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conservation chatter corner

with ron schroder

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

4 - 28 - 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.

 

HUNTER SHOOTS TWO PARTNERS WHO WERE HIDING BEHIND TURKEY FAN:

According to this report from The Joplin Globe, three buddies were hunting new land. Two of the shotgun hunters began searching for turkeys on one side of the leased private property, and the other man started hunting elsewhere on the land. Somehow they ended up moving into each other’s space. It appears likely that they were calling to each other, both parties thinking that the other was a real gobbler. While two of the hunters hid behind a turkey fan on the edge of the woods, the third man shot at the fan, hitting his hunting partners.

According to the news story: “Sheriff Dan Peak said the sheriff’s office learned of the matter when the shooter drove the two injured hunters to the hospital in Girard with potentially life-threatening shotgun wounds to their faces and upper bodies. They later were flown by medical helicopter to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin.”

This story serves as a grim reminder of the dangers of reaping/fanning a turkey, even on private land. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!

 

DEC ACQUIRES 11 ACRES ON WHITNEY BAY ON CHAUTAUQUA LAKE:  Through a partnership with the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently acquired 11 acres of land in the Town of Chautauqua along Whitney Bay in Chautauqua Lake. The newly acquired parcel, called the Whitney Bay Site, will become part of the Chautauqua Lake Fish and Wildlife Management Area.

"Thanks to the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, this new parcel will become a valuable addition to the Chautauqua Lake Fish and Wildlife Management Area," said DEC Regional Director Abby Snyder. "Not only will it provide additional recreational opportunities and lake access for the public, it will also help to protect valuable wetland habitat and 300 feet of lake shoreline."

"The Conservancy has worked for over ten years to conserve this site," said John Jablonski, CWC Executive Director. "The directors and members of the Conservancy are very pleased that this wooded wetland lakeshore with valuable native emergent and aquatic vegetation important to the fisheries and waterfowl of the lake has been permanently protected and will be available for public use. With less than ten percent of the lake's shoreline in a natural condition, conserving these last remaining habitat sites is extremely important to the health of the lake and its fish and wildlife populations. We have truly appreciated the opportunity to partner with the DEC to make this project come to fruition."

The Whitney Bay Site is the fourth parcel to be added to the Chautauqua Lake Fish and Wildlife Management area which now comprises 134 total acres along Chautauqua Lake. Other sites composing the Chautauqua Lake Fish and Wildlife Management Area include Tom's Point Site (72 acres), Cheney Farm Site (34 acres), and Stow Farm Site (17 acres). Over the past twenty years, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and DEC have worked collaboratively to conserve over two miles of environmentally-sensitive shoreline and wetland areas along Chautauqua Lake and its outlets.

The new site will provide access to the lake for waterfowl hunting, trapping, fishing and wildlife viewing. Additional information about the Chautauqua Lake Fish and Wildlife Management Area can be found on DEC's website.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Fish Stocking Detail - Monroe County: On April 14, DEC Bureau of Fisheries conducted its annual stocking of Brown Trout in Irondequoit Creek at various locations in Monroe County. ECOs assisted with traffic control, stocking, and monitoring of fishing activity on the creek. This initial stocking activity provides anglers the opportunity to easily catch their limit for the day in a short period of time. To ensure compliance with fishing regulations, Lt. Bruce Hummel, along with ECOs Paul Blanton, George Scheer, Brian Shea, and Kevin Thomas, conducted patrols along the creek when the stocking was complete. The conditions were ideal and numerous anglers enjoyed a near perfect day of fishing. Although few violations were encountered, two fishermen were issued tickets for fishing without licenses.

 

Prescribed Fire - Town of Rathbone, Steuben County: On April 10, Forest Rangers and other DEC staff treated 45 acres of grass fuels with prescribed fire at the Helmer Creek Wildlife Management Area. The Helmer Creek burn unit is identified for habitat improvement because of the presence of timber rattlesnakes in the area. Little Bluestem, a native warm season grass, grows on this site and is needed for management objectives. The re-introduction of consistent burning will help invigorate these native grasses and slow the spread of invasive species. Early season timing of this prescribed fire must occur before the emergence of rattlesnakes later this spring.

Prescribed Fire - Town of Cameron, Steuben County: On April 17, Forest Ranger Timothy Carpenter supervised a five-acre prescribed fire in the West Cameron Wildlife Management Area assisted by seven additional rangers and five DEC firefighters. This fire burned was conducted to improve wildlife habitat by maintaining grass and eliminating woody plants. The controlled fire went as planned and was out by mid-afternoon. This was the third prescribed fire this spring on DEC lands in Steuben County for a combined treatment of 63 acres.

Enforcement - Town of Ward, Allegany County: On March 27, two Forest Rangers responded to a complaint of underage drinking on state land. Upon arriving at approximately 9:45 p.m. at Vandermark State Forest, the Rangers found a gathering of college students from a nearby campus. Several violations were noted and tickets issued for setting a fire on state land, depositing rubbish on state land, and underage alcohol possession on state land. The young people were advised to put the fire out and clean up the site. The Forest Rangers departed the area after the students complied with these directions.

Trespassing Leads to Drug Arrest - Chemung County: On April 4, Capt. John Burke observed a suspicious vehicle parked on Greatsinger Road in the town of Elmira. The posted property where the vehicle was parked has previously been used for illegal dumping and drug activity. Upon questioning the occupants of the vehicle, Capt. Burke suspected that the subjects were engaged in illegal drug activity in addition to trespassing. Capt. Burke contacted the Chemung County Communication Center and requested assistance. State Troopers from the Horseheads barracks responded with an investigator from the NYS Community Narcotics Enforcement Team. As a result of the investigation, police seized three ounces of methamphetamine oil, two glass stems, and a vial containing methamphetamine residue. Police charged the two suspects with third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, a felony offense. The suspects were arraigned in Elmira Court and remanded to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 property bond. All hazardous items were removed from the scene by the Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team.

 

NEW FEATURES FOR NYS FISHING, HUNTING AND WILDLIFE MOBILE APP: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has added a new innovative tool to the official New York Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App that provides sports license holders a simple, user friendly way to report game harvests with smartphones and mobile devices while afield.

The Fish and Wildlife mobile app, created by ParksbyNature Network, is available free of charge and provides users with the latest fish and wildlife news, detailed hunting and fishing season information, species information, weather alerts, social media connections, GPS mapping capabilities, and more.

With the integration of the new e-License and Game Harvest features, hunters can quickly and easily create game harvest reports, even when the user is out of cellular range. Users will also be able to login to the DEC licensing system for instant mobile access to an electronic version of their current sporting licenses.

To access the new features, users need only click on the HuntFishNY icon within the app. The New York Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife app can be downloaded on the Apple app store or Google Play store (links leave DEC website,) or by going to DEC's website.

The new app features also allow users to share harvest reports with friends and followers on Facebook, send feedback to DEC, and access DEC resources while afield. As a reminder, it is a legal requirement to report all deer, bear and turkey harvests within seven days of harvest. Harvest information is critical to wildlife management and helps determine the overall health and population of a species and set future hunting seasons and limits.

These enhanced game harvest and electronic license app features were developed via a collaborative effort between DEC and the New York Information Technology Systems' Mobile Channel & Cloud Development Services team.

 

ONONDAGA LAKE PROPOSALS TO RESTORE AND PROTECT WILDLIFE HABITAT: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are considering a series of projects to restore and protect wildlife habitat and water quality and increase recreational opportunities at Onondaga Lake, as outlined in a draft restoration plan and environmental assessment released for public comment through June 2, 2017 The draft plan may be found at http://nyfo.fws.gov/ec/files/onondaga/Onondaga_RPEA_Press_Release.pdf.
For decades, mercury and other hazardous substances were released into Onondaga Lake and its tributaries and uplands.  Due to this industrial pollution, Onondaga Lake was designated a Superfund site in 1994, launching a comprehensive remediation of the Lake and additional sites in the area, and through various court proceedings, the responsible parties must now also pay for the damages to natural resources this contamination has caused.

As part of the Onondaga Lake natural resource damage assessment and restoration process, the Service and NYSDEC assessed contaminant-related injuries to natural resources such as waterfowl and turtles, and quantified the lost use of natural resources to the public, such as fishing. The agencies then solicited restoration project ideas from stakeholders to identify the types and scale of restoration needed to compensate for those injuries. The ultimate goal of this process is to replace, restore, rehabilitate, or acquire the equivalent of injured natural resources and resource services lost due to the release of hazardous substances—at no cost to the taxpayer.
The agencies analyze 20 restoration projects in the draft restoration plan and environmental assessment. These projects, in total, include the following benefits:

*Extension of the Erie Canalway Trail from Camillus to the Loop the Lake Trail (3.2 miles) and from the Honeywell Visitor Center to Harbor Brook (1.2 miles);

*Preservation, habitat restoration and public access to over 1,400 acres along Ninemile and Onondaga Creeks in the Onondaga Lake watershed, including public fishing rights and parking areas;

*Installation of structures within over 275 acres of Onondaga Lake to provide habitat for fish, amphibians and invertebrates;

*Fifteen years of funding for the identification and removal of invasive species within about 1,700 acres of wetlands, lake/river littoral zone and riparian habitat;

*Restoration of wetland and fish habitat at Onondaga County parklands;

100 acres of warm season grassland restoration;

*Deepwater fishing pier on Onondaga Lake;

*Enhancement of jetties at the Onondaga Lake outlet to improve access for all;

*Boat launch to be developed along the Seneca River;

*Transfer of the Honeywell Visitor Center to a public agency;

Future Restoration Projects Fund.

