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with ron schroder

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

 

12 - 15 - 17

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.

 

HUNTERS REPORT MORE DEER IN 2017 THAN 2016: New York State hunters have been more successful in 2017 than last year through the first several weeks of big game seasons. Early reports from New York hunters through December 3rd, show that hunters reported taking approximately 18 percent more deer in the Northern Zone and 14 percent more deer in the Southern Zone compared to the same period in 2016.

 

A final tally of the seasons' deer and bear harvests will be compiled and released early in 2018.

Through the third weekend of the Southern Zone regular big game season, hunters reported 69,550 deer in 2017, compared to 61,184 through the same period in 2016. Similarly for the Northern Zone, hunters have reported11,349 deer in 2017, compared to 9,417 deer in 2016.

For bears, hunters have reported taking 814 bears so far in the Southern Zone, compared to 775 taken at this point in 2016, but harvest is lagging in the Northern Zone with only 291 bears reported in 2017, compared to 450 bears at this point in 2016.

DEC also observed a slight increase in reporting via the web and wildlife app in 2017 compared to 2016.

Hunters in the Southern Zone still have several more days. The late bow and muzzleloading season for deer and bear in the Southern Zone runs from December 11th to the 19th and in the special Deer Management Focus Area in central Tompkins County from Jan. 13 to 31.

Several hunters have died or injured this year as a result of a fall from a tree stand. When hunting in tree stands use a safety harness and a climbing belt, as most tree stand accidents occur when hunters are climbing in and out of the stand. Also, never climb in or out of a tree stand with a loaded rifle. See our new Tree Stand Safety Video (link leaves DEC's website) for more tips on avoiding accidents.

Always be prepared for winter conditions when venturing in the woods, inform a friend or relative of your whereabouts, and pack emergency supplies.

For more information on these and other important hunting safety tips, please visit DEC's website.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Please Pass ... On The Salt - Cortland County:

image of dead deer

On Nov. 18, ECO Matthew Burdick was patrolling Route 120 in the town of Virgil when he observed two hunters dragging two deer to a parked pick-up truck. ECO Burdick stopped and found that both deer were untagged, although the hunters claimed they were going to tag them once they got back to the truck. ECO Burdick asked the hunters to show him where the deer had been taken. The hunters led ECO Burdick into the adjacent valley and showed him a deer blind, where there was a half-eaten salt block nearby. ECO Burdick issued tickets to the two men for placing a salt block for non-agricultural purposes, hunting with the aid of pre-established bait, illegal taking of deer, and failure to fill out a carcass tag immediately upon harvest. All tickets are returnable to Town of Virgil Justice Court.

The K-9 Nose Knows - Cortland County: On Nov. 19, ECO Matthew Burdick responded to a Cortland County 911 radio call of shots fired from a roadway in the town of Cincinnatus. Cortland County Sheriff's Deputies stopped the truck in question and found a dead deer in the bed of it. When questioned, the driver of the truck stated he had shot the deer in a totally different location than the complaint they were investigating. ECO Burdick arrived and contacted ECO Brett Armstrong and K-9 Phoenix to help search for evidence. K-9 Phoenix quickly located four spent shotgun shells along the gravel roadside. Armed with new evidence, the two ECOs questioned the driver once again and asked to see the firearm used to shoot the deer. A quick check determined the gun was loaded with shells matching those found on the roadway. Faced with the inevitable, the driver admitted to shooting the deer from the road. The suspect was issued tickets for taking wildlife from a public roadway, possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, discharging a firearm over a public highway, and the illegal taking of deer. All of the charges are returnable to the Town of Cincinnatus Justice Court. The 8-point buck was seized and donated to NYS Venison Donation Coalition program.

 

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA - THE CONSERVATIONIST MAGAZINE:

December 2015 cover of Conservationist

Don't miss the next Conservationist magazine! Published six times a year, Conservationist is a New York State-focused magazine that is packed with informative and entertaining articles, first-rate photography and stunning artwork. Articles cover a broad range of environmental and natural history related topics, including fishing, hiking, recreation, travel, hunting, and nature studies. Highlights of the December issue: Discover the spruce grouse; Celebrate the new visitor center at Five Rivers; Learn about lichens; Explore Pharsalia Wildlife Management Area;

Marvel at the seasonal beauty of the Adirondacks; Plan a First Day Hike; An much more!

Subscribe online or call 1-800-678-6399. The beauty of this idea is, come next year you don’t have to think of another gift – just renew!

 

ICE FISHING - A FUN ACTIVITY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: If you're looking for something fun to do with your family this winter, the nearest ice-covered water might be the answer. Ice fishing is easy to learn, it doesn't take much equipment, and anyone — including kids — can catch lots of fish.
Warm clothes and basic equipment are all you need to start making memories with your kids.
On your first trip, your kids might enjoy sliding across the ice and tossing snowballs as much as they enjoy fishing. That's great and is one of the reasons ice fishing is so fun. But wait until they reel their first fish in and you see their eyes light up. That's when the fun really starts.
Staying safe and warm
Wait until the ice is at least four inches thick, and it should be safe to walk on. To stay warm and comfortable, dress in layers. Dressing in layers allows you to remove or add clothes as the temperature gets warmer or colder. Wearing boots that are waterproof is another good idea. As the day warms up, some water will start to form on top of the ice. Wearing waterproof boots will keep your feet dry and warm."
Basic equipment
A short ice fishing rod and reel, some hooks and sinkers, wax worms or meal worms, an ice auger, and a large spoon or something you can use to scoop ice chunks that form in the hole you're fishing, are all you need to get started. With the exception of worms and an occasional hook, you only need to buy the equipment once. After you do, you can enjoy it for years to come. Also, buy some small jigs, ice flies or small jigging spoons. Chartreuse and red are two colors that usually produce well but buy a variety of colors. That way, you'll have the color the fish want on the day you're fishing.
Because fish bite softly in the winter, buying items that will help you detect subtle bites is a great idea. Spring bobbers (a wire extension that attaches to the end or the top of your fishing rod) and various floats (also called bobbers) are among the items that will help you know a fish is on the end of your line.
A simple technique
Once you have your gear, and you've drilled a hole in the ice, it's time to fish. Here's a simple method that can put fish on the ice:
Tie a small jig to the end of your line, and thread a meal worm or a wax worm on the jig's hook. After threading the worm, open the bail on your spinning reel, and lower the jig and worm until it touches the bottom of the water you're fishing. (When your line goes slack, you'll know it's reached the bottom.) After the lure touches bottom, close the bail, and reel the lure until it's just a few inches off the bottom. Then, let it sit still and watch your bobber closely. It's also a good idea to occasionally "twitch" the rod, to make the jig move. If a fish is in the area, there's a good chance it will swim in and take the jig. If your bobber starts to twitch, raise your rod, set the hook and reel your fish in. If you've waited a few minutes and a fish hasn't taken your jig, reel it up a few inches, stop and start watching your bobber again. Keep doing that until you find the depth at which the fish are holding. If you don't get any bites, pick up and move to a different location.

CLEAN BIRD FEEDERS HELP KEEP BIRDS HEALTHY:  Some advice about bird feeder cleanliness before you run out and buy that first twenty dollar bag of seed. Cleaning bird feeders on a regular basis is an important and often overlooked component of feeding birds so they don't become sick.
Feeding birds in the winter is a source of great enjoyment for bird enthusiasts, but it can also cause diseases to spread quickly among wild birds. It is critical to clean those birdfeeders at least once a month in order to prevent a buildup of harmful pathogens.
Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites can cause diseases such as aspergillosis, salmonella, avian pox, trichomoniasis, and conjunctivitis. Species commonly affected by bird feeder diseases are redpolls, pine siskins, goldfinches, sparrows, and cardinals.
It’s recommended using a solution of one part bleach to nine parts hot water to kill bacteria. Hot water with unscented dish detergent also does an excellent job. Wear rubber gloves to avoid any contamination. Be sure to clean inside and outside surfaces. Bottle brushes work well in tube feeders.
Be sure to thoroughly rinse your feeders to prevent residual chlorine from being ingested by birds. Then, dry the feeders well before filling them again. Any remaining moisture could lead to mold and mildew that can cause rotten, unhealthy seed.
Also, take time to remove seed and droppings in nearby areas where birds congregate. Birds can spill seed and leave debris several feet away from feeders.
Clean birdfeeders and feeding areas will attract more birds and keep them healthier for birders to enjoy.
Additional information about diseases at bird feeders can be found at:
http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/fact_sheets/coping_with_diseases_at_birdfeeders.jsp

 

OUTDOOR TIPS: Winter in New York offers a lot of opportunities to get outside and explore your area in a new way. Knowing where you are going and how to get there is an important part of heading out into an unknown area. But you also have to be prepared to deal with health issues that can occur when enjoying the outdoors, especially in winter. Sporting goods stores carry reference guides to first aid that will fit easily in your backpack. Dehydration—Dehydration occurs when you don't replace the fluid that your body loses through participating in outdoor activities or exercise. Make sure to drink water before you start an activity and continue to drink it at intervals while active. Hypothermia— Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Hypothermia isn't just a concern in the winter. A cool, breezy spring or summer day can be more dangerous than a calm, dry winter day because wind and moisture draw heat away from the body quickly. Dress in layers, and wear a hat to avoid this life-threatening condition. Layered Clothing—In cool weather, your clothing provides insulation to keep you from losing body heat. Sweating can be dangerous when the temperature drops, so you must layer your clothing. The first layer of clothing should be able to "wick" away moisture. Cotton isn't a good choice because it traps the moisture close to your skin and makes you chilly. Polypropylene is a better choice for the first layer. The second layer can be a blend of cotton and synthetic fabric. Finally, a layer of wool provides warmth even when wet. Add a waterproof/windproof jacket if the weather calls for it. Wear two pairs of socks-poly liners covered by wool socks.

 

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

1–3/7–10/14–17/21–23/28–31 - White Deer Tours: Seneca White Deer, Inc. recently announced that it will start tours of the former Seneca Army Depot. Participants will see the world’s largest herd of white, white-tailed deer in the world, other wildlife, and the relics of 60 years of secret weapons storage. We will visit one of the 519 earth-covered concrete igloos that stored everything from pistol cartridges to tactical missiles, from conventional bombs to nuclear warheads. We can never guarantee where the mystical white deer will be, but our tour guides know the best locations and will stop for pictures as deer and wildlife appear. Tour routes will vary according to the weather and season. This is your opportunity to see the hidden world and experience the magic of the white deer yourself. Our 25 passenger, air-conditioned and heated tour buses give all our visitors a comfortable seat for a 90-minute, narrated trip behind the fences of the former Seneca Army Depot. (Cost: Adults - $30.00/Military and Seniors – $27.00/Children 5–17 - $15.00/Children under 5 – Free) (For information go to https://www.senecawhitedeer.org/.)

4 - Start of Northern Zone Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons (>12/10)

11 - Start of Hunting Season for Varying Hare (Snowshoe Rabbit) in Central and Eastern New York (>2/28/18)

11 - Start of Southern Zone Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons (>12/19)

13 - Teachers In Nature: Professional Development Series – Growing Up WILD at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 7:00 pm) Learn how to connect your students to nature! CTLE credit hours may be available for select programs. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

15 - Close of Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

16 - Montezuma’s Raptor and Riesling Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm) The holiday season is here and so are our wintering raptors. Join Montezuma Audubon Center education staff to tour Montezuma’s birding hotspots in our van to search for the elusive Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, and Snowy Owls!  During the tour, we’ll stop at the Montezuma Winery for wine tastings and to learn how vineyards can provide important bird habitat. Must be 21+. (Fee $20/adult, includes tasting fee.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

16 - Independent Fur Harvesters Fur Auction at the Pompey Rod and Gun Club, Swift Road off NY Rte. 80, Fabius, NY.  Sign in starts at 8 a.m.  (For information contact Rich Palmer at 315-720-5227.)

17 - End of Canada Goose Season in the South Zone of Western New York

17 – Winter Wonder Photography Walk at Niagara Falls State Park Niagara Falls, NY (11:30 am-12:45 pm) (For information/register call 716-282-5154.)

18 - Montezuma’s Christmas Bird Count at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.  Novice and experienced birders are welcome! (Fee: FREE.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

19 - Close  of Southern Zone Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons

 

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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12 – 8 – 17

 

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.

 

UPDATE ON NON-HUNTER FATALITY: Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos, Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick E. Swanson and Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace announced that the man who shot and killed a woman walking her dogs in a field behind her Sherman home last week has been indicted.

Thomas B. Jadlowski, 34, of Sherman, surrendered himself to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office in connection with the Nov. 22 incident in which he allegedly opened fire on what he thought was a deer but turned out to be his neighbor. Jadlowski was arraigned in Chautauqua County Court on a two-count indictment alleging manslaughter in the 2nd degree and hunting after legal hours.

"Today, Mr. Jadlowski is being held accountable for his dangerous and reckless conduct when he fired a shot in the dark, causing this terrible tragedy," Commissioner Seggos said. "I commend the work of our Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs), the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office and Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson for their professionalism and careful handling of this case. I hope this sends a loud and clear message that illegal hunting after sunset is dangerous and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

On the day before Thanksgiving, DEC ECOs and Chautauqua County Sheriff's responded to a call of a hunting-related shooting incident just after 5:20 p.m., well beyond the legal close of the daily hunting period at sunset.

Rosemary Billquist, 43, of Sherman, was struck in the hip by a bullet fired by Jadlowski. After firing the shot, hearing a scream and finding Billquist, Jadlowski called 911. Members of the Sherman Stanley Hose Company Volunteer Fire Department responded within minutes of the shooting to find Ms. Billquist unresponsive about 150 yards behind her home. She was immediately transported to UPMC Hamot medical center in Erie, Pennsylvania, but later succumbed to her injuries.

"Like the rest of Chautauqua County, Sherman has many responsible hunters, and having grown up in Sherman myself, I know many families where hunting is a family affair," DA Swanson said. "Responsible hunting is paramount to the safety of anyone enjoying the outdoors. This incident is a tragic reminder of the importance that hunting laws be followed. This incident was completely avoidable. My sincerest condolences go out to the Billquist and Jafarjian families."

Chautauqua County Sheriff Joe Gerace said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Rosemary Billquist. This tragic event should never have happened. I am pleased that through the efforts of the Sheriff's Office, the DEC, and the District Attorney's Office, we have charged the defendant whose reckless actions resulted in the death of an innocent woman."

Jadlowski, of Sherman, entered a plea of not guilty in Chautauqua Court in front of Judge David W. Foley. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property. Jadlowski is due back in court on Jan. 29, 2018 for motions. The charges carry a potential state prison sentence of 5 to 15 years.

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SOLICITS PUBLIC INPUT ON PROPOSAL TO CELEBRATE THE CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENT OF WATERFOWL HUNTERS IN THE 2018 FEDERAL DUCK STAMP: Over the past century, waterfowl hunters have helped create and conserve millions of acres of wetland habitat, not only providing places for a wide diversity of wildlife to thrive, but also helping in flood control and water purification efforts, and creating significant economic stimulus for rural communities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has today proposed to celebrate hunters’ remarkable achievements and our unique American hunting heritage with a change to the 2018 Federal Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the Duck Stamp.

The Federal Duck Stamp Program has become one of the most popular and successful conservation programs ever initiated. While waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older are required to purchase a stamp each hunting season, anyone can buy one and contribute to conservation. Some 1.8 million stamps are sold each year, and as of 2017, Federal Duck Stamps have generated more than $1 billion for the preservation of more than 6 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the United States. A current Federal Duck Stamp is also a free pass into any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee.

In addition to being the only conservation revenue stamp, the Federal Duck Stamp is also unique in the way it is created. Each year, the Service holds an art contest, the only juried art competition sponsored by the Federal Government.

The Service’s proposal would require entries in the 2018 contest to include one or more visual element that reflect the theme “celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage.” They must also adhere to existing contest regulations that require a live portrayal of one or more of the five eligible waterfowl species (wood duck, American wigeon, northern pintail, green-winged teal and lesser scaup for 2018) as the dominant foreground feature that is clearly the focus of attention. Contestants will be judged on the quality of their art and how well they illustrate the theme. The contest winner’s art will be made into the 2019-2020 Duck Stamp.

The Service also proposes for 2018 that all selected contest judges must have an understanding and appreciation of America’s waterfowl hunting heritage and be able to recognize scenery or objects related to waterfowl hunting.

In addition to the proposals specific to 2018, the Service is proposing permanent revisions to the scientific names of species on the list of contest design subjects and updates to recognize technological advances in stamp design and printing.

The notice was published in the Federal Register on November 28. Written comments and information concerning this proposal can be submitted by one of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to: [FWS-HQ-MB-2015-0161]

U. S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. [FWS-HQ-MB-2015-0161]; Division of Policy, Performance and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike - MS: BPHC Falls Church, VA 22041-3808.

Comments must be received within 30 days, on or before December 28, 2017. The Service will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means the agency will post any personal information provided through the process. The Service is not able to accept email or faxes.

For more information, please visit: https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp/duck-stamp-contest-and-event-information.php.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Pennsylvania Buck Seized During Stop -- Broome County: On Nov. 7, ECO Tony Rigoli was on patrol in the town of Windsor when he observed a large antlered deer carcass in the bed of a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction. While Rigoli turned his vehicle around, the driver sped off at a high rate of speed. ECO Rigoli caught up to the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. The driver stated he had shot the impressive buck in Pennsylvania and was taking it to his camp in New York to process. The deer carcass was untagged, but the subject had a completed Pennsylvania tag in his possession. ECO Rigoli advised the subject he was in violation of New York's Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) regulations, and would be ticketed and the carcass seized. The man said he was not going to relinquish the deer carcass. ECO Rigoli contacted Lt. Kenric Warner, who responded and convinced the subject that the deer was going to be seized pursuant to the regulations. The officers also determined that the subject, a Pennsylvania resident, had procured a resident New York hunting license illegally. The man was ticketed for making a false statement to obtain a New York resident hunting license and for violating CWD Regulations. The deer was seized and transferred for testing at Cornell University.



