive vegetation from adjacent areas is enhancing and expanding restoration efforts at the Onondaga Creek public access location along Tully Farms Road in Tully, NY. This will significantly improve riparian habitat and canopy cover that can support sustained brook trout survival, growth, and reproduction, as well as maintain stream temperatures and bank stability. Onondaga Creek watershed community members, including youth and school groups, will have environmental stewardship volunteer opportunities to assist with tree plantings, and learn about the watershed, and the role of riparian restoration in protecting stream ecosystems.

Environmental Finance Center at Syracuse University, Syracuse, $25,000: Creating Community and Watershed Resiliency through Training and Technical Assistance: This project will offer two workshops to spur shoreline and upland communities toward implementing Ecosystem-based Management in community planning efforts, specifically to increase flood resiliency. Participants will be equipped with the tools and knowledge to cope with flooding events while maintaining ecosystem integrity and balancing the economic and social needs of their communities. Educational materials and resiliency financing plans will be developed in communities along the southern Lake Ontario shore in Wayne County.

Town of Greece: Waterfront Infrastructure Resiliency Assessment, $25,000: The project is examining wastewater system failures in the Town of Greece and identifying and prioritizing solutions, such as hard projects, strategies, and policies for implementation, in the interest of public health and safety, and to safeguard nearby sensitive wetland habitats in DEC's Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area. The focus is on improving the integrity and operation of waterfront sewer systems in the face of potentially increasing seasonal high water conditions.

The Nature Conservancy, Rochester: Salmon Creek/South Avenue Engineering Study, $25,000: Funding supports work with a qualified environmental engineering firm to conduct a hydrologic and hydraulic study of the Salmon Creek/South Avenue area surrounding Hilton, NY. The study is evaluating flood attenuation options in three areas by updating the hydrology to current day, supplementing existing LiDAR: Light Detection and Ranging data with field-collected elevation data, and modeling current conditions and future scenarios. This work is crucial to the Village II Apartments, adjacent property owners, and the Village of Hilton. Public feedback will inform selection of an approach that will result in the best risk reduction to residents and businesses, while improving water quality and riparian habitat.

St. Lawrence County, Canton, $25,000: Enhancing Shoreline Resilience Along the St. Lawrence River in St. Lawrence County: St. Lawrence County in partnership with the City of Ogdensburg, and the Town and Village of Morristown, is utilizing a stakeholder-driven planning process to assess ecosystem vulnerability and determine how resiliency measures can be incorporated into local planning. The area addressed includes 40 miles of frontage on the St. Lawrence River and the portion of the River shoreline that includes the Towns of Lisbon, Oswegatchie, Morristown and Hammond, and the City of Ogdensburg and Village of Morristown. Project leader: Keith Zimmerman, Director of Planning, St. Lawrence County

New York's Great Lakes Basin Small Grants Program is a project of the state Environmental Protection Fund's Ocean and Great Lakes Ecosystem Conservation Program. Grant projects support the goals of the Interim Great Lakes Action Agenda, a plan for applying ecosystem-based management to complex environmental problems in order to conserve, protect and enhance irreplaceable Great Lakes natural resources.

For more information on the Interim NYS Great Lakes Action Agenda, visit DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/91881.html. For more information on the grant projects, go to http://www.nyseagrant.org/glsmallgrants (leaves DEC website).

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

May 2018

11-20 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Spring Trout and Salmon Derby 2018. 1st of 3 LOC Derbies offering over $30,000 in cash and prizes with a grand prize of $15,000 for the largest overall Salmon caught. (For more information call 888-733-5246 or visit their website at www.loc.org.)

12 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (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.)

12 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Phipps Road, Albion, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm Coonhound Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)

12 - Whitetails Unlimited – Lake Ontario Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Palmyra VFW Post 6778, 4306 Route 31, Palmyra, NY Deadline for ticket sales 5-5-18. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse - $25.00/Youth - $25.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Jim Cavallaro at 315-573-3330 or Pat Hall at 315-664-0195 or Bob Weller at 315-247-3662 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

12 - Extreme Raptors at the Waterman Conservation Education Center, 403 Hilton Road,Apalachin, NY (10:00 am, 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm) Amazing Aerial Extravaganza! Jonathan Wood’s entourage now includes raptors from every habitat on the planet including Arctic, Desert, Rainforest, Wetlands, Prairie, Woodlands and Tundra. The majority of these birds dwell in North American environs, yet some exotic species originate in Europe, Africa, Asia, Iceland and South America. They range in size from small falcons and owls weighing 2-3 ounces to majestic eagles with 7 and 8 foot wingspans. Recent additions include the endangered Aplomado falcon and Crested Caracara. Call our center or see our website to reserve your seats! (Cost $13 for members $15 non members children 6-12 half price under 5 is free) (RSVP Required call:607-625-2221 or book online: https://www.watermancenter.org/upcoming-events)

12 - Girl Scout Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Girl Scouts of all ages will learn about the importance of invasive species control, land management, and the birds that benefit from these activities. Girl Scouts will also help improve our forest habitats by removing Japanese Honeysuckle.  Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for getting dirty, and if possible, bring work gloves. All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $5/Scout) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

12 - Red Wiggler Worm Composting: Class #2 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Bring your starter kit back to see how your worms are composting, and construct a larger bin to transfer your worms and compost. (Materials $25, Friends of Reinstein Woods members $20.) (Class #3 = June 30) (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

12 - Warblers For Beginners at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Join us as we learn about and look for migrating warblers, the butterflies of the bird world. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

15 - Start of Bowfishing for Carp Season (A fishing or small game hunting license may be used) Water must be legal for fishing and discharge of a bow. (>9/30)

16 - Citizen Science Training: Hummingbirds At Home at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (1:00 pm) Become a volunteer and learn how to count hummingbirds sipping nectar at feeders and flowers. For adults only.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

17 - Frog Call Field Trip at the Eshelman Property, 1420 Yubadam Road, Portville, NY. (6:00 – 7:30 pm) Join amphibian enthusiasts Holly Fischer and Tami Attwell as they present on the Western New York frog program. This program will take place only if it is a calm, clear evening. Please call the office to check for an update if the weather is questionable. If the program is cancelled due to weather, then we have a backup date for Thursday, May 31st with the same start time and location. This activity is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so be sure to register by 4pm, Wednesday May 16th, 2018. (For information/register call 716-933-0187)

17 - Wildflowers in May at Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, PO Box 133, Marcellus, NY (10:00 – 11:00 am) Every spring Baltimore Woods turns into a wonderland of spring wildflowers. Join us on a peaceful stroll through the Faust Garden and Harrison Trail to admire these fleeting beauties and ponder the ephemeral nature of spring and ourselves. Program for adults. This will be an easy walk along flat trails. Please call for accessibility information. ($6.00 for members; $9.00 for public.) (For information call 315-673-1350 or email  info@baltimorewoods.org)

19 - 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)

19 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Grand Slam Gobblers Chapter Dinner at the Wolcott Elks Club, 6161 w. Port Bay Road, Wolcott, 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 Chris Reed   jmc604@hotmail.com)

19 - Genesee Charter Boat Association 1st Annual FREE Kid Derby at the Summerville Breakwall, Club Terrace, Rochester NY (7:00 – 10:00 am) All kids and their parents are invited to come and fish. You will NOT need a fishing license to join the fun.  The Genesee Charter Boat Association has a free fishing permit! For information you will NOT need a fishing license to join the fun.  The Genesee Charter Boat Association has a free fishing permit! (For information email Captain Larry Hammond at captlarry@bullseyecharter.com)

19 - Whitetails Unlimited – Clifton Springs Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Phelps Hotel, 90 Main Street, Phelps, NY Deadline for ticket sales 5-16-18. (Cost: Adult - $50.00/Spouse - $35.00/Youth - $25.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Rich Morano 585-705-9235 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

19 - 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 - $15.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound  Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Chris Deperro  716-570-6798  moc.oohay@orrepedsirhc

19 - Warblers and Wine Van Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) Join us for our first trip to Thorpe Vineyard, located along the Lake Ontario shoreline in Wolcott. During the tour, guests will sample award winning wines at the winery and walk around nearby Chimney Bluffs State Park to search for Warblers including the Cerulean, American Redstart, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue and nearly two dozen other Warbler species. Must be 21+ to participate. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (Fee: $20/adult, includes wine tasting.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

19 - Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium Spring 2018 Open House at 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Have you been wondering what is happening at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium? Join Museum staff, volunteers, and trustees to find out! Tour the Finger Lakes Museum campus and explore the wetlands by land and water on mini guided wetland walks and mini guided eco-paddles from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Visual highlights will show our achievements and future plans. (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)

19 - Outdoor Basics: Learn from the experts! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 11:00 am - Kayaking: From family fun to the tournament trail-choose the kayak that fits the fun; 2:30 pm - Paddle Sports Accessories: Life jackets, dry bags, and more for your next adventure and 3:30 pm -? Table Top Grilling: From campsites to tailgates, best results anywhere you grill. (For information call 716-608-4770)

20 - Outdoor Basics: Learn from the experts! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 1:30 pm - Fryers: Fryer function from fish to French fires and 3:00 pm - Dutch Ovens and Camp Cookware Basics: Campsite cooking with Dutch ovens and camp cookware. (For information call 716-608-4770)

20 - Erie County Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY (2:00 – 5:00 pm) (For information call Dave Barus  716-597—4081)

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Summer Slam Chapter Dinner at the Hornell American Legion Post #440, 72 Seneca Street, Hornell, NY. A great time to help raise vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Mike Valentine 607-281-5322   mvalentine@stny.rr.com)

20 - Birding By Ear at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (9:00 am) Who’s that singing deep in the forest or way up in the trees? Learn to identify local birds by their calls and songs. For adults only.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

 

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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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.

 

SPRING TURKEY SEASON OPENED MAY 1st: The spring turkey season is open in all of upstate New York north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary.  With reproductive success below the long-term average in 2016 and 2017, coupled with harsh winter conditions this year, it is anticipated that the spring harvest will be down from last year. However, good hunting opportunities can be found throughout the state, particularly in regions with good nesting and poult success the last two years. The estimated turkey harvest for spring 2017 was about 17,500 birds.

             Photo by John Adamski

 

OPENING OF FISHING SEASONS FOR WARMWATER FISH ARE STARTING: The opening of the fishing season for many of New York's most popular sportfish, including walleye, northern pike, pickerel, and tiger muskellunge is tomorrow. Fishing for these species, especially walleye and pike, can be especially good in cooler periods of early spring, and anglers are encouraged to take advantage of the exceptional fishing opportunities across the state.

Anglers looking for walleye should not have to go far to find quality fishing opportunities. Walleye can be found in more than 140 waterbodies in New York, including every major watershed. The state's premier walleye fisheries, Lake Erie and Oneida Lake, are projected to produce great fishing in 2018.

Several recent strong year classes have recruited into the Lake Erie fishery, and the Oneida Lake population has benefitted from steady recruitment and a lower than normal harvest in 2016. Another top destination is Chautauqua Lake, where a combination of successful stocking and natural reproduction has significantly improved the fishery. Walleye are doing so well there that the special 18-inch minimum size, three per day fishing regulation was changed in 2017 to the statewide regulation of 15-inch minimum size, five per day.

Anglers can fish for black bass year-round in most New York waters, with a catch-and-release-only season from Dec. 1 to the regular season opener on June 16. There is also a trophy bass season in Lake Erie, where anglers can take one bass 20 inches or larger through June 15. Bass anglers should check the New York State Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide to ensure desired fishing waters are open to catch and release angling.

The statewide opening day for muskellunge fishing is the last Saturday in May (May 26, 2018). The statewide minimum size limit is 40 inches. These regulations apply to most New York muskellunge waters, with the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, and the St. Lawrence River being noteworthy exceptions. On these waters the minimum size limit is 54 inches and the season opens on the 3rd Saturday of June (June 16, 2018).

Additional exceptions to the statewide regulations for muskellunge and other species exist, so anglers should be sure to pick up a copy of the 2018-19 Freshwater Fishing Regulations guide to ensure they are aware of the current regulations for the water they are fishing. The latest guide is available on-line and at all DEC offices and sporting license vendors.

A complete listing of 2018 Warmwater Fishing Hotspots recommended by DEC biologists can be found on the DEC website.

Where to Fish

Anglers searching for places to fish should visit the Places to Fish page on the DEC website. A variety of helpful fishing information can also be requested via the website.

The New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App gives both novice and seasoned outdoorsmen and women essential information to plan and prepare for fishing trips with up-to-date access information on fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching sites. The App also provides immediate access to species profiles, rules and regulations, and important permits and licensing details

Help Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species and Fish Diseases

Anglers and boaters can help the state prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species by taking appropriate measures before and after boating and fishing trips. Anglers and boaters should be sure to clean, dry, or disinfect fishing and boating equipment, including waders and boots, before entering a new body of water. Boaters should be particularly conscious of plant materials that can attach to boats and trailers and should be sure to drain all water holding compartments before leaving a water body. This is the only way to prevent the spread of potentially damaging invasive plant and animal species and fish diseases. Methods to clean and disinfect fishing and boating gear can be found on DEC's website.

 

Inflatable Watercraft, Boat that Folds: NY Sea Grant Clean and Safe Boating Educational Vessels for 2018:

A 12-foot boat that folds. A paddleboard in a backpack. A kayak that blows up like a balloon. These folding and inflatable vessels are attracting attention as the Inflate-A-Fleet that is the centerpiece of the 2018 New York Sea Grant Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign. 
“These unique floating vessels are considered boats and are subject to applicable boating laws and standards,” says Dave White, a Great Lakes coastal recreation and tourism specialist with New York Sea Grant, Oswego, NY. “Every year we select a different style of boat to educate the public about how to be safe, in compliance with boating law, and environmentally-friendly on the water, and the Inflate-A-Fleet is doing that in 2018.”  
With a Get Out on the Water: Everyone Can Enjoy Boating theme, the new traveling exhibit will visit boat shows, marinas and events to show how easily people, particularly the younger generation, can get involved in boating.  
“As more and more people learn about the fabulous boating resources in New York State, it becomes increasingly more important to educate people of all ages about the best practices for safe, legal, and clean boating. New York Sea Grant is perfectly positioned to extend those practices to the public in both the Great Lakes and marine districts,” comments Katherine Bunting-Howarth, associate director of New York Sea Grant and assistant director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, NY. 
The exhibit that made its debut at a New York City waterfront festival last fall includes signage noting all the gear required and recommended for boaters to be legal, safe and environmentally-friendly on New York State waters. That gear includes such items as life vests and reflective decals for paddles. 
New York Sea Grant has received New York State, National Association of Boating Law Administrators, and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary awards for the Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign. The program has educated more than one million people, including deaf boaters, emergency services first responders, anglers, sailors, and paddle sport enthusiasts, since its inception in 2008. 
New York Sea Grant partners in the Discover Clean and Safe Boating campaign include the Boating Industries Association of Upstate NY, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, New York State Marine Services Bureau, and marine industry businesses. 
New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, and one of 33 university-based programs under the National Sea Grant College Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For updates on New York Sea Grant activities statewide, www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links.

 

CONSERVATION PARTNERS HELP DEC WITH HABITAT PROJECT IN WESTERN NEW YORK: The National Wild Turkey Federation and Ruffed Grouse Society recently partnered with the NYS DEC Bureau of Wildlife in Region 9 on a habitat management project at Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area in the Town of New Hudson in Allegany County. 

A three-acre stand of poor quality timber was cut. This stand was part of a larger mosaic of patch cuts. The goal of this project is to improve habitat for ruffed grouse and other wildlife species that benefit from young forest management.

 

BECOME A HUNTER OR TRAPPER EDUCATION INSTRUCTOR!