The agencies are soliciting comments on this draft plan through June 2, 2017.  Comments may be submitted by mail to Anne Secord, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York 13045 and by email to anne_secord@fws.gov. Written comments will also be accepted at a Public Open House, to be held at the Honeywell Visitor Center (280 Restoration Way, Syracuse, New York) on April 27, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM.
Representatives from the Service and DEC will be on hand at the Public Open House to explain the natural resource damage assessment and restoration process, and the draft plan and environmental assessment. After the comment period closes, feedback will be closely reviewed and any necessary changes made to a final document identifying the chosen restoration.
Under federal law, federal and state agencies and Native American tribes are authorized to act as trustees on behalf of the public for natural resources they own, manage or control. In this role, trustees assess and recover damages or implement restoration projects to compensate for injuries to natural resources due to hazardous substance releases (e.g. mercury).The natural resource damage assessment regulations encourage the participation of potentially responsible parties (PRPs) in the assessment process, and Honeywell agreed to cooperatively assess natural resource damages and identify restoration projects at Onondaga Lake with the trustees.

 

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

APRIL 2017

28 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oswego River Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Oasis At Thunder Island, Route 48, Fulton, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Bruce Bailey   dinklepuss@hotmail.com   315-695-5113)

28 – Arbor Day – New York State

28-30 - Bird of Prey Days at the Braddocks Bay Raptor Research Center, Braddock Bay Park, Greece, NY. Includes a wide variety of activities. (For information go to www.bbrr.org.)

29 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Drumlins Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at Donselaars, Route 31-10257, Clyde, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Mark Salerno
msalerno@marshallfarms.com   315-879-8960)

29 – The Western NY Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet at Barlett Country Club, 32 Euclid Avenue, Olean, NY (4:00 pm) An entertaining evening while raising money to benefit elk and other wildlife, their habitat and America’s hunting heritage. (For information and reservations, contact Sue Clark at 585-567-8991 or Hanley at 585-968-0142.)

29 - Whitetails Unlimited – Stonybrook Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1130, 6 Main Street, Dansville, NY. Deadline for ticket sales – 4-24-17. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse - $30.00/Youth - $30.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Shannon Griese, 585-739-1779 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

29 - Seager Marine Perch Tournament headquartered at Seager Marine, 1 City Pier, Canandaigua, NY. (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) Pre-Register is by mail: $40 per team (1 – 3 persons). Teams weigh in 5 perch for total weight. (For information and registration forms visit seagermarine.com or call 585-394-1372 x216.)

29 - Women in Nature (WIN) Outdoor Skills Workshop sponsored by the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs at the Camillus Sportsmen’s Club, 5801 Devoe Road, Camillus, NY. It is open to women and girls age 12 and up. The event is free but registration is required. (For information and the registration form, click on this link http://wwwfederationofsportsmen.com/wp/?page_id=32)

29 – 22nd Annual Niagara Frontier Friends of the NRA Banquet at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew,NY (5:00 pm) Half of the proceeds raised comes back into the area for grant programs involved with the shooting sports. (For information call Georgina at 716-866-7656)

29 – Boating Safety Course by U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, NY (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski. (For information/register call Robert Hasse at 716-954-3453)

29 – Boating and Jet Ski Safety Class by U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-2 in the Community Room at the McKinley Mall. (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) There is a new age-related State Law for boaters that went into effect in 2015.  To receive more information about the new law, or to register for this class, contact Eileen Reiner at 716-725-9669 or at reiner7@verizon.net.    Visit the website at www.wnyboatsafe.org for a list of additional classes.

29 - 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)

29 - Nature Paints at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:00 pm) Learn how artists made paints efore the introduction of synthetic materials. (Materials fee: $4; $2 for Friends of Reinstein Woods members.) For children ages 10 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

29-30 - Wellsville Lions Charities' Greater Trout Derby in the Genesee River. Registration Sites are: Wellsville Town Clerk Office - 156 N. Main Street; Wellsville Chamber of Commerce - 114 N. Main Street; K-Mart - 121 Bolivar Road; Strope Outdoor Supply - 5 William St. Addison NY (Sat 6:00 am – 7:00 pm/Sun 6:00 am – 5:00 pm) (Fees - If you register before April 1st the fee is $15, after April 1st the fee is $20) (For information call 585-596-9274 or email troutderby@yahoo.com or go to http://www.trout-derby.com)

29-30 - Niagara Frontier - Hamburg Gun Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 S Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York ((9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 300 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $7.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (90 Tables) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  nfgshows@aol.com)

29-30 – Spring King of the Lake Salmon Tournament out of St. Catharines Marina, Port Weller, Canada. (For more information contact www.kotl.ca.)

30 - Last Day Ice Fishing Tip-Ups Can Be Used Statewide

 

MAY 2017

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

1 - Bird Collisions by Dr. Christine Sheppard,  American Bird Conservancy at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road,Ithaca, NY (7:30 – 9:00 pm) As many as a billion birds die each year in the U.S., nearly half of them after colliding with home windows. But new methods are being developed to curb bird injuries and death, not only for existing windows but with special materials and design to create new, bird-friendly buildings. Dr. Christine Sheppard will discuss the tools we have to solve the problem and the big job ahead getting those solutions implemented. However, this is one conservation issue where individuals can take immediate action and see immediate results. (For information email pel27@cornell.edu)

2 – Spring Wildflower Hike with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at Whirlpool and DeVeaux Woods state parks in Niagara Falls, NY. (5:30 - 7:30 pm) (For information/pre-registration go to http://bnriverkeeper.org/rivertours.)

3 - Oneida Lake Association Annual Members Meeting at the Gillette Road Middle School, 6150 South Bay Road, Cicero, NY. (6:00 pm) Presentations starting at 7 p.m. by Agency and Cornell speakers; election of officers, and displays and door prizes. (For information email info@oneidalakeassociation.org)

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

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

5 - Wyoming County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse Sage Road, Warsaw, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Scott Halsted 585-993-5188)

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

5-14 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Spring Trout and Salmon Derby 2017. 1st of 3 LOC Derbies offering over $30,000 in cash and prizes with a grand prize of $15,000 for the largest overall Salmon caught. (For more information call 888-733-5246 or visit their website at www.loc.org.)

6 - Start of Statewide Fishing Season for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge, and Walleye (>3/15/18)

6 - Start of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County), the Chemung River and Tributaries and Tioga River (Chemung County) (>3/15/18)

6 - Start of Special Season on Lake Erie and Tribs for Black Bass (must 20 inches +) (>6/16)

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

6 - Annual Wildlife Festival at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) Highlights at the Wildlife Festival will be live animal presentations, delicious food, live music, children’s games, crafts and activities, guided bird watching hikes and canoe trips, a native plant sale, a garlic mustard pulling contest, and over 40 vendors and exhibitors. (Fee: FREE for children under 5, $2/school-aged child, $4/adult.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

6-7 – 39th Annual Walleye Fishing Derby on Oneida Lake sponsored by the Chittenango Lions Club, Headquartered at Oneida Shores County Park, 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton, NY (Awards 5/7 at 3:00pm)(Entry fee $15.00) (For information call Carol at 315-699-3187 or email info@lionswalleyederby.org)

6-7 - The 2017 Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show (CANCELLED) at the Falleti Ice Arena, 22 Evans Street, Batavia, NY (Sat-9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sat-9:00 am – 3:00 pm) Sponsored by the Alabama Hunt Club. 180 tables. (Cost: $6.00/under 12 free w/adult) (For information contact Jim Penland  716-434-6535   jimpenland@verizon.net)

 

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

 

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4 - 21 - 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.

 

Youth Turkey Hunting Weekend is April 22-23/Opening of Spring Turkey Season on May 1: The spring wild turkey season opens on May 1 in upstate New York. The youth turkey hunting weekend is scheduled for April 22-23.

 

 

The youth turkey hunt for junior hunters ages 12-15 is open in all of upstate New York. It is encouraged experienced hunters take a novice hunter afield this spring, whether the novice is a young person or an adult getting into the sport for the first time.

DEC reports that the turkey population experienced reproductive success in the summer of 2015, and combined with relatively mild winters in 2015-16 and 2016-17, it is anticipated that the spring harvest will be up from last year and above the five-year average (about 20,000 birds). The estimated turkey harvest for spring 2016 was 18,400 birds, and nearly 6,000 junior hunters harvested an estimated 1,300 birds during the two-day youth hunt in 2016.

Important Details for the Youth Turkey Hunt on April 22 and 23:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*All other wild turkey hunting regulations remain in effect.

Other Important Details for the Spring Turkey Season, May 1-31, 2017:

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

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

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

*Hunters may not use rifles or handguns firing a bullet.

*Hunters may hunt with a shotgun or handgun loaded with shot sizes no larger than No. 2 or smaller than No. 8, or with a bow or crossbow.

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

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

For more information about turkey hunting in New York, see the 2016-17 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide or visit the "Turkey Hunting" pages at DEC's website.

 

BOATER COOPERATION NEEDED TO HELP PROTECT BALD EAGLES AND HABITAT IMPROVEMENTS: As boating season approaches, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) remind boaters to observe the signage, buoys, and various motorized boating restrictions in place around Strawberry Island in the Niagara River. The restrictions are part of an ongoing, multi-agency effort to protect critical Bald Eagle nesting habitat and to preserve recently installed habitat improvement projects at the island.

Avoiding human disturbance at Bald Eagle nests is critically important to protecting the species and ensuring the success of nesting sites. Disturbance through noise or human proximity to nest sites can cause Bald Eagle nest site failure or even abandonment of nesting territory. In addition, high wakes, propellers and anchors from motorized boats can cause damage to wetland habitat planting projects and sensitive ecosystem areas.

Boaters can help minimize disruptions to the Bald Eagle nesting site by:

*Observing all boating restrictions in place, including federal navigation laws that require maintaining a 5 mph speed limit while traveling within 100 feet of the shoreline.

*Eliminating all motorized activity within 660 feet at the north end of the island's cove area by observing the restricted area marked with buoys.

*Adhering to signage restricting any visitor access (including non-motorized vessels) within 330 feet of the north end of the islands cove area during the Bald Eagle nesting season that lasts from January to the end of September in a typical year.