ECO Tony Rigoli and Pennsylvania buck

Upstate Alligator - Broome County: On Nov. 17, Lt. Kenric Warner and ECOs Andy McCormick and Tony Rigoli executed a search warrant at a residence in the town of Kirkwood. Two days earlier, the officers had received information indicating the subject was currently in possession of an alligator. During the execution of the warrant, officers seized a 3 ½-foot long American Alligator. The subject was issued a ticket for the unlawful possession of a wild animal as a pet, returnable to the Town of Kirkwood Court. The alligator was transferred to Animal Adventure Park, a DEC-permitted facility in Harpursville.

The Complainant Becomes the Suspect - Niagara County: On Nov. 18, ECOs George Scheer and Michael Phelps were on patrol when they responded to a call from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office in the town of Royalton. A complainant claimed someone had stolen a deer he just shot. The ECOs and a New York State Trooper interviewed the complainant who told the officers he thought a man on an ATV took a doe that he shot ECO Phelps and Trooper Blair attempted to locate the man with the ATV while ECO Scheer continued to interview the complainant. The complainant was in possession of two firearms with ammunition, one shotgun and one rifle, although rifles are not legal for deer hunting in Niagara County. As the interview continued, ECO Scheer discovered the complainant was in possession of a female's hunting license, four Deer Management Permits (DMPs), and regular season tags. The complainant advised that they were his girlfriend's tags and said that she, "does not hunt anymore." The officers also discovered a used crack pipe, used hypodermic needle, and a small white rock suspected to be crack cocaine. The complainant stated he smoked crack from the pipe the night before but not that day. The man was charged with possession of a rifle during deer season in a non-rifle zone, possession of a hunting license of another person, unlawfully possessing another person's DMPs, and various charges for the drugs and paraphernalia. The charges will be heard in the Town of Royalton Court.


Firearms, hunting licenses, drugs and paraphernalia

 

CHRISTMAS IDEAS: Christmas gift ideas, how about a lifetime license for hunting, fishing and/or trapping or a subscription to the DEC magazine, the Conservationist. The nice part about the magazine you don’t have to worry about next year – just renew.

 

FISH NOTES:

Restoring Native Cisco in Lake Ontario

DEC Region 8 Fisheries and Caledonia Hatchery staff recently assisted staff from the U.S. Geological Survey lab in Tunison, NY and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  Northeast Fishery Center in stocking 100,000 fingerling ciscoes (lake herring) into Lake Ontario.

DEC staff collected cisco eggs during the late fall and winter of 2016, and they were hatched at the Tunison Lab and Northeast Fishery Center. The stocking is part of an effort to restore Lake Ontario's native herring, which were once an important prey fish in the lake.

 

 

 

Oneida Lake Walleye Fishing Trending Up

Oneida Lake walleye anglers will be pleased to learn that after a down year in 2016, walleye fishing appears to have rebounded. Preliminary results of a summer 2017 creel survey noted improved walleye catch rates, and the gill net catch this past summer was the highest since 1988.

Researchers believe that the reduction in the round goby population in the lake may be the reason. When gobies are abundant, walleyes typically feast on them and are less likely to take a bait presented by an angler. Gobies are also notorious bait thieves and can make fishing difficult. Find out more about the Oneida Lake Fishery.

 

 

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

DECEMBER 2017

8 - Montezuma’s Home School Nature Series: Wild About Birds at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is one of the most unique birding habitats in the northeast United States with 50,000 acres of forests, grasslands, wetlands, and open water and nearly 300 species can be found here. Some are colorful and some are drab. Some are tall and some are small. Through fun, interactive, and hands-on educational activities, homeschoolers ages 5 to 12 will learn how to recognize field marks to identify birds while participating in a citizen science project that will lead to help Audubon conserve bird habitats. (Fee: $8/student.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.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 the wild herbs that grow in Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 12 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

9 - The North Forest Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot Program at the Wolcott Guns, 3052 Walden Avenue, Depew, NY. (1:00 – 3:00 pm)The ladies will be enjoying some archery activities on the range and also using a 3-D bow simulator. There are five lanes with the range simulator, allowing distances from 5 to 30 yards at bullseye and 3-D targets. There are 12 lanes in the regular range. Bring your own bows and crossbows, but if you don’t have any equipment, some will be provided for you. (Cost is $25 for adults, $20 for junior ladies ages 13 to 17.) (Preregister by Dec. 6 with Colleen Gaskill at 716-628-9023.) 

9 - Forest Bathing at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Ease into the holiday season with this program based on the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku. We will focus on the sights, sounds and smells of the forest to induce relaxation. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

10 - Close of Southern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

10 - Close  of Northern Zone Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons

10 - Genesee Valley Trappers Association Fur Auction at the Clubhouse, 4462 County Road 32 (3 miles east of Honeoye, south of 20A), Honeoye, NY (6:30 am fur checkin/10:00 am auction) ($10.00 charge for non-members) (For information call Tom Miller, 585-229-4759)

11 - Start of Hunting Season for Varying Hare (Snowshoe Rabbit) in Central and Eastern New York (>2/28/18)

11 - Start of Southern Zone Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons (>12/19)

13 - Teachers In Nature: Professional Development Series – Growing Up WILD at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 7:00 pm) Learn how to connect your students to nature! CTLE credit hours may be available for select programs. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

15 - Close of Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

16 - Montezuma’s Raptor and Riesling Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm) The holiday season is here and so are our wintering raptors. Join Montezuma Audubon Center education staff to tour Montezuma’s birding hotspots in our van to search for the elusive Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, and Snowy Owls!  During the tour, we’ll stop at the Montezuma Winery for wine tastings and to learn how vineyards can provide important bird habitat. Must be 21+. (Fee $20/adult, includes tasting fee.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

17 - End of Canada Goose Season in the South Zone of Western New York

 

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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12 – 1 – 17

 

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

 

PLEASE BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!!: Tragedy has struck the hunting world of western New York. Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are leading an investigation into a hunting related shooting incident in Sherman, New York. On November 22, 2017, at approximately 5:30 p.m. Rosemary A. Billquist of Sherman, NY was shot once while walking her dogs in a field allegedly by Thomas Jadlowski, who was hunting in the area. The subject immediately called 9-1-1 and administered first aid on the victim. She was subsequently transported to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA and pronounced dead. DEC ECOs and Chautauqua county Sheriffs are in the process of reconstructing the crime scene to determine charges against the subject, and additional information will be provided as the investigation progresses.


PRELIMINARY THREE-DAY PENNSYLVANIA BEAR HARVEST RESULTS: Hunters during the third day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season harvested 318 bears, raising the three-day total to 1,628 – an about 30 percent decrease compared to the 2,308 bears taken during the first three days of the 2016 season. Extensive rain on the season’s opening day, Nov. 18, led to the harvest decline. Bears have been harvested in 54 counties so far during the statewide season. The state’s heaviest bear – a male estimated at 700 pounds – was taken in Oil Creek Township, Venango County.

 

NY SEA GRANT KING SALMON VIDEO: New York Sea Grant has released a video highlighting the value of king salmon to the Lake Ontario ecosystem and local economies, and how Cornell University researchers and Sea Grant personnel are using pop-off satellite archival tags developed to work in freshwater to collect unprecedented data about salmon movement and behavior. Free access to the video is posted at https://youtu.be/pb4wJQc-O7A. New York Sea Grant Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist Jesse Lepak wrote and narrated the 3-minute video that shows the tagging process and highlights the value of the data collected by the tags. ˜These freshwater pop-off tags allow for a unique view into the behavior of the fish and will provide data of interest to researchers, aquatic resource managers, and anglers, Lepak said. ˜For example, the tags are equipped with accelerometers indicating when the fish are swimming quickly to catch prey. Sea Grant will be sharing that information with the recreational anglers and charter services that are key economic drivers of the Lake Ontario regional economy, Lepak noted. A tag that was placed on a mature salmon on July 13 in waters near Oswego, NY, was detected on August 31 near Cobourg, Ontario, Canada, 90 miles away. That tag was recovered and contains data, including depth, temperature, and accleration for the fish recorded at one-second intervals for 49 days. With funding from New York Sea Grant, Dr. James M. Watkins with the Cornell University Department of Natural Resources, Ithaca, NY, and biologist Dr. Christopher Perle of Florida State College, Jacksonville, FL, are analyzing the data from the tags that can provide up to 90 days of tracking information. ˜With this tagging process, the fish become lake profilers. For example, data from the tags will track how closely the salmon follow their water temperature preference of 42 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and when they choose to leave that preferred temperature to enter either warmer or colder waters in search of forage, says Watkins. Perle, who has been involved in marine electronic tagging research in the Pacific Ocean, notes, ˜Fresh water presents new challenges technologically for electronic pop-up tags. This Sea Grant project will not only provide information about king salmon as a key predator in the ecology of Lake Ontario, it is an opportunity to evaluate a new tag designed specifically for fresh water. Two Lake Ontario charter fishing services assisted the production of the ˜Learning More About Lake Ontario’s King Salmon video. Fish Doctor Charters Captain Ernie Lantiegne, a retired New York State DEC fishery biologist, commented, ˜King salmon are the big draw for anglers in Lake Ontario and the main engine for its multimillion dollar salmonid fishery. Rochester Sport Fishing Charter Captain Kim Mammano agreed, ˜The king salmon fishery of Lake Ontario can be seen as an an invaluable resource, and sustaining this world-class fishery should remain a priority for years to come. 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 Great Lakes and marine district activities, www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links.

 

TICKETS ON SALE FOR THE 2018 GREAT AMERICAN OUTDOOR SHOW: Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Great American Outdoor Show, scheduled for February 3-11 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Purchase tickets online at www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.
The Great American Outdoor Show is a nine-day celebration of hunting, fishing, and outdoor traditions treasured by millions of Americans and their families. Featuring firearm manufacturers, hunting & fishing outfitters, fishing tackle, boats, RVs, archery, and fun for the entire family. More than 1,100 exhibitors fill nine halls and cover 650,000 square feet, making the Great American Outdoor Show the largest consumer sports and outdoor show in the world.
In addition to the expansive exhibit halls, the 2018 Great American Outdoor Show includes a jam-packed schedule of events – including the 3D Bowhunter Challenge, Dock Dogs competitions, celebrity appearances, over 200 seminars, wild game cooking demonstrations, activities just for kids, an NRA Country concert, and much more.
Regular adult admission is only $14. Special rates apply for kids, seniors, groups and multi-day tickets.
For more information and regular updates on the 2018 Great American Outdoor Show, including celebrity guest appearance times, seminar schedule and special events, visit
www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Genesee River Detail - Monroe County: Region 8 ECOs conducted a month-long fishing enforcement detail in Rochester on the Genesee River at the lower falls that concluded on Nov. 5. During this detail, officers wrote 178 tickets for various fishing violations, including 41 tickets for snatching, 32 tickets for fishing without a license, and 22 tickets for possession of foul-hooked fish. Other violations included using more than one hook point and fishing with weight below the hook. During this detail, ECOs encountered two subjects with outstanding warrants. These subjects were taken into custody and turned over to the local police agency.



Illegally taken fish stashed among the rocks

Double Trouble - Chautauqua County: On Nov. 7, ECOs Jerry Kinney and Jacob Jankowski responded to a call of a deer exhibiting unusual behavior in the town of Charlotte. Upon their arrival, the officers observed two brothers standing over a large, freshly killed 9-point buck. Further investigation revealed that the buck had been shot by one of the men, but tagged with his brother's archery tag. The shooter admitted to having already taken a buck during the 2017 archery season, just a few days prior. The man was issued two tickets, one for taking big game in excess of bag limit and one for possessing the tag of another person. His brother was issued one ticket for lending a tag to another person. The deer was taken to Troyer's Processing in Panama, and the venison will be donated to the Venison Donation Coalition to help feed people in need.



ECO Jankowski with the illegally killed buck

 

ICE FISHING: 5 STEPS FOR PREPPING YOUR GEAR LIKE A PRO:  Ice anglers are a nervous bunch it seems, from about the time of the whitetail rut, all throughout November. Even if ice doesn’t come in their neck of the woods until December, it seems we find more ways to worry about getting ready for it than we do once it’s actually here. While I can’t do anything about ice-formation, I can certainly give you a peek at my pre-ice checklist. Get the prep-work done, then rest easy until we get some single digit temps and calm winds.

1. Auger

Traditionally, gas-powered engines have made this the first item on my checklist. Should you need a carburetor adjust or other fix, you might be a few weeks out. Better to work on this one sooner rather than later, while service center lines are short and turnaround times are quick.

To prep any auger, you first need winter-blend fuels sold in the ice-belt usually anytime in November. Pre-mix your fuel, or purchase some of the handy pre-mixed gas in a can. Check your spark plug, auger flighting, and blade sharpness, then turn over the engine. If you’re choking and adjusting throttle like mad just to get it to fire, think how much harder that’s going to be on a frozen sheet of ice.

Of course, if you’re part of the electric auger crowd, simply test your batteries, blades and general condition to make sure you’re ready to drill first ice.

 2. Shelter

This comes next on my list as I want to make sure I have time to assess any items that may be broken, torn, or otherwise not functional. Then, I still have ample time to replace items or add new ones such as a light bar, cargo nets, hooks, etc. Were you sick and tired of the bottom of your portable shelter sled holding snow and water last year? Then consider drilling small holes at the back end of the sled in the bottom of the runner wells. That way, as your gear warms and dries, simply prop up the front part of your shelter to allow water to drain out.

3. Electronics

A quick look at your battery and its condition, as well as general operation of the unit itself, completes the trifecta of your big-ticket item pre-ice checklist. Look for a shifting screen, poorly lit marks, loose knobs, frayed cables, or loose connections. All these issues can be carry-overs from the year prior and will make the new year on ice that much more difficult. Again, customer service waits are very short right now, but will be long when everyone breaks out their flasher for the first time of the new ice season. Stay ahead of the curve and be ready to fish when others aren’t.

4. Outerwear and Boots

This could be one of the most overlooked areas to prep for all ice anglers, especially during early ice, when you’re often fishing outside of a shelter or at least roaming the open ice to check for safety. Consider a floating bib and jacket combination that’s designed for the ice, and line its pockets with everything you’ll need. Headlamps, bait-pucks, hand-towels, measuring tapes, superline scissors, GPS, and forceps all fit inside the pockets of my on-ice outerwear. Boots are a subject unto themselves, but make sure your footwear doesn’t leak, and consider equipping them with ice cleats for slick first ice.

5. Tackle

I start with putting fresh line on every ice reel I own. It’s cheap insurance, and tiny 500 series reel spools are made to create memory in ice line. Make sure that reels are firmly taped and/or seated on rod seats, and that everything fits into your transportation tote or rod-box of choice.

Consider how you’ll fish, where, and for what species. Go through the scenarios of what species you’ll likely fish for and where. Configure your storage solutions accordingly. For me, it’s Ziploc bags for small jigs and plastics, individually labeled and sorted, then stuffed into a tackle bag. For hard baits and spoons, I run a series of small boxes that I can separate easily and keep on my person only what I need. Rarely do I bring everything, but I’m still striving for the perfect solution as we all are.

Regarding bait, consider buying in bulk, as I’ll typically buy 1,000 euros at a time then dip ice pucks into that stock as necessary to refill. If they’re left outside to freeze or otherwise die, you haven’t lost it all, and you need to restock less often.

Lastly, and this is the fun part, gather all your ice tackle in a single location, spread them out on the floor and admire how large the pile has become. Make sure to do so in the absence of your significant other, or you’ll likely be prevented from ever adding to it again. Go through old baits, replace hooks as needed and, more than anything, take good inventory on what needs re-stocking.

Be honest with yourself. This is a difficult task. Work new baits and lures into the rotation, but do so sparingly, and then, only in a few selected colors and sizes. Instead, focus on your staples, and make sure you have plenty multiples of them. The worst thing you can do when shopping for lures is to buy a smattering of one each in various lure types. Instead, do your research and know your fishing style, then make educated and targeted purchases in multiples of the colors and sizes of baits you know you’ll make use of this winter. While it can be more expensive, you’re far more likely to have what you need when using this system.

I’ve more recently been a fan of shopping for these items online, mostly because I can order these multiples with greater ease, and typically the stock is virtually limitless. Still, whether online or in-store, supply can be sold thin if you wait too long. This is especially true for brand new lures and baits that get a good amount of press.

From here, you’re more prepared than the vast majority of your ice-fishing brethren, and for good reason, first ice can be the best fishing of the year. So, fill your deer tags, get some fresh winter blend fuel in that ice auger, and wait until Mother Nature gives us the icy layer we need to walk on water.

(by: Joel Nelson  https://www.outdoorhub.com/how-to/2017/11/16/videos-5-best-recipes-seasonal-salmon-harvest/)

 

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

DECEMBER 2017

1- Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/16/18)

1 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Black Bass (20 inch limit) fishing season (>6/16/18)

1–3/7–10/14–17/21–23/28–31 - White Deer Tours: Seneca White Deer, Inc. recently announced that it will start tours of the former Seneca Army Depot. Participants will see the world’s largest herd of white, white-tailed deer in the world, other wildlife, and the relics of 60 years of secret weapons storage. We will visit one of the 519 earth-covered concrete igloos that stored everything from pistol cartridges to tactical missiles, from conventional bombs to nuclear warheads. We can never guarantee where the mystical white deer will be, but our tour guides know the best locations and will stop for pictures as deer and wildlife appear. Tour routes will vary according to the weather and season. This is your opportunity to see the hidden world and experience the magic of the white deer yourself. Our 25 passenger, air-conditioned and heated tour buses give all our visitors a comfortable seat for a 90-minute, narrated trip behind the fences of the former Seneca Army Depot. (Cost: Adults - $30.00/Military and Seniors – $27.00/Children 5–17 - $15.00/Children under 5 – Free) (For information go to https://www.senecawhitedeer.org/.)

2 - NWTF Salmon River Chapter Wheelin Sportsmen Muzzleloader Deer Hunt on private property in 2509 State Route 104, Mexico, NY (For information contact William Wilbur  315-440-4351  wwilbur551@aol.com)

2 - Montezuma’s Nature Photography Tour with Jim Montanus at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 4:00 pm) Ever wonder how to take the best picture with your camera?  No camera is too big or small to take the perfect picture. Join us for a traveling photography class lead by renowned photographer Jim Montanus who will begin with a presentation about birding throughout the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and the fundamentals of photography. Later, we’ll travel around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex with Mr. Montanus to explore birding hot spots while receiving expert photography advice. (Fee: $50/adult.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

2 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 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)

2-3 - Niagara Frontier – Clarence Gun Show at the Event Building, 11177 Main St Clarence, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 100 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)          

3 - End of Northern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

3 - Alabama Hunt Club Blackpowder Shoot and Meeting at 1854 Lewiston Road, Alabama, NY  (11:00 am) (For information call John Szumigala at 716-714-5514.)