Hunter and Trapper EducationDEC is looking for instructors to teach Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Trapper Education, and Waterfowl Hunter Education. Instructors volunteer their time to teach others about the safety and ethics of hunting and trapping. Instructors must have good moral character, no serious legal convictions, and good communication skills. You must be at least 18 years of age. Hunting or trapping experience is also preferred.

Apply online or call 1-888-HUNT-ED2. Applicants must pass a series of background checks, have an interview with a conservation officer, and complete an instructor training and apprenticeship. To remain an active certified instructor, you must teach at least one course per year and attend a refresher course once every two years. Instructors must also continue to have good moral character and no serious legal convictions. We encourage you to volunteer and pass on the traditions and values of hunting and trapping!

 

ATLANTIC BRANT MIGRATION RESEARCH:

DEC staff attaching geo-locator to brantDEC staff recently banded 216 Atlantic brant as part of a new multi-agency research project. DEC is collaborating with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Canadian Wildlife Service. The objectives of this project are to evaluate migration timelines, routes, and stop-over site usage, as well as consistency with breeding, staging, and wintering sites. Habitat usage in breeding, staging, and wintering areas are also being studied.

Staff captured brant in various locations of Region 1 (Long Island) using rocket nets and decoys. Once captured, staff attached GPS telemetry backpack units on 10 adults as well as 75 geo-locators on bands attached to the birds’ legs. With this data, the hope is to get useful information on the objectives listed above and to discover similarities between breeding and non-breeding brant. The study will continue next winter.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Prescribed Fire: Town of Rathbone, Steuben County: On April 23, Forest Rangers conducted a 45-acre prescribed burn in heavy grass fuels on the Helmer Creek Wildlife Management Area Ten Rangers participated along with 32 staff from DEC's Division of Lands & Forests and Division of Fish & Wildlife, state Fire Wardens, volunteers, and an Excelsior Corps crew. In addition to improving wildlife habitat, the burn provided an opportunity to train new wildland firefighters to complete a federal wildland firefighter training courses.

Wildland Fire: Town of Rathbone, Steuben County: On April 23 at around 4:55 p.m., Steuben County 911 requested Forest Ranger assistance with a 9.8-acre wildfire on private property on Merring Road. Forest Rangers were diverted from a prescribed fire event and met up with personnel from the Woodhull, Tuscarora, Cameron, Canisteo, Gang Mills, Jasper, and South Hornell fire departments on scene. Rangers and volunteer fire service personnel completed suppression activities and had the fire out by 8 p.m. An investigation determined that embers from the chimney of a maple syrup operation caused the fire. An old sugar shack building used for storage was destroyed in the fire.
Wildland Fire: Town of Sanford, Broome County:
 On April 23 at approximately 12 p.m., Broome County 911 requested Forest Ranger assistance with suppression of a wildfire on Wilson Hill Road. Forest Rangers responded with fire department personnel from Deposit, Windsor, and Susquehanna (Pennsylvania). Much of the 9.6-acre fire had been contained. Rangers assisted in extinguishing hot spots inside the fire perimeter. The fire originated from individuals unlawfully burning construction debris during strong winds. Tickets were issued for violating the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL), including setting fire that endangered the property of another, and failure to remove inflammable materials a distance of three feet from a fire.

Prescribed Fire: Town of Cameron Mills, Steuben County: On April 24, Forest Rangers conducted a prescribed burn on 12 acres of heavy grass fuel inside the Cameron Mills State Forest. Forest Rangers and personnel from DEC's Division of Lands & Forests and Division of Fish & Wildlife, state fire wardens, volunteers, and an Excelsior Corps crew. A DEC drone was deployed to better document the activity and assist land managers in evaluating the effectiveness of the fire. Footage from the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will be used for training to further improve future prescribed burns.

 

VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR ANNUAL STREAM AND RIVER MONITORING: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is recruiting participants for the 2018 summer sampling season to conduct water quality assessments in streams and rivers as part of the State's Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project.

WAVE data collected by volunteers augment the work of DEC's Stream Biomonitoring Unit, which samples streams and rivers across the state to create an inventory of stream water quality. Citizen monitors will provide valuable information to assist in identifying healthy stream sites and flagging sites with potential water quality concerns. These data are included in federal and state water quality reports and help to target professional assessments and local restoration or conservation efforts to where they are most needed.

Participants visit stream sites once per year, anytime between July 1 and Sept. 30, and collect insects and other small organisms from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom. If six or more of the "Most Wanted" organisms are found, the stream segment is assessed as having no known impacts and fully supporting aquatic life. If mostly "Least Wanted" organisms are found, the stream segment is flagged for further evaluation.

All New Yorkers are eligible to participate in WAVE by following these simple steps:

Get trained in the WAVE method by visiting the WAVE Training Sessions Page.

Find a WAVE team. Contact wave@dec.ny.gov to learn about nearby WAVE teams.

Sign the WAVE waiver (PDF, 20KB). WAVE participants must sign and mail in the WAVE waiver to participate.

Get Equipment - A limited number of kick nets and sample vials are available through the Equipment Loan Program. Email wave@dec.ny.gov for an application.

Stay in the Loop. WAVE announcements are distributed through DEC's email list serve. To sign up, enter your email address in the blue "DEC Delivers" box

For more information, contact WAVE Coordinator Alene Onion by email: wave@dec.ny.gov.

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

MAY 2018

1 – Start of Spring Turkey Hunting Season (½ hour before sunrise till noon/ Bearded Birds Only) (>5-31)

4 – End of Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on Otselic River from mouth to Whitney Point Reservoir Dam, Susquehanna River in Binghamton between Rock Bottom Dam and Exchange Street Bridge, Susquehanna River in the towns of Union and Vestal from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad bridge downstream to Murphy's Island, Tioughnioga River from New York Route 26 bridge to US Route 11 bridge, Little Choconut Creek from mouth to Goudey Station Building (Broome County), Dutch Hollow Brook from Owasco Lake upstream to the Route 38A bridge (Cayuga County), Scriba Creek from mouth upstream to Fish Hatchery Dam (Oswego County)

4 - End of Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on North McMillan Creek and Conesus Inlet WMA from Conesus Lake South to the Dam (Livingston County) except the canal west of the inlet and that portion of the north of the canal.

4 - Central NY Friends of NRA Event at the Barbagallos Restaurant, 6344 East Molloy Road, E. Syracuse, NY (5:30 pm) (Cost: $45.00) (For information call James Middleton at 315-695-3981 or email: jmiddlet@twcny.rr.com)

4 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (7:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129) 

4 - Greater Lewiston Smelt Festival, at the Waterfront in Lewiston, N Y (near Niagara Falls). (5:00 pm) The highlight is the Friday night Smelt Dip and Fry conducted by the Niagara River Anglers Association on the waterfront starting at 6 p.m. Live music. This event is free to the public. (For more info check out www.niagarariverregion.com)

5 - Start of Statewide Fishing Season for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge, and Walleye (>3/15/19)

5 - Start of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County), the Chemung River and Tributaries and Tioga River (Chemung County) (>3/15/19)

5 - Steuben County Coon Hunters, Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 4082 Depot Street, Cameron, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Roger Barney at 607-695-9024  ten.sehguh@yenrab_jr)

5 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chautauqua Lake Chapter Dinner at the Frewsburg American Legion Post 556, 9 Meadow Lane, Frewsburg, 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 Patrick Hoover 716-489-6933)

5 - Greater Rochester Southern Tier QDMA Banquet at the Double Tree, E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY. (4:30 pm) (For information call David Perotto 585-410-5551.)

5 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s 12th Annual Wildlife Festival at the Montezuma Audubon Center, Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) KrittrKris & Feathered Friends, Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and Wildlife Rockstars will deliver animal programs throughout the day featuring owls, hawks, falcons, and mammals. Festival goers can get up close to these amazing animals, learn about their wild characteristics, and take a selfie! Another highlight of the festival will be the Wild Zone featuring fun for all ages. Everyone will love getting a bird’s eye view while climbing the 24 foot rock wall that offers different skill levels, from novice to expert, and provides a thrilling challenge. The professional magician and good-natured dean of green, Professor GreenPockets, will entertain audiences during the “Performing Bug Show” and “Magic of the Forest,” fun and enjoyable shows that promote habitat conservation, birds and other wildlife, and the protection of endangered species. Children will also enjoy jumping in the huge bounce house, making nature crafts and stained glass art, building a bluebird box, playing nature games and winning prizes! Wildlife enthusiasts can also fish their way to the backyard bass game and then fly over to see the dragons in the pond!  (Festival admission is $5/person, $20/family.) (For information call 315-365-3588, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.)

5 - Earth Day In May / I Love My Park Day at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) Keep the Earth Day spirit alive by caring for Reinstein Woods’ trails on I Love My Park Day. Scout groups and other organizations welcome.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

5 - Rick Marsi's Birding Hotspots HB993 at Cole Park/Chenango Valley State Park, Binghamton, NY (9:00 - 11:00 am) Join expert birder and naturalist Rick Marsi as he leads field trips to two new areas abounding with bird life. Not only learn birds by field mark and song, but discover wildflowers, trees, insects, and other life forms special to each area. The May 5th trip meets at Cole Park, the May 12th trip meets at Chenango Valley State Park at the Tween Lakes Pavilion. Students must provide their own transportation to field trip sites. This class meets for 2 Saturdays, May 5th and May 12th from 9-11am. (Cost: $59.00) (For information/register call 607-778-5012.)

5 - Bird Song ID walk with Daniel Dunn in IBM Glen, 1250 Robinson Hill Road, Endicott, NY (8:30 – 10:30 am) Learn how to identify birds by their songs and field marks. Walk is somewhat hilly in the upper forest of the IBM Glen. Learn how to identify birds by their songs and field marks.Walk is somewhat hilly in the upper forest of the IBM Glen. ($3.00/member, $4.00/non-member, $1.00 children.) (For information/to register call Waterman Center: 607-625-2221.)

5-6 - Oneida Lake Walleye Derby, sponsored by the Chittenango Lions Club. For more info go to www.Lionswalleyederby.org.

8 - Medicinal Herb Walk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (11:00 am) Learn the medicinal values of wild herbs growing along the trail. For adults and children ages 12 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

8 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - NE Lake Ontario Work Group at the Redwood Hill Preserve Trailside Learning Center, 44379 Stine Road, Redwood, NY (1:00 - 4:15 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA).  Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding.  RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Emily Sheridan, Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov, 315-785-2382.)

9 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - SE Lake Ontario Work Group at the Fair Haven State Park, Sabin Hall, 14985 State Park Rd, Sterling, NY (10:00 am - 1:30 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA).  Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding.  RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Emily Sheridan, Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov, 315-785-2382)

9 -13 - 2018 Wild Carp Classic – this event is sold out. Opening Ceremonies will be on May 9, 2018 with 50 teams registered. The winning team will be the one with the 10 largest carp over 50 pounds. The anglers will be fishing from spots along the river from the village of Baldwinsville down to Long Branch Park at Onondaga Lake. (For information email: Paul - paul@carpfishingny.com  or  Ginny - ginny@carpfishingny.com)

10 - Home School Nature Series:  Pond Life at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Who are these small aquatic critters and why are they in our ponds? Children ages 5-12 will use dip nests to search our ponds for marsh macroinvertebrates, tadpoles, and other pond critters while learning about their importance to wetland habitats and how we can assess the health of the habitat based on who lives there. Bring your water boots and be prepared to have fun and get wet! (Fee: $8/child.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

10 - Montezuma Birdwatching Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (5:00 - 8:00 pm)  The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with migratory songbirds, marsh birds, and other wildlife this time of year. Join us for an evening van tour through the Montezuma's marshes, forests and grasslands to explore the abundant wildlife as they prepare for their nocturnal activities. Bring your camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife. Binoculars and field guides provided. (Fee: $8.00/child, $15.00/adult.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.oLarg)

11-20 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Spring Trout and Salmon Derby 2018. 1st of 3 LOC Derbies offering over $30,000 in cash and prizes with a grand prize of $15,000 for the largest overall Salmon caught. (For more information call 888-733-5246 or visit their website at www.loc.org.)

12 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (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.)

12 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Phipps Road, Albion, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm Coonhound Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)

12 - Whitetails Unlimited – Lake Ontario Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Palmyra VFW Post 6778, 4306 Route 31, Palmyra, NY Deadline for ticket sales 5-5-18. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse - $25.00/Youth - $25.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Jim Cavallaro at 315-573-3330 or Pat Hall at 315-664-0195 or Bob Weller at 315-247-3662 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

12 - Extreme Raptors at the Waterman Conservation Education Center, 403 Hilton Road,Apalachin, NY (10:00 am, 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm) Amazing Aerial Extravaganza! Jonathan Wood’s entourage now includes raptors from every habitat on the planet including Arctic, Desert, Rainforest, Wetlands, Prairie, Woodlands and Tundra. The majority of these birds dwell in North American environs, yet some exotic species originate in Europe, Africa, Asia, Iceland and South America. They range in size from small falcons and owls weighing 2-3 ounces to majestic eagles with 7 and 8 foot wingspans. Recent additions include the endangered Aplomado falcon and Crested Caracara. Call our center or see our website to reserve your seats! (Cost $13 for members $15 non members children 6-12 half price under 5 is free) (RSVP Required call:607-625-2221 or book online: https://www.watermancenter.org/upcoming-events)

12 - Girl Scout Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Girl Scouts of all ages will learn about the importance of invasive species control, land management, and the birds that benefit from these activities. Girl Scouts will also help improve our forest habitats by removing Japanese Honeysuckle.  Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for getting dirty, and if possible, bring work gloves. All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $5/Scout) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

12 - Red Wiggler Worm Composting: Class #2 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Bring your starter kit back to see how your worms are composting, and construct a larger bin to transfer your worms and compost. (Materials $25, Friends of Reinstein Woods members $20.) (Class #3 = June 30) (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

12 - Warblers For Beginners at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Join us as we learn about and look for migrating warblers, the butterflies of the bird world. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

 

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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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.

 

WILL WE SEE IT IN NEW YORK? NATIONWIDE PRO-SECOND AMENDMENT STUDENT WALKOUT MAY 2ND:

 

On March 14, 2018, students walked out of their classes demanding more gun control.  Left-wing politicians and the media heaped praise on the kids for using their First Amendment right to protest our Second Amendment right.

Teachers and school administrators refused to discipline the students for the walk out.  They claimed that the lack of discipline wasn’t because the students shared the same anti-gun belief as themselves, they said that they didn’t punish the students because they were just exercising their rights on a topic they believed was important the country.

Many people on the right wondered if the students were pro-life or other issues that were important to the right if the administration would be as understanding.  It looks like we will get to find out.

On May 2, 2018, students from over 200 schools will stage the “Stand for your Second” walkout for 16 minutes in support of the Second Amendment.

Will Riley, a senior at Carlsbad High School in Carlsbad, New Mexico, organized the walkout. The student’s idea is to show that the media have been dishonest about young people’s beliefs.

“The media’s depiction of my generation as anti-Second Amendment is nothing less than lying by omission,” the 18-year-old student told me. “There are two sides to every story, and the mainstream media is trying hard to make sure only one is heard.”

Riley also believes even though that some students might be pro-gun control on their own fruition other were influenced by the well-funded anti-gun groups such as Moms Demand Action and the Brady Center.

“I think that while some students have more developed views that may be pro-gun control,” Riley told Ammoland. “Many of them turned to that solution in the wake of the tragedy at Parkland due to the well-funded presence of Anti-Constitution activists.”

The student activist was also able to pressure his school administration to allow the walkout since they let the anti-gun protest take place at the school.

“The school administration is allowing us to do it,” said Riley. “Since they allowed the anti-constitution walkout. However, there has been resistance in other places.”