*Sharing this information with others who recreate in the Niagara River and Strawberry Island Area.

*Reporting any observed illegal activity in the Strawberry Island area to DEC's 24 hour tip hotline at 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).

State DEC and OPRHP have collaboratively enacted a plan to protect the Bald Eagle pair nesting on Strawberry Island in the Niagara River. The plan includes a multi-year effort to restore wetland habitat at the island and to minimize the effects of motorized boating activity through the restrictions listed above. The wetland restoration project, which began last year, will be ongoing through the end of 2017.

Law enforcement divisions from OPRHP, DEC and the Erie County Sheriff Department are cooperating in the effort to enforce restricted area rules in place to protect the Bald Eagles and habitat projects at Strawberry Island. Visitors to the island are reminded that any repeated disturbance to Bald Eagles by humans is unlawful under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and under the State Environmental Conservation Law.

The Bald Eagle, currently listed as a threatened species in New York, continues to make a remarkable recovery across the state. New York State was instrumental in the restoration and recovery of the Bald Eagle in the northeast United States and continues to play an important role in providing suitable habitat for our nation's symbol. More information about Bald Eagles can be found on DEC's website.

(For more information please contact OPRHP: Angela Berti | (716) 278-1764)

 

NEW PARTICIPANTS ENCOURAGED TO JOIN THE FINGER LAKES VOLUNTEER ANGLER DIARY PROGRAM: As the 2017 open water fishing season starts, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) encourages anglers to participate in its Finger Lakes Volunteer Angler Diary Program.

The program aims to collect data from fishing trips on all of New York's Finger Lakes and selected Lake Ontario embayments of DEC Regions 7 and 8. This is a year-round program, so anglers pursuing all types of fish and fishing on these waters are encouraged to enlist. Typical program participants fish the lakes anywhere from once to multiple times in a given season, so even occasional anglers are welcome to participate.

"Fisheries management in the Finger Lakes of Central and Western New York is in part guided by angler experiences, success rates, and desires," said Region 7 Fisheries Biologist Ian Blackburn. "This program is an excellent chance for members of the angling public to take an active role assisting DEC to make well-rounded and informed management decisions for the Finger Lakes."

Anglers who fish the Finger Lakes and are willing to contribute to the program by keeping a fishing diary for DEC can contact the Region 7 and Region 8 Fisheries offices at (607) 753-3095 and (585) 226-5343, respectively, or by email at fwfish7@dec.ny.gov or fwfish8@dec.ny.gov. More information on the diary programs, along with annual reports for each lake, can be found online at the Angler Diary Cooperator Program web page and the West Central New York Angler Diary Program web page on DEC's website.

 

NATIONAL ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM CONTINUES TO GROW: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos  announced the 60 New York students who scored high enough in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) to compete in the national tournament this May. Students from participating schools and school districts across the state competed in the archery program in March.

NASP is designed to improve participation in outdoor activities among students of all athletic abilities. DEC started this program in 2008 to introduce young people to archery, outdoors, and other shooting sports, including hunting. In New York, 320 schools from 167 school districts currently participate in the program and more than 34,000 students participated during the school year. NASP continues to grow at the national level with 2.4 million students and more than 14,400 schools in 47 states participating in the program.

As part of the New York program, an annual statewide competition is held for participating schools. This year, approximately 700 students from 33 school districts competed during the first two weeks of March. The 2017 statewide event was successfully held as school-based tournaments where the students compete at their respective schools and their scores are compiled by DEC. Each competitor can achieve a maximum score of 300 points. There are three divisions: High School, grades 9-12; Middle School, grades 6-8; and Elementary School, grades 4-5.

The overall top female archer in the tournament was Jordan Sands with a score of 285. Jordan attends Hinsdale High School in Cattaraugus County. The top male archer in the tournament was Jake Hafner with a score of 287. Jake attends Schroon Lake Central (High) School in Essex County.

Students that place in the top 10 in each of the three divisions, by gender, qualify to compete and represent New York at the national NASP tournament in Louisville, Kentucky, on May 11 - 13. This year, New York is sending 60 eligible students from 17 schools to the national tournament.

For more information on NASP and to view the NASP photo gallery, visit DEC's website and contact the sportsman Education Program, the state program coordinator for NY-NASP at 1-888-486-8332 or e-mail at hunter@dec.ny.gov.

 

WAIT UNTIL NEXT WINTER TO PRUNE YOUR OAK TREES:  Many people prune their trees in spring and summer. DEC recommends holding off on pruning oak trees until winter to protect them from oak wilt, a deadly tree disease.

The video, ‘Winter Pruning For Oak Wilt Prevention’ (2 minutes) highlights why it’s important to prune oak trees from October – February instead of during the spring and summer, if pruning is needed. Pruning during the winter can protect oaks from becoming infected because the beetles that spread the disease are dormant. These beetles are active in spring and summer and are attracted to freshly cut or injured healthy trees. Pruning in the spring and summer puts oaks at risk of contracting oak wilt. Oak wilt can kill trees in as little as 4-6 weeks and is one of the most destructive tree diseases.   

What can I do to protect my oak trees?

Prune oaks between October and February – NOT during the growing season.

Follow existing regulations and quarantines meant to protect our trees and forests.

Don’t move firewood. Firewood can transport oak wilt and other deadly pests and diseases to new areas.

Learn to identify the symptoms of oak wilt which include discoloration around the entire leaf edge and sudden loss of a substantial portion of leaves during the summer.

For questions, contact the DEC Forest Health Office at 1-866-640-0652 or email us your photos of tree symptoms.

Visit the DEC website for more information on oak wilt.

 

IN BEAR COUNTRY REMOVE BIRD FEEDERS NOW: Warm spring weather has cause bears to come out of their winter dens in search of food. It is recommended taking down bird feeders to avoid attracting them. Bears are very fond of suet and bird seed, especially black oil sunflower seed. Bringing feeders in at night doesn't work, because bears will still feed on seed that is spilled on the ground.


 

Bird feeders are just one of the things that can attract hungry bears. Other sources of food that bears find appealing are: pet food, barbecue grills, garbage, household trash containers, open dumpsters, and campsites with accessible food and food wastes.
Purposely feeding a bear is not just bad for the bear, it's also illegal.
Residents should take reasonable measures to protect their property from bears before lethal measurers are undertaken. Some of these measures include:
•Keep chickens and honeybees secure within an electric fence or other bear-proof enclosure.
•Never feed bears, deliberately or accidentally.
•Feed your pets indoors.
•Store trash in a secure place. Trash cans alone are not enough!

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

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

22 - NATIONAL EARTH DAY

22 - Legal Heat Utah/Arizona Pistol Permit Class at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 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. (For information go to www.MyLegalHeat.com or call 877-252-1055 ) (This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet.)

22 - Spring Into Nature at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Annual celebration to welcome spring back to the swamps with a variety of nature-related exhibits including an eagle watch, plus free crafts and games for the kids. (Free) (For information call 585-948-5445 or email iroquois@fws.gov)

22 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chautauqua lake Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Frewsburg Fire Dept., Hazzard Street, Frewsburg, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Patrick Hoover   phoover@phoenixmetal.com   716-489-6933)

22 - Orleans County Houndsmen Beaglers Beagle Event at their clubhouse at 13461 Phipps Road, Albion, NY (10:00 am – Beagle Event – World Qualifying Event - $20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)     

22 - Derby Hill Hawk Watch Trip, meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)  Visit Lake Ontario for the spectacular spring raptor migration and leave the driving to us.  Travel in the Montezuma Audubon Center van to witness thousands of broad-winged hawks, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles and many more! If weather conditions do not cooperate, the program will be moved to Friday, April 25. This program is offered in cooperation with the Onondaga Audubon Society. Pack a lunch. (Fee: $17.50/child, $22.50/adult) Space is limited for all programs and registration is required. (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

22 - Annual Outdoor Gear & Flea Market at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY (8:00 am - 1:30 pm) Due to NY Safe Act, no guns may be displayed or sold. Loading equipment and components may be sold (powder, shot, primers, brass and bullets), live ammo may be sold: shotgun, pistol and rifle. (Admission: Free) (For information call Paul Stoos at 716-563-9258 or Willie Sieber 716-260-3240)

22 - Whitetails Unlimited – Cortland County Chapter Banquet at the, Elks Lodge #748, Cortland, NY. (4:30 pm)Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call John Hunter at 607-426-8292)

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

22 - Wyoming County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse Sage Road, Warsaw, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Scott Halsted 585-993-5188)

22 - Cattaraugus County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 10491 Route 240, West Valley, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $25.00) (For information call Joel Nicholas 716-378-1832)

22 - Fungi With A Fun Gal at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Enjoy a walk to look at mushrooms, while learning the basics of mushroom identification and how fungi contribute to the ecosystem. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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

22/23 – Spring Youth Turkey Hunt (Details page 46 16-17 Hunting & Trapping Guide)

22-23 - New York State Arms Collectors Syracuse Gun Show, New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center, Syracuse. (9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday/ 9;00 am-3:00 pm Sunday) (For  information contact Sandy Ackerman at 607-748-1010 (1-6 p.m.)

22-23 - (Delayed to May 6 - 7)The 2017 Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show at the Falleti Ice Arena, 22 Evans Street, Batavia, NY (Sat-9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sat-9:00 am – 3:00 pm) Sponsored by the Alabama Hunt Club. 180 tables. (Cost: $6.00/under 12 free w/adult) (For information contact Jim Penland  716-434-6535   jimpenland@verizon.net)

25 - Fly Tying Program from the Eastern Waters Council of Fly Fishers International at Orvis in the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY. Featured fly tyers include Sam Decker, Craig Buckbee and Rodney Priddle – casting instructors and/or guides in and around the famed Catskills. The event is co-sponsored by the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International and it is free to the general public. (For information/register (by 4/18) call 716-276-7200 or 716-675-4766)

28 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oswego River Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Oasis At Thunder Island, Route 48, Fulton, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Bruce Bailey   dinklepuss@hotmail.com   315-695-5113)

28 – Arbor Day – New York State

29 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Drumlins Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at Donselaars, Route 31-10257, Clyde, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Mark Salerno msalerno@marshallfarms.com   315-879-8960)

29 – The Western NY Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet at Barlett Country Club, 32 Euclid Avenue, Olean, NY (4:00 pm) An entertaining evening while raising money to benefit elk and other wildlife, their habitat and America’s hunting heritage. (For information and reservations, contact Sue Clark at 585-567-8991 or Hanley at 585-968-0142.)