4 - Start of Northern Zone Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons (>12/10)

6 - End of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers in Western Zone

6 - Teachers In Nature: Professional Development Series – Classroom Citizen Science at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 7:00 pm) Learn how to connect your students to nature! CTLE credit hours may be available for select programs. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

7 - Ducks Unlimited – Niagara River (Grand Island) Chapter Banquet at the Buffalo Launch Club, Grand Island,  NY. (6:00 pm) Waterfowl conservation is facing important challenges as wetlands and other habitats are being degraded and destroyed across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has a vision to reverse this trend. (Cost: $60 Single, $80 Couple) (Online ticket sales end on 12/4/2017.) (For information call Bob Hobba  716-774-1223 or Ron Rezabek  716-773-1385) 

8 - Montezuma’s Home School Nature Series: Wild About Birds at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is one of the most unique birding habitats in the northeast United States with 50,000 acres of forests, grasslands, wetlands, and open water and nearly 300 species can be found here. Some are colorful and some are drab. Some are tall and some are small. Through fun, interactive, and hands-on educational activities, homeschoolers ages 5 to 12 will learn how to recognize field marks to identify birds while participating in a citizen science project that will lead to help Audubon conserve bird habitats. (Fee: $8/student.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

10 - Close of Southern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

10 - Close  of Northern Zone Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons

 

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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11 – 24 – 17

 

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

 

DEC SEEKS ASSISTANCE FROM BEAVER TRAPPERS: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 9 Bureau of Wildlife is seeking fur trappers to harvest beavers on several state Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties.

"Beaver populations in these areas have expanded, causing difficulty with effective management of water levels on ponds, marshes and impoundments. Trappers can help by focusing their harvests on these particular areas," said DEC Regional Wildlife Manager Kenneth Baginski.

The Region 9 Bureau of Wildlife is asking trappers to consider beaver trapping on the following areas:

Keeney Swamp WMA - Town of Birdsall - Allegany County

Allegheny Reservoir WMA - Town of South Valley - Cattaraugus County

Conewango Swamp WMA - Town of Conewango - Cattaraugus County

Harwood Lake MUA - Town of Farmersville - Cattaraugus County

Clay Pond WMA - Town of Poland - Chautauqua County

Watts Flats WMA - Town of Harmony - Chautauqua County

For more information about trapping opportunities at these locations, please contact Land Management Biologist, Emilio Rende at 716-379-6366 or by email at region9@dec.ny.gov

 

PUBLIC MEETING ON HABITAT MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR LAKE SHORE MARSHES WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA:  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session to provide information and answer questions about a recently completed habitat management plan for Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in the towns of Huron, Sodus, and Wolcott, Wayne County. The session will take place on Wednesday, November 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah. An open house will take place from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a formal presentation.

Lake Shore Marshes WMA is composed of eight units, covering approximately 6,430 acres, and provides excellent opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting and bird watching. Habitat management goals for this WMA 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 Lake Shore Marshes WMA to benefit a variety of wildlife, while using best management practices. Planned management activities include: timber harvests to improve forest health and increase forest habitat diversity; maintenance of wetland impoundments, potholes, and ditching; mowing and replanting of grassland fields; and control of invasive plant species

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

The habitat management plan for Lake Shore Marshes WMA can be found on DEC's website. For more information about this event please contact DEC Biologist Michael Palermo at (585) 226-5383.

    

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

A Waterfowl Foul - Monroe County: On Oct. 28, ECOs Kevin Holzle, Eoin Snowdon, and Jeff Johnston responded to a complaint of waterfowl hunting in a closed area within the Braddock Bay Wildlife Management Area in the town of Greece. ECOs Snowdon and Johnston spotted the hunters south of the Lake Ontario State Parkway in Long Pond. ECO Holzle responded with a small vessel capable of maneuvering the shallow waters. ECOs Snowdon, Holzle, and Johnston paddled out to find four hunters with their decoys and 14 recently shot ducks. During initial interviews, the hunters incorrectly identified their ducks as gadwalls. It is important for hunters to correctly identify waterfowl, as New York has specific bag limits for certain species. In this instance, the incorrect identification of the birds did not result in the hunters exceeding bag limits. However, all four hunters were ticketed for trespassing while engaging in a posted activity on Long Pond, returnable to the Town of Greece Court.


 

Tailgate Truck Hunting - Monroe County: On Nov. 2, a concerned hunter called Monroe County 911 and said he observed a hunter with a crossbow breaking the rules. ECO Kevin Holzle responded and met with Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies, who were first on the scene. A blue truck was parked out in a field and a hunter was perched high in the back of the truck with his crossbow cocked and loaded. The hunter admitted he had been hunting from the truck, but thought only hunting from the inside of the vehicle was illegal. The hunter was charged by ECO Holzle with possession of a loaded crossbow in a motor vehicle, hunting from a motor vehicle, and attempting to take deer by means other than specified with a crossbow during the closed season. All of the charges are returnable to the Town of Sweden Court.



GREAT LAKES FISH AND WILDLIFE RESTORATION ACT (GLFWRA) FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting Fiscal Year 2018 project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Act). The six goals of the Act are: 

  • Restoring and maintaining self-sustaining fish and wildlife resources.
  • Minimizing the impacts of contaminants on fishery and wildlife resources.
  • Protecting, maintaining, and, where degraded and destroyed, restoring fish and wildlife habitat,
  • Including the enhancement and creation of wetlands that result in a net gain in the amount of those habitats.
  • Stopping illegal activities adversely impacting fishery and wildlife resources.
  • Restoring threatened and endangered species to viable, self-sustaining levels.
  • Protecting, managing, and conserving migratory birds.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and Regional project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources.  Supported in part by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, USFWS expects approximately $1.2 million to support projects this fiscal year. The 2016 Reauthorization of the GLFWRA made some significant changes to allowable non-federal match as it relates to time period, land and conservation easements.  Deadline for proposal submission is Monday, January 8, 2018 by 5:00 PM EST. For more information: https://www.fws.gov/midwest/fisheries/glfwra-grants.html

 

GREAT LAKES RESTORATION INITIATIVE COOPERATIVE WEED MANAGEMENT AREAS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: The U.S. Forest Service announces that approximately $600,000 in new funds are expected to be available for Cooperative Weed Management Areas (CWMAs) in the Great Lakes Basin. For this work, the minimum requested federal share is $15,000 and the maximum is $40,000, and a minimum 20% match of the total project cost is required. This funding will be competitively awarded based on proposals received through the January 5, 2018, deadline at grants.gov.

The goal of this program area is to detect, prevent, eradicate, and/or control invasive plant species to promote resiliency, watershed stability, and biological diversity on Federal, State, or private land.

CWMAs and similar groups are organized partnerships of Federal, State, and local government agencies, tribes, individuals, and various interested groups that manage invasive species (particularly plants) within a defined area, generally a county or larger in size. NY’s Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management within the Great Lakes basin are eligible. Proposals may include work on all land ownerships within the Great Lakes watershed of the United States. For more information: https://www.na.fs.fed.us/fhp/invasive_plants/cwma/

 

2018 ANNUAL EMPIRE PASSES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE: A new wallet-sized Empire Pass Card that can be shared within a household is now available. It’s a family-friendly alternative to the traditional window decal, and not assigned to a specific vehicle. The new card can be used by parents, grandparents, caregivers and others.

The Empire Pass is your key to all-season enjoyment at New York State Parks. It provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Learn where the Empire Pass is Accepted.

Empire Passes are available for different lengths of time: choose from one year, multi-year or lifetime.  Please refer to the Empire Pass Card Guidelines for Use, Empire Pass Decal Guidelines for use and the Empire Pass Frequently Asked Questions for pass replacement, volume sales and other important information.

Annual Empire Pass Card: Available for $65 now through March 31, 2018, the 2018 Empire Pass Card is a new wallet-sized card that can be shared within a household and not assigned to a specific vehicle.

To purchase:

Online: Order Online

In-Person (annual pass only): The 2018 annual Empire Pass is available online only at this time. Check back after January 1, 2018 for information on in-person availability.

By Phone: The 2018 annual Empire Pass is available online only at this time. Check back after January 1, 2018 for information on phone order availability.

Mail: Mail orders are not available at this time. Please check back after January 1, 2018 for information on applications and mail orders.

Multi-Year Empire Pass Card:

Frequent Empire Pass Card purchasers may be interested in a multi-year Empire Pass Card which can be bought online, by mail or telephone. A 3-year Empire Pass Card may be purchased for $205; a 5-year Empire Pass Card may be purchased for $320. Upon purchase you will be mailed an Empire Pass Card. You do not need to contact our office unless your address has changed. If it has, please complete our Change of Address form.

Online: Order Online

By Phone: Telephone orders using a credit card will be processed by calling 518-474-0458 during normal business hours.

Mail: Complete and mail an application with check or money order payable to "NYS Parks" to:

Empire Pass, New York State Parks, Albany, NY 12238

The Lifetime Empire Pass is a convenient option for loyal Empire Pass users. The Lifetime Empire Pass will be issued by the NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles as an icon that will appear on your NYS Driver License, Non-Driver ID or Learner Permit, eliminating the need for a separate document. For a one-time payment of just $750, it provides an even greater discount for day use vehicle entry than the annual or multi-year Empire Pass, with all the same benefits. With no expiration date, buy it once and enjoy the parks forever!

Apply Online today.

Special one-time bonus: Those purchasing a Lifetime Empire Pass can select to receive a free $100 State Park Gift Card with their order. The gift card can be used at more than 9000 campsites, cabins and cottages throughout the state and select state golf courses. Gift cards has no expiration date, if you prefer not to receive the gift card, just select "No thanks" during the ordering process.

 

 

5 TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR GAME CAMERA DURING THE RUT: We spend most of the year anticipating deer season. Then we spend most of the season anticipating the rut. Since the typical rut is only a few weeks long, we better make it as eventful as possible. Here are five things to consider when setting up your game camera for deer season’s prime time.

1. Deer are like us, they prefer easy over hard. So, they tend to travel down corridors and funnels rather than blazing new trails through the woods. These funnels are the highways connecting deer to their bedding areas and food plots. For bucks, these paths are also the quick way to get to estrous does. Because of their importance, you’ll want to locate your cameras in these types of locations.

2. Placing your camera at an oblique angle to the trail will give you images that are more useful when it comes to understanding the patterns. A camera positioned at a right angle to the path isn’t as likely to show you the monster buck lurking behind the one that tripped your camera. Setting up at a 45-degree angle, or pointing the camera to shoot directly down the trail, will provide you with the maximum opportunity to get the images you want. Just remember to also factor in the need to be stealthy in your location selection as well.

3. Anything you can do to cause a buck to linger in your camera’s field of view is to your advantage. Try adding a mock crape for extra enticement. At the height of the rut, scrapes are sometimes abandoned or left unused. But you’ve got nothing to lose by trying.

4. The peak of the rut is a flurry of activity. And things can change quickly. A spot that was hot last week may go cold, then heat up again. You’ll need to check your camera frequently, maybe as often as every three to five days. Many of us don’t have the luxury of being able to visit our cameras as frequently as we need to. This is where having a wireless connection to your camera really pays off. Not only is it a matter of convenience, but the less traveling you can do to the camera the less likely you are to disrupt the pattern.

5. And finally, don’t overlook doe bedding areas. Bucks will often continue to visit these areas looking for other does who have just come into estrous. 

(http://www.moultriefeeders.com/blog/5-tips-to-get-the-most-out-of-your-game-camera-during-the-rut/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Nov2017newsletter)

 

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page)

NOVEMBER 2017

25 - Start Of Trapping Seasons for Mink and Muskrat (>2/15/18)

25 - Start Of Trapping Seasons for Beaver in Western New York (> 3/15/18 West portion of Southern Tier/rest >2/15/18)

25 - Montezuma’s Wait Till It Gets Dark Night Walk at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (6:00 – 7:30 pm) Join guest naturalist George Steele on a walk exploring the nature of night We’ll explore not only what animals might be out there and how they are adapted to the nighttime but how we can better explore the night by tuning in to our own five senses. Some of these activities will be featured in his new book “Wait Till It Gets Dark”. The walk will be preceded by a short reading from the book and then out in to the night we will go. The new book will be available in the nature store and George will be available to sign copies after the walk. (Fee: $5/child, $7/adult, $20/family.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

25 - Family Nature Quest: Turkeys at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) 10:00 am) Discover the secret world of turkeys as we search for wild birds and make turkey calls. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - Niagara River Gulls with Buffalo Audubon naturalist Tom Kerr at the New York Power Authority fishing platform in the lower Niagara River. (10:00 am to noon) (For information/pre-registration call 585-457-3228.)

25; 12/2; 12/9; 12/16 - Free Photos with Santa! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Bring the kids to Cabela's to enjoy a free photo with Santa! Due to the popularity of this event, wait times may vary. (For information call 716-608-4770)

26 - End of Canada Goose Season – Part 2 - in the West Central Zone

29 - End of Hunting Season for Brant in the Western Zone New York

29 - Managing Wildlife on Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area Public Meeting at the Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (6:30 – 8:00 pm) DEC staff will be available for questions, followed by a formal presentation at 7:00 PM. Stop by and learn how the DEC plans to manage habitat for wildlife at this Wayne County/Lake Ontario property. Check out what activities you can do at Lake Shore Marshes WMA. (For information contact the DEC Wildlife Office at 585-226-2466.)

30 - End of Statewide Fishing Season for Black Bass and Muskellunge

30 - End of Trout Season in Green Lake (Onondaga County) and Rushford Lake (Allegany County)

30 - Close of Lake Erie and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

DECEMBER 2017

1- Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/16/18)

1 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Black Bass (20 inch limit) fishing season (>6/16/18)

1–3/7–10/14–17/21–23/28–31 - White Deer Tours: Seneca White Deer, Inc. recently announced that it will start tours of the former Seneca Army Depot. Participants will see the world’s largest herd of white, white-tailed deer in the world, other wildlife, and the relics of 60 years of secret weapons storage. We will visit one of the 519 earth-covered concrete igloos that stored everything from pistol cartridges to tactical missiles, from conventional bombs to nuclear warheads. We can never guarantee where the mystical white deer will be, but our tour guides know the best locations and will stop for pictures as deer and wildlife appear. Tour routes will vary according to the weather and season. This is your opportunity to see the hidden world and experience the magic of the white deer yourself. Our 25 passenger, air-conditioned and heated tour buses give all our visitors a comfortable seat for a 90-minute, narrated trip behind the fences of the former Seneca Army Depot. (Cost: Adults - $30.00/Military and Seniors – $27.00/Children 5–17 - $15.00/Children under 5 – Free) (For information go to https://www.senecawhitedeer.org/.)

2 - NWTF Salmon River Chapter Wheelin Sportsmen Muzzleloader Deer Hunt on private property in 2509 State Route 104, Mexico, NY (For information contact William Wilbur  315-440-4351  wwilbur551@aol.com)

2 - Montezuma’s Nature Photography Tour with Jim Montanus at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 4:00 pm) Ever wonder how to take the best picture with your camera?  No camera is too big or small to take the perfect picture. Join us for a traveling photography class lead by renowned photographer Jim Montanus who will begin with a presentation about birding throughout the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and the fundamentals of photography. Later, we’ll travel around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex with Mr. Montanus to explore birding hot spots while receiving expert photography advice. (Fee: $50/adult.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

2 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 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)

2-3 - Niagara Frontier – Clarence Gun Show at the Event Building, 11177 Main St Clarence, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 100 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)          

3 - End of Northern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

3 - Alabama Hunt Club Blackpowder Shoot and Meeting at 1854 Lewiston Road, Alabama, NY  (11:00 am) (For information call John Szumigala at 716-714-5514.)

 

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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11 – 17 – 17

 

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.

 

 

START OF REGULAR FIREARMS SEASON FOR DEER AND BEAR HUNTING IN SOUTHERN ZONE: The 2017 regular deer and bear hunting seasons in New York's Southern Zone begin at sunrise on Saturday, Nov. 18, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 10. The Southern Zone regular season is New York's most popular hunting season; approximately 85 percent of New York's 575,000 licensed hunters participate. Harvest during this season accounts for nearly 60 percent of the total statewide deer harvest and between 30 to 60 percent of the statewide bear harvest.

Following the regular deer and bear seasons in the Southern Zone, late bowhunting and muzzleloading seasons will run from Dec. 11 through Dec. 19. Hunters taking part in these special seasons must possess a hunting license and either bowhunting or muzzleloading privilege(s).

In the Northern Zone, the regular deer and bear hunting season opened Oct. 21, and will close at sunset on Dec. 3. The Northern Zone includes the Adirondacks, Tug Hill Plateau, Eastern Lake Ontario Plain, and the Champlain and St. Lawrence valleys. A late bowhunting and muzzleloading season for deer will be open in portions of the Northern Zone from Dec. 4 to Dec. 10.

Deer hunting has been changing in New York, with more hunters opting to voluntarily pass up shots at young, small-antlered bucks in favor of letting them grow to be older, larger bucks. DEC is encouraging hunters to make a difference for the future of the deer herd and increase their likelihood of seeing older, larger bucks by choosing to Let Young Bucks Go and Watch Them Grow.

DEC Encourages Hunter Safety
While statistics show that hunting in New York State is safer than ever, mistakes are made every year. DEC believes every hunting-related shooting incident is preventable, and hunters are encouraged to use common sense this season and to remember what they were taught in their DEC Hunters Education Course.

Firearms Safety:

*Point your gun in a safe direction.

*Treat every gun as if it were loaded.

*Be sure of your target and beyond.

*Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

DEC also encourages hunters to wear blaze orange or pink. Wearing orange or pink prevents other hunters from mistaking a person for an animal, or shooting in a hunter's direction. Hunters who wear hunter orange are seven times less likely to be shot.