Some on the left have attacked Riley and the movement as a whole while claiming that no one can attack David Hogg because he is a student.  KRQE reported that Riley doesn’t hunt or shoot.  This report is a claim that Riley denies.

Riley admits that he isn’t the biggest shooter in the world and that he only occasionally hunts, but he does do both.  What these left-wing media outlets don’t understand is that a person that stands up for our rights even if they don’t practice the rights themselves is still doing noble and just thing.

According to the organizers of the walkout, the list of schools participating is growing every day.  Even though there have been attacks on the legitimacy of the walkout and some resistance the students are undeterred.

(U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com) - http://patriotgunnews.com/2018/04/20/nationwide-pro-second-amendment-student-walkout-held-may-2nd/)

 

LEGISLATIVE ALERT: Assembly Bill A10428 has been introduced during the 2017-2018 Legislative Session by Assemblyperson Linda Rosenthal from Manhatten, NY. It is in the Assembly Education Committee. It calls for changes to the Education Law mandating  that public schools shall prohibit marksmanship and/or shooting programs.

“S  2.  The  education  law is amended by adding a new section 809-b to

read as follows:

  S 809-B. PROHIBITION OF MARKSMANSHIP AND/OR SHOOTING PROGRAMS.  1.  NO

PUBLIC SCHOOL SHALL OFFER MARKSMANSHIP AND/OR SHOOTING PROGRAMS.

  2. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, MARKSMANSHIP AND/OR SHOOTING PROGRAMS

SHALL  INCLUDE  ANY  COMPETITIVE  AND  RECREATIONAL  SPORTING ACTIVITIES

INVOLVING PROFICIENCY TESTS OF ACCURACY, PRECISION AND  SPEED  IN  USING

VARIOUS TYPES OF RANGED WEAPONS, SUCH AS FIREARMS AND AIR GUNS, IN FORMS

SUCH AS HANDGUNS, RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS AND/OR BOWS OR CROSSBOWS.

  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.”

Let your legislators know your feelings!

 

KUDOS TO STUDENT REGIONAL ARBOR DAY POSTER CONTEST WINNER: As part of a weeklong Earth Week tribute to New York's accomplishments and commitment to protecting our environment, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) joined partners today for a tree planting event at St. Stephen School in Grand Island, NY. At the event, DEC recognized the student regional poster contest winner. Jaden Campbell, a fifth grader from St. Stephen School, was recognized for her artwork and knowledge of 2018's theme, "Trees for Bees." A framed copy of the poster was presented to her at the event. Students from across Western New York participated in this year's poster contest.

"Jaden's exceptional artwork captured the importance of bees and other pollinators in our lives and the role that trees have in creating healthy ecosystems to support those pollinators," said Patrick Marren, DEC Region 9 Supervising Forester.

The poster selected to represent Region 9 in the statewide contest is chosen each year by Western New York ReLeaf, a group of volunteers from the region's community of forest professionals, not-for-profit groups, and government organizations interested in the benefits of urban forests.

earth day poster contest winner

Jaden Campbell shows off the American basswood
(Tilia americana) tree she helped plant
.

 

DRAFT INVASIVE SPECIES COMPREHENSIVE MANAGEMENT PLAN RELEASED: The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Agriculture and Markets (DAM) today announced the release of the State's draft Invasive Species Comprehensive Management Plan for public comment. The proposed plan is designed to minimize the introduction, establishment, and spread of invasive species throughout New York. Comments will be accepted through June 1, 2018.

Invasive species are non-native organisms that can cause harm to the environment, human health, and the economy.
The draft plan identifies eight objectives to limit the negative impacts of invasive species:

>Build partnerships and capacity while supporting effective ongoing programs;

>Develop a centralized framework for sharing invasive species information;

>Set priorities for invasive species management and preparedness;

>Engage and inform the public about invasive species;

>Advance prevention and early detection;

>Improve responsiveness to new invasions;

>Recover ecosystem resilience and services; and

>Evaluate and report progress, adapt to evolving circumstances.

The draft Invasive Species Comprehensive Management Plan may be downloaded from DEC's website. Comments may be sent to isinfo@dec.ny.gov or via mail to NYS DEC, Division of Lands and Forests, Invasive Species Coordination Section, 625 Broadway, Floor 5, Albany, NY 12233-4253.

 

REMINDER: RESIDENTIAL BRUSH BURNING PROHIBITED IN NEW YORK STATE THROUGH MAY 14: DEC Forest Rangers would like to remind the public that warming temperatures increase the potential for wildfires. Several small wildfires were reported across four counties this past week - Sullivan, Saratoga, Warren, and Suffolk counties. These small fires are indicative of typical spring wildfire activity, and as fuel conditions continue to dry out with the arrival of longer days and warmer temperatures, all New Yorkers are reminded that the state burn ban remains in effect through May 14. Be sure to check the daily updates to the state's Fire Danger Map and visit DEC's website for more information on the burn ban.

 

 

2017 ANGLER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS – TWO NEW STATE RECORDS: The State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC's) Angler Achievement Awards Program continues to gain popularity with New York anglers. The program recognizes anglers that catch freshwater fish that meet specific qualifying criteria. In addition to the official recognition of their catch, anglers receive a distinctive lapel pin commemorating their achievement. In 2017, two anglers qualified for record-breaking catches. Eric Scordo caught a 35 lb. 3 oz. channel catfish from Lake Ontario (Jefferson County) on April 29, 2017, and Jason Bair caught a 36-lb. freshwater drum from Oneida Lake (Oneida County) on June 16, 2017.

Other notable catches include an impressive 39-inch lake trout caught and released from Lake Erie (Chautauqua County), a 7 lb. 10 oz. largemouth bass caught from Loch Sheldrake Lake (Sullivan County), and a 58-inch muskellunge caught and released from the St. Lawrence River (Jefferson County).

The program's three categories are: Catch & Release, Annual Award (kept fish), and State Record. With 43 eligible fish species, the possibilities for anglers of all skill levels to participate are endless. In addition to providing deserved recognition to those anglers catching trophy fish, the program provides a useful snapshot of the quality of the state's freshwater fishery.

In 2017, 150 entries were submitted with more than 80 percent qualified under the Catch and Release Category, indicating the sound stewardship ethic of New York's anglers. New York's most popular sportfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, made up most of the species submissions. Forty-five of New York's 62 counties were represented in entries submitted last year-a great example of the abundant fishing opportunities throughout New York State.

Further information on DEC's Angler Achievement Awards Program, including a downloadable application form can be found on DEC's website. Full program details and an entry form can also be found in DEC's Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide. For additional information on the Angler Achievement Awards Program contact (518) 402-8891 or email fwfish@dec.ny.gov.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Season Opener Fishing Derby - Monroe County: On April 2, Lt. Bruce Hummel and ECOs Eoin Snowdon and John Rich participated in the annual season opening fishing derby at Powder Mills Park in the town of Perinton. This popular event has been enjoyed by generations of families for many years, and a number of young anglers came away with trophy catches.


Lt. Hummel with proud young anglers
Lt. Hummel with proud young anglers

 

 

EMPIRE FORESTS FOR THE FUTURE INITIATIVE: EFFI is a multi-part program with the goal of protecting and enhancing the health, quality, and sustainability of trees and forests across New York State. The EFFI proposal would reform and expand New York's forest tax incentive law to increase sustainable production of timber on private property for the forest products industry, encourage preservation of open space, and to reimburse localities a portion of their tax shift resulting from this law; implement a timber harvest notification system; create a state wood product procurement preference; and establish two new grant programs to provide resources for municipalities and private forest owners to secure and/or manage forest lands.

The initiative follows through on a proposal made by Governor Cuomo in his 2017 State of the State message and recognizes that when coupled with State land acquisition, protecting and sustaining New York's private forest lands and developing municipally managed community forests are critical components in the fight against climate change and supporting the state's economy. Private forests account for three-quarters of New York's 19 million acres of forest land.

Under the current tax law program established in 1974, forest owners with more than 50 eligible forested acres receive an exemption of 80 percent from local real property taxes by agreeing to a strict work schedule of forest management practices on all acres of enrolled forests. The new program would lower the minimum number of acres to 25, and offer the opportunity for properties certified by a third party as sustainably managed forest land or that undertake a DEC-approved forest management practice to enter the program, as well as require land owners to commit not to developing the property.

The new law would provide a 70 percent reduction for sustainably certified properties and a 40 percent exemption from local property taxes for undertaking forest management practices and ease the tax shift burden on local governments by reimbursing taxing entities if the impact of exempt property in the program affects the assessment roll by more than one percent. The proposed changes were developed to encourage more enrollment in this forest protection and utilization program by forest land owners.

The EFFI proposal also includes a harvest notification component that would require DEC notification of any commercial timber harvest covering an area of 10 or more acres. The notification would provide DEC with important information about the location and extent of timber harvesting in the state and allow DEC to monitor the long-term sustainability of New York's privately held forest resources that provide most of the timber used by the state's $23 billion forest products industry. Notification also provides a mechanism to combat the unwanted movement of invasive insect and disease outbreaks such as Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Long Horned Beetle, and the Spotted Lantern Fly.

EFFI provides for a new Community Forestry grant opportunity to expand public forest land holdings; the proposed EPF budget includes $500,000 for this program as well as $500,000 for a new cost-share program for landowners to better manage their forestlands and open space.

If approved in the 2019 State budget, both the new forest tax law and the community forest and forest practices assistance programs will be expected to be available starting March 1, 2019, or earlier.

For more information on EFFI, including all the components of the proposed initiative and a breakdown of the tax law changes, visit DEC's website.

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

APRIL 2018

27 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oswego River Chapter Dinner at the Oasis at Thunder Island, Route 48. Fulton, NY. A great time to help raise vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Bruce Bailey   315-695-5113   dinlepuss@hotmail.com)

27 – ARBOR DAY in New York State

27 - Concealed Carry Class - Legal Heat at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 37+ states. Legal Heat's concealed carry class covers firearms safety, handling, transportation, storage, ammunition, self-defense and firearms laws, concealed carry techniques and much more. Legal Heat’s firearm training instructors are all NRA and Utah BCI certified, insured and among the most highly experienced in the industry and can answer your CCW questions. This course typically runs approximately 4 hours. This Legal Heat course does not have a test€or range requirement. The Utah and Arizona permits are open to residents of any state and can be applied for by mail. You do NOT have to reside in the state of UT or AZ to qualify to apply for their concealed carry permits. Register TODAY for this fun and informative class. Seating may be limited. (For information go to  https://mylegalheat.com/cabelasor call 877-252-1055 ) (This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet.) (DO NOT BRING FIREARMS OR AMMUNITON INTO THE CLASSROOM.)

27 - Home School Nature Series:  Who’s Hiding Under those Logs?  at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Who’s hiding under that log?  Why are vernal pools important for reptiles and amphibians?  Homeschooled children ages 5-12 will find answers to these questions while exploring our wetland woods to see who lives in this unique habitat. Plan on getting dirty, so long pants and muck boots are recommended.  (Fee: $8/child.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

28 - Derby Hill Hawk Watch Trip, meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Visit Lake Ontario for the spectacular spring raptor migration and leave the driving to us. Travel in the Montezuma Audubon Center van to witness thousands of broad-winged hawks, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles and many more! If weather conditions do not cooperate, the program will be moved to Friday, April 25. This program is offered in cooperation with the Onondaga Audubon Society. Pack a lunch. (Fee: $18.00/child, $25.00/adult) Space is limited for all programs and pre-paid registration is required. (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

28 - Girl Scout Outdoor Art Maker at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Daisy Scouts will explore the outdoors and use natural objects to make different kinds of art projects. From a blue sky to a bird’s song, nature can give you lots of ideas for art. Please be prepared to go outside and dress for the weather.  All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $7/Scout) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

28 - NY BASS Nation - Take a Soldier Fishing at Oneida Shores Park 9400 Bartell Road • Brewerton, NY (8:30 am – 1:00 pm) The event provides a soldier assigned to the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum an opportunity to enjoy a day of free fishing on Oneida Lake. Over 100 boat captains volunteer to take out 170 soldiers on the water annually. The soldiers will be paired two to a boat with the volunteer captains for a half day of fishing. When they will return to Oneida Shores for the official weigh-in. After the weigh-in, all participants will be treated to a free, BBQ-style luncheon, followed by awards and prizes for the biggest fish caught in several categories: bowfin, carp, catfish, drum and panfish (perch, bluegill and rock bass). (For information call 315-408-7622)

28 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Lyons Road (Route 14N), Geneva, NY (9:30 am) Shotguns, rifles, handguns, military, decoys, knives, mounts, fishing, ammo and swords. (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

28 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Drumlins Chapter Dinner at Donselaars, Route 31-10257, Clyde, 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 Mark Salerno  315-879-8960   msalerno@marshallfarms.com)

28 - Outdoor Skills Workshop For Women at the Dewitt Fish and Game Club, Woodchuck Hill Road, Dewitt, NY  Introductory classes include archery, rifle, shotgun, fishing, camping, map and compass and many more. This is a free event but pre-registration is required as space is limited and it fills quickly. Offered by Women in Nature (WIN), and the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. (For more information or to register, go to http://www.federationofsportsmen.com/wp/)

28 - Pompey Rod & Gun Club Show at the Club, Swift Road, Pompey, NY (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For more info call Robert Fallert 315-656-8810.)

28 - Western New York Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet at the Bartlett Country Club, Olean, NY. (4:00 pm) (For information contact Calvin J. Clark at 585-567-8991.)

28 - Cabela’s Ladies’ Day Out at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) - ** The Perfect Bow - Stop by the Archery Range to find a new bow with a perfect fit. Plus, test your archery skills in the range for a chance to win a cool prize! ** Handgun Basics - Maybe you're on the fence about owning a handgun, or perhaps you're weighing your options and looking for the perfect fit. We'll break down the basics and help you find your perfect match. ** Work Sharp Demo - Having a sharp knife saves you time. We'll show you how to properly sharpen a knife, whether it's a serrated or a regular blade, a hunting knife or one of your kitchen knives. Pick up on common sharpening practices along with other maintenance tips. Plus, thanks to our friends at Work Sharp, join us for a chance to win a new Work Sharp sharpener. ** Casting Perfection - Our professional Outfitters will show you everything you need to know from equipment to the proper techniques to get you casting in no time. (For information call 716-608-4770)

28 - Whitetails Unlimited – Broome County Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Knights of Columbus, 136 Park Avenue, Binghamton, NY. Deadline for ticket sales 4–25-18. (Cost: Adult - $50.00/Spouse - $30.00/Youth - $30.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Adam 607-279-0227 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

28 - Spring Wild Edibles: The Hunt for the Wild Leek at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY (10:30 am – 12:30 pm) Join us as we celebrate spring by foraging for and cooking with early, wild, edible plants. Learn how to identify, ethically harvest, and prepare a wild treat with campfire cooking. Meet in the lower parking lot. Program for ages 10 and up. (Cost: $6 for members; $9 for public.) (For information call 315- 673-1350 or email info@baltimorewoods.org)

28-29 - Niagara Frontier - Hamburg Gun Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 S Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York ((9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 300 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $7.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (90 Tables) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  nfgshows@aol.com)

29-30 - Greater Wellsville Trout Derby, Genesee River. (For information/register go online to www.Trout-Derby.com.)