29 - Whitetails Unlimited – Stonybrook Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 1130, 6 Main Street, Dansville, NY. Deadline for ticket sales – 4-24-17. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse - $30.00/Youth - $30.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Shannon Griese, 585-739-1779 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

29 - Seager Marine Perch Tournament headquartered at Seager Marine, 1 City Pier, Canandaigua, NY. (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) Pre-Register is by mail: $40 per team (1 – 3 persons). Teams weigh in 5 perch for total weight. (For information and registration forms visit seagermarine.com or call 585-394-1372 x216.) 29 - Women in Nature (WIN) Outdoor Skills Workshop sponsored by the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs at the Camillus Sportsmen’s Club, 5801 Devoe Road, Camillus, NY. It is open to women and girls age 12 and up. The event is free but registration is required. (For information and the registration form, click on this link http://wwwfederationofsportsmen.com/wp/?page_id=32)

29 - Nature Paints at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:00 pm) Learn how artists made paints efore the introduction of synthetic materials. (Materials fee: $4; $2 for Friends of Reinstein Woods members.) For children ages 10 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

29-30 - Wellsville Lions Charities' Greater Trout Derby in the Genesee River. Registration Sites are: Wellsville Town Clerk Office - 156 N. Main Street; Wellsville Chamber of Commerce - 114 N. Main Street; K-Mart - 121 Bolivar Road; Strope Outdoor Supply - 5 William St. Addison NY (Sat 6:00 am – 7:00 pm/Sun 6:00 am – 5:00 pm) (Fees - If you register before April 1st the fee is $15, after April 1st the fee is $20) (For information call 585-596-9274 or email troutderby@yahoo.com or go to http://www.trout-derby.com)

29-30 - Niagara Frontier - Hamburg Gun Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 S Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York ((9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 300 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $7.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (90 Tables) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  nfgshows@aol.com)

30 - Last Day Ice Fishing Tip-Ups Can Be Used Statewide

 

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

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

 

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

 

SPRING TURKEY SEASON STARTS SOON:

                   Photo: John Adamski

Hunters are preparing for another great spring of wild turkey hunting in upstate New York. The Youth Hunt for Wild Turkey, April 22 & 23, is a terrific opportunity for adults to mentor youngsters ages 12 through 15. Get the details on the Youth Turkey Hunt webpage. Regular spring turkey season begins May 1 and runs through the month. Head out to New York's expansive fields and woods and enjoy pursuing these big, abundant, popular game birds. See the Turkey Hunting webpage for tips on enjoying a safe and productive time afield.

 

DEC SEEKS PUBLIC INPUT ON DRAFT MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR 23 ALLEGANY COUNTY STATE FORESTS AND THE WAG TRAIL:  A Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for 23 state forests located in Allegany County is now available for public review. The public is invited to submit input on the draft plan, which will guide future management of these unique state forest lands in Allegany County and help to ensure healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forest ecosystems.

The Allegany Unit State Forests include 46,382 acres of forest lands in the towns of Alfred, Allen, Almond, Amity, Angelica, Belfast, Birdsall, Burns, Caneadea, Centerville, Friendship, Granger, Grove, New Hudson, Rushford, Ward, Wellsville, and West Almond. The Unit also includes a 9-mile rail trail, called the WAG Trail, in the town of Willing.

The 23 state forest properties included in the Unit are: Allen Lake, Bald Mountain, Bully Hill, Cold Creek, Coyle Hill, Crab Hollow, English Hill, Gas Springs, Gillies Hill, Hiltonville, Jersey Hill, Karr Valley Creek, Keeney Swamp, Klipnocky, Lost Nation, Palmer's Pond, Phillips Creek, Plumbottom, Rush Creek, Slader Creek, Swift Hill, Turnpike, Vandermark, and the WAG Trail. People can view the Allegany Unit Draft UMP on DEC's website. Copies are also available in electronic format on compact disc and may be requested by calling (585) 466-3241.

DEC will also accept public input on the draft UMP at an open house on April 20 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Short Tract Fire Hall, 10355 County Road 15, Fillmore NY. DEC staff will be available at this session to provide information about the Allegany State Forests Unit and its history, ecology and current uses, which include forest product sales and recreational use, and discuss ideas about long-term forest management.

In addition to the open house, public comments on the Allegany Unit Draft UMP can be submitted by mail or email to:

Nathaniel Tucker
2524 County Route 2A
Almond, NY 14804
(585) 466-3241
r9.ump@dec.ny.gov

All comments must be received by May 4, 2017. DEC will review these comments as it finalizes a UMP for the Allegany State Forests Unit.

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION ON HABITAT MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR TIOUGHNIOGA WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session to provide information and answer questions about a recently completed habitat management plan for the Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in the towns of Cazenovia, Georgetown and Nelson, Madison County.

The session will take place on Wednesday, April 19, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. at SUNY Morrisville's Bicknell Hall, Room 203, located on Route 20 in Morrisville. DEC staff will be available for questions from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. with a formal presentation following.

Active habitat management to benefit wildlife populations is fundamental to wildlife management and is an important component of New York's efforts to improve natural resource stewardship. DEC launched the Young Forest Initiative in 2015. The initiative was the catalyst for starting an in-depth planning process for wildlife habitat management projects. Habitat management plans are being developed for all WMAs and other DEC properties, including select Multiple Use and Unique Areas. These plans guide land use management for a 10-year time period, after which time DEC will assess implementation progress and modify the plans as needed.

DEC's Young Forest Initiative aims to establish a minimum of 10 percent of the forested acreage on WMAs as young forest over the next 10 years, and to manage for young forests in perpetuity. Young forests are an important part of the forest landscape, but they have declined over the past 50 years along with the wildlife that depend on this habitat type. While DEC has been managing forests on WMAs to improve wildlife habitat for many years, with this initiative DEC is increasing its efforts and raising awareness about this type of habitat management.

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

DEC will continue active management on Tioughnioga WMA to benefit wildlife abundance and diversity, promote best management practices for targeted wildlife and habitats, and provide opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting and bird watching.

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

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

 

STATE LEGISTATION YOU MIGHT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT:

BILL A00479A SAME  AS S01386-A
in a nutshell, it defines a crossbow as bow, requirements and uses as with any longbow.
BILL # A00477 /  S03156
Relates to lowering the age for universal hunting licenses from 14 years old to 12 years old.

BILL A04699
Amends Penal Law 265.20
Authorizes children 10 years of age or older to load and fire a rifle, shotgun or pistol at a shooting range while under the supervision of a qualified person; increases from 18 to 21 years of age the minimum age of a person who may be designated in writing by the parent or guardian of a child to supervise such child while he or she is shooting.
similar S03708
Authorizes possession of a rifle or shotgun at a shooting range by a person between the ages of ten and twelve under the immediate supervision of certain authorized persons.

BILL # S04739 "Establishes the yearling buck protection program."

In short, it limits the taking of antlered deer to only those with 3 -or 4 points in many areas.

Nutshell version:

a. Any person who hunts or takes antlered deer ... during the bow hunting,regular and muzzleloading deer seasons is restricted to antlered deer with at least one antler with at least three points in wildlife management units 3G, 3M, 3N, 3P, 3R, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4H,4J, 4K, 4L, 4T, 4U, 4Y, 4Z, 5R, 5S, 5T, 7M, 7P, 6A, 6G, 6H, 6C, 6K and

taking of antlered deer with at least one antler with at least four points in wildlife management units 7R, 7S, 8N, 8P, 8R, 8T, 8W, 8Y, 9G,9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X, 9Y, 7A, 7F, 7J, 6P, 6S, 6R,and 4A; ... each point must be at least one inch long measured from the main antler beam.

For full info on any of these bills or others, and to check on status, go to

http://nyassembly.gov/leg/

search by bill # or go to "advance" and search by key word

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

RACCOON AT A STATE PRISON - ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY: On March 25, ECO Joel Schneller was contacted by a Sergeant at the Ogdensburg Correctional Facility regarding a raccoon causing a disturbance at the prison. The raccoon had entered the prison grounds, perched itself on a gate, and wouldn't leave. ECO Schneller responded to the scene and, with the aid of his newly issued catch pole, captured and removed the raccoon from the facility. ECO Schneller released the raccoon unharmed just outside the prison fence at the edge of nearby woods.


Raccoon on prison gate.

SNOW GOOSE SEASON NOT SWAN SEASON - STEUBEN COUNTY: On February 28, ECO Tim Machnica responded to Loon Lake in the town of Wayland to investigate a report of the illegal shooting of two swans. ECO Machnica interviewed the two people reported to be involved, a grandmother and her grandson. The younger hunter was hunting for snow geese when he misidentified his targets and shot two Tundra Swans, which are a protected species with no hunting season. The carcasses and meat were seized and tickets were issued returnable to Wayland Town Court. Additionally, Machnica educated the grandmother and grandson on the importance of properly identifying targets before shooting.

CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS BURNING - ERIE COUNTY: On March 27, ECO Mark Mazurkiewicz received a complaint of construction debris being burned in the town of Holland. He located a pile of debris burning in a large fire pit surrounded by cinder blocks and interviewed the homeowner and the homeowner's brother. Both were involved in partially demolishing and then remodeling the house where the debris originated. The brothers, who also operate a small residential construction company, said they were not aware that it was unlawful to burn material from the demolition. ECO Mazurkiewicz issued a ticket for prohibited burning in an open fire, returnable to the Holland Town Court.