When hunting in tree stands, use a safety harness and a climbing belt, as most tree stand accidents occur when hunters are climbing in and out of the stand. Also, hunters should never climb in or out of a tree stand with a loaded rifle and never set a tree stand above 20 feet.

Report Your Harvest - Remember: Take It - Tag It - Report It
Hunter contributions to deer and bear management don't end when an animal is harvested. All successful hunters are required to report their harvest of deer and bear within seven days. Failure to report is a violation of the Environmental Conservation Law and reduces the data DEC uses to manage deer and bear populations. Hunters may report via DEC's online game harvest reporting system or by calling the toll-free automated reporting system at 1-866-GAME-RPT (1-866-426-3778).

Additional Reminders for the 2017 Southern Zone Regular Hunting Season
Choose non-lead ammunition for high quality meat and reduced risk of lead exposure to humans and wildlife.

Hunger Has A Cure... The Venison Donation Program is a great way to help those less fortunate while assisting with deer management in New York.

For specific descriptions of regulations and open areas, hunters should refer to the 2017-2018 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide available on DEC's website. Hunters are urged to review all regulations and safety tips in the guide. Hunters may also be interested in DEC's Hunting the Black Bear in New York (PDF, 727 KB) or reviewing DEC's unit-by-unit Deer Hunting Forecasts.

 

GREAT LAKES ACTION AGENDA WORK GROUP MEETINGS: 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 state and federal Great Lakes updates.

*Report on progress of sub basin work plan implementation and EBM Demonstration Projects, and identify next steps.

*Discuss upcoming funding and partnership opportunities to advance work plan goals.

Four sub basin work groups provide a unique opportunity to connect, coordinate and collaborate with other groups and agencies working locally and basinwide. 

          

                            GL Sub basins                 

 

Please join us for one or more of the following meetings:  

Lake Erie Work Group - Nov 28th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm - Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java, NY 14113

SW Lake Ontario Work Group - Nov 29th, 9:00am - 12:00pm - Black Creek Park, Sunnyside Lodge, 3835 Union St, North Chili, NY 14514

NE Lake Ontario Work Group - Dec 6th, 10:00am - 2:00pm - Gouverneur Community Center, 4673 NY-58, Gouverneur, NY 13642

SE Lake Ontario Work Group – Dec 7th, 10:00am - 2:00pm - Huron Town Hall, 10880 Lummisville Rd, Wolcott, NY 14590

Please let us know if you can make it: RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend.

View flyer here: GLAA+work+group+mtg+flyer_Nov2017.pdf. Questions or comments?

Lake Erie & SW Lake Ontario Work Groups: Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070

SE & NE Lake Ontario Work Groups: Emily Sheridan, Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov, 315-785-2382

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

The Night Time Isn't the Right Time -- Niagara County: On the morning of Oct. 21, ECO Mike Phelps was working in Niagara County patrolling for after-hours fishing activity. At approximately 2:30 am., using night vision equipment, he spotted a group of four men fishing on the eastern side of 18-Mile Creek the town of Newfane. Three of the men began walking north along the creek to the parking lot. The remaining fisherman attempted to take fish by scooping at them with a landing net. At 3:40 a.m., ECO Phelps approached the lone fisherman. When questioned, the man said that he and the other three men had come up from New York City together. ECO Phelps then walked back to the parking area with the man and found the other three men inside the gated and fenced-in lot. The officer found nine King salmon in their van, which was parked outside the fence. All four men were charged with fishing after legal hours, three men were charged with illegal possession of salmon, one with fishing by means other than angling, and one with fishing without a valid license. In addition, the Niagara County Sheriff charged the four men with trespassing and theft of services under the Penal Law, as use of the parking lot requires payment. The subjects were arraigned in the Town of Newfane Court and taken to the Niagara County Jail by the Niagara County Sheriff's Department in lieu of bail.

Illegal Fishing on the Genesee River - Monroe County: On Oct. 23, ECOs Kevin Holzle, Eoin Snowdon, and Jeff Johnston responded to a complaint of fish being caught by "snagging" on the Genesee River at the lower falls in Rochester. From the Rt. 104 bridge upstream to the lower falls, the Genesee River is one of the Lake Ontario tributaries subject to seasonal regulations from Sept. 1 to March 31. After conducting surveillance from multiple viewpoints around the lower falls, ECOs Holzle and Johnston entered the gorge and met with several subjects. The ECOs issued a total of 15 tickets for a variety of violations, including fishing without a valid license, taking fish by snagging, and disposing of fish or parts of fish within 100 feet of shore, all returnable to the City of Rochester Court. Additionally, one subject was taken into custody on a warrant from the Town of Gates Police Department.

Late Season Fishing Activity on the Oswego River - Oswego County: On Oct. 24, ECO Matt Harger arrested two fishermen for taking over the daily limit of salmon on the Oswego River. The two subjects tried to camouflage their activities by staging a cooler in the woods about one-half mile upstream of the Oswego River dam. Acting on a tip, ECO Harger found the hidden cooler and waited for the fishermen to return. When the suspects returned to stash additional salmon, ECO Harger caught the pair with 13 salmon, well over the daily limit. On Oct. 29, ECO Rick Head also had an active day patrolling the Oswego River, issuing 10 tickets to individuals for violations of the Environmental Conservation Law ranging from taking fish by blind snatching, possession of foul hooked fish, and fishing without a license, to trespassing on posted property that belongs to the Brookfield Power Company.

 

HUNTERS - DON'T BRING DEER, ELK, OR MOOSE CARCASSES INTO NEW YORK: DEC reminds hunters that because of the risk of chronic wasting disease (CWD), it is illegal to bring deer, elk, or moose carcasses harvested in many states into New York. This includes animals harvested in nearly all western and mid-western states and provinces and a handful of eastern states. Only specific allowed parts may be brought into New York. People who shoot confined deer, elk, or moose in a fenced facility anywhere outside New York, must remove all prohibited parts from the carcass prior to returning to New York. See CWD Regulations for Hunters for details. Please report violations (1-844-DEC-ECOS; 1-844-332-3267) and protect our wild deer and moose.

 

WHAT YOUR FISHING LICENSE PURCHASE DOES FOR CONSERVATION: When you're buying or renewing your fishing license, you're probably only thinking about the possibility of the new season or exploring a promising new stretch of river. But are you aware of just how hard your fishing license is working on your behalf of your future days on the water?
Here are five examples of how the dollars spent on your fishing licenses, boat registrations, and excise taxes on fishing gear and boat fuel purchases go back to conservation and public access. And at
$1.1 billion that's a sizeable down payment on the next generation of anglers in America.

Improving Fishing and Boating Access
First, funds from license sales go toward fishing and boating access projects. One example is the
Ramps & Pier Program in Mississippi, which helps pay for repairs to existing access points and the construction of four to six new boat ramps each year. The state of Oregon also has an excellent model of involving state and federal agencies in adding and upgrading new boating facilities.
Enhancing Water Quality
Boat registration funds help implement clean water projects that benefit fish habitat and improve the experience of anglers and boaters. The Clean Vessel Act program in Hawaii, for example, helped use these funds to construct a new sewage
pump-out station and three new floating restrooms at the Haleiwa Small Boat Harbor—all in an effort to protect the sparkling turquoise waters of Hawaii for future generations.
Maintaining Fish Habitat
The excise taxes on your fishing gear go toward fisheries maintenance projects that help manage our state sport fisheries. For example, in New York State, biologists collect data through creel surveys and work to restore fish habitat for native brookies, American shad, river herring, and striped bass
largely thanks to the taxes paid by the manufacturers of your fishing rods, reels, lures, baits, and flies. In Massachusetts, these funds are used to map fish habitat with GPS technology, sonar, and underwater vehicles through the state's Fisheries Habitat Program. The more these experts learn, the better prepared they are to spot habitat issues and plan for improvements.
Teaching and Recruiting New Anglers
Fishing license funds also go to work for educational and recruitment programs that introduce new anglers to the sport. As more people take up fishing, there is a greater need for education on topics like species identification, conservation, regulations, and proper catch-and-release techniques. The state of Texas offers
free workshops for first-timers or anyone who wants a refresher on the basics, and the saltwater angler education programs hosted by the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries have been so successful that they hope to extend courses to all coastal areas of the state.
Planning for Long-Term Conservation
With an eye toward investing in our marine and freshwaters resources, as well as the next generation of anglers, fishing license fees support long-term conservation plans for our rivers and streams. This robust funding, which has nothing to do with the federal balance sheet, is critical to ensuring an adequate quantity and quality of water to maintain the natural balance of aquatic ecosystems. Texas has used this money to fund its
River Studies Program that addresses long-term water development, water planning, and water quality issues.
Whether state agencies are studying rainbow trout populations or repairing boat ramps, your license fees are put to excellent use.

Sportsmen and women have a long history of giving back to conservation through our purchases. Read about the federal program responsible for that funding model and the hunters in one Western state who wholeheartedly supported raising license fees earlier this year to do even more for fish and wildlife.

(By Debbie Hanson, TakeMeFishing.org)

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

                                         

NOVEMBER 2017

16/17/19/24/26/30 - White Deer Tours: Seneca White Deer, Inc. recently announced that it will start tours of the former Seneca Army Depot. Participants will see the world’s largest herd of white, white-tailed deer in the world, other wildlife, and the relics of 60 years of secret weapons storage. We will visit one of the 519 earth-covered concrete igloos that stored everything from pistol cartridges to tactical missiles, from conventional bombs to nuclear warheads. We can never guarantee where the mystical white deer will be, but our tour guides know the best locations and will stop for pictures as deer and wildlife appear. Tour routes will vary according to the weather and season. This is your opportunity to see the hidden world and experience the magic of the white deer yourself. Our 25 passenger, air-conditioned and heated tour buses give all our visitors a comfortable seat for a 90-minute, narrated trip behind the fences of the former Seneca Army Depot. (Cost: Adults - $30.00/Military and Seniors – $27.00/Children 5–17 - $15.00/Children under 5 – Free) (For information go to https://www.senecawhitedeer.org/.)

17 – Close of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Bowhunting/Crossbow Seasons

17 - Close of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Bobcat.

17 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (5:00 am -9:00 pm) This course is designed 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 30+ 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.This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet. (Reservations can be made at www.MyLegalHeat.com or by calling 877-252-1055.)

18 - Start of Southern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/10)

18 - Autumn Tree ID Hike at Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora, NY (10:00 am - 12:30 pm) (For information/register call 716-549-1050)

18 - Nature Vacation Adventure at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) 10:00 am) Plan your next vacation as we journey through redwood forests, ocean reefs and other natural wonders in this slideshow presentation. For adults only. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

18 - Montezuma’s Girl Scouts Cadette Badge: Trees at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 2:00 pm) Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to grab their naturalist hats and get to know trees. From the shade to the science, the fruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber. To know trees is to love them! All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $7/scout.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

19 - Cabela's DEC Deer/Bear Check Station at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) Do your part as a hunter and bring in your harvested doe, buck or bear from NY opening weekend of shotgun/rifle to our DEC Check Station, right here in the store!  DEC Wildlife Biologists will be present to determine the animal's age, answer questions and record valuable information for their research in big-game population management.  As an added bonus, just for bringing in your harvest, you'll be ENTERED to WIN a Deer Hunter's Processing Package worth over $400!  Good luck and be safe this season! (For information call 716-608-4770)

19 - NWTF Salmon River Chapter Wheelin Sportsmen Archery and Crossbow Deer Hunt on private property in 2509 State Route 104, Mexico, NY (For information contact William Wilbur  315-440-4351  wwilbur551@aol.com)

25 - Start Of Trapping Seasons for Mink and Muskrat (>2/15/18)

25 - Start Of Trapping Seasons for Beaver in Western New York (> 3/15/18 West portion of Southern Tier/rest >2/15/18)

25 - Montezuma’s Wait Till It Gets Dark Night Walk at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (6:00 – 7:30 pm) Join guest naturalist George Steele on a walk exploring the nature of night We’ll explore not only what animals might be out there and how they are adapted to the nighttime but how we can better explore the night by tuning in to our own five senses. Some of these activities will be featured in his new book “Wait Till It Gets Dark”. The walk will be preceded by a short reading from the book and then out in to the night we will go. The new book will be available in the nature store and George will be available to sign copies after the walk. (Fee: $5/child, $7/adult, $20/family.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

25 - Family Nature Quest: Turkeys at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) 10:00 am) Discover the secret world of turkeys as we search for wild birds and make turkey calls. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - Niagara River Gulls with Buffalo Audubon naturalist Tom Kerr at the New York Power Authority fishing platform in the lower Niagara River. (10:00 am to noon) (For information/pre-registration call 585-457-3228.)

25; 12/2; 12/9; 12/16 - Free Photos with Santa! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Bring the kids to Cabela's to enjoy a free photo with Santa! Due to the popularity of this event, wait times may vary. (For information call 716-608-4770)

26 - End of Canada Goose Season – Part 2 - in the West Central Zone

 

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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11 – 10 – 17

 

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.

 

REGION 9 TO OPERATE TWO DEER AND BEAR CHECK STATIONS ON OPENING WEEKEND:  The DEC will operate two deer and bear check stations on opening weekend of the regular big game season and encourages hunters to visit these stations. DEC's Region 9 annual check station, located on Route 16, in Holland, Erie County (northbound about one mile south of the town of Holland), will operate Saturday, Nov. 18 from noon until 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Participation is voluntary and helps DEC gather valuable data to help assess the status of the area's big game population. In cooperation with Cabela's®, DEC will also be hosting a second check station on Sunday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Cheektowaga Cabela's, located at 2003 Walden Ave. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a Hunter's Processing Package valued at more than $400.

Hunters are encouraged to bring their deer to the check station where DEC staff will determine deer age and collect other important biological and harvest information. With black bear season opening the same day as deer season again this year, staff will check harvested bears, as well.

Technicians from State Department of Health may also be present at the check station to examine deer for ticks and collect samples to test for Lyme disease.

As in previous years, hunters wishing to donate their harvest to "Hunters Helping the Hungry" sponsored by the Venison Donation Coalition, may drop off a deer at the Holland check station during days of operation before 6 p.m.

 

WHITE DEER TOURS BEGIN: Seneca White Deer, Inc. recently announced that it will start tours of the former Seneca Army Depot. Participants will see the world’s largest herd of white, white-tailed deer in the world, other wildlife, and the relics of 60 years of secret weapons storage. We will visit one of the 519 earth-covered concrete igloos that stored everything from pistol cartridges to tactical missiles, from conventional bombs to nuclear warheads. We can never guarantee where the mystical white deer will be, but our tour guides know the best locations and will stop for pictures as deer and wildlife appear. Tour routes will vary according to the weather and season. This is your opportunity to see the hidden world and experience the magic of the white deer yourself. Our 25 passenger, air-conditioned and heated tour buses give all our visitors a comfortable seat for a 90-minute, narrated trip behind the fences of the former Seneca Army Depot. (Cost: Adults - $30.00/Military and Seniors – $27.00/Children 5  – 17 - $15.00/Children under 5 – Free) Dates of tours are November 16/17/19/24/26/30 and December 1 – 3/7 – 10/14 – 17/21 – 23/28 – 31. (For information go to https://www.senecawhitedeer.org/.)

 

IMPROVEMENTS SCHEDULED FOR SALMON RIVER FISH HATCHERY: $150,000 in improvements represent the first phase of renovations planned for the hatchery in the coming year. The improvements include new live fish displays, revitalized public areas, signage, and interpretive displays in the visitor center. In 2018, DEC will embark on an ambitious plan to renovate and modernize the 37-year-old hatchery. Each year, tens of thousands of people, anglers and non-anglers alike, visit DEC's flagship hatchery to learn about the State's Great Lakes Fisheries resources and witness firsthand the fish culture work that supports these premier fisheries.

The Salmon River Fish Hatchery specializes in raising steelhead, chinook salmon, coho salmon, and brown trout. Originally constructed to revive and enhance the fishery of the Great Lakes, this facility produces more than 2 million fingerlings (young fish 3-5 inches long) and 1 million yearlings (fish one-year-old or over) for stockings in Lake Ontario.

The Salmon River fishery generates more than $27 million in angler expenditures annually, and an additional $85.9 million is generated by anglers fishing the open waters of Lake Ontario and other New York tributaries to Lake Ontario each year. The trout and salmon raised and stocked by the hatchery are economic drivers behind this fishery-every dollar spent at the hatchery yields $125 in angler expenditures.

Constructed in 1980, the Salmon River Hatchery requires significant improvements to maintain fish production goals. As part of the Governor's Open for Fishing and Hunting and Adventure NY initiatives, DEC plans to improve the hatchery's physical infrastructure and provide additional visitor area enhancements.

Plans for improvements include:

*A comprehensive engineering study to maximize energy efficiency and reduce water use and enhance fish production;

*Infrastructure upgrades including new windows and doors, a new heating system, backup power, cellular phone service, and a new fish ladder; and

*A reimagining of all interpretive and visitor areas for a seamless and enhanced visitor experience.

For more information concerning the Salmon River Hatchery visit DEC's website.

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

 

KUDOS: The Hans Paller Award, named in honor of New York State Outdoor Writers' Association's founding father, is NYSOWA's highest honor and is only given out rarely and carefully to someone who has devoted a lifetime of service to NYSOWA. In its 50-year history it has only been given out five times.
In October 2017 on the 50th anniversary, NYSOWA honored Bill Hilts, Jr. with the Hans Paller Award. Hilts has spent a lifetime devoted to the good of NYSOWA. For 36 years he has served NYSOWA in almost every capacity possible. He has served as Director, Vice President, President, conference chair five times, and conference site chair for many years.
For many years Hilts has been the Newsletter editor and still advises and proofreads it for the current editor. Whenever there was a need for a conference, a committee, or just some task, he would step forward. In all his years that he has been involved he would quietly offer his support and advice to the organization without fanfare or concern for credit. In most cases he would serve as the mainstay to see that the problem was solved and the job was done right.

 

HUNTING TIPS FROM GANDER OUTDOORS:

Fall Upland Hunting

Upland hunters live for the flush of a ring-necked pheasant, drum of a ruffed grouse or the moment when a cottontail darts from a pile of brush. Your next upland hunt will be more enjoyable if you take a moment to ensure safety. You have a responsibility to yourself, other hunters, and your canine  friend to make sure everyone that hunts with you is safe and ready to go. Head out to the field with these tips in mind:

* Eye and Ear Protection – Protect your senses with these staples.