 

MAY 2018

1 – Start of Spring Turkey Hunting Season (½ hour before sunrise till noon/ Bearded Birds Only) (>5-31)

2 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - Lake Erie Work Group at the Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Rd, Lackawanna, NY (1:00 – 4:15 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA).  Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding.  RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070)

3 -  Great Lakes Action Agenda - SW Lake Ontario Work Group at the Tinker Nature Park, Hansen Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, Pittsford, NY (9:00 am – 12:15 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA).  Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding.  RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070)

3 – Fly Fishing for Bass at the Monroe County Powder Mill Park Fish Hatchery, 115 Park Rd, Pittsford, NY (7:00 pm) The presentation by Kirk Klingensmith (President of Twin Tiers Five Rivers chapter of Fly Fishers International) is intended to overview bass fly fishing – for both smallmouth and largemouth. His advice will be helpful to our local waters – but will also introduce to some exceptional watersheds in the Twin Tiers regions. Kirk will cover bass behavior, techniques, fly selection, and successful approaches. (For information call Jeff Jakubowski 585-413-7087)

3 -  The Bird Banding Project at Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, PO Box 133, Marcellus, NY (10:00 – 11:00 am)  Alison Kocek, one of our bird banders, will share the results of last year’s banding efforts, this year’s plans, and insights into how bird banding efforts help scientists and land managers help the birds. This program will include an indoor presentation and an easy walk outside. Program for adults. ($6.00 for members; $9.00 for public.) (For information call 315-673-1350 or email  info@baltimorewoods.org)

4 – End of Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on Otselic River from mouth to Whitney Point Reservoir Dam, Susquehanna River in Binghamton between Rock Bottom Dam and Exchange Street Bridge, Susquehanna River in the towns of Union and Vestal from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad bridge downstream to Murphy's Island, Tioughnioga River from New York Route 26 bridge to US Route 11 bridge, Little Choconut Creek from mouth to Goudey Station Building (Broome County), Dutch Hollow Brook from Owasco Lake upstream to the Route 38A bridge (Cayuga County), Scriba Creek from mouth upstream to Fish Hatchery Dam (Oswego County)

4 - End of Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on North McMillan Creek and Conesus Inlet WMA from Conesus Lake South to the Dam (Livingston County) except the canal west of the inlet and that portion of the north of the canal.

4 - Central NY Friends of NRA Event at the Barbagallos Restaurant, 6344 East Molloy Road, E. Syracuse, NY (5:30 pm) (Cost: $45.00) (For information call James Middleton at 315-695-3981 or email: jmiddlet@twcny.rr.com)

4 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (7:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129) 

4 - Greater Lewiston Smelt Festival, at the Waterfront in Lewiston, N Y (near Niagara Falls). (5:00 pm) The highlight is the Friday night Smelt Dip and Fry conducted by the Niagara River Anglers Association on the waterfront starting at 6 p.m. Live music. This event is free to the public. (For more info check out www.niagarariverregion.com)

5 - Start of Statewide Fishing Season for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge, and Walleye (>3/15/19)

5 - Start of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County), the Chemung River and Tributaries and Tioga River (Chemung County) (>3/15/19)

5 - Steuben County Coon Hunters, Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 4082 Depot Street, Cameron, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Roger Barney at 607-695-9024  ten.sehguh@yenrab_jr)

5 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chautauqua Lake Chapter Dinner at the Frewsburg American Legion Post 556, 9 Meadow Lane, Frewsburg, 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 Patrick Hoover 716-489-6933)

5 - Greater Rochester Southern Tier QDMA Banquet at the Double Tree, E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY. (4:30 pm) (For information call David Perotto 585-410-5551.)

5 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s 12th Annual Wildlife Festival at the Montezuma Audubon Center, Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) KrittrKris & Feathered Friends, Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and Wildlife Rockstars will deliver animal programs throughout the day featuring owls, hawks, falcons, and mammals. Festival goers can get up close to these amazing animals, learn about their wild characteristics, and take a selfie! Another highlight of the festival will be the Wild Zone featuring fun for all ages. Everyone will love getting a bird’s eye view while climbing the 24 foot rock wall that offers different skill levels, from novice to expert, and provides a thrilling challenge. The professional magician and good-natured dean of green, Professor GreenPockets, will entertain audiences during the “Performing Bug Show” and “Magic of the Forest,” fun and enjoyable shows that promote habitat conservation, birds and other wildlife, and the protection of endangered species. Children will also enjoy jumping in the huge bounce house, making nature crafts and stained glass art, building a bluebird box, playing nature games and winning prizes! Wildlife enthusiasts can also fish their way to the backyard bass game and then fly over to see the dragons in the pond!  (Festival admission is $5/person, $20/family.) (For information call 315-365-3588, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.)

5 - Annual Wildlife Festival at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) Join us for our largest event of the year which will feature a great lineup of family-friendly activities including food trucks, a 24’ tall rock wall, animal presentations, live music, nature-based magic shows, a bounce house, local art vendors, conservation exhibitors, a native plant sale, bird box building, guided birdwatching walks and canoeing excursions. (Cost: $5.00/$20.00 family)(For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

5 - Earth Day In May / I Love My Park Day at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) Keep the Earth Day spirit alive by caring for Reinstein Woods’ trails on I Love My Park Day. Scout groups and other organizations welcome.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

5 - Rick Marsi's Birding Hotspots HB993 at Cole Park/Chenango Valley State Park, Binghamton, NY (9:00 - 11:00 am) Join expert birder and naturalist Rick Marsi as he leads field trips to two new areas abounding with bird life. Not only learn birds by field mark and song, but discover wildflowers, trees, insects, and other life forms special to each area. The May 5th trip meets at Cole Park, the May 12th trip meets at Chenango Valley State Park at the Tween Lakes Pavilion. Students must provide their own transportation to field trip sites. This class meets for 2 Saturdays, May 5th and May 12th from 9-11am. (Cost: $59.00) (For information/register call 607-778-5012.)

5 - Bird Song ID walk with Daniel Dunn in IBM Glen, 1250 Robinson Hill Road, Endicott, NY (8:30 – 10:30 am) Learn how to identify birds by their songs and field marks. Walk is somewhat hilly in the upper forest of the IBM Glen. Learn how to identify birds by their songs and field marks.Walk is somewhat hilly in the upper forest of the IBM Glen. ($3.00/member, $4.00/non-member, $1.00 children.) (For information/to register call Waterman Center: 607-625-2221.)

5-6 - Oneida Lake Walleye Derby, sponsored by the Chittenango Lions Club. For more info go to www.Lionswalleyederby.org.

 

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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4 – 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.

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION ON HABITAT MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR CONESUS INLET AND HONEOYE CREEK WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS – APRIL 24: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is hosting a public information session to provide information and answer questions about recently completed habitat management plans for Conesus Inlet Wildlife Management Area (WMA), in the town of Conesus, Livingston County, and Honeoye Creek WMA, in the town of Richmond, Ontario County.

The session will take place on Tuesday, April 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the conference room at the DEC Region 8 Headquarters, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon. An open house is scheduled for 6:30 - 7 p.m., followed by a formal presentation. The DEC Region 8 Headquarters conference room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact DEC Biologist Michael Palermo at (585) 226-5383 with any specific requests for accommodations.

Conesus Inlet WMA is directly south of Conesus Lake, and consists of 1,142 acres that are primarily wetland. Wetland habitats on the WMA are extensive and diverse, composed of emergent marsh, scrub-shrub swamp, and forested wetlands.
Honeoye Creek WMA consists of 749 acres and habitats are primarily upland, composed of grassland and agricultural fields interspersed with hedgerows and fragmented patches of shrubland and forest. Approximately 100 acres of wetland also occur on Honeoye Creek WMA.

Habitat management goals for the two WMAs are to maintain a diversity of wetland and upland habitats that benefit a wide range of resident and migrating wildlife species, including several rare and declining species. DEC will continue to actively manage these WMAs to benefit wildlife using best management practices. Planned management activities include: (1) timber harvests to improve forest health; (2) maintenance of wetland impoundments; (3) mowing and replanting grassland fields; and (4) controlling invasive plant species.

The meeting will include a presentation about the history of management on these WMAs, specific activities and locations for planned management actions, a brief overview of DEC's Young Forest Initiative, and a question and answer period.

The habitat management plan for Conesus Inlet WMA can be found on DEC's website. The habitat management plan for Honeoye Creek WMA can be found on DEC's website. For more information about this event please call (585) 226-5383.

 

OPENING OF SPRING TURKEY SEASON ON MAY 1 / YOUTH TURKEY HUNT WEEKEND APRIL 21-22: Spring turkey season opens May 1 in all of upstate New York north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary and the annual youth turkey hunting weekend is scheduled for this weekend (April 21-22). The youth turkey hunt for junior hunters ages 12-15 is open in all of upstate New York and Suffolk County. With reproductive success below the long-term average in 2016 and 2017, coupled with harsh winter conditions this year, it is anticipated that the spring harvest will be down from last year. However, good hunting opportunities can be found throughout the state, particularly in regions with good nesting and poult success the last two years (reports from DEC's Summer Turkey Sighting Survey can be viewed on DEC's webpage).

Almost 6,000 junior hunters harvested an estimated 1,600 birds during the two-day youth-only hunt in 2017. The estimated turkey harvest for spring 2017 was about 17,500 birds.

Important Details for the Spring Turkey Season, May 1 through 31, 2018:

>Hunting is permitted in most areas of the state, except for New York City and Long Island.

>Hunters must have a turkey hunting permit in addition to their hunting license.

>Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to noon each day

>Hunters may take two bearded turkeys during the spring season, but only one bird per day.

>Hunters may not use rifles or handguns firing a bullet. Hunters may hunt with a shotgun or handgun loaded with shot sizes no larger than No. 2 or smaller than No. 8, or with a bow or crossbow.

>Successful hunters must fill out the tag that comes with their turkey permit and immediately attach it to any turkey harvested.

>Successful hunters must report their harvest within seven days of taking a bird. Call 1-866-426-3778 (1-866 GAMERPT) or report harvest online on DEC's website.

For more information about turkey hunting in New York, see the 2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or visit the "Turkey Hunting" pages of DEC's website.

New York has an extremely safety-conscious generation of hunters, largely due to the annual efforts of more than 3,000 dedicated volunteer hunter education instructors. DEC suggests hunters follow the cardinal rules of hunting safety: assume every gun is loaded; control the muzzle; keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot; be absolutely sure of your target and what may be beyond it; and don't stalk. DEC recommends that hunters are set up with their backs against a large tree and call birds. To find a hunter education class in your area, visit DEC's website or call 1-888-HUNT-ED2 (1-888-486-8332).

Citizen Science Opportunities:
DEC Seeks Turkey Hunters for Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey - Turkey hunters in pursuit of that wary gobbler in the spring are ideally suited for monitoring ruffed grouse during the breeding season. Turkey hunters can record the number of grouse they hear drumming while afield to help DEC track the distribution and abundance of this game bird. To get a Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey form, visit DEC's website or call (518) 402-8883.

To participate in DEC's Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey or other wildlife surveys, visit the "Citizen Science" page of the DEC website.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT WANTED ON DRAFT LOWER SALMON RIVER RESTORATION AND RECREATION ENHANCEMENT PLAN: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced the release of the Draft Lower Salmon River Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Plan to guide management of the newly designated Lower Salmon River State Forest, part of the acquisition of more than 6,000 acres of protected land in Oswego County.

The Salmon River in northern Oswego County is home to one of New York's premier sportfishing destinations for trophy-sized trout and salmon. DEC recently acquired approximately 1,700 acres of land adjacent to the lower Salmon River as part of a settlement agreement with National Grid (formerly Niagara Mohawk) to strengthen protection of vital natural resources and expand opportunities for public access to the fisheries.

DEC dedicated $500,000 from the Lake Ontario Sportfishing Restoration Natural Resource Damages settlement to river restoration and trail enhancement and development projects along the lower Salmon River. DEC, with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partners, is proposing to restore habitat for fish and other aquatic organisms, stabilize eroding river banks by building in-stream restoration structures, and improve the trail system to protect, conserve, and enhance this incredible fishery for current and future generations of anglers.

The draft Lower Salmon River Restoration and Recreation Enhancement Plan is currently available on DEC's website. DEC will accept comments until May 10, 2018 and staff will be available to answer questions and explain the plan during an open house on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The public is welcome to stop by any time from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at DEC's Salmon River Fish Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY 13302.

DEC also encourages the public to comment on the draft Salmon River Fisheries Management Plan, available on DEC's website. Comments on this draft plan will be accepted until April 23, 2018.

To comment on the plans, send an email with the appropriate subject line, either "Lower Salmon River Restoration Plan" or "Salmon River Fisheries Plan," to fwfish7@dec.ny.gov Written comments may also be sent via U.S. Mail to: David Lemon, Regional Fisheries Manager, NYSDEC Region 7, 1285 Fisher Road,Cortland, New York 13045.  

 

KUDOS:  New York teen, Alex Gould of Tonawanda, is among 64 high school anglers from across the country named to the 2018 Bassmaster High School All State Fishing Team. Alex was the lone New York angler selected for the team. Students were selected for the honor based on their success in bass tournament competition, academic achievement and leadership in conservation and community service.

 

LAKE STURGEON RECOVERY PLAN WILL HELP GUIDE RECOVERY EFFORTS OVER NEXT DECADE: Lake Sturgeon have been listed as a threatened species in New York since 1983, and this plan will provide DEC and partners with a clear blueprint to achieve recovery of this ancient fish within our waters. This report is the culmination of dedicated work by DEC staff and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Cornell University, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, and others, including the New York Power Authority, since recovery activities began in 1992.

The purpose of this recovery plan is to ensure perpetuation of the species in the state, restore self-sustaining populations, and remove the species from the threatened species list in New York. The plan sets clear metrics to demonstrated recovery in six of the seven management units across the species' range in the state. DEC anticipates the agency will gather enough evidence of recovery of lake sturgeon to initiate removal from the list of threatened species in New York no later than 2024.

A summary of comments is included in the final Lake Sturgeon Recovery Plan, and are available on DEC's website.

Lake sturgeon were once abundant in New York, but commercial fishing, dam building, and habitat loss decimated populations. Today the fish can still be found in Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, Grasse River, Oswegatchie River, and Black Lake, as well as Lake Champlain, Cayuga Lake, Oneida Lake, Seneca River, and the Cayuga Canal. While sturgeon numbers have improved, their populations are still low compared to historical levels both in New York and the rest of the Great Lakes states. It is estimated that fishing removed 80 percent of the sturgeon from Lake Erie by 1900. Sturgeon were once prized for their meat and caviar and constituted an important industry in the state.

Lake Sturgeon are native to the Mississippi River Basin, Great Lakes Basin, and Hudson Bay region of North America. They are the largest fish native to the Great Lakes, growing up to seven or more feet in length and achieving weights of up to 300 pounds. A specimen that was 7 ft. 4 in. long and weighed 240 pounds was found in Lake Erie in 1998.

Lake sturgeon from New York's inland waters are smaller on average and may grow to three to five feet in length and about 80 pounds as adults. Male sturgeon become sexually mature between eight and 12 years of age and may live as long as 55 years. Females become sexually mature between 14 and 33 years of age and live as long as 80 to 150 years. The slow rate of maturity and reproduction make the fish particularly vulnerable to overfishing.