 

5 THINGS YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT HUNTING: Recognizing that the connection between hunting and conservation can seem counterintuitive, NSSF has developed a series of infographics to help the public better understand hunting and hunters. In truth, the values of today’s socially and environmentally conscious society are closely related to that of hunters’.

1. Hunting aids environmental preservation

Hunter-supported taxes on equipment and license fees have afforded wildlife agencies the money to be able to acquire and maintain land for the conservation of game and non-game species. This land also provides space for outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, camping and more.

2. Hunters support regulations

Hunters demonstrate their respect for regulated hunting by taking hunter safety education courses, following the rules of ethical hunting, and adhering to regulations, seasons and permit procedures that differ from state to state and species to species in order to help strategically manage wildlife.

3. Hunters helped save wildlife populations

Hunters helped create a sustainable conservation model allowing Americans to participate in regulated hunting that supports the conservation of wildlife. This model, which was so successful it has been adopted around the world, has helped restore species such as Wild Turkeys, Rocky Mountain Elk and others, some that were on the brink of vanishing forever.

4. Hunting provides nutritional alternatives

In the old days, people regularly hunted for their food. Today, as many strive to know more about where their food comes from and how it will affect their health, they are turning back to wild game, the most organic and sustainable meat source in the world, to provide the best nutrients for their body and the most natural life for the animal.

5. Hunting is a vital part of wildlife conservation

Hunting is a highly regulated tool that plays an important role in wildlife management. Biologist study wildlife populations, habitats and food, then work with legislators to establish regulations on hunting that will keep wildlife populations in balance, as well as promote growth and breeding, as habitat allows.

 

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

14 – Fabulous Frogs of Spring at Evangola State Park (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Appropriate for ages 8 and up. (For information/register call 716-549-1050)

15 – End of Dog Training

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

15 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Between-The-Lakes Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the South Seneca Sportsmans Club, 6894 Yarnell Road, Ovid, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Shane Hayward   607-351-8830)

15 - Southern Tier Cha Inc. Coonhound Event at the clubhouse at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville NY (4:00 pm – Coonhound Event Bench Show - $15.00/6:00 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial - $10.00/6:00 pm –Coonhound Event Water Race - $10.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Kevin Noody at 716-595-2053 or 716-679-8783)

15 - Natural Egg Dyeing at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Discover how spices, fruits and vegetables can create rich natural colors as you dye eggs. Bring your own eggs, limit of 6 per person. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

19 - Educator Workshops - Project Learning Tree Workshop at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga). (9:00 am -3:30 pm) Project Learning Tree uses the forest as a “window on the world” to increase students’ understanding of our complex environment. For educators of students in grades K-12. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

19 - Public Information Session on Habitat Management Plan for Tioughnioga Wildlife Management Area at SUNY Morrisville's Bicknell Hall, Room 203, located on Route 20 in Morrisville, NY (6:00-8:00 pm) The meeting will include a presentation about Tioughnioga WMA, with specific activities and locations for the management actions planned for the WMA Habitat management plans on our Wildlife Management Areas guide our science-based conservation and protection efforts to benefit wildlife and facilitate wildlife-dependent recreation. This plan will ensure this area continues to provide high quality habitat to a diverse array of wildlife species. The habitat management plan for Tioughnioga WMA can be found on DEC's website.

20 –Public Information Session Draft Management Plan For 23 Allegany County State Forests And The Wag Trail at the Short Tract Fire Hall, 10355 County Road 15, Fillmore NY.  (4:00 – 7:30 pm) A Draft Unit Management Plan (UMP) for 23 state forests located in Allegany County is now available for public review. The public is invited to submit input on the draft plan, which will guide future management of these unique state forest lands in Allegany County and help to ensure healthy, sustainable and biologically diverse forest ecosystems. Copies are also available in electronic format on compact disc and may be requested by calling (585) 466-3241. In addition to the open house, public comments on the Allegany Unit Draft UMP can be submitted by mail or email to: Nathaniel Tucker, 2524 County Route 2A,Almond, NY 14804  585-466-3241   r9.ump@dec.ny.gov

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Hardwood Strutters Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Club 86, Avenue E, Geneva, NY (5:30 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Michael Mcgreevy   mike.doinker@hotmail.com   315-730-5821)

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

22 - NATIONAL EARTH DAY

22 - Legal Heat Utah/Arizona Pistol Permit Class at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 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. (For information go to www.MyLegalHeat.com or call 877-252-1055 ) (This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet.)

22 - Spring Into Nature at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Annual celebration to welcome spring back to the swamps with a variety of nature-related exhibits including an eagle watch, plus free crafts and games for the kids. (Free) (For information call 585-948-5445 or email iroquois@fws.gov)

22 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chautauqua lake Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Frewsburg Fire Dept., Hazzard Street, Frewsburg, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Patrick Hoover   phoover@phoenixmetal.com   716-489-6933)

22 - Orleans County Houndsmen Beaglers Beagle Event at their clubhouse at 13461 Phipps Road, Albion, NY (10:00 am – Beagle Event – World Qualifying Event - $20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)     

22 - Derby Hill Hawk Watch Trip, meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)  Visit Lake Ontario for the spectacular spring raptor migration and leave the driving to us.  Travel in the Montezuma Audubon Center van to witness thousands of broad-winged hawks, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles and many more! If weather conditions do not cooperate, the program will be moved to Friday, April 25. This program is offered in cooperation with the Onondaga Audubon Society. Pack a lunch. (Fee: $17.50/child, $22.50/adult) Space is limited for all programs and registration is required. (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

22 - Annual Outdoor Gear & Flea Market at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY (8:00 am - 1:30 pm) Due to NY Safe Act, no guns may be displayed or sold. Loading equipment and components may be sold (powder, shot, primers, brass and bullets), live ammo may be sold: shotgun, pistol and rifle. (Admission: Free) (For information call Paul Stoos at 716-563-9258 or Willie Sieber 716-260-3240)

22 - Whitetails Unlimited – Cortland County Chapter Banquet at the, Elks Lodge #748, Cortland, NY. (4:30 pm)Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call John Hunter at 607-426-8292)

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

22 - Wyoming County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse Sage Road, Warsaw, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Scott Halsted 585-993-5188)

22 - Cattaraugus County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 10491 Route 240, West Valley, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $25.00) (For information call Joel Nicholas 716-378-1832)

22 - Fungi With A Fun Gal at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Enjoy a walk to look at mushrooms, while learning the basics of mushroom identification and how fungi contribute to the ecosystem. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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

22/23 Spring Youth Turkey Hunt (Details page 46 16-17 Hunting & Trapping Guide)

22-23 - New York State Arms Collectors Syracuse Gun Show, New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center, Syracuse. (9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday/ 9;00 am-3:00 pm Sunday) (For  information contact Sandy Ackerman at 607-748-1010 (1-6 p.m.)

22-23 - (CANCELLED)The 2017 Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show at the Falleti Ice Arena, 22 Evans Street, Batavia, NY (Sat-9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sat-9:00 am – 3:00 pm) Sponsored by the Alabama Hunt Club. 180 tables. (Cost: $6.00/under 12 free w/adult) (For information contact Jim Penland  716-434-6535   jimpenland@verizon.net)

 

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.

 

ONEIDA LAKE WALLEYE EGG COLLECTION: Every spring, staff at the Oneida Hatchery, off Route 49 in Constantia, collect eggs from spawning walleye for NYSDEC’s walleye stocking program. This year staff anticipate setting nets in Oneida Lake the first week of April to collect approximately 20,000 adult walleyes. Nets are tended each morning and captured walleye are then held in tanks inside the hatchery until staff collect eggs and milt. Over 300 million eggs will be collected for the program!

The eggs that are collected, are fertilized and held until they hatch several weeks later. Newly hatched fish (i.e., fry) are either stocked or kept at Oneida or another state hatchery where they are raised until they are about 2 inches long before being stocked. NYSDEC annually stocks 40 – 50 waters throughout the state to establish, maintain, or restore walleye fisheries.

The hatchery is open to the public 8:00 am - 3:30 pm, 7 days a week once the egg take begins. Fish from Oneida Lake are on display as well as a "petting tub" for kids with mud puppies and small burbot.

For information call 315-623-7311.

 

NHF DAY GRANT PROGRAM NOW OPEN: The National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) Live It! grant program is now open for enrollment for 2017. With the support of sponsor Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative, the Live It! grant program awards $10,000 each year to groups and organizations to assist with their NHF Day-focused outdoor event. Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative has sponsored the grant program since 2014 as part of their mission to foster a love of the outdoors and ensure access to land for outdoor recreation.
"NHF Day Live It! Grant program is a great way for local clubs and organizations to help fund their NHF Day events, to create a more elaborate program for the day and promote it more broadly to their community," said Misty Mitchell, director of conservation programs at Wonders of Wildlife. "There are many deserving organizations that help introduce America's youth to hunting, fishing, shooting sports, and the importance of open access for outdoor recreational activities. NHF Day and Yamaha want to make these events the best possible."
NHF Day and OAI work together to promote conservation and open access throughout the community. Through the Live It! grants, deserving organizations are able to help further the program's goal of connecting everyone to the outdoors.
NHF Day encourages clubs, associations and agencies to submit detailed applications for their specific needs. A committee will review each application and award grants to help fund deserving events. All events must be NHF Day focused and must be hosted during August, September or October of 2017. This year's NHF Day is set for Sept. 23.
Some examples of how these grants can be used include:
* Equipment rental for event
* Marketing of event
* Purchase outdoor equipment
Interested parties can request between $250 and $1,000 by registering for the 2017 program between April 1 and May 31.
For questions regarding the NHFDay Live It Initiative, groups can call Wonders of Wildlife 417-225-1118, e-mail
nhfday@wondersofwildlife.org or write to: Wonders of Wildlife 500 W. Sunshine, Springfield MO 65807. For more information, visit www.nhfday.org.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Winter Storm Stella Response – Statewide: DLE was called upon to assist heavily impacted counties across the state in response to heavy snow and blizzard conditions during winter storm Stella from March 13 through March 15. Emergency equipment, including snowmobiles and a tracked UTV, were pre-positioned in the southern part of the state. ECOs assisted State Police with highway closures in the Hudson Valley. During the height of the storm on March 14, 48 ECOs actively assisted State Police in various locations across the eastern portion of the state, with an additional 100 ECOs at the ready if needed. The ECOs handled many traffic-related issues and assisted stranded motorists.