* Firearm Safety – Remember to treat every firearm as if it is loaded, never point your gun at anything you are not willing to shoot, keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire and know what is beyond your target.

* Safety Orange – Don’t shy away from blaze. The more the better.

* Stay Sober – Save the celebrating for after the hunt.

* Pat Attention to Terrain – Slips, falls and trips are hazards you want to avoid.

* Practice – Practice isn’t only for the rookies. Fine tune your skills and improve chances of coming home successful.

(By Kevin McKown a Gander Field Expert with Gander Outdoors.)

Deer Hunting Out of a Ground Blind:

Many hunters don't have the desire to climb up trees anymore and in some areas, the landscape doesn't always provide adequate foliage to require a tree stand. Read on for three quick tips that will help you be more successful when hunting out of a ground blind this year

* Get Out Early - Our first tip is to get your blind out well before the season starts. Take some time gathering nearby vegatation and apply it to your blind to help it blend into the natural surroundings.

* Set Your Blind Down Wind - Always set your blind down wind of where you expect the deer to travel. Even by taking all the steps to be scent free, it's hard to beat a deer's keen sense of smell.

* Dark Clothing is King - Wearing dark clothing in your blind is your best bet. If you only have the window open to where you expect the deer to travel it will be dark in the blind already. Dark clothing will help conceal any movement you might make while inside your blind.

(By Tom Keenan a Gander Field Expert with Gander Outdoors.)

After The Shot:

The best way to eliminate the need for tracking is practice. Target practice before the hunt can pay huge dividends with more accurate shot placement and less tracking during the hunt. However, even the best laid plans can change. The next time you find yourself tracking a deer after the shot, remember these tips.

* Look & Listen - Post shot, watch for the deer’s reaction. Did it jump, kick, run or stand still? While you watch for a reaction be sure to listen closely. If the deer leaves your line of sight, you may be able to hear where it traveled or bedded down. These clues are crucial in determining your next move.

* Be Patient - If you didn’t witness your deer go down, and you don’t know where your deer is, the next step is patience. Fighting the urge to head out right away is hard, especially when your adrenaline is pumping, but nothing hurts tracking worse than continually bumping an injured deer farther away from you. To avoid this, it's best to wait at least 30 minutes before you move to the site of where the deer was shot. Once you're there, survey the area looking for blood, an arrow, tracks or other clues that will help you track. The weather conditions and type of blood found may also play a factor in how long you wait before heading out to track.

* Bring the Right Tools –

- - Hunting Partner – An extra set of eyes and ears may pick up something you missed.

- - Flashlight and Trail Marking Tape – Key for tracking into the evening hours and marking specific finds that you can come back to.

- - Phone, GPS or Compass – Take notes, communicate with your hunting partner and avoid getting turned around when you’re focused on the track.

- -  Firearm or Bow – It may be necessary to takeanother shot once you’ve located your deer. Where allowed, carry your firearm or bow with you while tracking.

- - Field Dressing Equipment / Deer Drag – Hopefully by the time you find your deer, field dressing will be needed. Save yourself a trip and bring the gear you need to get your animal back to camp.

- - Drinking Water – Toss some water in your pack to help you stay hydrated during the track.

(By Derek Perlich a Gander Field Expert with Gander Outdoors.)

 

DEER & BEAR HARVEST UPDATE:   Many New York hunters are already enjoying the fruits of a successful hunting season, but most harvest is yet to come. Compared to last year at this time, hunters have reported taking about the same number of deer in the Southern Zone and about 10% more in the Northern Zone.

It's a different story with bears, likely due to the warm weather and the abundance of wild foods, which limits bears' movements and reduces their exposure to hunters. In the Northern Zone, hunters have reported about 60% fewer bears than at this point in 2016. The reported harvest is tracking similarly to 2011, another year with lots of fall foods for bears. Reported bear harvest in the Southern Zone is down too, running about 20% lower than last year.

 

MEPPS SEEKING TO BUY SQUIRREL TAILS: Mepps creates hand-tied dressed hooks for its world-famous fish-catching lures. They’ve tried hundreds of other natural and synthetic materials: bear hair, fox, coyote, badger, skunk, deer, even Angus cow, but nothing works as well as squirrel tail hair. Mepps has been recycling squirrel tails for over half a century. In fact, they recycle more of them than anyone else in the world.

The fact is squirrel tails are all hair–no fur. Practically all other animals have fur tails with just a few guard hairs. Fur doesn’t have the rippling, pulsating movement of squirrel hair in the water. Squirrels are plentiful and have some of the best wild meat. Skins are used for caps, coats, glove linings and many other items, but the tail is usually thrown away. Mepps is asking you to help us recycle this valuable resource, AND is offering to reward you for your efforts!

Care & Handling of Squirrel Tails (Please follow carefully):

1) Tails are best on squirrels taken after October 1.

2) Do NOT remove the bone from the tail; deboned & split tails have no value.

3) Salt the butt end of the tail generously. Use either dry salt or dip in a strong saltwater solution.

4) Be sure the tail is straight before drying. Tails that dry curled are useless.

5) Keep tails away from flies. Best storage is in a freezer. Do NOT send tails that have been exposed to flies.

6) Do NOT put tails in a plastic bag for storage or shipment. They could heat up and spoil.

7) The best time to ship is during the cold months (December, January, February, March), although dried squirrel tails may be shipped anytime.

8) Put your name, mailing address and phone number or e-mail address, along with the tail count, inside EACH package.

9) Shipping is refunded on shipments of 50+ tails. Ship First Class Mail, First Class Parcel, Priority Mail or UPS Ground only. No refund on insurance charges or service fees charged by independent mailing services.

Send your squirrel tails to: Sheldons’, Inc., 626 Center St., Antigo, WI 54409-2496

WE DO NOT ADVOCATE HUNTING SQUIRRELS SOLELY FOR THEIR TAILS!

Questions? call toll free 800/237-9877 Mon-Thur 7:30 am to 4:00 pm or visit www.mepps.com.

 

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

                                         

NOVEMBER 2017

10 - Start of Trapping Season for Beaver in Central and southeast portions of New York (4/7/18)

10 - Montezuma’s Home School Nature Series: Bird Migration at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) The bird migration season continues and millions of birds are on the move! But, how do our feathered friends know where to go when they migrate?  Homeschooled children ages 5-12 will discover how birds uses a variety of tools to find their way to their wintering locations and back home again (Fee: $8/student) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org) 

11 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required.

11 - The Life and Times of Snowy Owls by Tom McDonald at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY. (2:00 pm) During the presentation, Tom will cover and chronical an entire year in the life of a snowy owl from hatching, migration, and the bird's return to the Arctic Circle.  We will also explore how and where snowys move in New York State, as well as take an intimate look into their daily wintertime routines. Lastly, we will discuss environmental changes that are affecting their life cycle and the future of the tundra. Tom has worked with over 500 snowy owls and has outfitted over a dozen owls with state of the art radio transmitters. He has been an active and contributing member of the International Snowy Owl Working Group since 2009 and is the New York State regional coordinator for Project SnowStorm.  He is presently working on a book titled, "Snowy Owls of New York." The program is free. (For information, email andrea_vanbeusichem@fws.gov or call 315-568-5987.)

11 - Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot program at North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road,  Lockport, NY (1:00 pm) Lesson in trap and 5-Stand as well as properly cleaning and maintaining your firearms. (For information call 716-438-2009.)

11 - Montezuma’s Boy Scout Merit Badge: Environmental Conservation at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 pm) Boy Scouts are invited to complete the requirements for the Environmental Conservation Merit Badge with our fun and interactive program. Please be prepared to spend time outside, and dress for the weather.  Pre-requisites and pre-registration are required.  All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $8/scout.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

11 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (5:00 pm – Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/7:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $12.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129 or John Marshall 607-345-5366)

11-12 - Niagara Frontier – Springville Gun Show at the Springville Vol. Fire Hall, 405 Main St, Springville, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 60 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)

13 – Ruffed Grouse Society Triple Flush Chapter 31st Annual Conservation & Sportsmen’s Banquet Lib’s Supper Club, 106 W. 5th Street, Elmira, NY (Social – 6:00 pm/Dinner – 7:30 pm) (For further information contact Peggy Barberi  970-589-1918  or email verdebutterfly@hotmail.com )

13 - Cayuga Bird Club Presentation - Stories from Project FeederWatch: What We Have Learned From 30 Years of Counting Birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Auditorium, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY (7:30 – 9:00 pm) Project FeederWatch is a continentwide bird-counting effort in which people keep track of the birds that visit their feeders in winter. Learn about how the program works and what scientists have learned from 30 years of data collection. Why are Anna’s Hummingbirds expanding their range? Is feeding birds harmful or helpful? FeederWatch leader Emma Greig will offer insights into these and other questions about our beloved backyard birds. The presentation follows club business; everyone is welcome to attend.

14 - Close of Woodcock Hunting Season

15 - First Day Ice Fishing Tip-Ups Can Be Used Statewide (>4/30/15)

15 - Teachers In Nature: Professional Development Series – Flying WILD at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 7:00 pm) Learn how to connect your students to nature! CTLE credit hours may be available for select programs. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

16 - Montezuma’s Migration Mania Tour meeting at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (2:30 - 5:00 pm) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that stop here during the spring and fall migrations. Enjoy a leisurely ride in the Montezuma Audubon Center ‘s van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hot spots where hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. Bald Eagles, Short-eared Owls and other raptors are a possibility too! Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child; $15/adult; $40/family) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

16 - How To Prep Your Trophy For Mounting by taxidermist Franklin Thompson at the Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY,  monthly meeting at the club house located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY. (7:30 pm) (For information call 716-649-8202)

17 – Close of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Bowhunting/Crossbow Seasons

17 - Close of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Bobcat.

17 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (5:00 am -9:00 pm) This course is designed 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 30+ 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.This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet. (Reservations can be made at www.MyLegalHeat.com or by calling 877-252-1055.)

18 - Start of Southern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/10)

18 - Autumn Tree ID Hike at Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora, NY (10:00 am - 12:30 pm) (For information/register call 716-549-1050)

18 - Nature Vacation Adventure at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) 10:00 am) Plan your next vacation as we journey through redwood forests, ocean reefs and other natural wonders in this slideshow presentation. For adults only. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

18 - Montezuma’s Girl Scouts Cadette Badge: Trees at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 2:00 pm) Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to grab their naturalist hats and get to know trees. From the shade to the science, the fruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber. To know trees is to love them! All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $7/scout.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

19 - Cabela's DEC Deer/Bear Check Station at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) Do your part as a hunter and bring in your harvested doe, buck or bear from NY opening weekend of shotgun/rifle to our DEC Check Station, right here in the store!  DEC Wildlife Biologists will be present to determine the animal's age, answer questions and record valuable information for their research in big-game population management.  As an added bonus, just for bringing in your harvest, you'll be ENTERED to WIN a Deer Hunter's Processing Package worth over $400!  Good luck and be safe this season! (For information call 716-608-4770)

19 - NWTF Salmon River Chapter Wheelin Sportsmen Archery and Crossbow Deer Hunt on private property in 2509 State Route 104, Mexico, NY (For information contact William Wilbur  315-440-4351  wwilbur551@aol.com)

 

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

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

 

GOODBYE TO A FRIEND - MIKE ALLEN: Mike was a coworker at DEC and a friend of mine. He was also a friend of anyone who likes to see eagles fly in New York State. Mike, nicknamed "Eagleman" by his coworkers, was instrumental in bringing the bald eagle back from the brink of extinction in the state. In the 1960s there was one sterial pair of eagles nesting on the shores of Hemlock Lake. 2017 has a count of 323 nesting pairs and the total population of immature, adult and “visitor” eagles at about 3,000.  Mike died Saturday – flying on eagle’s wings with the angels.

 

 

MOTORISTS SHOULD USE CAUTION TO AVOID COLLISIONS WITH DEER: Deer are more active this time of the fall. Crops are being harvested and deer breeding season is in full swing.

 

 

Some suggestions to help drivers avoid deer-vehicle accidents and lessen the risk of injury or vehicle damage.

-- During the breeding season, bucks become more active searching for does with which to breed. Bucks are bolder, less wary and more susceptible to collisions with vehicles. Deer movement peaks each day near dawn and dusk.
-- Anticipate the possibility of a deer on the road and plan how to avoid a collision. Be prepared to stop suddenly, but braking too sharply or swerving may cause you to lose control and roll your vehicle.
-- Wear your seat belt.
-- When driving near shelterbelts, woodlots or creeks, especially during evening or early morning, slow down and watch for deer. Keep your headlights on bright if there is no approaching traffic.
-- When you spot a deer, assume there will be others in the same area.
-- Deer often seem to be disoriented or confused by headlights. Some react by freezing in the light, some dart into the path of the vehicle and others bolt away. Honk your horn and flash your headlights to frighten deer away. If there is other traffic on the road, activate your emergency flashers and tap your brakes to alert other drivers to the potential danger.
-- Many places where deer-vehicle collisions occur are posted with deer crossing signs.
-- If a deer is struck, the driver may take possession of it but must contact a DEC conservation officer within 24 hours to obtain a salvage tag.

 

AVOID CAVES AND MINES TO PROTECT NEW YORK'S BAT POPULATIONS: Outdoor adventurers should suspend exploration of cave and mine sites that may serve as seasonal homes for hibernating bats. Human disturbances are especially harmful to the State's bat population since the arrival of the disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has killed more than 90 percent of bats at hibernation sites in New York.

 

 

All posted notices restricting the use of caves and mines should be followed. If New Yorkers or visitors to the State encounter hibernating bats while underground, DEC encourages them to leave the area as quickly and quietly as possible.

When bats are disturbed during hibernation it forces them to raise their body temperature, depleting their fat reserves. This stored fat is the only source of energy available to the bats until the weather warms in spring.

The message comes as conservation groups and government agencies across the United States and Canada observe National Bat Week, Oct. 24-31, a celebration of bats and their important role in nature.

DEC's drones have been used to detect bat hibernation sites across New York using thermal imagery. Check out DEC's video to learn more.

Two species of bats are currently protected under federal and State endangered species law. The Indiana bat, which is sparsely distributed across New York, is a federally endangered bat listed before white-nose syndrome began impacting bat populations.

The northern long-eared bat is protected as a threatened species under both federal and New York State Endangered Species law. The current population for this formerly common bat is approximately one percent of its previous size, making the species the most severely impacted by white-nose syndrome. Nonetheless, northern long-eared bats are still widely distributed in New York. Their presence is documented in most of the 100 or so caves and mines that serve as bat hibernation sites in the State.

Anyone entering a northern long-eared bat hibernation site from October 1 through April 30, the typical period of hibernation for bats, may be subject to prosecution.

There is currently no treatment for bats suffering from white-nose syndrome. Along with the New York State Department of Health, DEC is partnering with researchers from the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, and experts at several universities across the country to better understand the disease and develop a treatment. This collaborative effort helped identify that reducing disturbances at hibernation sites during the winter can help the remaining animals survive.

For more information about white-nose syndrome, visit DEC's website.

Details about the protection of the northern long-eared bat can be found on DEC's website.

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

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Search - Town of Leicester, Livingston County: On Oct. 24 at 7:40 p.m. Lt. Tim Flanagan received a request from the Livingston County Sheriff's Department for assistance in locating a 21-year-old female who had run away from her residence in Leicester. The subject had a history of running away from home. Over the course of the next three days, 15 Forest Rangers set up an incident command structure to organize search efforts involving more than 150 personnel, including DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) and DEC K-9 units, Livingston County Sheriff's Department, numerous area fire departments, State Police, NY Federation of Search and Rescue, and community volunteers. Operations included utilizing ground crews and NY State Police Aviation, boats, and K-9 units. Livingston County Sheriff's and State Police investigators conducted an intensive investigation involving door-to-door interviews and issuing a Missing Vulnerable Alert. Crews searched wooded areas outward from the residence, with unsuccessful results. At 7:20 p.m. on Oct. 26, the subject returned to the residence, at which time the family notified authorities.

Robert DeRoo Memorial Conservation Dinner and Youth Hunt - Wayne County: On Oct. 13, 33 youth hunters gathered at the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah to participate in the 10th Annual Robert DeRoo Memorial Youth Hunt. The hunt is put on every year through the cooperation of ECOs, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Montezuma Audubon Center, local sportsman federations, and area companies. At the dinner, children enjoyed a wild game meal and learned about wildlife management and conservation, gun and hunter safety, and how to be ethical hunters. Experts talked about dog handling, hunting techniques, and how to properly clean game. Eight 14- and 15-year-olds were assisted in the youth deer hunt by Lt. Matthew Lochner and Lt. Aaron Gordon, ECOs Kevin Thomas and Anthony Drahms, and volunteers, and several kids were lucky enough to harvest their first deer with the help of these guides. Eighteen youth participated in the waterfowl and pheasant hunts with the help of volunteers and ECOs Drahms, Mark Colesante, Scott Sincebaugh, Scott Angotti, David Thomas, and Zach Prentice.

K-9 Assists in Finding Fleeing Subject - Steuben County: On Oct. 21, ECO Matthew Baker responded to assist the Steuben County Sheriff's Office with a motor vehicle accident in which the operator fled on foot in the town of Wayland. The vehicle had left the roadway and crashed into a parked vehicle in the driveway of a residence. The operator was confronted by the homeowner and subsequently fled down an embankment after seeing a Sheriff's Deputy approach. After arriving on scene and speaking with the Deputy, ECO Baker learned the operator was a registered sex offender, had two stolen license plates on the vehicle, and had a suspended license. ECO Fay Fuerch and K-9 Handley responded to the scene. The suspect's sneaker was located. A short time later, a Sheriff's Deputy spotted the suspect running into a cornfield. ECO Baker set up a perimeter and K-9 Handley was redeployed into the cornfield and located the suspect sitting in a row of standing corn. The suspect surrendered upon seeing the K-9 and the Deputy and ECO Baker took the suspect into custody without incident.