For more information on lake sturgeon visit these pages:

Lake Sturgeon Fact Sheet

Lake Sturgeon Restoration

Great Lakes Lake Sturgeon Collaboration (leaves DEC's webpage)

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Illegal Waterfowl Shooting - Wyoming County
On March 31, ECO RJ Ward responded to a complaint in the town of Gainesville that someone had shot and killed a hooded merganser in a small farm pond across the road from the caller's residence. The caller spotted a vehicle pull onto a farm road adjacent to the pond; the passenger in the vehicle fired several rounds. Both occupants then exited the vehicle and fired an additional round at the merganser. The subjects left the area before the complainant obtained any information other than a description of the vehicle. ECO Ward responded to the scene, collected the merganser, and located several .223 shotgun casings. While the officer was interviewing nearby residents, he observed a vehicle matching the description drive by and attempt to flee. ECO Ward gave chase, stopped the vehicle, and interviewed the occupants. The subjects admitted to firing several rounds at Canada Geese from the passenger seat, and when the geese flew away, only the merganser remained and they used the shotgun to dispatch it. The officer collected a shotgun between the front seats, a rifle in the back seat, and another loaded rifle in the back of the truck. The subjects were charged with possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, taking wildlife with the aid of a motor vehicle, hunting with an autoloader capable of holding more than six rounds, hunting waterfowl during the closed season, hunting waterfowl without a duck stamp, failure to hunt waterfowl with non-toxic projectiles, and wanton waste.

ECO standing by an ECO police truck
ECO Ward with the illegally killed merganser

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

APRIL 2018

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Genesee Local Chapter Dinner at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY. (6:00 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 Terry Young  585-343-8350  tyoung14143@gmail.com)  

20 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (7:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/8:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129)

20 - Wyoming County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse Sage Road, Warsaw, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information contact Nick Jennings  585-993-0145  moc.oohay@12sgninnej.kcin

21 - Cattaraugus County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 10491 Route 240, West Valley, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Chris Deperro  716-570-6798  moc.oohay@orrepedsirhc

21 - Steuben County Coon Hunters, Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 4082 Depot Street, Cameron, NY (5:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Roger Barney at 607-695-9024  ten.sehguh@yenrab_jr)

21 - First Annual Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show at the Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center, 30 Lake Shore Dr E, Dunkirk, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) (For information call 716-366-3000 ext. 420 or email mpatton@observertoday.com.)

21 - Southtowns Walleye Club Fundraiser at the Club, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY. (4:00 – 6:00 pm) This event is for the benefit the New York State Conservation Council. (For information and tickets contact Dan at 716-655-0975.)

21 - Bison City Rod & Gun Flea Market at the Club, 511 Ohio St, Buffalo, NY (8:00 am – 1:30 pm) Admission free, Tables are free on a first come basis, Setup will begin at 7 AM. Bring your old, used or new sporting equipment to sell. Due to NY Safe Act, no guns may be displayed or sold. Loading equipment and components may be sold (powder, shot, primers, brass and bullets), live ammo may be sold: shotgun, pistol and rifle. (For information call: Fred Langdon or Willie Sieber at 716- 260-3240)

21 - Pruning Shrubs and Trees with Confidence HB172 at the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, 60 Morgan Road, Binghamton, NY (9:00 am – 12:30 pm) No need to fear the shear! Ever wonder if your pruning has encouraged or discouraged the flowering or growth of your favorite shrub? This training offers classroom and hands-on instruction on making proper pruning cuts, technique development, proper equipment selections, and practical applications for pruning three different types of woody shrubs: tree form shrubs, spreading shrubs, and conifers for your gardening goals. Participants will practice what they have learned by pruning specimen plants in the Story Garden under the supervision of the instructor. Participants will also take home a variety of woody stems that can be forced for indoor bloom and have the option to buy a quality hand pruner. Come dressed for the weather. (Cost: $50.00) (For information/register call 607-778-5012.)

21 - 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)

21 - Whitetails Unlimited – Stonybrook Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Dansville Fire Department, 11 Franklin Street, Dansville, NY Deadline for ticket sales 4–17-18. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse - $25.00/Youth - $25.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Shannon Griese at 585-739-1779 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

21 - 22nd Annual Niagara Frontier Friends of the NRA Banquet at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew, NY (5:00 pm) (Cost: $50.00) Half of the proceeds raised comes back into the area for grant programs involved with the shooting sports. (For information call Georgina Grosofsky at 716-866-7656 or email friendsofnrageorgina@gmail.com)

21 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Tri-County Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Ramada Inn, 2310 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, 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 Scott Wilcox at 607-533-4707)

21 – Earth Day Celebration at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm) It’s Earth Day! Come celebrate at a fun and educational event, including info booths on home energy, recycling, crafts, guided nature walks, live animal shows, and a special live performance of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Program for ages 3 and up. Free to the public. (For information call 315- 673-1350 or email info@baltimorewoods.org)

21 - Woods Walk: Spring Wildflowers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (11:00 am) Join a guided nature walk to search for the early wildflowers of spring. (For information call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21 - Birding 101: Class #4 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Who’s in the pond? And who’s hiding in the reeds? Learn about local ducks and wetland birds. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21-22 – Spring Youth Turkey Hunt (Details page 46 17-18 Hunting & Trapping Guide)

21-22 - New York State Arms Collectors Syracuse Gun Show, New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center, 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse. (9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday/ 9:00 am-3:00 pm Sunday) (For information call 607-748-1010 or go to http://www.syracusegunshow.com/)

23 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chautauqua Chapter Dinner at the Lakewood Rod & Gun, 433 E. Terrace Avenue, Lakewood, NY. 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 Patrick Hoover 716-489-6933)

24 - A public information session to provide information on the completed habitat management plans for Conesus Inlet Wildlife Management Area (WMA), in the Town of Conesus, Livingston County, and Honeoye Creek WMA, in the Town of Richmond, Ontario County at the DEC Region 8 Headquarters, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY. (6:30 – 8:00 pm) The habitat management plan for Conesus Inlet WMA can be found on DEC's website. The habitat management plan for Honeoye Creek WMA can be found on DEC's website. (For more information about this event please call 585-226-5383.)

25 - CNY Wildfowlers Assoc. Banquet at Traditions at the Links, Syracuse, NY. (6:00 pm) (For information call Ron Falkowski 315-440-8201.)

27 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oswego River Chapter Dinner at the Oasis at Thunder Island, Route 48. Fulton, NY. A great time to help raise vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Bruce Bailey   315-695-5113   dinlepuss@hotmail.com)

27 – ARBOR DAY in New York State

27 - Concealed Carry Class - Legal Heat at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 37+ states. Legal Heat's concealed carry class covers firearms safety, handling, transportation, storage, ammunition, self-defense and firearms laws, concealed carry techniques and much more. Legal Heat’s firearm training instructors are all NRA and Utah BCI certified, insured and among the most highly experienced in the industry and can answer your CCW questions. This course typically runs approximately 4 hours. This Legal Heat course does not have a test€or range requirement. The Utah and Arizona permits are open to residents of any state and can be applied for by mail. You do NOT have to reside in the state of UT or AZ to qualify to apply for their concealed carry permits. Register TODAY for this fun and informative class. Seating may be limited. (For information go to  https://mylegalheat.com/cabelasor call 877-252-1055 ) (This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet.) (DO NOT BRING FIREARMS OR AMMUNITON INTO THE CLASSROOM.)

27 - Home School Nature Series:  Who’s Hiding Under those Logs?  at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Who’s hiding under that log?  Why are vernal pools important for reptiles and amphibians?  Homeschooled children ages 5-12 will find answers to these questions while exploring our wetland woods to see who lives in this unique habitat. Plan on getting dirty, so long pants and muck boots are recommended.  (Fee: $8/child.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

28 - Derby Hill Hawk Watch Trip, meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Visit Lake Ontario for the spectacular spring raptor migration and leave the driving to us. Travel in the Montezuma Audubon Center van to witness thousands of broad-winged hawks, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles and many more! If weather conditions do not cooperate, the program will be moved to Friday, April 25. This program is offered in cooperation with the Onondaga Audubon Society. Pack a lunch. (Fee: $18.00/child, $25.00/adult) Space is limited for all programs and pre-paid registration is required. (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

28 - Girl Scout Outdoor Art Maker at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Daisy Scouts will explore the outdoors and use natural objects to make different kinds of art projects. From a blue sky to a bird’s song, nature can give you lots of ideas for art. Please be prepared to go outside and dress for the weather.  All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $7/Scout) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

28 - NY BASS Nation - Take a Soldier Fishing at Oneida Shores Park 9400 Bartell Road • Brewerton, NY (8:30 am – 1:00 pm) The event provides a soldier assigned to the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum an opportunity to enjoy a day of free fishing on Oneida Lake. Over 100 boat captains volunteer to take out 170 soldiers on the water annually. The soldiers will be paired two to a boat with the volunteer captains for a half day of fishing. When they will return to Oneida Shores for the official weigh-in. After the weigh-in, all participants will be treated to a free, BBQ-style luncheon, followed by awards and prizes for the biggest fish caught in several categories: bowfin, carp, catfish, drum and panfish (perch, bluegill and rock bass). (For information call 315-408-7622)

28 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Lyons Road (Route 14N), Geneva, NY (9:30 am) Shotguns, rifles, handguns, military, decoys, knives, mounts, fishing, ammo and swords. (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

28 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Drumlins Chapter Dinner at Donselaars, Route 31-10257, Clyde, 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 Mark Salerno  315-879-8960   msalerno@marshallfarms.com)

28 - Outdoor Skills Workshop For Women at the Dewitt Fish and Game Club, Woodchuck Hill Road, Dewitt, NY  Introductory classes include archery, rifle, shotgun, fishing, camping, map and compass and many more. This is a free event but pre-registration is required as space is limited and it fills quickly. Offered by Women in Nature (WIN), and the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. (For more information or to register, go to http://www.federationofsportsmen.com/wp/)

28 - Pompey Rod & Gun Club Show at the Club, Swift Road, Pompey, NY (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For more info call Robert Fallert 315-656-8810.)

28 - Western New York Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet at the Bartlett Country Club, Olean, NY. (4:00 pm) (For information contact Calvin J. Clark at 585-567-8991.)

28 - Cabela’s Ladies’ Day Out at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) - ** The Perfect Bow - Stop by the Archery Range to find a new bow with a perfect fit. Plus, test your archery skills in the range for a chance to win a cool prize! ** Handgun Basics - Maybe you're on the fence about owning a handgun, or perhaps you're weighing your options and looking for the perfect fit. We'll break down the basics and help you find your perfect match. ** Work Sharp Demo - Having a sharp knife saves you time. We'll show you how to properly sharpen a knife, whether it's a serrated or a regular blade, a hunting knife or one of your kitchen knives. Pick up on common sharpening practices along with other maintenance tips. Plus, thanks to our friends at Work Sharp, join us for a chance to win a new Work Sharp sharpener. ** Casting Perfection - Our professional Outfitters will show you everything you need to know from equipment to the proper techniques to get you casting in no time. (For information call 716-608-4770)

28 - Whitetails Unlimited – Broome County Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Knights of Columbus, 136 Park Avenue, Binghamton, NY. Deadline for ticket sales 4–25-18. (Cost: Adult - $50.00/Spouse - $30.00/Youth - $30.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Adam 607-279-0227 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

28 - Spring Wild Edibles: The Hunt for the Wild Leek at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY (10:30 am – 12:30 pm) Join us as we celebrate spring by foraging for and cooking with early, wild, edible plants. Learn how to identify, ethically harvest, and prepare a wild treat with campfire cooking. Meet in the lower parking lot. Program for ages 10 and up. (Cost: $6 for members; $9 for public.) (For information call 315- 673-1350 or email info@baltimorewoods.org)

28-29 - Niagara Frontier - Hamburg Gun Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 S Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York ((9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 300 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $7.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (90 Tables) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  nfgshows@aol.com)

29-30 - Greater Wellsville Trout Derby, Genesee River. (For information/register go online to www.Trout-Derby.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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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.

 

YOUTH TURKEY HUNT WEEKEND APRIL 21-22: The youth turkey hunt for junior hunters ages 12-15 is open in all of upstate New York and Suffolk County. Almost 6,000 junior hunters harvested an estimated 1,600 birds during the two-day youth-only hunt in 2017. Important Details for the Youth Turkey Hunt on April 21 and 22:

>Hunters 12-15 years of age are eligible and must hold a hunting license and a turkey permit.

>Youth 12-13 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or adult over 21 years of age with written permission from their parent or legal guardian.

>Youth 14-15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or adult over 18 years of age with written permission from their parent or legal guardian.

>The accompanying adult must have a current hunting license and turkey permit. The adult may assist the youth hunter, including calling, but may not carry a firearm, bow, or crossbow, or kill or attempt to kill a wild turkey during the youth hunt.

>Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to noon each day

>The bag limit for the youth weekend is one bearded bird. This bird becomes part of the youth's regular spring season bag limit of two bearded birds. A second bird may be taken only in upstate New York, north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary, beginning May 1.

>Crossbows may only be used by hunters age 14 or older.

>All other wild turkey hunting regulations remain in effect.

 

2017 DEER HARVEST RESULTS: Hunters in New York State enjoyed another successful year, harvesting an estimated 203,427 deer during the 2017-18 hunting seasons. The 2017 estimated deer take included 95,623 antlerless deer and 107,804 antlered bucks, an estimated five percent fewer deer than the previous year. Statewide, this represents a 10-percent decline in antlerless harvest and a buck harvest nearly identical to 2016. Hunters in the Northern Zone took 25,351 deer, including 18,074 adult bucks. In the Southern Zone, hunters took 178,076 deer, including 89,730 adult bucks.

The decline in antlerless harvest occurred despite DEC issuing more antlerless permits last season. DEC wildlife biologists have noted two important and encouraging items that emerged from the 2017 deer harvest. First, with 53.3 percent of the adult buck harvest averaging 2.5 years or older, hunters took an estimated 57,494 older bucks, setting a record in total number and greatest percentage of older bucks in the harvest. Second, the portion of successful hunters who reported their harvest as required by state law increased from 44 percent in recent years to 50 percent in 2017. Along with our Take It · Tag It · Report It campaign, DEC has made the process of harvest reporting substantially easier for hunters, providing phone, internet, and mobile app options. Harvest reports are critically important for accurate monitoring of deer harvests, and DEC encourages hunters to continue to contribute to the management process by complying with the reporting requirements.

DEC's 2017 Deer Harvest Summary report (PDF, 6.31 MB) provides a suite of tables, charts, and maps detailing the deer harvest around the state. Past deer harvest summaries are available on DEC's website.

2017 Deer Harvest Summary & Comparison

                                          2017            2016            Change             Previous 5 Year Average

Total Take                       203,427     213,061       -4.5%                   228,246

Adult Male                       107,804     107,006       +0.7%                  109,778

Adult5 Female                 67,702          78,288        -13.5                    83,809  

Antlerless                        95,623        106,055      -9.8%                   118,468

DMPs Issued                  617,839      588,430      +5.0%                  628,436

DMP Take                      74,421        81,507        -8.7%                   90,426

DMAP Take                    8,962          9,134          -1.9%                   11,078

Muzzleloader*                 15,288        15,369        -0.5%                   14,617

Bow Hunting*                  43,708        46,735        -6.5%                   38,541

Crossbow                        11,758         9,439         +24.6                   NA

Youth Hunt                      935                1,162         -19.5%                 1,250

Harvest Reporting Rate  50.3%      43.5%                                   43.7%

% Bucks 2.5 or Older      53.3%      50.6%                                   49.4%

* Values for Muzzleloader and Bow Season Take include deer taken on Bow/Muzz tags and DMPs. Prior to 2016, the Muzzleloader and Bow values only reflected take on Bow/Muzz tags.

Notable Numbers

14.5 and 0.5 --- number of deer taken per square mile in the unit with the highest (WMU 8N) and lowest (WMU 5F) harvest density.

46.7 percent --- portion of the adult buck harvest that were yearlings (1.5 years old), the lowest in New York history and down from 62 percent a decade ago and 70 percent in the 1990s. Excluding units with mandatory antler restrictions, 50.9 percent of the adult buck harvest were yearlings, still the lowest percentage on record.

65 percent --- portion of eligible junior hunters that participated in the 2016 Youth Deer Hunt.