ECO Jared Woodin helping a
stranded motorist.

Bird Wrapped on a Wire - Onondaga County: On March 18, ECO Scott Yacavone responded to a complaint of a seagull wrapped in fishing line and hanging from a utility wire in the village of Baldwinsville. ECO Yacavone arrived to find the bird with both wings pinned together, hanging approximately two feet below the line. With the assistance of the Baldwinsville Fire Department, ECO Yacavone climbed up to the bird on a ladder truck and cut the fishing line. After untangling the line from the bird's wings, the seagull did not appear to have significant injuries. ECO Yacavone took the gull to a rural area and released the bird, unharmed, back into the wild.

ECO Yacavone prepares the seagull for release

Post Season Deer Checks - Livingston County: On March 18 and 19, ECO Brian Wade continued following up on deer season violations from the 2016 season. ECO Wade's first investigation resulted in an individual being issued a ticket for using his girlfriend's tag to take whitetail buck. The second investigation resulted in violations of two illegal deer being killed in the town of Mount Morris along with several tagging violations. The third investigation resulted in three people being issued eight tickets for three illegal deer and tagging violations in the towns of Livonia and Mount Morris.

 

COMMENTS BEING ACCEPTED FOR DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT:

DEC has released a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), which will update the current “Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) on Habitat Management Activities of the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Fish and Wildlife”. The draft SEIS describes and evaluates habitat management methods used on nearly 234,000 acres of state land - mostly Wildlife Management Areas managed for wildlife production and for recreation. There is a need to update and amend the PEIS adopted in 1979 to reflect current practices.

The public is encouraged to review and comment on the draft SEIS. It can be found on DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/28693.html. Paper copies may be requested by calling (518) 402-8883.

Comments will be accepted through May 1, 2017.

You can submit your comments electronically to:

Email:  WildlifeRegs@dec.ny.gov 
please add “Supplemental Habitat Management EIS” in the subject line

or, submit comments in writing to:

Attn: Marcelo J. del Puerto
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Division of Fish and Wildlife
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-4750

 

NEW YORK MAN SENTENCED IN COLORADO ELK POACHING CASE: A Brownville man has been found guilty of a series of charges relating to an elk he shot on a 2015 Colorado hunting trip. The charges followed an investigation initiated at the request of wildlife officers from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Colorado officers developed probable cause to believe Alfred W. Carr, a Jefferson County resident, had unlawfully taken a bull elk during the 2015 Colorado muzzleloading season and returned with the elk to New York State.

The investigation began during the fall of 2015, when Colorado wildlife officers received information that Carr had killed a large bull elk despite having an antlerless only license. Armed with this information, which included photographs of Carr loading a bull elk onto his ATV in Colorado, investigators with DEC's Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation (BECI) unit interviewed Carr, a convicted felon, and obtained admissions regarding the circumstances of Carr's Colorado hunting trip.

On April 19 2016, investigators Mark Malone and Lt. James Boylan seized the antlers of the illegally taken animal, the remaining elk meat, and the muzzleloader allegedly used during the Colorado hunt. Carr was arrested and charged with Unlawful Importation of Elk Parts from a Chronic Wasting Disease State and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the 4th Degree.

Carr subsequently entered guilty pleas in Town of Brownville Court to Disorderly Conduct and Unlawful Importation of Elk Parts from a Chronic Wasting Disease State.

On Feb. 24, Carr entered guilty pleas in Gunnison County Court in Colorado to hunting without a proper and valid license and illegally taking a bull elk, resulting in $3,081 in fines and 30 points against his Colorado hunting privileges. Carr now faces suspension of his hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado and New York; both states are members of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact.

"This case came together because of the courage and cooperation of a key witness in Colorado and because of the persistence and dedication of DEC investigators," said Colorado Wildlife Officer Brandon Diamond.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is an untreatable and fatal brain and nervous system disease found in deer, elk, and moose. The disease was first detected in New York State in five white-tailed deer from two Oneida County captive breeding facilities in 2005. DEC imposed restrictions on importing specific parts of deer, elk, and moose taken from outside of New York, which helped to eradicate the disease from New York's wild deer herd. While no additional cases have been documented, bringing hunter-killed deer, elk, or moose carcasses into New York from CWD-positive states is illegal and increases the risk of spreading this fatal disease.

 

MORE ON COYOTES:  Coyotes are an integral part of New York's natural ecosystem, but can also come into conflict with people if they become habituated to humans and food sources. With the onset of warmer weather, many of New York's coyotes will set up dens for pups that will arrive this spring. Coyotes are well adapted to suburban and even urban environments, but for the most part will avoid contact with people.

The Eastern coyote is found everywhere from rural farmlands and forests to populated suburban and urban areas. In most cases, coyotes avoid people and provide many exciting opportunities for New Yorkers through observation, photography, hunting, and trapping. However, if coyotes learn to associate people with food, such as garbage or pet food, they may lose their natural fear of humans and the potential for close encounters or conflicts increases.

To minimize the chance of conflicts between people and coyotes, it is important to maintain coyotes' natural fear of people. Below are recommended steps residents and visitors can take to reduce or prevent conflicts with coyotes:

Do not feed coyotes and discourage others from doing so. Unintentional food sources attract coyotes and other wildlife and increase risks to people and pets. To reduce risks:

              *Do not feed pets outside;

              *Make garbage inaccessible to coyotes and other animals;

              *Fence or enclose compost piles so they are not accessible to coyotes; and

              *Eliminate availability of bird seed. Concentrations of birds and rodents that come to           feeders can attract coyotes. If a coyote is seen near a birdfeeder, clean up waste seed              and spillage to remove the attractant

              *Do not allow coyotes to approach people or pets.

              *Teach children to appreciate coyotes from a distance.

              *If you see a coyote, be aggressive in your behavior. Stand tall and hold arms out to look               large. If a coyote lingers for too long, make loud noises, wave your arms, or throw sticks        and stones.

              *Do not allow pets to run free. Supervise outdoor pets to keep them safe from coyotes       and other wildlife, especially at sunset and at night. Small dogs and cats are especially             vulnerable to coyotes.

              *Fencing your yard may deter coyotes. The fence should be tight to the ground,      preferably extending six inches below ground level, and taller than four feet.

              *Remove brush and tall grass from around your home to reduce protective cover for          coyotes. Coyotes are typically secretive and like areas where they can hide.

Contact the local police department and DEC regional office for assistance if you notice that coyotes are exhibiting "bold" behaviors and have little or no fear of people. Seeing a coyote occasionally throughout the year is not evidence of bold behavior.

Ask neighbors to follow these same steps.

For additional information about the Eastern Coyote and preventing conflicts with coyotes, visit the Eastern Coyote web page and Coyote Conflicts web page on DEC's website.

 

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

6 - The State of Lake Erie Meeting at the Southtowns Walleye Association’s Club House, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY (7:00 – 9:00 pm) Featured presentations include the status of cold water fish communities with DEC aquatic biologist Jim Markham, the status of warm-water fish communities with DEC aquatic biologist Dr. Jason Robinson, fish biologist Jonah Withers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service giving a status update on eastern Lake Erie Lake Sturgeon and an acoustic telemetry program, and a presentation on using Environmental DNA as a fish monitoring tool by Dr. Lauren Sassoubre, assistant professor  with the University at Buffalo. For information call Helen Domske at 716-645-3610 or by email at hmd4@cornell.edu.)

6 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Plains Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Webster Golf Club, 440 Salt Road, Webster, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Richard Vendel   585-872-4565)

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

7 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oak Orchard River Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Carlton Fire Dept. Rec Hall, Route 98, Albion, NY (5:30 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Robert St. John
st.johnphilosophy@yahoo.com   585-682-4495)

7 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Orleans County Chapter Dinner at the Carlton Fire Department Rec Hall, Carlton, NY. A great time to help raise vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Bob St. John at 585-682-4495)

7-9 - Sixth annual Niagara County Bullhead Tournament sponsored by the Wilson Conservation Club, Route 425, Wilson, NY. Action starts at 5 p.m. on Friday, ends on Sunday at 1 p.m. The tournament is based on your best two fish with the tiebreaker being the overall length of the two fish. Any Niagara County waters are eligible. (Entry fee is $10 for 13 years of age and older; free for junior anglers 12 and under.) Register at CMC Auto in Wilson; The Slippery Sinker in Olcott. (For information call Eric at 716-628-6078.)

8 - Spring Fishing Classic at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) The ice is melting and it's getting warmer.  Time to get out and fish.  Items to be covered:

11:00 am - Advanced Trolling Techniques for Walleye in the Fishing Department. This is the time of the year to catch a wall hanger and fine-tuned trolling is one of the best ways to make that happen. Join resident experts and learn the finer points of this very effective method.

12:00 pm - Fine Tuning Your Bass Fishing in the Fishing Department. This presentation is for the bass enthusiast who wants to take their fishing to the next level. Our experts will discuss gear, terminal tackle, reading the water, weather patterns and more.