Illegal Disposal of Abandoned Automotive Repair Shop - Chautauqua County: On Oct. 23, ECO Jerry Kinney completed an investigation into the illegal disposal of a commercial business located at 2799 State Rt. 20 in the town of Sheridan. The automotive garage had been in poor condition for several years and the owner of the building decided to borrow a friend's excavator and dig a large hole in an attempt to demolish and bury the building. Nearly half the demolished building was placed in the hole prior to ECO Kinney receiving an anonymous complaint. After speaking with the property owner, ECO Kinney determined that asbestos abatement was not completed as required for all commercial demolitions. The waste needed to be legally disposed of at a regulated facility and not buried on site. The owner was cited for illegal disposal of solid waste, returnable to the Town of Sheridan Court.  

 

DEC ENCOURAGES PUBLIC TO PROMOTE ARBOR DAY WITH ARTWORK: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting submissions for artwork to help celebrate Arbor Day 2018. The Arbor Day Planning Committee is accepting original art and photography submissions to be selected as the 2018 New York State Arbor Day Poster.

DEC will accept submissions on behalf of the committee through December 31, 2017. The winning artist is honored at the annual State Arbor Day celebration, held on the last Friday in April.

The Arbor Day Committee includes representatives from DEC, The Empire State Forest Foundation, NYS Arborist Association, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, and the International Paper Company.

Artwork submissions should be sent directly to arborday@dec.ny.gov. The winning artwork will be replicated as the official 2018 New York State Arbor Day Poster and distributed at schools, libraries, government offices, nursery and landscaping businesses, and environmental organizations throughout the state.

For more information about the Arbor Day Artwork contest visit DEC's website or email arborday@dec.ny.gov. To obtain past New York State Arbor Day posters, contact any local DEC forestry office or call 518-402-9428.

 

FEEDER BIRDS: IDENTIFICATION AND BEHAVIOR: Bird feeding is a joyful reminder of the wild—right in your backyard. And there's so much more to feeding birds than keeping the feeders well stocked. Ready to confidently distinguish among the finches and the sparrows?

Learn how to attract more species? Decode feeder bird body language? Recognize the dramas unfolding at your feeder?

The Cornell Lab's Bird Academy has created a new online course, Feeder Birds: Identification and Behavior, to help you get more out of your bird feeding experience.

 

 

Learn Tricky IDs with SnapID: Innovative New Practice Tool

Build your confidence with easily confused species at your feeder, such as Purple and House Finch. As you play and replay SnapID, your winning streaks reveal the moment when you've mastered those tricky IDs.

Decode Bird Body Language

Gain fascinating insight into your feeder birds' lives and social interactions through subtle body language. We will teach you how to interpret bird behaviors and help you uncover a whole new way to appreciate and enjoy feeder birds.

Attract New Species to Your Feeder

The key to drawing new birds to your feeders is getting a handle on who eats what (and why!). Get the full scoop on feeding styles so that you can tailor your feeding setup to attract the birds you most wish would visit your backyard. 

As a bonus for participating in this course, we'll send you a free high quality double-sided color poster of the common feeder birds (East and West) and provide a one-year membership to the FeederWatch citizen science project. 

 

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

NOVEMBER:                                         

4 - Start of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Crossbow Seasons (>11/17)

4-5 – Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department Sportsmen’s Show at the Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds, 501 Erie Street, Little Valley, NY (Sat. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun. 9:00am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $5.00/12 and under free) (65 Tables) Fire Arms, Ammo, Hunting and Fishing Supplies (New & Old ). All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. (For information call Jim Miller  716-938-6928, email lvsc1982@yahoo.com or go to http://www.lvvfd.com)

5 - Niagara Frontier - NYS Military Collectors Show at Syracuse, NY (8:30 am - 2:00 pm) The NYS Military Collectors Show is held at Veterans of Foreign Wars and hosted by Niagara Frontier Gun Shows. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. There are NO Guns for sale or display at this show. Military Collectibles – swords, medals, patches, headgear, flags, clothing, historical items, surplus, documents, pictures, etc. (Admission: $5.00) (For more information call Bruce Johnston  716-542-9929 or email  nfgshows@aol.com  or go to http://nfgshows.com)

6 - Sapsucker Woods Monday Night Seminar - Arthur Singer: The Wildlife Art of An American Master at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Auditorium, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY (7:30 – 9:00 pm) The sons of renowned bird artist Arthur Singer will speak about their father’s life and work, and have just released a biography called Arthur Singer, The Wildlife Art of an American Master, a two-year labor of love. Arthur Singer (1917-1990) redefined the concept of the bird guide with his 1966 release, The Golden Field Guide to Birds of North America, and millions have enjoyed Singer’s work published in books, magazines, prints, and commemorative stamps. A selection of Singer’s original bird artwork will be on display at the Cornell Lab from November 2, 2017 through February 2018. The book will be available for purchase and signing at the Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Visitor Center. This seminar is being streamed live

8 - Teachers In Nature: Professional Development Series – STEM in the Schoolyard at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 7:00 pm) Learn how to connect your students to nature! CTLE credit hours may be available for select programs. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

9 – Close of Hunting seasons for Snipe, Rails & Gallinules

10 - Start of Trapping Season for Beaver in Central and southeast portions of New York (4/7/18)

10 - Montezuma’s Home School Nature Series: Bird Migration at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) The bird migration season continues and millions of birds are on the move! But, how do our feathered friends know where to go when they migrate?  Homeschooled children ages 5-12 will discover how birds uses a variety of tools to find their way to their wintering locations and back home again (Fee: $8/student) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org) 

11 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required.

11 - Montezuma’s Boy Scout Merit Badge: Environmental Conservation at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 pm) Boy Scouts are invited to complete the requirements for the Environmental Conservation Merit Badge with our fun and interactive program. Please be prepared to spend time outside, and dress for the weather.  Pre-requisites and pre-registration are required.  All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $8/scout.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

11 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (5:00 pm – Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/7:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $12.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129 or John Marshall 607-345-5366)

11-12 - Niagara Frontier – Springville Gun Show at the Springville Vol. Fire Hall, 405 Main St, Springville, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 60 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.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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10 – 27 – 17

 

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

 

REMAINING DEER MANAGEMENT PERMITS AVAILABLE FOR HUNTERS: remaining Deer Management Permits (DMPs) in several Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) will be available to hunters beginning Nov. 1.

Deer Management Permits allow hunters to harvest antlerless deer and are issued for specific WMUs to control deer populations. In some WMUs, all applicants received permits during the initial application process and the DMP target has not been reached. In these units, DEC will re-open the DMP application process on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters may apply for up to two additional DMPs in these WMUs at any DEC license sales outlet beginning Nov. 1.

Leftover DMPs are not available by phone, mail, or internet. Applications must be made at license issuing outlets. Applicants who previously paid the $10 application fee during the initial application period, or are exempt from the application fee, will not be charged for this additional application. Hunters who did not previously apply for a deer management permit are required to pay the $10 application fee.

Applications for leftover DMPs will be accepted for the following WMUs: 1C, 3M, 3R, 3S (bowhunting-only), 7F, 7H, 7J, 8A, 8C (bowhunting-only), 8F, 8G, 8H, 8J, 8N, 8R, 9A, 9F, and 9G. Additionally, Bonus DMPs are available for hunters who successfully take an antlerless deer in WMUs 1C, 3S, 4J, or 8C.
For WMU locations, refer to the
2017-18 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide on DEC's website.

During this extended application period, DEC will issue DMPs for an individual WMU until the target issuance quota is achieved. The status of permits will be reviewed daily, and as individual units are filled they will be removed from the list of those available the following day. A list of units with leftover DMPs will be routinely updated on DEC's website or via the DMP Hotline at 1-866-472-4332.

 

DUCKS UNLIMITED LAUNCHES NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: Ducks Unlimited (DU) launched its inaugural national scholarship program offering graduating high school seniors who are DU members the opportunity to advance their education.

Starting in 2018, DU will annually award 61, one-time scholarships, funded on an annual basis through the Youth & Education Endowment, to eligible applicants at the following levels:
50 Varsity Scholarships at $500 each
10 Conservation Scholarships at $1,000 each
1 National Scholarship of $10,000
"We are very proud to be able to give back to our high school members who support DU in a variety of ways," said Doug Schoenrock, DU senior vice president and chairman of the national youth and education committee. "These young men and women have made a huge impact for our organization, and it is time for us to do the same for them."
The online application is now open and will close on Jan. 15. Applicants will need to provide their high school transcript, DU member/volunteer history and a list of any service or academic awards received. In addition, applicants will be required to write a 300-word essay describing their most memorable outdoor experience and how it has impacted their view on conservation. All applications will be reviewed by DU's National Scholarship Selection Committee and recipients will be chosen based on the merits of those submissions.
The list of scholarship recipients will be sent to all applicants by April 15 with awarded checks released to the student's college or university prior to registration. Recipients will be recognized in Ducks Unlimited magazine, and the national scholarship winner will be announced at the DU National Convention. (For more information visit
www.ducks.org/scholarship)

 

NY OPEN FOR HUNTING & FISHING INITIATIVE: Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This initiative includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State.
In support of this initiative, this year's budget includes $6 million in NY Works funding to support creating 50 new land and water access projects to connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands that have gone largely untapped until now. These 50 new access projects include building new boat launches, installing new hunting blinds and building new trails and parking areas. In addition, the 2014-15 budget includes $4 million to repair the state's fish hatcheries; and renews and allows expanded use of crossbows for hunting in New York State.
This year's budget also reduces short-term fishing licenses fees; increases the number of authorized statewide free fishing days to eight from two; authorizes DEC to offer 10 days of promotional prices for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses; and authorizes free Adventure Plates for new lifetime license holders, discounted Adventure Plates for existing lifetime license holders and regular fee Adventure Plates for annual license holders.

KUDOS:
NY FISHERIES SPECIALIST RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD: David B. MacNeill of Syracuse, NY, was awarded the 2017 William Q. Wick Visionary Career Leadership Award presented by the National Sea Grant Extension Assembly at its biennial meeting in Oregon earlier this month. The Wick award is the highest honor given to Sea Grant Extension personnel by their peers. MacNeill was selected for the honor from among the 571 Sea Grant Extension professionals serving across the United States.
MacNeill, who recently retired, served 28 years as the Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist with New York Sea Grant Extension, based at SUNY Oswego. Research, extension and outreach work by MacNeill has advanced the communication and understanding of Great Lakes science to diverse audiences.
Highlights of the impact of the work by MacNeill include research and outreach into fish trawl methods that led to changes in how personnel on each of the Great Lakes scientifically sample fish and has improved stakeholder understanding of the data collected by trawling. His trawl design outreach information was utilized by the University of Southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic to build a new trawling vessel and gear now being used to sample on inland lakes in the European Union.
A report written by MacNeill in 2005 after assembling a panel of world-renown fisheries experts on Lake Ontario fish stocking issues is a constant reference for resource managers in New York State and, in the past three years, has helped improve Lake Ontario forage fish trawling efforts, which now take into account sampling in Canadian waters as recommended by that report.
Anglers and fisheries managers are more alert to the next generation of aquatic invasive species to watch for across the Great Lakes Basin thanks to programming developed by MacNeill.
In 2010, MacNeill and Dr. Paul Bowser of Cornell University received the first Sea Grant Association Research to Application award from the National Sea Grant Office for their research and outreach, particularly to commercial aquaculture business owners, on viral hemorrhagic septicemia, a deadly infectious fish disease.
MacNeill championed opportunities to enhance how educators communicate about the uncertainties associated with the natural environment. His programming on climate change science was the first training for all land grant and Sea Grant extension educators at Cornell University and was requested as a training for National Weather Service employees.
The Dogs and HABs publication written by MacNeill in 2014 on how pet owners can protect their dogs from toxins associated with HABs, harmful algal blooms, remains in high demand and was stocked at selected New York State Parks this past summer. Ducks Unlimited magazine shared this educational message nationwide.
MacNeill received the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Outstanding Program Award in 1990, 1992 and 1998; the Sea Grant Advisory Service Award of Excellence in 1993; the Northeast Extension Directors Award of Excellence in 1995; and the Great Lakes Sea Grant network Superior Outreach Award in 2012.

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:  New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York.

Going After That One Fish - Chautauqua County: On Oct. 11, ECO Chris Freeman was conducting foot patrol along Canadaway Creek in the town of Dunkirk when he was approached by a concerned fisherman who explained that he had observed a fisherman standing on a log attempting to snag some vulnerable steelhead along the bank of the creek. A few minutes later, ECO Freeman caught up with the suspected fisherman still fishing from the log. ECO Freeman watched as the fisherman dropped his line straight down in front of him and rip upward in a clear snagging motion. The fisherman repeated this action several times before finally hooking a steelhead. Hooking up with the fish made the fisherman loose his balance and fall into the creek. After unhooking the fish, rather than releasing it, the fisherman headed toward the road where he was met by ECO Freeman. When confronted with his illegal fishing tactics, the fisherman admitted that knew he was in violation but simply stated "It looked like an easy catch." The fisherman was issued two tickets for taking steelhead by snatching and for keeping a foul hooked steelhead, returnable to the Town of Dunkirk Court.



ECO Freeman with the illegally caught steelhead

 

Dangerous Crossing - Oswego County: On Sept. 5, Major Matt Revenaugh was working at the DEC Training Academy in Pulaski when an individual rushed in asking staff to call 911. The person explained that a car had just been hit by a train at the CSX crossing on Centerville Road, near the Academy. Major Revenaugh and Sgt. Kati Reynolds grabbed first aid equipment and rushed to the scene, where they found a silver SUV pushed nearly 100 yards down the track from the crossing. A quick assessment revealed the elderly vehicle operator was suffering only minor cuts and scrapes. Had the train operator been unable to stop the train, the car and operator would have ended up making the 50-foot drop from the railway bridge into the Salmon River. Evidence at the scene indicated the driver failed to observe the warnings at the crossing and drove through the crossing arm and into the path of the moving train.




Sgt. Reynolds and State Police at the accident scene

 

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE FISHING ACCESS CONSTRUCTED ON SCRIBA CREEK:

A new fishing access site on Scriba Creek has been completed at the north end of the Oneida Hatchery in the Village of Constantia (Oneida County). The site accommodates 5-7 anglers and has lowered railing for anglers fishing out of wheelchairs. The site is fully accessible and includes two picnic tables built to accommodate a wheel chair at either end. Fishing is generally best in the spring, but there are fish in the creek most of the year.

 

SAFETY, NOT FOOD, ENTICES GEESE TO CITIES: Canada Geese have shifted their winter range northward in recent years by taking advantage of conditions in urban areas—but what specific features of cities make this possible? A new study from The Condor: Ornithological Applications suggests that rather than food, geese are seeking safety, congregating in areas where they can avoid hunters and be buffered from the coldest winter temperatures.


Heath Hagy of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and his colleagues captured 41 geese in the Greater Chicago Metropolitan Area between 2014 and 2016 and fitted them with radio transmitters to track their movements. While the geese used a remarkable variety of urban habitats, they preferred deep water and rivers over green space such as parks when temperatures dropped enough to tax their ability to maintain their body temperature. For geese that remained within the metropolitan area, winter survival was 100%, but this dropped to 48% for those that emigrated out to forage in surrounding agricultural fields, countering expectations that the proximity of agricultural habitat may be a factor in geese's winter expansion in the area. Together, these results suggest that sanctuary may be a higher priority for wintering geese than good foraging habitat.
Better understanding how geese use urban habitat in winter may help reduce human–wildlife conflicts such as collisions with airplanes. "The growth of urban areas and northward expansion of row-crop agriculture have changed the way geese migrate. Unfortunately, some of our large cities have become goose sanctuaries, where resident geese and migratory geese congregate during winter to escape hunting pressure," says Hagy. "Although additional research is needed, our data will be useful to guide goose harassment efforts, which may offset the benefits of remaining inside urban areas during winter and open hunting seasons."
"This work offers comprehensive insights into the biology and behavior of a large wintering population of Canada geese that inhabits a major metropolitan area in the mid-western U.S. Appropriately grounded in an energetic context, the study thoroughly describes how Canada geese utilize the urban environment under varying weather conditions and demonstrates the survival benefits of urban adaptation," according to The Ohio State University's Robert Gates, a wildlife management expert who was not involved in the research. "Findings from this study provide a firm biological grounding for the development and implementation of management actions to alleviate human–Canada goose conflicts in urban areas."
(Survival and habitat selection of Canada Geese during autumn and winter in metropolitan Chicago, USA is available at
http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1650/CONDOR-16-234.1.)

 

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

27 – Ruffed Grouse Society Central New York Chapter 37th Annual Conservation & Sportsmen’s Banquet at The Whitetail At Woodcrest Golf Course, 6200 Old Cheese Factory Road, (Route 173 & Cheese Factory Road) , Manlius, NY. (Social – 6:00 pm/Dinner – 7:30 pm) Must pre-register by October 20th.(For further information contact Bob Papworth  315-471-0914 email rppwrth@verizon.net or Tim McCarthy 315-696-8987 email tmac@twcny.rr.com )

27 - Clymer Coonhunters Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on 8023 Ravlin Hill Road, Panama, NY (8:00 pm – Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Willis Miller  716-355-4540)

27 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (5:00 – 9:00 pm) This course is designed 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 30+ 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.This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet. (Reservations can be made at www.MyLegalHeat.com or by calling 877-252-1055.)