14,372 --- number of hunter harvested deer checked by DEC staff in 2017.

2,402 --- deer tested for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in 2017-18; none tested positive. DEC has tested more than 50,000 deer for CWD since 2002.

Deer harvest data are gathered from two main sources: harvest reports required of all successful hunters and DEC's examination of more than 14,000 harvested deer at check stations and meat processors. Statewide harvest estimates are made by cross-referencing these two data sources and calculating the total harvest from the reporting rate for each zone and tag type. A full report of the 2017-18 deer harvest, as well as past deer and bear harvest summaries, is available at Deer and Bear Harvests.

 

FISH DIE-OFF IN LOCAL WATERBODIES: Large numbers of dead and dying fish have been observed in area waters including Irondequoit Bay and the Erie Canal in Newark, New York. Inspections by DEC Aquatic Biologists indicate that nearly all of the dead and dying fish observed are gizzard shad, a medium-sized member of the herring family.

Mortality of gizzard shad in late winter and early spring is common. The species is very sensitive to cold water temperatures and their inability to acclimate causes mortality at low temperatures. Gizzard shad are living near the northern edge of their range in the Great Lakes, making them especially susceptible to cold temperatures.

On March 27, DEC collected and submitted a sample of gizzard shad from Irondequoit Bay and sent them to Cornell University's pathology laboratory for disease screening. No viable samples were available from the Erie Canal. Results indicate the fish had a low level infection of viral hemorrhagic septicemia (VHS). VHS has been the cause of a disease issue in the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada. VHS virus is a rhabdovirus (rod shaped virus) that affects fish of all size and age ranges. VHS can cause hemorrhaging of fish tissue. Once a fish is infected with VHS, there is no known cure. Not all infected fish develop the disease, but they can carry and spread the disease to other fish. VHS does not pose any threat to human health. Additional information about VHS is available on DEC's website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/25328.html.

Gizzard shad live near the northern edge of their range in the Great Lakes, making them especially susceptible to cold temperatures. Mild winters may have allowed their population to increase the last two years. Because the gizzard shad mortality is widespread and primarily affects one species of fish, their die-off is not considered an indicator of an environmental problem such as pollution. Mortality of a single species of fish suggests that the die-off is the result of a disease, parasite or species-specific stressor. In this particular case, late winter cold stress is the suspected cause.
Additional information about gizzard shad, including images, is available on DEC's website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7031.html#gizzardshad.

 

ADIRONDACK ADDITION: There’s now even more to explore and enjoy in the Adirondacks!

Thanks to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Adirondack Park Agency, the classification of the largest Forest Preserve addition in the history of the Adirondack Park has been approved. The classification of 11,412 acres of the Boreas Ponds tract as wilderness creates a wilderness area in the heart of the Adirondack Park that rivals Rocky Mountain, Mount Rainier and Zion National Parks. New state lands will ensure that over 20,000 acres of pristine wilderness are forever protected.

Visit our website for details about the Historic Boreas Ponds Tract and recreational information

The Boreas Ponds action completes the State's unprecedented, multi-year land deal with The Nature Conservancy. Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, 65,000 acres of globally significant forests were acquired for inclusion into the Adirondack Forest Preserve. This marked the largest Forest Preserve addition in the history of the Adirondack Park. 

The new classification separates the Boreas Ponds tract into 11,412 acres of wilderness, 9,118 acres of wild forest, 11 acres of primitive and 2 acres of state administrative land – striking the right balance between preservation and access. These lands will offer new remote paddling experiences, ample hunting, trapping and fishing, as well as a new southern access point into the High Peaks Wilderness Area.

DEC is amending the Unit Management Plans (UMPs) for the High Peaks Wilderness Complex and the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest to address more than 95,872 acres of classified Forest Preserve lands.

DEC held the first public meeting on the amendments on April 3rd in Newcomb, NY. The meeting provided an opportunity for the public to meet with DEC staff and share their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions regarding management of these lands. 

Written comments will be accepted until April 20, 2018, and can be mailed to Forester Robert Ripp, NYSDEC, 232 Golf Course Rd., Warrensburg, NY 12885, or emailed to R5.UMP@dec.ny.gov.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Wildland Fire: Town of Corning, Steuben County: On March 26 at approximately 4 p.m., two Forest Rangers responded along with multiple fire department personnel from Steuben, Schuyler and Chemung counties to a report of a wildland fire on private property. The fire had burned over 13 acres and was contained by the multi-agency crew by the next day. Forest Rangers determined the blaze had been caused by a downed power line. No structural damage or injuries were reported.
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Town of Truxton, Cortland County: On March 31 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Ranger Chet Lunt was dispatched to Spruce Pond in Morgan Hill State Forest to aid a couple from Cortland who had become disoriented while on a hike at Tinkers Falls. Ranger Lunt spoke with the subjects via cell phone and advised them to stay in their location. Ranger Lunt located the pair and safely returned them to their vehicle by 7:30 p.m.

You Can't Fence Me In - Ontario County: On March 15, a man in the village of Victor called DEC's Avon Office about a deer that was stuck in a backyard fence. The deer's right hind leg had gotten stuck in the chain links as it attempted to jump the fence. ECO Keith Levanway arrived on scene and saw that the deer was suspended off the ground. He quickly used a pair of wire cutters while trying to steady the deer that desperately wanted to get away. After a few clips, the deer limped off, slightly favoring his right leg. The deer was spotted a short time later in good health and bounding off into the woods.


Stuck on a Snowmobile Trail - Schuyler County: On March 21, ECO Travis McNamara was on patrol when he heard radio traffic from Schuyler County Dispatch advising of a stranded motorist in Sugar Hill State Forest with a possible medical condition. ECO McNamara patrolled to the closest accessible location where he found a Tyrone Fire Department volunteer and the friend of the stranded motorist. The friend stated that he received a text message at approximately 11 a.m. that morning stating, "Good knowing you" from the motorist. ECO McNamara and the volunteer fireman set out on foot, locating the stranded motorist approximately half-mile down the snowmobile trail. The motorist explained that he was on his way to a medical appointment the previous day when he attempted to take the "shortcut" down the seasonal road and ended up getting stuck. The motorist had been there since noon the day before and had been stranded all night. Fortunately, the motorist had blankets and winter clothes in the vehicle and was able to periodically run the vehicle to stay warm throughout the night. Beaver Dams and Tyrone volunteer fire department UTV's arrived on scene a short time later and with the aid of the firemen, the motorist was transported to the plowed roadway, where he was assessed by the Schuyler Volunteer Ambulance and found to have not sustained any injuries.

Illegal Coyote Hunting - Niagara County: On March 25, ECOs Kevin Holzle, George Scheer, and Shea Mathis responded to a report of hunters trespassing in the town of Porter. While en route, the officers stopped two vehicles matching the description of the vehicles involved. Niagara County Sheriff's Deputies secured the scene while the ECOs interviewed the subjects. A nearby landowner had observed the hunters pull over on the road and shoot at a coyote running across his field. This account of the incident led ECOs to a spot where they found the casing from a recently discharged .223 caliber rifle round. The suspect eventually admitted to shooting at the coyote and was issued tickets for discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling and attempting to take protected wildlife unlawfully. He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Porter Court to answer the charges.

 

AVOID PROBLEMS WITH BEARS:  Nearly all negative bear encounters in New York are the result of hungry bears being attracted to human food sources. The simplest way to avoid a nuisance encounter is to remove potential food sources, which usually results in the bear moving on.

New York's black bears emerge from the winter denning period and need to replenish their nutrients and body fat. To do so, they may travel long distances to preferred habitats that vary from season to season. Bears must often cross roads or pass through developed areas to find these different habitat types, and they often find human food readily accessible if homeowners do not take necessary precautions. Not every bear that passes through a developed area is a problem bear, but readily available human food sources can quickly turn them into one. Bears can obtain all of the food they need from the forest but they are intelligent and opportunistic animals that will find and consume whatever food they can find most easily. Bird feeders, garbage cans, dumpsters, barbeque grills, unsecured out-buildings or vehicles containing food or waste all are potential attractants to bears. Once a bear learns to obtain food from people or certain structures, it is very difficult to change the animal's behavior. These bears are more vulnerable to motor vehicle collisions in populated areas, more likely to be illegally killed, or may become a threat to public safety.

In some cases, DEC is asked to relocate these bears. However, bear relocations are rarely effective at solving the problem and can be dangerous Relocated bears often return to their original capture site, or may simply continue their bad habits at a new location. Additionally, if the circumstances that led to the original problem are not corrected, other bears may be attracted to the site and the human/bear conflicts will persist.

It is dangerous and illegal to intentionally feed bears. The incidental, indirect feeding of black bears, such as with bird feeders or garbage, is also unlawful after a written warning has been issued by DEC.

Occasionally, a bear becomes so habituated to human environments and conditioned to human foods that its behavior creates a clear threat to public safety and property. It is in the best interest of both bears and people for bears to get their food solely from wild sources.

To reduce the chance of negative black bear encounters around your home, DEC recommends these simple precautions:

>Never feed bears! It is illegal, dangerous and detrimental to bears.

If you believe bears are being fed in your area, or suspect a nuisance bear situation, report it to DEC immediately.

>Take down bird feeders after April 1. Birds do not need supplemental food in the spring and summer, when natural foods are most abundant (even if you believe your birdfeeder to be inaccessible to bears, the birds will drop seed on the ground, which attracts bears to your yard).

>Clean off barbeque grills before night fall (don't forget the grease trap), and if possible, store grills inside when not in use.

>Store garbage in a secure building or location, secure can lids with ropes/bungees/chains, never over-fill cans, and dispose of garbage as frequently as possible. If you live in an area where bears may occur, put garbage containers out by the curb just before the scheduled pick-up - never the night before. If you live in a densely populated bear area, consider using a certified bear-resistant garbage container.

>Clean garbage cans frequently with ammonia products.

>Do not burn garbage: it is illegal and can attract bears.

>Do not add meat scraps, bones or melon rinds to your compost pile.

>Feed pets indoors and store pet food indoors. If pets must be fed outside, immediately remove all uneaten food and dishes.

It is important to appreciate and respect black bears as wild animals, from a distance.

To learn more about New York's black bears, visit the DEC website or look for the DEC's DVD: 'Living with New York Black Bears' available at most local public libraries in New York.

For more information about bears in your area or to report a problem with black bears, contact the nearest regional DEC office. For listings of Regional DEC Offices, visit DEC's website.

 

 

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES ON BLACK BEARS AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS: DEC has partnered with Untamed Science and state wildlife agencies in New Jersey, Arkansas, and Florida to produce the "Understanding Black Bears" curriculum and black bear education website. The goal of these resources is to teach New Yorkers about the biology of black bears, human-bear encounters and conflicts, and black bear management. It contains 29 lessons for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. The self-contained computer program is full of puzzles, computer games, special bear movies, quizzes, and interactive learning activities. The material is easy to understand and fun to learn!

All classroom teachers, home-school groups, and other educators in New York may take advantage of this engaging resource to teach students to appreciate wild black bears and to be safe in bear country. Please encourage your students and their families to observe and appreciate black bears, while keeping their backyards safe, and the bears wild!

                                Photo by John Adamski

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

APRIL 2018

13 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oak Orchard River Chapter Dinner at the Carlton Fire Department Rec Hall, Route 98, Albion , NY. (5:30 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 Robert St John  585-682-4495   st.johnphilosophy@yahoo.com)  

14 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Chapter Dinner at the St. Aloysius Church Hall, 186 Franklin Street, Springville, 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 Richard Gerlach  716-857-0586   r905g@yahoo.com)  

14 - Southern Tier Cha Inc. Coonhound Event at the clubhouse at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville NY (3:00 pm – Coonhound Event Bench Show - $15.00/5:00 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial - $10.00/5:00 pm –Coonhound Event Water Race - $10.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Kevin Noody at  716-679-8783 or email moc.oohay@ydoonnivek)

14 - Cabela’s Cooking Event at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) - Grills Are All the Rage - From standard grilling to slow smoking and from breakfast to dinner, grills are extremely versatile for backyard cooking and create amazing dishes. Come see our grills in action and let the kids decorate their own pancakes. Smoker Madness - There's nothing like the incredible aroma that comes from a smoker. Come see some of the best smokers available, try some kielbasa, and learn just how easy it is to create mouthwatering dishes that will have your friends and family begging for more. Fryers - Fryers are a great, easy-to-use addition to everyone's cooking tools. Come see how easy it is to make great-tasting French fries using a fryer and try some of our great seasonings. (For information call 716-608-4770)

14 - Bucks, Beards, & BBQ! at First Baptist Church, 16 Church Street, Maine, NY (5:30 – 8:00 pm) This is a pork bbq dinner with dessert followed by a hunting story with a positive message about faith. Door prizes will be given away with the Grand Prize being a $300 gift certificate to Lock N Load in Owego. Tickets are a $12 donation per person. You can buy them online or at the door the night of the event.

14 - Citizen Science Training: Project Budburst at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) Become a volunteer and learn how phenology (a plant’s natural life cycle) affects wildlife and is affected by climate change. For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

14 - Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs Annual Banquet at the Greenville Country Club, West Monroe, NY (4:30 pm) (For more info and tickets contact Don Fenske at 315-806-2223 or at donfenske2@gmail.com.)

14-15 - Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Sportsmen’s Show at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) (For information call Jim Miller 716-938-6928.)

15 – End of Dog Training Season

15 – End of Snow Goose Hunting Season in Western New York

15 - Finger Lakes Friends of NRA Banquet at the Harbor Hotel, 16 N Franklin Street, Watkins Glen , NY (3:30 pm) (Cost: $50.00) (For information contact Toni Dragotta  607-738-9509   tmdra@yahoo.com)

19 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Hardwood Strutters Chapter Dinner at Club 86, Avenue E, Geneva, NY. (5:30 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 Scott Mackenzie  315-521-2937  scott.mackenzie30@hotmail.com) 

19 - Southern Tier Friends of NRA Event at the Kalurah Temple, 625 Dickson Street, Endicott NY (5:30 pm) (Cost: $35.00) (For information call Jay W. Langton at 607-862-4692 or email: jwlangton@stny.rr.com)

19 - Derby Hill Field Trip at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Spring hawk migration peaks in April, and the Derby Hill Bird Observatory is the best place around to catch it. Hundreds of raptors fly overhead each day on their way north around Lake Ontario, surely a sight to see! Meet at Baltimore Woods at 9am to carpool, or meet the group at 10am at Derby Hill. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. Program for adults. (Cost: $6 for members; $9 for public.) (For information call 315- 673-1350 or email info@baltimorewoods.org)

19 - Phragmites Strike Team Training at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (5:30 pm) Volunteers are needed to help control Phragmites australis

(common reed), an invasive plant. Team members will learn monitoring protocols and removal techniques, and assist in the spring and summer. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Genesee Local Chapter Dinner at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY. (6:00 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 Terry Young  585-343-8350  tyoung14143@gmail.com)  

20 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (7:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/8:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129)

20 - Wyoming County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse Sage Road, Warsaw, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information contact Nick Jennings  585-993-0145  moc.oohay@12sgninnej.kcin

21 - Cattaraugus County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 10491 Route 240, West Valley, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Chris Deperro  716-570-6798  moc.oohay@orrepedsirhc

21 - Steuben County Coon Hunters, Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 4082 Depot Street, Cameron, NY (5:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Roger Barney at 607-695-9024  ten.sehguh@yenrab_jr)

21 - First Annual Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show at the Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center, 30 Lake Shore Dr E, Dunkirk, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) (For information call 716-366-3000 ext. 420 or email mpatton@observertoday.com.)