1:00 pm - The Basics of Small Mouth Fishing in the Fishing Department. These bronze beauties are among the hardest fighting fish an angler can catch. Our outfitters will discuss tackle, lures, techniques and even specific bodies of water during this informative seminar. (For information call 716-608-4770)

8 - Fly Fishing Academy in Campbell, NY, offered by the International Federation of Fly Fishers, (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) One-day comprehensive introduction to fly-casting and fly-fishing, for ages 11-adult. Rod/reel provided for use in class if you do not have your own. Class size is limited; pre-register necessary. (For information/registration contact Steve Harris at 607-377-4956 or email sjh529@stny.rr.com or Kirk Klingensmith at 607-346-7189 or email kklingensmi@stny.rr.com.)

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

8 - Brighton Henrietta Pittsford 37th Annual DU Dinner at the Midvale Country Club, 2387 Baird Road. Penfield, NY (6:00 pm) This year the BHP Chapter is looking to take our yearly event to the next level.  Exciting must have items will be found in our various raffles, silent, and main auction events. We are limiting our number of tickets sold to the first 170 people who register, and pay, for this dinner as we focus to provide the optimum experience for our attendees. As previously mentioned advanced payment for dinner tickets is required as we will no longer accepting payments at the door, so it is critical you purchase your reservations by Friday, March 24th. (Cost: Single $85.00/Couple $130.00) (For information call Rae Mungillo 585- 671-6888 or Pete Grondin 585-880-2035)

8 - Geo-Caching Egg Hunt at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Participants will learn how to use a GPS unit, then search for hidden eggs in the woods. (Fee: $2 per person; free for Friends

of Reinstein Woods members.) (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

8 - Birding 101: Class #4 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn about the wetland birds of the Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

8 - NIAGARA COUNTY FEDERATION OF CONSERVATION CLUBS’ AWARDS DINNER at Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company, 7801 Chestnut Ridge Road, Gasport, NY (5:30 pm) (Cost: $35 for adults; $30 for youth. Seating is limited) (For information/tickets call Dave Whitt at 716-754-2133.)

8 Niagara Musky Association’s 23rd Annual Awards Banquet at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery, 76 Pearl Street, Buffalo, NY. (6:00 pm/Dinner at 7:00 pm) (For information/tickets call Scott McKee at 716-225-3816)

8 North Forest Rod and Gun’s Ladies Shoot ‘N Hoot Program at the club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, NY (Start – 1:00 pm) There will be a surprise guest. Shooting will be trap, skeet or 5-stand, depending on the weather. Register by April 5 by calling Colleen Gaskill at 716-628-9023.

8-9 - Spring Fishing Classic at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) The ice is melting and it's getting warmer. Time to get out and fish.  Stop in this weekend for our Fishing Classic and get learn about some of our new gear and tips and tactics from the Cabela's Pro-Staff team. Seminars offered:

11:00 am - Advanced Trolling Techniques for Walleye in our Fishing Department - This is the time of the year to catch a wall hanger and fine-tuned trolling is one of the best ways to make that happen. Join our resident experts and learn the finer points of this very effective method.

12:00 pm - Fine Tuneing Your Bass Fishing in our Fishing Department - This presentation is for the bass enthusiast who wants to take their fishing to the next level. Our experts will discuss gear, terminal tackle, reading the water, weather patterns and more.

1:00 pm - The Basics of Small Mouth Fishing in our Fishing Department - These bronze beauties are among the hardest fighting fish an angler can catch. Our outfitters will discuss tackle, lures, techniques and even specific bodies of water during this informative seminar. (For information call 716-608-4770)

10-14 - Nature Tech Adventures at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (Each Day at 1:30 pm) Schedule: Monday – Birding/Tuesday – Orienteering/Wednesday - Wild Wind/Thursday – Geocaching/Friday - Nature Apps.

Join us for some fun-filled spring break activities! Come for just one day, or all week. For children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

15 End of Dog Training

15 End of Snow Goose Hunting Season in Western New York

15 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Between-The-Lakes Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the South Seneca Sportsmans Club, 6894 Yarnell Road, Ovid, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Shane Hayward   607-351-8830)

15 - Southern Tier Cha Inc. Coonhound Event at the clubhouse at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville NY (4:00 pm – Coonhound Event Bench Show - $15.00/6:00 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial - $10.00/6:00 pm –Coonhound Event Water Race - $10.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Kevin Noody at 716-595-2053 or 716-679-8783)

15 - Natural Egg Dyeing at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Discover how spices, fruits and vegetables can create rich natural colors as you dye eggs. Bring your own eggs, limit of 6 per person. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

  

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

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

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

DWI and Heroin Arrest - Allegany County: On March 3 around 9:30 p.m., Forest Ranger Justin Thaine rendered aid to an individual with a vehicle stuck in a ditch. Shortly after clearing the motorist, Ranger Thaine encountered a vehicle partially obstructing the roadway on State Rt. 19, with the operator asleep at the wheel. Ranger Thaine engaged the subject, who appeared intoxicated and requested assistance. Upon arrival of the New York State Police, a search of the subject's vehicle was conducted and yielded 10 bags of heroin. The subject was turned over to State Police custody, with Ranger Thaine assisting with the subsequent arrest process at the Amity State Police barracks.

A Trout Stream is No Place for an ATV - Monroe County: On Feb. 27, ECO Shea Mathis was dispatched to a complaint regarding ATV operators riding their machines in Four Mile Creek in the town of Webster. The complainant stated that she frequently observed ATVs in the creek and had been told by one of the operators that they weren't breaking the law. Four Mile Creek is a protected trout stream, and ECO Mathis arrived just as the subjects were passing through the creek bed. ECO Mathis issued tickets for disturbing the bed of a protected trout stream and operating an ATV without wearing a helmet.

Too Many Lies, Too Many Crappies - Onondaga County: On Feb. 28, ECO Mark Colesante received an anonymous tip that fishermen were catching and keeping over the legal limit of black crappies on the Oneida River. Knowing that the location is private, secluded, and a fishing hot spot, ECO Colesante called ECO Don Damrath for assistance. The two officers watched the fishermen reel in a few fish and head for their truck. The ECOs met the fishermen at the truck just as they were dumping hundreds of fish from their buckets into a cooler. The men claimed half of the crappies were caught the day before, but couldn't produce any evidence. ECOs Colesante and Damrath issued summonses for possessing over-the-limit and undersized crappies, returnable to Town of Clay Court.

If you witness an environmental crime or believe a violation of environmental law occurred please call the DEC Division of Law Enforcement hotline at 1-844-DEC-ECOS (1-844-332-3267).

 

GREAT LAKES ACTION AGENDA WORK GROUP MEETINGS: Join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA).  Meeting objectives include:

*Share program updates

*Share progress of sub basin work plan implementation*

*Develop a collective understanding of EBM and how it is being demonstrated through pilot project implementation

*Discuss current status, needs, and next steps for advancing EBM pilot projects 

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

Lake Erie Work Group - April 26th, 1:00pm - 4:00pm - Reinstein Nature Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY 14043

SW Lake Ontario Work Group - April 27th, 9:00am - 12:00pm - Hansen Nature Center, Tinker Nature Park, 1525 Calkins Rd Pittsford, NY 14534

NE Lake Ontario Work Group - May 9th, 10:30am - 2:00pm - Depauville Free Library and Community Center32333 County Route 179 Depauville, NY 13632

SE Lake Ontario Work Group – May 10th, 10:30am - 2:00pm - Lyons Community Center – 9 Manhattan St. Lyons, NY 14489

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All NYS Great Lakes stakeholders are invited to participate -- including environmental orgs, academic institutions, state and federal agencies, local government, individuals and other diverse stakeholder groups (business, health, recreation, planning, etc). RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. Please indicate which work group meeting you'll be attending.

Work plans and past meeting minutes are available online by joining the Great Lakes Clean Communities network Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA NY) group: http://www.glccn.org/

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

 

KUDOS to the Genesee County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited for earning a spot on the list of the 2017 President’s Elite Chapters. The President's Elite designation is reserved for the chapters that raise between $100,000 and $249,999 in grassroots income for DU's conservation mission.

 

DEC SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO MONITOR STREAMS AND RIVERS: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that it is actively recruiting volunteers for the 2017 summer sampling season to conduct water quality assessments in nearby streams and rivers as part of the Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators (WAVE) project.

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

Volunteers visit stream sites once per year, between July and September, and collect macroinvertebrates-insects and other small organisms-from the rocks and rubble on the stream bottom. If six or more of the "Most Wanted" organisms are found, the stream segment is assessed as having no known impacts and fully supporting aquatic life. If mostly "Least Wanted" organisms are found, the stream segment is flagged for possible investigation by professionals.

Volunteer monitors can participate in the WAVE project in one of three ways by:

*Serving as local coordinators that coach and coordinate their own team of WAVE participants. Local coordinators must attend a full-day training to participate.

*Sampling independently. Independent samplers must also attend a full-day training.

*Joining a local team lead by a WAVE local coordinator. No training is required for this option.

WAVE training sessions are rotated throughout the state's 17 major drainage basins on a five-year schedule, targeting those basins that will be sampled by the DEC Stream Biomonitoring Unit the following year. For additional information, refer to the professional monitoring schedule on DEC's website. This year, WAVE training sessions are being offered in the Susquehanna River, Lake Champlain, and Atlantic Ocean/Long Island Sound basins.

WAVE training sessions are scheduled in May at the following locations:

*Wednesday, May 10, 9am-4pm, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County (Broome County)

*Thursday, May 11, 9am-4pm, Gilbert Lake State Park (Otsego County)

*Wednesday, May 17, 9am-4pm, Connetquot River State Park Preserve (Suffolk County)

*Thursday, May 18, 9am-4pm, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (Suffolk County)

*Tuesday, May 23, 9am-4pm, Dwyer Memorial Park (Cortland County)

*Tuesday, May 30, 9am-4pm, SUNY Plattsburgh in partnership with the Lake Champlain Research Institute (Clinton County)

*Wednesday, May 31, 9am-4pm, Willsboro Visitor Center (Essex County)

For more information or to register for a training session, contact the WAVE Coordinator Alene Onion by email: wave@dec.ny.gov.