28 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 1 - in Western Zone (>12/6)

28 - Start of Canada Goose Seasons - Part 2 - in the West Central (>11/26) and South Zones (>12/17) of Western New York

28 - Cabela’s Sportsman’s Seminars - at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) - Preparedness: Woods Pack for Survival - When you venture into the deep outdoors, are you carrying the items you might need to survive?  Whether it's a hunting trip, remote fishing expedition, long hike or any other activity in the backwoods, come learn about the essential items you'll need to include in your woods pack to be fully prepared for almost anything. (12:00 – 2:00 pm) – Wild Game Processing - So you shot a big-game animal.  Now what?  In this seminar, you'll learn the basics of butchering wild game and where each cut of meat comes from.  After watching this demonstration, you'll be able to take your newfound skills to the field and do it yourself. (12:00 – 1:00 pm) - Camouflage: Technologies and Patterns - Don't be lost in the mix of camouflage options.  Head in to our camo department to learn the features, advantages, and benefits of the various camo patterns and types of apparel. We'll test some technologies out and have you walking away with the knowledge on what camo rightly suits your hunting needs. (2:00 – 3:00 pm) - Pick the Right Knife - Knives range from no-nonsense, fixed blades to compact pocket knives, and specialized knives for scenarios such as quartering your elk or deer in the field.  Since no one knife will suit every task, some people carry multiple knives.  However, with some careful consideration you can select a single knife that will handle most of your needs. (For information call 716-608-4770)

28 – The Beauty of Bats at The Portville Free Library, 1 North Main Street, Portville, NY (10:00 – 11:30 am) While it is a fact that bats rank very high on the list of most disliked species, it is also a fact bats are greatly misunderstood. Bats are not the creepy, scary and vicious animals they are sometimes made out to be. Folks who love animals know that all animals deserve to be treated with kindness and bats are no exception. Join us for this entertaining and enlightening talk as we explore the world of bats. We will discover how necessary, beneficial and wonderful bats are to have as friends and neighbors. (Cost: Free for members, $5.00 for non-members and free for children 13 and under. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.) Register by 4:00 pm October 26. (For information/register call 716-933-0187.)

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

28 – Aliens at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Are there visitors from outer space in Reinstein Woods? No, just plants and animals introduced from other parts of the world. Join a guided tour to meet some of these alien invaders. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

29 - KTBA Bass Club 8th Annual "STONE COLD" Tournament on Oneida Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

30 – Close Of Trapping Season for Fisher

31 - Status of Brook Trout in WNY at the WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s October meeting at the Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY. (7:30 pm)  Speakers are Scott Cornett of the Allegany Office of DEC and Tom Hoffman of the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Open to the public.

NOVEMBER 2017

1 - Leftover DMPs go on sale. Permits will not be available by phone, mail or the internet only in person at a license issuing agent on a first come/first served basis. 

1 – Migration at Montezuma at the Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville, NY (8:00 am – 1:00 pm) Mid-November is the peak migration for waterfowl at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. This van tour will focus on viewing and learning the natural history of the species that frequent the area. Some days this time of year, the refuge sees 150,000 water birds at one time. Advance registration required. (Cost $25.00 per person) (For information and to register call 315-638-7382)

3 - Close of Turkey Hunting Season

4 - Start of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Crossbow Seasons (>11/17)

                                     

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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10 – 20 – 17

 

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.

 

DEC PUBLIC MEETINGS ON TROUT STREAM: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that it will hold two public meetings in Region 7 this fall as part of a series of statewide meetings on trout stream management. The meetings will provide an overview of the state's approach to trout stream management and elicit feedback from anglers regarding their preferences and expectations for the management of trout stream waters.

The meetings will feature a 30-minute presentation by DEC Fisheries staff describing current management practices for trout streams and will include key findings of a statewide study completed in 2015. Following the presentation, meeting attendees will have an opportunity a to provide input and feedback regarding their preferences and expectations for the management of trout streams.

The upcoming meetings are scheduled for:

Monday, October 23 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.)

NYSDEC Region 8 Office

6274 East Avon-Lima Rd. (Routes 5 and 20), Avon, NY 14414

Thursday, October 26 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.)
Whitney Point High School
10 Keibel Road Whitney Point, NY 13862

Since 1990, DEC has generally managed trout streams for a desired catch rate. DEC fisheries managers seek to examine how well the current management goal fits the purpose of satisfying the desires of today's recreational trout stream anglers. Understanding the fishery characteristics valued most by trout stream anglers will help DEC biologists to identify and develop effective future management strategies.

 

STATE PARKS GRAND ISLAND WATERFOWL BLIND LOTTERY: With the regular duck and goose seasons opening up on October 28, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced the lottery drawing guidelines for Beaver Island State Park, West River Parkway, Strawberry Island and Motor Island. Waterfowl blind permits will be drawn every Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning on Oct. 27 in the Beaver Island Club House basement at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Doors open at 6 p.m. Drawings will take place through Dec. 4 (duck season closes on Dec. 6). To participate in the lottery drawings, hunters must be present, show a valid hunting license with a signed duck stamp, proof of completion of a waterfowl ID course and proof of registration in the Harvest Information Program (HIP). Since Canada goose season continues through Dec. 17, blinds will be conducted through call-ins starting Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at 773-2010 (also every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Dec. 15).

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) enforce the 71 Chapters of NY Environmental Conservation Law, protecting fish and wildlife and preserving environmental quality across New York.

Injured Bald Eagle - Orleans County: On Sept. 19, ECO Kevin Holzle responded to a report of an injured immature bald eagle in a field in the town of Kendall. The concerned farmer had viewed the eagle the previous day feeding in the squash field and became concerned with the bird's condition the next morning, when he was able to walk right up to it. ECO Holzle arrived on scene and determined that the eagle needed medical attention. DEC Wildlife staff arrived to assist in the capture and transport of the eagle to a licensed rehabilitator for treatment, recovery, and future release.

Lost and Found - Genesee County: On Sept. 15, ECO Fay Fuerch was contacted by a Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy concerning a convicted felon who accidentally shot himself in the leg the night before in the town of Darien. The Deputy requested ECO Fuerch's partner, K-9 Handley, to help locate a .22 caliber rifle that was missing. The victim initially explained that he was holding a .22 round with a pair of pliers and hit the primer end with a hammer causing the round to discharge and enter his leg above his knee and exit near his ankle while he was in a garage on his grandfather's property. This story did not make sense and the grandfather advised that there was a .22 rifle missing from an abandoned vehicle on the property. The victim asked for a lawyer when questioned about the rifle, so its location remained unknown. The grandfather was fully cooperative and gave consent to search the property, including the garage. A quick search of the garage didn't locate the rifle and when K-9 Handley searched the woods and surrounding property, he didn't locate the rifle. ECO Fuerch returned the following day and took a closer look in the garage, locating the rifle hidden among pieces of rebar and other long, slender objects. The grandfather confirmed it was the missing rifle. All of the evidence was turned over to the Sheriff's Department and charges are pending.

Opening Day Hunting Over Bait - Monroe County: Late in the day on Sept. 30, ECO Kevin Holzle received information from ECO Eoin Snowden concerning a complaint of a baited tree stand in the town of Webster. The complainant wanted to remain anonymous and shared little information for ECOs to investigate. The following morning, the opening day of the early archery season for deer, ECO Holzle spent an hour moving slowly through thick brush toward a tree stand, attempting to locate the hunter and the illegal bait. ECO Holzle spotted the location within 40 yards of the hunter and found him hunting over two freshly laid piles of corn. The hunter was issued a summons for hunting deer with the aid of bait returnable to the Town of Webster Court.

 

DEC DUCK HUNTER SURVEY: DEC is seeking your opinion on waterfowl season dates!

Each year, DEC selects waterfowl hunting season dates in four of New York’s waterfowl hunting zones (Western, Northeastern, Southeastern, and Long Island). The season dates are based on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) limits, which include maximum number of days earliest possible opening date, and latest possible closing date.

DEC, with Cornell University and the Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces around the state, have developed a survey to ensure that the perspectives of a cross-section of waterfowl hunters are considered when season dates are selected.

If you are one of the 6,000 duck hunters who receive this survey via e-mail or U.S. Postal Service, please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your opinion matters and will help shape future duck hunting seasons in the area you hunt!

 

PENNSYLVANIA: LEAD POISONING IN BALD EAGLES ON THE RISE: An increasing number of bald eagles have been admitted to wildlife-rehabilitation centers across Pennsylvania exhibiting signs of illness such as weakness, lethargy, emaciation, labored respiration and drooping wings. Blood tests often reveal that the eagles are suffering from lead toxicity. Lead poisoning occurs when toxic levels of lead are absorbed into the body. Raptors are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning because when they ingest lead particles, the acidic nature of their stomach causes rapid absorption of the metal, said Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Veterinarian Justin Brown.
"Lead poisoning is a debilitating disease in bald eagles," said Brown. "You have this powerful bird and you find it in the field – limp and weak. You can pick it up and it doesn't even know you are there. "
After a blood test reveals that a bald eagle has lead toxicity, intensive treatments can begin. Drugs treatments can take the metal out of the body's tissue and blood. And if metal is detected in an eagle's digestive system, it can be flushed out and removed. But treatment often is unsuccessful because the eagles have already absorbed too much lead.
In the past year, Red Creek Wildlife Center has treated 12 bald eagles with lead toxicity and only one of those eagles survived, said center director Peggy Hentz.
"As there are more eagles in the wild, we are getting more eagles in the wildlife-rehabilitation centers and the problem has become evident," Hentz said.
Since 2006, the Game Commission has been conducting necropsies on bald eagles that die to monitor causes of death and potential diseases. The data from 2006 to 2016 reveals that approximately one-third of the state's known bald-eagle mortalities are associated with a toxin, with lead being the most common. In fact, lead toxicity is a significant cause of death in all raptors, not just eagles.
Lead is a heavy, relatively inexpensive, malleable metal, which often is used in fishing lures, ammunition and other materials. Research has shown that fragments of lead can be found as far as 18 inches from a bullet's point of impact. In addition, 30 to 40 percent of the lead can remain in the target after the bullet has passed through. Small-game carcasses and big-game entrails that remain in the field could contain lead that might be ingested by opportunistic scavenging eagles and other wildlife.
The main source of ingested lead has not been clearly identified. However, hunters can help to reduce the potential that bald eagles ingest lead fragments from the remains of harvested game animals by burying the carcasses and gutpiles, or by covering them with branches. Doing so will make it less likely that aerial scavengers will find and consume the remains, which might contain lead particles. Hunters also could consider eliminating lead from their harvests by using non-lead ammunition.
Although lead toxicity has been identified as a leading cause of mortality among the state's eagles, the eagle population continues to thrive and increase in number. In the early 1980s, there were only three active bald eagle nests in Pennsylvania. Today, thanks to the restoration efforts of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and partners, there are more than 250 active bald eagle nests in the state. Bald eagles met the requirements for removal from the state threatened species list in 2014 and are now classified as a protected species.

 

BIRD BAND REPORTING MOVES TO ONLINE ONLY: Waterfowl hunters who find bands on harvested game birds or have recovered a band are now asked to report it online to the National Bird Banding Laboratory. The toll-free 1-800-327-BAND system was discontinued in June of 2017.

The website reporting system: streamlines data collection / reduces error / is mobile-friendly /

provides the hunter with instant information about the bird

Biologists place these uniquely numbered bands on many species of birds. These birds may be recaptured in the future by biologists, may be found dead by the public, or harvested by hunters. Data from the bird banding program helps biologists understand how birds are impacted by environmental conditions and is used to set annual migratory game bird regulations, including season lengths and bag limits.

 

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

OCTOBER 2017

20 - End of Northern Zone Deer & Bear Bowhunting and Crossbow Seasons

20 - Montezuma’s Home School Nature Series: Owls at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) When you hear the word “owl,” what comes to mind? Do you picture a mysterious big-eyed bird of the night? Maybe you think about a symbol of wisdom or a character in books. Clearly, people are fascinated by owls and the best way to understand them is to learn as much as possible about them.  Homeschooled children ages 5-12 will explore owl habitat, their unique characteristics and conservation projects at Montezuma. (Fee: $8/student) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org) 

20 - Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Nature Storytime Walk at the Refuge Visitor Center, 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY. Led by Librarian and The Lodge Nature Store Manager, Gayle James, Nature Storytime Story Walk is recommended for children in pre-K through 3rd grade.  There is no fee for this program. Participants will take a walk with Miss Gayle along the Seneca Trail to see how the story of Little Boo unfolds!  Each page from the book is stationed along the trail, along with an activity. Parents are required to stay with their children during the program.  Please come prepared for the weather; the majority of the program is outside on the trail. Program is rain or shine (If it’s too rainy, we will move the program to inside the Visitor Center). For information, email andrea_vanbeusichem@fws.gov or call 315-568-5987.)

20 - Chemung County Coon Hunters Association Inc Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Rumsey Hill Road, Van Etten, NY. (5:00pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial - $12.00/6:30pm – Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy – $12.00/8:00pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $15.00) (For information call Herschel Burt at 570-596-2149)

21 - Start of Pheasant Hunting Season in Western New York (>12/31 north or >2/28/18 south)

21 - Start of Turkey Hunting Season (>11/3) 

21 - Start of Northern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/3)

21 - Montezuma’s Happy Owl-ween at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (6:00 - 8:00 pm) We are happy to welcome back Jean Soprano, of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation, who will have live owls on display during her presentation about the silent hunters of the night. Then, join the Montezuma Audubon Center staff for an owl prowl around the woods and grasslands to search for Montezuma’s wild owls and other nighttime wildlife. (Fee: $6/child, $8/adult, $25/family.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org) 

21 - Birding 101: Class #10 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn which birds will be in the area for the winter season. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21 - Steuben County Coon Hunters, Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 4082 Depot Street, Cameron, NY (4:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $20.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Nite Hunt - $25.00) (For information call Roger Barney at 607-695-9024 or email ten.sehguh@yenrab_jr)

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

21 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - Become Skilled with Map & Compass at Tupper Lake, NY (Cost: $50.00) (For information/register contact Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC  518-359-8194  adkfoothills@yahoo.com  or go to www.adkfoothills.com)   

21 -  Letchworth Region Friends of NRA Event at the Firemens Exempt, 5939 Stone Hill Road, Lakeville, NY (5:00 pm) (Cost: $40.00) (For information call Janet Green 585-451-4988 or email jgreen102161@gmail.com )

21 - Southern Tier Bassmasters (Open) Tournament on Conesus Lake at the State Launch (ENTRY FEE: -$25/Angler --$5/optional lunker) (For information Call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

21 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (4:00 pm - Coonhound Event Water Race - $12.00/6:00 pm – Coonhound Bench Show - $12.00/8:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129 or John Marshall 607-345-5366)

21 - Friends of NRA Event at the Lakeville Exempt Club, 5939 Stone Hill Road, Lakeville , NY. (For information contact Janet Green at 585-451-4988 or email jgreen102161@gmail.com)

21 - Owl Prowl at Klydell Wetlands, North Tonawanda, NY (6:30 – 8:00 pm) (Cost: $7.00) Space is limited. (For information/pre-register call 585-457-3228.)

21-31 – “Halloween” Event at Bass Pro Shops. Bass Pro Shops in the Finger Lakes Mall, 1579 Clark Street Road, Auburn, NY. The free event will feature activities including fun crafts for kids, a Halloween costume parade, trick-or-treating and much more. The event schedule includes: Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Oct. 22: - Noon to 5:00 pm  – Free 4x6 photo with life-size cutouts of Peanuts characters, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Sally and Lucy (photo packages also available for sale). First 100 kids to have a photo taken will receive a free LED flashing necklace; Free crafts for kids.  Kids will have the opportunity to color a free garden tips booklet on Saturday and to decorate a felt jack-o-lantern on Sunday. Friday, Oct. 27 – 5:00–7:00 pm – FREE 4x6 photo with the Peanuts gang and decorate a Halloween bat craft. Oct. 28, Saturday – Noon-5:00 pm FREE 4x6 photo with the Peanuts gang, Decorate a Halloween pumpkin craft and Pumpkin Toss game – play for a chance to win a prize; 3:00–5:00 pm – Trick-or-Treating; 4:00 pm - Costume parade; participants receive a free jack o’ lantern tote. Sunday, Oct. 29 - Noon – 5 p.m. – FREE 4x6 photo with the Peanuts gang; Decorate a Halloween pumpkin craft; Pumpkin Toss game – play for a chance to win a prize. Oct. 30, Monday – 5:00–7:00 pm – FREE 4x6 photo with the Peanuts gang; Decorate a Halloween bat craft. Tuesday, Oct. 31 – 4:00–8:00 pm – FREE 4x6 photo with the Peanuts gang; Decorate a Halloween treat bag: Pumpkin Toss game – play for a chance to win a prize; 5:00 pm – Trick-or-treating; 6:00 pm – Costume parade; participants receive a free jack o’ lantern tote.For more information on the grant and how to enter, visit www.basspro.com/halloween. (For information call 315-258-2700 or email Manager_Finger_Lakes_NY@basspro.com)

23 - Trout Stream Management in New York at the NYSDEC Region 8 Office, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, (Routes 5 and 20), Avon, NY (6:30 – 9:00 pm) To provide a convenient opportunity for trout stream anglers and other interested members of the public to discuss these questions with NYSDEC biologists, a series of public meetings will be held in each NYSDEC region. The meetings will feature a 30-minute presentation describing how DEC currently manages trout streams and will summarize key findings of a statewide study completed in 2015 (PDF, 2.6 MB). This will be followed by a 90-minute discussion period aimed at identifying the measures of trout stream angling quality most important to this segment of New York's the angling public. (For information call 585-226-2466)

25 – Start of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Weasel, Skunk, Opossum, Raccoon, Red Fox and Gray Fox (>2/15/17)

25 – Start of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Bobcat(Southern portion of Western New York (>11/17)

25 – Start Of Trapping Seasons for Coyote (>2/15/18)

25 - Start Of Trapping Season for Fisher (>10/30)

25 - Montezuma’s Bird Watching Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 - 11:00 am) The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join our education staff and we’ll drive you in our van to visit several Montezuma birding hotspots where thousands of ducks, geese and swans rest and feed during their long and impressive journey. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child; $15/adult, $40/family.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org) 

26 - Trout Stream Management in New York at the Whitney Point High School, 10 Keibel Road Whitney Point, NY (6:30 – 9:00 pm) To provide a convenient opportunity for trout stream anglers and other interested members of the public to discuss these questions with NYSDEC biologists, a series of public meetings will be held in each NYSDEC region. The meetings will feature a 30-minute presentation describing how DEC currently manages trout streams and will summarize key findings of a statewide study completed in 2015 (PDF, 2.6 MB). This will be followed by a 90-minute discussion period aimed at identifying the measures of trout stream angling quality most important to this segment of New York's the angling public. (For information call 607-753-3095)

27 – Ruffed Grouse Society Central New York Chapter 37th Annual Conservation & Sportsmen’s Banquet at The Whitetail At Woodcrest Golf Course, 6200 Old Cheese Factory Road, (Route 173 & Cheese Factory Road) , Manlius, NY. (Social – 6:00 pm/Dinner – 7:30 pm) Must pre-register by October 20th.(For further information contact Bob Papworth  315-471-0914 email rppwrth@verizon.net or Tim McCarthy 315-696-8987 email tmac@twcny.rr.com )

27 - Clymer Coonhunters Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on 8023 Ravlin Hill Road, Panama, NY (8:00 pm – Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Willis Miller  716-355-4540)

27 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (5:00 – 9:00 pm) This course is designed 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 30+ 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.This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet. (Reservations can be made at www.MyLegalHeat.com or by calling 877-252-1055.)