21 - Southtowns Walleye Club Fundraiser at the Club, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY. (4:00 – 6:00 pm) This event is for the benefit the New York State Conservation Council. (For information and tickets contact Dan at 716-655-0975.)

21 - Bison City Rod & Gun Flea Market at the Club, 511 Ohio St, Buffalo, NY (8:00 am – 1:30 pm) Admission free, Tables are free on a first come basis, Setup will begin at 7 AM. Bring your old, used or new sporting equipment to sell. Due to NY Safe Act, no guns may be displayed or sold. Loading equipment and components may be sold (powder, shot, primers, brass and bullets), live ammo may be sold: shotgun, pistol and rifle. (For information call: Fred Langdon or Willie Sieber at 716- 260-3240)

21 - Pruning Shrubs and Trees with Confidence HB172 at the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier, 60 Morgan Road, Binghamton, NY (9:00 am – 12:30 pm) No need to fear the shear! Ever wonder if your pruning has encouraged or discouraged the flowering or growth of your favorite shrub? This training offers classroom and hands-on instruction on making proper pruning cuts, technique development, proper equipment selections, and practical applications for pruning three different types of woody shrubs: tree form shrubs, spreading shrubs, and conifers for your gardening goals. Participants will practice what they have learned by pruning specimen plants in the Story Garden under the supervision of the instructor. Participants will also take home a variety of woody stems that can be forced for indoor bloom and have the option to buy a quality hand pruner. Come dressed for the weather. (Cost: $50.00) (For information/register call 607-778-5012.)

21 - 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)

21 - Whitetails Unlimited – Stonybrook Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Dansville Fire Department, 11 Franklin Street, Dansville, NY Deadline for ticket sales 4–17-18. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse - $25.00/Youth - $25.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Shannon Griese at 585-739-1779 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

21 - 22nd Annual Niagara Frontier Friends of the NRA Banquet at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew, NY (5:00 pm) (Cost: $50.00) Half of the proceeds raised comes back into the area for grant programs involved with the shooting sports. (For information call Georgina Grosofsky at 716-866-7656 or email friendsofnrageorgina@gmail.com)

21 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Tri-County Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Ramada Inn, 2310 N. Triphammer Road, Ithaca, 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 Scott Wilcox at 607-533-4707)

21 – Earth Day Celebration at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm) It’s Earth Day! Come celebrate at a fun and educational event, including info booths on home energy, recycling, crafts, guided nature walks, live animal shows, and a special live performance of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Program for ages 3 and up. Free to the public. (For information call 315- 673-1350 or email info@baltimorewoods.org)

21 - Woods Walk: Spring Wildflowers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (11:00 am) Join a guided nature walk to search for the early wildflowers of spring. (For information call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21 - Birding 101: Class #4 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Who’s in the pond? And who’s hiding in the reeds? Learn about local ducks and wetland birds. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21-22 – Spring Youth Turkey Hunt (Details page 46 17-18 Hunting & Trapping Guide)

21-22 - New York State Arms Collectors Syracuse Gun Show, New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center, 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse. (9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday/ 9:00 am-3:00 pm Sunday) (For information call 607-748-1010 or go to http://www.syracusegunshow.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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4 – 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.

 

RECALL ON BLACK POWDER RIFLES AND PISTOLS: Lyman Products has voluntarily announced a product safety warning and recall notice on their black powder rifles and pistols due to the potential of separation in the breech plug. Lyman maintains a safety-first approach, so despite finding only a few firearms affected and no reported injuries, Lyman is offering a recall program to have the issue corrected. Lyman regrets the inconvenience but remains committed to the safety of their customers.

The recall includes black powder rifles and pistols regardless of caliber including the following brands manufactured between March 1, 2017 to Dec. 22, 2017. Barrels with the serial number in the range of A595960 – A599025 are subject to this recall:

>Deerstalker

>Great Plains

>Great Plains Hunter

>Trade Rifle

>Plains Pistol

>Black Powder Kits and replacement barrels

This recall excludes Percussion Left-Hand Great Plains and Left-Hand Great Plains Hunter models. If a customer finds his/her product falls within the recall range, a customer service representative is standing by Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4:15 pm EST at 800-225-9626. Upon receipt of the serial number, and either the part number or model, Lyman will provide further instructions and packaging to ship the product to Lyman for replacement at NO COST to the customer. Lyman will provide a replacement barrel and tang with instructions or will replace the barrel and tang at Lyman and return the firearm. Please follow all Lyman recall instructions to ensure timely processing and return.

Visit Lyman at https://www.lymanproducts.com/recall/ for more information on the Black Powder Rifles and Pistols Recall program.

 

PUBLIC INPUT WANTED ON DEVELOPMENT OF DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR ERIE AND CATTARAUGUS STATE LANDS: An opportunity for the public to comment on the development of a Draft Niagara Frontier Unit Management Plan (UMP) for state lands in Erie and Cattaraugus counties is available today. The public is invited to submit comments before the draft plan is developed that will guide future management of these unique state forest lands in Erie and Cattaraugus counties and provide for healthy, sustainable, and biologically diverse forest ecosystems.

The Niagara Frontier Unit includes approximately 4,500 acres of forest land in the towns of Newstead, Collins, Persia, Otto, and East Otto. Onondaga Escarpment Unique Area, East Otto State Forest and Zoar Valley Multiple Use and Unique Area are included in the Niagara Frontier Unit.

The pre-draft meeting will be held on Thursday, April 12, at the Gowanda Fire Hall at 230 Aldrich St.; Gowanda, NY 14070 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. This meeting is designed to help establish short and long-range goals and objectives for management of these lands. In addition to the meeting, public comments can be submitted by email and mail to: Ricky Silvestro, NYS DEC, 182 E. Union Suite 3, Allegany, NY 14706 or emailed to r9.ump@dec.ny.gov

All comments must be received by Thursday, May 24, 2018. There will be another opportunity for public comment, when the draft plan is presented to the public.

 

TROUT SEASON IS HERE!: After what seemed like an endless winter the April 1 opener of trout and salmon season has finally arrived. Early season stream flows should provide for fishable conditions in most of the state as long as precipitation levels remain normal. Snow and ice cover will limit access to waters In the north country and higher elevations until temperatures remain consistently above freezing and significant melting occurs. Anglers looking for early season fishing in these areas should contact the DEC Regional Office covering the area they intend to fish for  early season fishing recommendations.

DEC has a number of resources to help plan your next coldwater fishing adventure, including trout stocking lists and a brand new tip strip describing a very effective technique for early season trout angling using synthetic bait. The 2018 Coldwater Fishing Forecast will also prove helpful to those seeking trout and salmon this year.

Steelhead are one of the best targets for early season trout anglers and DEC has produced a new brochure on fishing for these strong, acrobatic fighters in the Great Lakes tributaries they inhabit. Download your copy now.

Rainbow Trout

  

2018 FRESHWATER FISHING REGULATIONS GUIDE: Anglers are reminded to obtain a copy of the new 2018 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide from any of the over 1250 sporting license agents in New York State. The 2018 guide highlights some of the top fishing waters in New York State. The guide can also be viewed or downloaded online.

 

RENEW YOUR FISHING LICENSE: Now that your annual fishing license is good for 365 days from the date of purchase, it is very easy to forget when it expires. Be sure to check the expiration date before heading out. Anglers desiring to receive an e-mail reminder to renew their fishing license each year should be sure to add their e-mail address to their DECALS profile. This can be done online or by calling the DEC Call Center at 1-866-933-2257 (M-F 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM).

 

TAKE STEPS TO AVOID CONFLICTS WITH COYOTES: It’s that time of year again when many of New York's resident coyotes are setting up dens for pups that will arrive this spring. Coyotes are well adapted to suburban and even some urban environments, and for the most part they will avoid contact with people. However, conflicts with people and pets may result as coyotes tend to be territorial around den sites during the spring through mid-summer. They need to search almost constantly to provide food for their young.

 

Coyotes are found throughout the state. Incidents with people or pets are rare, but it is important to be aware of the presence of coyotes so steps can be taken to reduce the chance that a negative interaction occurs. While coyotes that reside in suburban environments are tolerant of people, it is important to take steps to maintain coyotes’ natural wariness of people. This can include removing sources of food, not allowing coyotes to approach people or pets, and not letting pets roam freely and unsupervised. Contact your local police department and DEC regional office for assistance if coyotes are exhibiting "bold" behaviors and have little or no fear of people.

 

KUDOS: The Branchport Rod and Gun Club board is proud to honor Judson Peck as a Life Member. Jud has over 60 plus years in the shooting sports, 10 plus years as a NYS Police firearms instructor, 30 plus years as a NYS hunter training instructor and 6 years as the trainer of firearms at NYSDEC's camp Rushford for the youth attending same. Jud was the first to check eye dominance and the fit of shotguns prior to shooting clay birds. Jud was the line safety officer for years at law enforcement officers’ qualifications. When the NYS Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers became police officers and started carrying handguns (S&W

model 19), senior NYS police (troopers) firearms instructor Bruce Styles and Jud trained all 90 Rangers both in the class room and range firing.

Jud has been a member of the Branchport Rod and Gun Club for many years and opens the club frequently. He is also active with the Penn Yan High School Trap Team!

Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to conservation and youth shooting sports!

 

ANNUAL SALAMANDER AND FROG MIGRATION: the annual breeding migrations of salamanders and frogs are underway. Visit the DEC website for more information about this annual event https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHRbsAsnQi8.

Typically, after the ground starts to thaw in late winter and early spring, species such as spotted salamander and wood frog emerge from underground winter shelters in the forest and walk overland to woodland pools for breeding. In New York, this migration usually occurs on rainy nights in late March and early April, when the night air temperature is above 40F When these conditions align just so, there can be explosive, "big night" migrations, with hundreds of amphibians on the move, many having to cross roads.

Recently, suitable migration conditions have returned. On March 29, in many parts of the Hudson Valley, volunteers moved hundreds of amphibians, including spotted salamander, four-toed salamander, northern redback salamander, eastern newt, wood frog, American toad, and spring peeper. DEC expects the migration will continue and expand to northern parts and higher elevations of the state in the coming weeks.

Drivers on New York roads are encouraged to proceed with caution or avoid travel on the first warm, rainy evenings of the season. Amphibians come out after nightfall and are slow moving; mortality can be high even on low-traffic roads.

For more information, visit Amphibian Migrations and Road Crossings on DEC's website or contact woodlandpool@dec.ny.gov. Project volunteers are encouraged to use the hashtag #amphibianmigrationhv in their photos and posts on social media.

 

KUDOS: These fundraising events are the backbone of DU’s habitat conservation efforts and the volunteers who make up these chapters are the force making a difference for North American waterfowl populations. It takes a great deal of effort to achieve these levels, and these chapters deserve to be congratulated by every person who enjoys the outdoors. The chapters honored this year earned their spots on the nationally recognized lists out of more than 2,400 DU chapters nationwide that hosted more than 4,050 fundraising events. Ducks Unlimited recently announced the top volunteer chapters across the nation. The President's Roll of Honor designation is reserved for the chapters that raise between between $65,000 and $99,999 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission. On the list from Western/Central New York are the Genesee County Chapter out of Batavia and the Watkins Glen Chapter out of Watkins Glen.

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)

APRIL 2018

6 - Whitetails Unlimited – Cortland County Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Elks Lodge 748, 9 Groton Street, Cortland, NY Deadline for ticket sales 4–3-18. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse - $30.00/Youth - $30.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Bill Bailey 413-244-2304 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

6-8 - Fifth Annual Niagara County Bullhead Tournament sponsored by the Wilson Conservation Club. (4/6 5:00 pm – 14/8 1:00 pm) The contest is simple. Best two bullheads based on total weight will win the top prizes. Tiebreaker is total length for those two fish. You may only fish in Niagara County waters. The weigh-in will take place at the club, located at 2934 Wilson Cambria Road, Wilson, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 8 with awards to follow. Register at CMC Auto Repair in Wilson or the Slippery Sinker in Olcott. You can also register through PayPal. (For more information contact Eric at 716-628-6078.)

7 - End of Trapping Season for Beaver in Central and southeast portions of New York

7 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Tri County Chapter Dinner at the Lake Watch, 1642 East Shore Drive, Ithaca, 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 Scott Wilcox  607-533-4707)

7 - Fly Fishing Academy offered in Campbell, NY by the Twin Tiers -- Five Rivers Chapter of International Federation of Fly Fishers. (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) One-day comprehensive introduction to fly casting and fly-fishing for ages 11-adult. Topics will include: Fly Fishing Introduction –what is a fly; Fish Food & Fishing Flies; Leaders; Fly Fishing Knots; Nymphing, Dry Flies; Modern Streamer Fishing; Reading the Water; Local Trout Streams; Equipment; Beyond Trout – Panfish, Bass & Carp. Class size is limited. (for information/pre-register contact Matt Towner at 607-542-0285 Mtowner23@gmail.com, or Kirk Klingensmith at 607-346-7189    kklingensmi@stny.rr.com.)

7 - Cabela’s Dog Days Family Event at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm) Cabela's is celebrating the dog days of April with our inaugural Dog Days Family Event. Bring your furry friends to our Dog Days Event beginning at 11 a.m. We'll have free photo downloads with your dog, demonstrations and a Best Dog Trick contest (1:00 - 2:00 pm). The first 100 pups, with their owners, will receive a free pet-friendly gift. While you're here, check out fur-baby supplies including beds, toys, collars and leashes. Dog Days are sure to get tails wagging. (For information call 716-608-4770)

7 - Rochester DU Sportsmen's Extravaganza at the Conservation Club of Brockport, 291 Ladue Road, Brockport, NY (5:00 pm) (Cost: $65.00; $35.00 – Greenwing) (For information contact Ed McCaffery 585-259-2589  Tededmcc@rochester.rr.com)

7 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Phipps Road, Albion, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $15.00/8:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)

7 - Busy Beavers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Celebrate International Beaver Day by taking a guided walk to learn about

these amazing rodents, who are also our New York State mammal. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

7 – 34th Annual Genesee Valley Woodcarvers Show at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY. (10:00 am – 4:30 pm) Bird, General, Special, and Working Decoy Divisions. (Free) (For information email webmaster@gvwoodcarvers.com or go to www.gvwoodcarvers.com.)

7-8 – 49th Annual Gun & Hunting Show at the Brockport Elks Lodge, 4400 Sweden Walker Road, (Route 260, off Route 31), Brockport, NY. Presented by the 108th New York Volunteer Infantry. (Cost; $5.00/Kids free) (For information call 585-259-4867.)

8 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Niagara County Gobblers Chapter Dinner at the Youngstown Vounteer Fire Company, 625 Third Street, Youngstown, NY (3:30 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 Pamela Lederhouse  716-791-3151   plederhous@aol.com) 

8 - Niagara Frontier – Mattydale Gun Show at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2000 Lemoyne Avenue,
Mattydale, NY. (For information call 716-542-9929 or email http://nfgshows.com)

10 - Medicinal Herb Walk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (11:00 am) Learn the medicinal values of wild herbs growing along the trail. For adults and children ages 12 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

12 - Pre-Draft Meeting on Development of a Draft Niagara Frontier Unit Management Plan (UMP) at the Gowanda Fire Hall, 230 Aldrich Street, Gowanda, NY. (6:00 – 7:30 pm) The public is invited to submit comments before the draft plan is developed that will guide future management of these unique state forest lands in Erie and Cattaraugus counties and provide for healthy, sustainable, and biologically diverse forest ecosystems. The Niagara Frontier Unit includes approximately 4,500 acres of forest land in the towns of Newstead, Collins, Persia, Otto, and East Otto. Onondaga Escarpment Unique Area, East Otto State Forest and Zoar Valley Multiple Use and Unique Area are included in the Niagara Frontier Unit. In addition to the meeting, public comments can be submitted by email and mail to: Ricky Silvestro, NYS DEC, 182 E. Union Suite 3, Allegany, NY 14706 or email: r9.ump@dec.ny.gov. All comments must be received by Thursday, May 24, 2018. There will be another opportunity for public comment, when the draft plan is presented to the public.