28 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 1 - in Western Zone (>12/6)

28 - Start of Canada Goose Seasons - Part 2 - in the West Central (>11/26) and South Zones (>12/17) of Western New York

28 - Cabela’s Sportsman’s Seminars - at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) - Preparedness: Woods Pack for Survival - When you venture into the deep outdoors, are you carrying the items you might need to survive?  Whether it's a hunting trip, remote fishing expedition, long hike or any other activity in the backwoods, come learn about the essential items you'll need to include in your woods pack to be fully prepared for almost anything. (12:00 – 2:00 pm)Wild Game Processing - So you shot a big-game animal.  Now what?  In this seminar, you'll learn the basics of butchering wild game and where each cut of meat comes from.  After watching this demonstration, you'll be able to take your newfound skills to the field and do it yourself. (12:00 – 1:00 pm) - Camouflage: Technologies and Patterns - Don't be lost in the mix of camouflage options.  Head in to our camo department to learn the features, advantages, and benefits of the various camo patterns and types of apparel. We'll test some technologies out and have you walking away with the knowledge on what camo rightly suits your hunting needs. (2:00 – 3:00 pm) - Pick the Right Knife - Knives range from no-nonsense, fixed blades to compact pocket knives, and specialized knives for scenarios such as quartering your elk or deer in the field.  Since no one knife will suit every task, some people carry multiple knives.  However, with some careful consideration you can select a single knife that will handle most of your needs. (For information call 716-608-4770)

28 – The Beauty of Bats at The Portville Free Library, 1 North Main Street, Portville, NY (10:00 – 11:30 am) While it is a fact that bats rank very high on the list of most disliked species, it is also a fact bats are greatly misunderstood. Bats are not the creepy, scary and vicious animals they are sometimes made out to be. Folks who love animals know that all animals deserve to be treated with kindness and bats are no exception. Join us for this entertaining and enlightening talk as we explore the world of bats. We will discover how necessary, beneficial and wonderful bats are to have as friends and neighbors. (Cost: Free for members, $5.00 for non-members and free for children 13 and under. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.) Register by 4:00 pm October 26. (For information/register call 716-933-0187.)

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

28 – Aliens at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Are there visitors from outer space in Reinstein Woods? No, just plants and animals introduced from other parts of the world. Join a guided tour to meet some of these alien invaders. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

29 - KTBA Bass Club 8th Annual "STONE COLD" Tournament on Oneida Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

30 – Close Of Trapping Season for Fisher

31 - Status of Brook Trout in WNY at the WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s October meeting at the Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga, NY. (7:30 pm)  Speakers are Scott Cornett of the Allegany Office of DEC and Tom Hoffman of the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Open to the public.

 

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.


ARBY’S – WE GOT THE VENISON: Good news that’s sure to spruce up any deer camp, Arby’s has announced it will continue the success it had with venison sandwiches last year, and they’re even taking it up a notch this hunting season.
According to USA Today, venison sandwiches will be back on the menu in all 3,300 restaurants in the U.S. starting Saturday, October 21. That’s not all, either . . .
If you live in Colorado, Wyoming or Montana, you get a special wild game surprise!
This hunting season, Arby’s is rolling out a special limited-edition Elk Sandwich that will only be available in the three states mentioned above.
If you remember from last year, Arby’s venison sandwiches sold out in minutes, and will likely sell out again quickly this year, Arby’s Chief Marketing Officer Jim Taylor says.
“If people are interested in trying the sandwich, the only way to guarantee they can get one is to get there when we open or a little before and make sure they are in line, just like folks last year,” Taylor said.
Just like last year, the restaurant chain uses a New Zealand supplier that sells grass-fed free-range venison. Jim says it took a little over a year to set up an arrangement with suppliers in order to secure enough product for what he calls “the biggest venison promotion in the world and restaurant has ever done.”
“We took a look at what hunters and wild game enthusiasts love to talk about eating, and elk was something that kept popping up, and we said, ‘this is another great tasting game meat we think our guests would enjoy,'” he continued.
Taylor sure hit the nail on the head with his remarks, because elk meat might very well just be the best-tasting meat on the planet, and it’s about time someone said it!
For those lucky enough to feast their lips on an elk sandwich, they will be available at the following restaurants:
200 East 144th Ave., Thornton, Colorado 80023
2607 CY Ave., Casper, Wyoming 82604
2834 King Ave. W, Billings, Montana 59102

DEC PUBLIC MEETINGS ON TROUT STREAM: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that it will hold two public meetings in Region 7 this fall as part of a series of statewide meetings on trout stream management. The meetings will provide an overview of the state's approach to trout stream management and elicit feedback from anglers regarding their preferences and expectations for the management of trout stream waters.
The meetings will feature a 30-minute presentation by DEC Fisheries staff describing current management practices for trout streams and will include key findings of a statewide study completed in 2015. Following the presentation, meeting attendees will have an opportunity a to provide input and feedback regarding their preferences and expectations for the management of trout streams.
The upcoming meetings are scheduled for:
Wednesday, October 18 - 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.)
Paul V. Moore High School
44 School Drive Central Square, NY 13036
Thursday, October 19 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.)
Hammondsport High School
8272 Main Street, Hammondsport, NY 14840
Monday, October 23 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.)
NYSDEC Region 8 Office
6274 East Avon-Lima Rd. (Routes 5 and 20), Avon, NY 14414
Thursday, October 26 - 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation begins at 7:00 p.m.)
Whitney Point High School
10 Keibel Road Whitney Point, NY 13862
Since 1990, DEC has generally managed trout streams for a desired catch rate. DEC fisheries managers seek to examine how well the current management goal fits the purpose of satisfying the desires of today's recreational trout stream anglers. Understanding the fishery characteristics valued most by trout stream anglers will help DEC biologists to identify and develop effective future management strategies.

DUCKS UNLIMITED NEW YORK LICENSE PLATE: Show your DU pride on your vehicle! Here’s your chance to show your support of Ducks Unlimited in New York! A Ducks Unlimited custom license plate from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is now available to motorists in both passenger and commercial class.
More than 16,000 Ducks Unlimited members in New York support conservation with waterfowling. To date, DU has protected, restored or enhanced 54,000 acres and has invested nearly $37 million in the state.

Help promote Ducks Unlimited, anywhere you drive!
ORDER YOURS TODAY!
To order online: Visit the New York Department of Motor Vehicles website
By mail: Download an order form at the New York DMV site.
Call: (518) 402-4838, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Cost: A standard Ducks Unlimited plate can be purchased for an initial fee of $85. The annual fee is $56.25, which is in addition to the standard registration renewal fee. The plate can be personalized with up to six characters, including spaces, for an initial fee of $116.25. The annual fee for a personalized plate is $87.50, which is in addition to the standard registration renewal fee.
Questions? Contact the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:
Scrap Metal Burn - Wayne County:
ECO Kevin Thomas was driving down a back country road on patrol in the town of Rose and saw blue and black smoke coming from behind a trailer. When he investigated, ECO Thomas found an individual standing over a burn barrel with numerous pieces of scrap metal laying around the barrel and in his pickup truck. Most of the metal pieces were small engine starters with a copper interior. The man said he burned the machinery to obtain the copper and then planned to sell it back to the scrap yard. In all, more than 50 engine starters were discovered, allegedly violating open burning laws. ECO Thomas issued the subject a ticket for illegal open burn.
Zurich Bog Search and Rescue -- Wayne County: While on patrol, ECO Kevin Thomas heard a call over the radio that a hiker and two small children were lost in Zurich Bog in the town of Arcadia. Zurich Bog is a 600-acre sphagnum swamp in Wayne County that has been designated a National Natural Historic Landmark by the National Park Service. ECO Thomas met New York State Troopers and Wayne County Sheriff's deputies at the head of the trail into the bog and spoke with the hiker's husband. Using her cell phone, the hiker said she had gotten lost more than two hours earlier, didn't know where she was, and that her cell phone battery was running low. She also had her seven and 10-year-old sons with her, trying to help them earn a Cub Scout badge. ECO Thomas had a trooper turn on his siren to see if the lost hiker could hear it, but she could not. A team of six officers then ventured into the bog, dividing into two teams when the trail split. A short time later, ECO Thomas' group heard a response from the lost hiker after calling out for her. Soon after, the officers found the family, tired but uninjured. They were escorted out of the bog through a marked trail.
One-Stop Shopping - Cayuga County: On Sept. 8, ECO Mark Colesante spotted a Craigslist ad listing native snakes for sale in the city of Auburn. Initially, ECOs planned to arrange a purchase, but when officers learned the alleged salesman was only 16 years old, they decided to simply interview the subject. The young man said he had not sold any of the 75 native snakes in his possession, including northern water snakes, eastern ribbon snakes, eastern garter snakes, and brown snakes. He also had 25 leopard frogs and three black bass in an aquarium. The subject was educated about the laws of wildlife possession and charged with possessing protected wildlife without a permit. The entire menagerie was released back to the wild.



Native frogs offered for sale on Craigslist

Marijuana Eradication - Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties: From Sept. 13 to Sept. 22, DEC Division of Law Enforcement personnel participated in a multi-agency marijuana eradication detail focusing on locating and removing marijuana plants throughout Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. New York State Police, the Allegany County Sheriff's Department, and the Southern Tier Drug Task Force participated in the effort along with ECOs Jason Powers, Jamie Powers, Russell Calanni, Dustin Oliver, Sean Rockefeller, Max Woyton, Darci Dougherty, Chris Freeman, Michael Wozniak, and Lt. Don Pleakis. The officers conducted work both on the ground and by air from a State Police helicopter and checked approximately 30 sites over the course of 10 days.
Cub Scouts Score Fishing Merit Badge - Schuyler County: On August 12, ECO Josh Crain participated in a fishing event with Cub Scouts from Penn Yan that were obtaining their fishing merit badges. The event was well attended, with the excited scouts collectively catching more than 100 bluegill and bass with their families. After the event, ECO Crain spoke to the scouts about the duties of an ECO, fishing regulations, and the importance of fish, wildlife, and environmental conservation laws.
Lost and Found - Genesee County: On Sept. 15, ECO Fay Fuerch was contacted by a Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy concerning a convicted felon who accidentally shot himself in the leg the night before in the town of Darien. The Deputy requested ECO Fuerch's partner, K-9 Handley, to help locate a .22 caliber rifle that was missing. The victim initially explained that he was holding a .22 round with a pair of pliers and hit the primer end with a hammer causing the round to discharge and enter his leg above his knee and exit near his ankle while he was in a garage on his grandfather's property. This story did not make sense and the grandfather advised that there was a .22 rifle missing from an abandoned vehicle on the property. The victim asked for a lawyer when questioned about the rifle, so its location remained unknown. The grandfather was fully cooperative and gave consent to search the property, including the garage. A quick search of the garage didn't locate the rifle and when K-9 Handley searched the woods and surrounding property, he didn't locate the rifle. ECO Fuerch returned the following day and took a closer look in the garage, locating the rifle hidden among pieces of rebar and other long, slender objects. The grandfather confirmed it was the missing rifle. All of the evidence was turned over to the Sheriff's Department and charges are pending.

OSWEGO COUNTY TRIBUTARIES WILL BE SATURATED WITH STEELHEAD THIS FALL: A steady stream of mature kings and cohos ranging from 8 to 40 pounds has been ascending the Salmon River since the middle of September, drought conditions notwithstanding. With all that spawning going on, the river is being carpeted with salmon eggs, the favorite food of Oswego County’s most popular cold weather fish, steelhead. Aka chromers, steelhead, like the salmon mentioned above, are indigenous to the Pacific Ocean. Both anadromous (they spend most of their adult lives in open water and return to streams to spawn) they were introduced into the Great Lakes in the second half of the last century to help control blooms of baitfish while offering anglers trophy fishing opportunities.
But the similarities end there. Steelhead are a strain of rainbow trout, and instead of dying after spawning, they return to the lake to feast on its cornucopia and return to tributaries to spawn again.
Their greatest difference, however, is in taste. Salmon indulge in gluttonous lives, pigging out on Lake Ontario’s massive schools of bait fish like there’s no tomorrow, putting on incredible weight in their 3 ½ years of life. Steelies, on the other hand are a little more fastidious, feeding on the same baitfish, but also on a host of insects…and caviar.
Like a siren’s song, red caviar draws them out of the safe depths of Lake Ontario each fall and into the dangerous rapids of the big pond’s tributaries. And while just about every other fish in the feeder stream dives for cover, cowering in the shadow of the salmon, steelhead run with them, picking off the eggs right after they’re dropped, sometimes even while the parents, often big enough to bite the chromer in half, are watching.
This noble courage, combined with their gentle dietary habits (they’ll take a tiny fly, too), incredible beauty (their color ranges from proof silver in fresh run fish to every shade of the rainbow in fish that have been in the river for a couple weeks) and physical stamina (when hooked, their spectacular leaps and sizzling runs in the battle for freedom are legendary) endear them in the hearts of their fans, from purist fly-fishermen to bottom dragging bait anglers.
Come mid-late November, when the salmon runs are nothing but fond memories and the crowds of anglers who stood shoulder to shoulder just a few days earlier go deer hunting or settle into winter mode, sinking into armchairs to watch college sports, fresh waves of steelies charge the streams to take advantage of their warmer temperatures and the steady source of caviar swept out from under the rocks all winter long by endlessly shifting currents.
Spring gathers the lake’s holdouts and sends them running upstream, too. You see, when snowmelt swells the tributaries, sending their plumes two to three times deeper into the lake than normal, the fresh scent hooks the steelies’ hormones, drawing them upstream to spawn. Their bellies loaded with eggs or milt, they have little room in their stomachs for food, right when they need it most to climb the raging rapids. Again, their needs are met by protein rich salmon caviar.
The action begins this month. October’s cooler nights will lower water temperatures to levels trout find comfortable, and they’ll rush in like college freshmen to their first party away from home. The Salmon River will see the first schools, followed by the Oswego River. Skinny creeks like Little Sandy and Grindstone will get their fair share immediately after heavy rains.
So if you’ve ever dreamt of hooking a rainbow, now’s the time to do it. You won’t find a pot of gold at the end. What you will get, provided you’re skilled with rod and reel, is the light-tackle fight of your life from one of nature’s most beautiful fish, set against a backdrop of quivering autumn colors.
(For year-round fishing conditions in Oswego County and visitor information, call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386) or go to www.visitoswegocounty.com.)

THIS WEEK'S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page)

OCTOBER 2017
13 - End of Northern Zone Early Bear Season
13&14 - New York Houndsmen Conservation Association Inc. New York State Championship Coonhound Event
at 10491 Rte. 240, West Valley, NY. (10/13 6:00 pm – Coonhound Bench Show-Purina Event - $20.00/8:00 pm – Coonhound Nite Hunt-Purina Event - $30.00 and 10/14 6:00 pm – Coonhound Bench Show-Purina Event - $20.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Nite Hunt-Purina Event - $30.00) (For information call Jason Muckey 607-589-4710)
14 - Heritage Maker Food & Craft Fair at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) Join us this fall for a celebration of heritage food and craft as we showcase the Cumming Nature Center's Heritage Maker Workshop Series. Enjoy mini-workshops, demos and informational booths including: Kombucha; Blacksmithing; Mushrooms; Stained Glass; Storytelling; Soapmaking; Woodworking And more! (Cost: Suggested donation at the door $3/person or $10/family) (For information call 585-374-6160)
14 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 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)
14 - Montezuma’s 10th Annual Robert F. DeRoo Memorial Youth Waterfowl and Pheasant Hunts at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. Youth ages 12 to 15 and their adult mentors are welcome to celebrate conservation through sportsmen activities. Youth hunters must possess a NYS issued Hunter Safety Certificate, a current NYS 2017-2018 Junior Hunting License, an appropriate firearm and should attend with an adult hunting mentor with a current 2017-2018 hunting license. Pre-registration is required. (For more information, please call Donna Richardson at 315-365-3588.) (Fee: FREE.)
14 - Cabela’s Sportsman’s Seminar - Firearms Safety Depends On You at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 12:00 pm) - Owning firearms is your Second Amendment right, but with that comes responsibility. Learn how to properly store firearms and ammunition in your home from this informative seminar sponsored by Cabela's and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. (For information call 716-608-4770)
14 - Cabela’s Sportsman’s Seminars - at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (1:00 – 2:00 pm) - Cabela's Cup - Combine your love for shooting and competition with the excitement of laser guns for a chance to win the Cabela's Cup! (2:00 – 3:00 pm) - Kids' Cabela's Cup - Bring the kids out to try their aim in our safe, portable BB gun range. First-time shooters and seasoned shooters alike are welcome and will get to keep their targets! (For information call 716-608-4770)
14 - Spey Casting on the Water Demo. Meet at Orvis Buffalo, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY. (9:45 am) Caravan to the creek for a demonstration on spey fishing. Bring your own waders and gear for some tips. (Free) (For information/register call 716-276-7200 or go on line at https://goo.gl/EbQXYd)
14 - Steelhead Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (12:00 – 2:00 pm) with Fishing Manager Drew Disbet. (Free) (For information/register call 716-276-7200 or go on line at https://goo.gl/EbQXYd)
14 - Steelhead Fly Tying from Simple to Complex at Orvis Buffalo, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (3:00 - 4:00 pm) (Free) (For information/register call 716-276-7200 or go on line at https://goo.gl/EbQXYd)
14-15 - Western New York Youth Waterfowl Hunt (Saturday-Sunday) Young hunters age 12 to 15 years, possessing a junior hunting license may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, and Canada geese on 2 special days in each zone. Daily bag limits are the maximum allowed during the regular duck season, and 2 per day for Canada geese. Young hunters MUST be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter (including current HIP registration and duck stamp).