13 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oak Orchard River Chapter Dinner at the Carlton Fire Department Rec Hall, Route 98, Albion , NY. (5:30 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 Robert St John  585-682-4495   st.johnphilosophy@yahoo.com)  

14 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Chapter Dinner at the St. Aloysius Church Hall, 186 Franklin Street, Springville, 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 Richard Gerlach  716-857-0586   r905g@yahoo.com)  

14 - Southern Tier Cha Inc. Coonhound Event at the clubhouse at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville NY (3:00 pm – Coonhound Event Bench Show - $15.00/5:00 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial - $10.00/5:00 pm –Coonhound Event Water Race - $10.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Kevin Noody at  716-679-8783 or email moc.oohay@ydoonnivek)

14 - Cabela’s Cooking Event at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) - Grills Are All the Rage - From standard grilling to slow smoking and from breakfast to dinner, grills are extremely versatile for backyard cooking and create amazing dishes. Come see our grills in action and let the kids decorate their own pancakes. Smoker Madness - There's nothing like the incredible aroma that comes from a smoker. Come see some of the best smokers available, try some kielbasa, and learn just how easy it is to create mouthwatering dishes that will have your friends and family begging for more. Fryers - Fryers are a great, easy-to-use addition to everyone's cooking tools. Come see how easy it is to make great-tasting French fries using a fryer and try some of our great seasonings. (For information call 716-608-4770)

14 - Citizen Science Training: Project Budburst at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) Become a volunteer and learn how phenology (a plant’s natural life cycle) affects wildlife and is affected by climate change. For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

15 – End of Dog Training

15 – End of Snow Goose Hunting Season in Western New York

15 - Friends of NRA Banquet at the Harbor Hotel, 16 N Franklin Street, Watkins Glen , NY (3:30 pm) (Cost: $50.00) (For information contact Toni Dragotta  607-738-9509   tmdra@yahoo.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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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.

 

YOUTH FISHING ESSAY CONTEST: The Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board announced its 26th Annual Fishing Essay Contest for students in Chautauqua County. The contest officially opened on March 13 and all entries must be submitted by April 13.

Last year 335 students from 10 different schools participated in the contest and the Sports Fishery Advisory Board is eager to see how many students will participate this year.

The contest is open to all Chautauqua County students in third through sixth grade who attend public, private or home schools. Essays must follow this year’s topic, “Describe your first fishing adventure or what you would like your first fishing adventure to be; who you went with, where you went, and what you caught.”

Entries must be 250 words or less and can be submitted singly or together by class. Each entry must include the student’s name, grade, teacher, and school. Teachers are also encouraged to submit their email addresses with their students’ essays to allow for quick and easy communication during the school day about contest results. Entries will be judged on originality and teachers are encouraged to work with students by incorporating the essay into a teaching activity.

“In the past we have received some very creative entries such as essays with drawings and pictures, and one year we even received an essay inside of a shoebox,” said Zen Olow, Chairman of the Sports Fishery Advisory Board. “It is great to see kids excited about fishing and the outdoors.”

All entries must be submitted to: Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board, Office of the County Executive, Gerace Office Building, 3 North Erie Street, Mayville, NY 14757.

All participants will receive a certificate and at least eight winners from each grade will receive a spin cast fishing pole kit. Among the winners, two grand prize winners will be selected to go on a fishing trip with Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello this summer. Winners will be announced in early May and the two grand prize winners will be recognized at the May 23 Chautauqua County Legislature Meeting. All teachers and principals whose students submit essays will also receive a gift made by Kids on the Fly.

“We are very fortunate in Chautauqua County to have hundreds of places to fish, whether fishing from a boat, a pier, or wading into a creek or stream,” said Borrello. “We want to keep our children engaged in the refreshing outdoor activity of fishing and this essay contest is a great way to get our youth excited about the upcoming spring and summer fishing seasons.”

The Sports Fishery Advisory Board hopes the essay contest can be an interesting educational experience for students and helpful to teachers. It is intended to promote an awareness of Chautauqua County’s ecology, the factors that affect it, and the role each student plays in maintaining its quality in the future.

The contest is sponsored by the County Executive’s Office, County Legislature, and a majority of the prizes are funded through donations from the community and sportsmen’s clubs.

For more information, please contact the County Executive’s Office at 753-4211 or Olow at 640-2776.

http://www.observertoday.com/sports/local-sports/2018/03/fishing-essay-contest-now-underway/

 

PUBLIC COMMENT WANTED ON DRAFT SALMON RIVER FISHERIES MANAGEMENT PLAN: DEC recently announced the release of the Draft Salmon River Fisheries Management Plan to guide the agency's continuing efforts to sustain and improve one of New York's premier sportfishing destinations. The Salmon River is renowned for its world class trout and salmon fishing. Anglers from across North America and beyond come to the Salmon River for the opportunity to land trophy-size fish. This plan, which was developed in close consultation with anglers and representatives of the business community, will enhance the Salmon River's status as New York's premier, year-round angling destination for lake-run trout and salmon.

DEC's goal is to manage the Salmon River and its tributaries as a year-round sport fishery that provides anglers with the opportunity to catch an array of trophy-sized salmonids. DEC proposes a variety of strategies to achieve this goal, including improvements to its Salmon River Fish Hatchery, improved and increased angler access, efforts to promote ethical angling, protection and enhancement of critical fish habitats, and utilizing science and adaptive management to measure and achieve success.

DEC is encouraging the public to comment on the plan, which covers the period from 2018 to 2033 and focuses on lake-run trout and salmon (salmonids) in the 17-mile Salmon River corridor and the river's major tributaries below the Lighthouse Hill Reservoir in the town of Orwell.

The Salmon River Fisheries Management Plan is available on DEC's website.

DEC will accept public comments on the draft plan until April 23, 2018. To comment on the plan, send an email with the subject line "Salmon River Plan" to fwfish7@dec.ny.gov or send written comments via U.S. Mail to: David Lemon, Regional Fisheries Manager, NYSDEC Region 7, 1285 Fisher Road, Cortland, New York 13045.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

ECO Honored by Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs - Erie County: The Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs held its 75th Annual Awards ceremony and banquet on March 3 in West Seneca. The federation, which consists of 46 outdoor sporting clubs, presented ECO Mark Mazurkiewicz with the "Public Servant Award" at this year's gathering. Mazurkiewicz has been an ECO for 29 years, 25 of which have been in Erie County. The ceremony was attended by more than 200 people. After receiving the award, ECO Mazurkiewicz thanked attendees for their support, remarking that ECOs do their best work when supported by the sporting public. Among those on hand to see Mark receive this high honor were his daughter Jennifer and Region 9's acting Captain, Robert O'Connor.

 ECO Mark Mazurkiewicz with Public Servant Award
ECO Mark Mazurkiewicz and Frank Miskey Sr.

Goose Hunter's Tip Leads to Charges - Tioga County: On March 4, ECO Brent Wilson was on patrol checking goose hunters looking to fill their bag limits late in the season. Passing a corn field in the town of Tioga, ECO Wilson observed a group hunting over a flooded field. ECO Wilson checked the hunter's licenses, guns, and geese harvested. One of the hunters provided a tip to the ECO concerning the shooting of a swan earlier in the day. ECO Wilson contacted ECO Stan Winnick to see if he could assist with evidence collection. The two officers then canvassed the area. A resident told the officers his son-in-law was hunting with a friend that morning and that they had shot a snow goose. He provided the name and address. ECOs Wilson and Winnick then carefully walked the field and collected a spent shotgun shell. With this information and evidence, the officers tracked down the man, who admitted that he "had made a mistake." The subject told the ECOs he thought the bird was a snow goose, but when he got home and did some research, he realized it was a tundra swan. The man disposed of the carcass down a dirt road. Also known as a whistling swan, the tundra swan is a protected species for which there is no hunting season. The birds nest in the artic and are only found in New York during the winter periods of migration. ECOs Wilson and Winnick issued the hunter three summonses for taking a migratory bird out of season, illegally taking a protected species, and unlawful disposal of solid waste.


ECO Wilson with the discarded tundra swan carcass
ECO Wilson with the discarded tundra swan carcass

Dog Mistaken for Coyote - Tompkins County: On Feb. 26, ECO Jeffrey Krueger concluded an investigation by charging two coyote hunters with several ECL violations after New York State Police contacted ECO Krueger regarding a family dog shot by coyote hunters after dark on Feb. 21. The two hunters had been traveling to a hunting location in the town of Groton when one hunter saw what he believed to be the eyes of a coyote in a field and asked the driver to stop. The passenger loaded his rifle with one round, walked to a gated fence, and shot into the field. The driver then went to look for the coyote and pulled into a nearby driveway, where he discovered they had actually shot the resident's dog. A State Trooper responded, conducted initial interviews, and turned the case over to ECO Krueger, who found evidence indicating that shots had been fired within 500 feet of the complainant's home and that the area was posted property. After determining that the dog, transported to Cornell Animal Hospital the night of the incident, was expected to recover, the ECO contacted the hunters and had them meet him at State Police Barracks in Dryden. Both hunters were cooperative and provided written statements. The driver, a Cortland resident, was charged with operating an artificial light with an unsecured gun in a motor vehicle. The shooter, also from Cortland, was charged with operating an artificial light with an unsecured gun in a motor vehicle, shooting within 500 feet of a dwelling, and trespassing on posted property. Both will be answering charges in the Town of Dryden Court.

Illegal Sale of Wildlife - Erie County: On March 9, ECO Mark Mazurkiewicz investigated a report that an adult eastern spiny softshell turtle was being offered for sale for $49.99 in a pet store in the city of Buffalo. This type of turtle is protected in New York as a species of special concern and may not be possessed or sold without a permit. ECO Mazurkiewicz confirmed that there were no permits on file in Erie County. The animal was seized and will be given to an educational facility. The store was cited for possession of the turtle without a permit and for the unlawful commercialization of wildlife and faces fines up to $650.

 

 

NAPLES CREEK REPORT FROM DEC: We had a great turnout today for the annual rainbow trout sampling at Naples Creek in Ontario County. Each spring adult rainbow trout leave Canandaigua Lake and swim up streams such as Naples Creek to reproduce. This is referred to as the spring spawning run. Female rainbow trout bury their eggs in the gravelly stream bottom while male rainbow trout fertilize the eggs. These eggs will later hatch and young rainbow trout will spend over a year in Naples Creek before they head out to Canandaigua Lake. When rainbow trout reach the lake, they can grow much larger over a few years’ time and will eventually return to the stream where they were born to reproduce.

The spring spawning run is a great opportunity for DEC Biologists to sample the rainbow trout population. DEC has been sampling Naples Creek each spring since the 1950’s using a technique called electrofishing. This sampling effort helps us track growth rates and overall condition of the rainbow trout population. It also helps anglers determine where they may want to try fishing on April 1st, the opening day of trout season.

Today, DEC Region 8 Fisheries staff found a mix of female rainbow trout that had started to spawn and some that had not spawned yet. This is a good sign for anglers since it is likely that there will still be adult rainbow trout in Naples Creek on April 1st.

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RESULTS OF NATIONAL ARCHERY IN NEW YORK STATE SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced the results from the 10th annual New York National Archery in the Schools (NASP) state tournament, hosted by DEC on March 9, at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, NY. The event included 485 students from 25 school districts and is the third NASP state tournament where all of the participating archers were together on the same day.

NASP teachers lining up to shoot arrows

The NASP program is a great way to introduce young people to archery, and by extension, outdoor activities, which will strengthen their connection to nature. The dedication and commitment of the teachers and students who participate in the program are integral to its success.

NASP is designed to engage students in the educational process and improve participation in outdoor activities by students of all athletic abilities. DEC is involved in the program to introduce young people to archery, a common way to become interested in hunting and the outdoors.

Each competitor in the state tournament could achieve a maximum score of 300 points. There are three divisions: High School, grades 9-12; Middle School, grades 6-8; and Elementary School, grades 4-5. With a score of 291, the overall top female archer in the tournament was Victoria Yuknek of St. Joseph by The Sea High School in Richmond County. With a score of 289, the top male archer in the tournament was Daniel Hoffman of Holland Central School in Erie County. Both Victoria and Daniel received a trophy, a Genesis bow, NASP bow case, and a FeraDyne target. Awards were also given out in each of the three divisions for first through fifth places.

The first-place team in the high school division was St. Joseph by the Sea High School in Richmond County. The first-place team in the middle school division was Hinsdale Middle/High School in Cattaraugus County. The first-place team in the elementary division was Schroon Lake Central School in Essex County. Trophies were also awarded in each of the three divisions for first, second, and third places.

Individuals that placed in the top 10 in their division, and teams that placed first in each of the three divisions, qualify to compete and represent New York State at the national NASP tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky, May 10 - 12.

NASP continues to grow at the national level with more than 2.3 million students participating in the program during the 2016-17 school year. More than 13,000 schools in 47 states, Washington D.C., Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia have adopted the program. In New York, 333 schools from 178 school districts participate in the program and more than 34,000 students participated during the 2016-17 school year.

The New York State NASP Tournament is offered only to students who participated in the NASP archery program during in-school classes taught by certified NASP teachers. For more information on how schools can become involved in NASP and to view DEC's photo gallery, visit DEC's website. To learn more about the National Archery in the Schools Program, visit webpage.

 

KUDOS: NEW YORK STATE OUTDOORSMEN HALL OF FAME HONORS 11: The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame proudly announces that it has inducted 11 new members, including one posthumously in the Pioneer Category.  These inductees represent all areas of the state and many fields of endeavor. The NYSOHOF is an organization dedicated to honoring those individuals who have spent many years preserving our outdoor heritage, working for conservation, or enhancing our outdoor sports for future generations. Inductees from Central/Western New York include:

Doug Higgins from Piffard in Livingston County was recently honored for 30 years of service to Sportsman’s Education having taught classes in hunter safety, trapper education, and bowhunter education. He was instrumental in resurrecting the local Letchworth Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and served as banquet chair for 13 very successful years in addition to mentoring many turkey hunters and the Youth Turkey Hunt.

Neil Newton of Albion in Orleans County has been past president and a member of the Finger Lakes Conservation Council for 35 years and Orleans County Federation of Sportsmen for 63 years in addition to being a hunter safety instructor for many years. Newton was a co-founder of the DEC Walleye Cooperator rearing project and was involved with rearing and stocking the walleye fingerlings.

Everett “Bud” Teague of Onondaga County spent over 35 years volunteering and teaching youngsters how to fish. He was a Board Member of the Friends of Carpenters Brook Fish Hatchery, maintained the fishing equipment, cared for the fishing pond, and taught kids how to fish at all events such as Sportsman’s Day or Family Fishing Days

Lloyd Weigel of Kirkville in Onondaga County is best known for his selfless efforts in helping others enjoy the outdoors through his organization, Advanced Strategy Adventures, that provides hunting and fishing events for the physically disabled and youth. The activities include providing access, opportunity, and guiding the physically challenged on hunts for pheasants, deer, geese, and fishing and ice fishing at no cost to the participants.

Others being inducted are: Charlie Ellsworth from Deerfield in Oneida County; Charlie Mead of Queensbury in Washington County; Ron Meeks from Norwich in Chenango County; Dr. William Muller from Smithtown in Suffolk County; Matt Webber from Cazenovia in Madison County; Norm Webber from Cazenovia in Madison County; Greene Smith from Peterboro in Madison County; and Mike Kochanows