 

KUDOS: NIAGARA COUNTY FEDERATION OF CONSERVATION CLUBS ANNOUNCE 2016 AWARD WINNERS:  The Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs announced its 2016 winners for all of it memorial awards. Unlike other Federations, Niagara County names its winners before the annual banquet to encourage more people to attend. If people know who the winners are, there’s a better chance that family and friends will come out and celebrate with the award recipients. And the winners are:

Leroy Winn Award (Club of the Year) – Niagara Musky Association;

Oliver Jones Award(Sportsperson of the Year) – Charlie Porter, Three-F Club, Lewiston;

Carl Lass Award (Youth person or program) – Three-F Junior Club;

Milford “Pinky” Robinson Award (Great Lakes Fisheries) – Mike Johnannes with the Wilson Conservation Club;

James Reed/Donald Meyer Award (Firearms Hunter Safety) – Richard Beutel, North Forest Rod and Gun;

Steve Fountain/Archie Lowery Award (Archery Hunter Safety) – Ed Wartko of Tonawanda;

Ken Berner Award (person or family dedicated to conservation) – Beverly Eiler, Wilson Conservation Auxiliary;

John Daly Award (Legislator of the Year) – Rob Ortt of North Tonawanda, Senator 62nd

Victor Fitchlee Award (Lifetime Achievement) – ECO Roger Thompson;

John Long, Sr. Award (Business of the Year) – The Boat Doctors, Olcott;

President’s Award (from Dave Kern) – Robert Spencer, Hartland Conservation Club;

Don Bronson Memorial Wall of Fame – The late Ken Sprenger of North Tonawanda, former outdoor writer and Federation president.

The dinner is set for April 8 at Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company, 7801 Chestnut Ridge Road, Gasport with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by March 31 by calling Dave Whitt at 754-2133. Tickets are $35 for adults; $30 for youth. Seating is limited.

 

HOMEOWNER GUIDANCE TO AVOID PROBLEMS WITH BEARS:

early all negative bear encounters in New York are the result of hungry bears being attracted to human food sources. The simplest way to avoid a nuisance encounter is to remove potential food sources.

New York is home to more than 6,000 bears that emerge from the winter denning period and need to replenish nutrients and body fat. To do so, bears may travel long distances to preferred habitats that vary from season to season. Bears must sometimes cross roads or pass through developed areas to find these habitat, and often find human foods readily accessible if homeowners do not take necessary precautions.

Bears can obtain necessary food from the forest but are intelligent and opportunistic animals that find and consume easily accessible foods including, but not limited to, bird feeders, garbage cans, dumpsters, barbeque grills, unsecured out-buildings, or vehicles containing food or waste. Once a bear learns to obtain food from people or certain structures, it is difficult to change the animal's behavior. These bears are more vulnerable to motor vehicle collisions in populated areas, more likely to be killed, or may become a threat to public safety.

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

It is dangerous and illegal to intentionally feed bears. The incidental, indirect feeding of black bears, such as with bird feeders or garbage is also unlawful.

To reduce the chance of negative black bear encounters, DEC recommends:

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

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

Take down bird feeders after April 1. Birds do not need supplemental food in the spring and summer, when natural foods are most abundant.

Clean barbeque grills before nightfall and don't forget the grease trap. If possible, store grills inside when not in use.

Store garbage in a secure building.

In areas near bear habitat, put garbage containers by the curb just before the scheduled pick-up-never the night before.

In densely populated bear areas, consider using a certified bear-resistant garbage container.

Clean garbage cans frequently with ammonia products.

Do not burn garbage. It is illegal and can attract bears.

Do not add meat scraps, bones, or melon rinds to compost piles.

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

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

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

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

 

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

MARCH 2017

31 - Falconry Season Closes

31 – Close of Crow Hunting Season

31 – Close of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Salmon Creek (Cayuga County), Salmon Creek Above Ludlow Falls & West Branch Owego Creek (Tompkins County), Spring Creek on Caledonia State Fish Hatchery Property (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) (Livingston County), Oatka Creek from Bowerman Road Upstream to Union Street and from the Wheatland Center Road Upstream to the Mouth of Spring Creek, and Spring Creek (Monroe County), East Koy & Wiscoy Creeks (Allegany County), Clear Creek, Lime Lake Outlet, McKinstry Creek, Elm Creek, Elton Creek, Mansfield Creek and Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam (Cattaraugus County), Hosmer Brook and Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam (Erie County), Wiscoy Creek (Minus Section ½ mile Each Side of East Hillside Road Bridge), East Koy Creek, Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam and Clear Creek from Mouth to County Line (Wyoming County)

 

APRIL 2017

 

1 – Start of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout, Hybrids of these Species and Splake, Lake Trout, Landlocked/Atlantic Salmon and Kokanee (>10/15)
1 – Start of Trout Season in Green Lake (Onondaga County), Rushford Lake (Allegany County) (>11/30)

1 - 14th Annual Riedman Foundation Opening Day Trout Derby at the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park, 115 Park Road,  Pittsford, NY (Register at Powder Horn Lodge – 6:30 am/Fishing 7:00 am – Noon) All ages are welcome to join in the fun at the Opening Day Trout Derby to benefit the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park. Again this year, the contestant weighing in the largest brown trout will be recognized with the Bank of America Angler Award, a $500 prize. There will also be "largest catch" prizes awarded in three age categories. Entry is only $5 per angler age eight and older. Fishing will take place in designated areas of Irondequoit Creek within the boundaries of Powder Mills Park. The derby weigh station is at Powder Horn Lodge. Prizes will be awarded at noon. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.fishpowdermill.org. (For information call 585-586-1670.)

1 - 56th Annual Naples Creek Rainbow Trout Derby. Entry is by pre-registration only - registration sites are Sutton’s Sporting Goods, Main St., Naples (During business hours) and the Derby Headquarters -Naples Fire Hall, Vine St (3/31/14- 5 pm to 10 pm, 4/01/14- 4 am to sunrise) (Entry Fees - $8 Ages 16-64, $5 under 16, $5 ages 65 and over)(For additional information contact Joyce Doran 585-374-2782)

1 - 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)

1 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Tri-County Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at The Lake Watch, 1642 East Shore Drive, Ithaca, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Scott Wilcox   607-533-4707)
1 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at The St. Aloysius Church Hall, 186 Franklin Street, Springville, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Richard Gerlach   r905g@yahoo.com   716-857-0586)

1 - Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series – Finger Lakes Artist David Beale at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 3:00 pm) David Beale, from Cortland, NY, is an award-winning watercolor artist who captures the essence of the Finger Lakes.  His bold and dynamic paintings illustrate the beauty of the region.  Join us as David talks about his paintings, not just of the Finger Lakes, but also from his travels around the world. (Fee: $4/child, $6/adult, $20/family, Free for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

1 - Whitetails Unlimited – Lake Ontario Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Palmyra VFW Post 6778, 4306 Route 31, Palmyra, NY. Deadline for ticket sales – 3-26-17. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse - $25.00/Youth - $25.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

1 - Make An Upcycled Planter at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Get a jump start on the gardening season and create a unique planter from natural and recycled materials. Materials fee: $4; $2 for Friends of Reinstein Woods members. For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

2 - 12th Annual John Long Memorial Raffle and Feast sponsored by the Niagara River Anglers Assn., at Niagara Active Hose, 6010 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, NY. (2:00 pm) (For information and tickets call 716-628-1460)

2 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Niagara County Gobblers Chapter Dinner at Ransomville Vol. Fire Company, 2521 Youngstown-Lockport Road (Route 93), Ransomville,  NY. The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Pamela Lederhouse  716-791-3151   plederhous@aol.com)

2 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Ransomville Vol. Fire Co., 2521 Youngstown Lockport Road (Route 93), Ransomville, NY (3:30 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Pamela Lederhouse   plederhous@aol.com   716-791-3151)

5 - Educator Workshops - Project WET Workshop at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga). (4:00 -7:00 pm) Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) helps students explore water and water resources. The curriculum guide features multidisciplinary lesson plans covering topics such as the physical and chemical characteristics of water, cultural connections to water and water resource management. For educators of students in grades K-12. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov).

6 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Plains Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Webster Golf Club, 440 Salt Road, Webster, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Richard Vendel   585-872-4565)

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

7 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oak Orchard River Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Carlton Fire Dept. Rec Hall, Route 98, Albion, NY (5:30 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Robert St. John
st.johnphilosophy@yahoo.com   585-682-4495)

7 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Orleans County Chapter Dinner at the Carlton Fire Department Rec Hall, Carlton, NY. A great time to help raise vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Bob St. John at 585-682-4495)

7-9 - Niagara County Bullhead Contest sponsored by the Wilson Conservation Club, Route 425, Wilson, NY (Start – 5:00 pm 4/7 / End - 1:00 pm 4/9) Best two fish. (For information call Eric at 716-628-6078) 

8 - Spring Fishing Classic at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) The ice is melting and it's getting warmer.  Time to get out and fish.  Items to be covered:

11:00 am - Advanced Trolling Techniques for Walleye in the Fishing Department. This is the time of the year to catch a wall hanger and fine-tuned trolling is one of the best ways to make that happen. Join resident experts and learn the finer points of this very effective method.

12:00 pm - Fine Tuning Your Bass Fishing in the Fishing Department. This presentation is for the bass enthusiast who wants to take their fishing to the next level. Our experts will discuss gear, terminal tackle, reading the water, weather patterns and more.

1:00 pm - The Basics of Small Mouth Fishing in the Fishing Department. These bronze beauties are among the hardest fighting fish an angler can catch. Our outfitters will discuss tackle, lures, techniques and even specific bodies of water during this informative seminar. (For information call 716-608-4770)

8 - Fly Fishing Academy in Campbell, NY, offered by the International Federation of Fly Fishers, (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) One-day comprehensive introduction to fly-casting and fly-fishing, for ages 11-adult. Rod/reel provided for use in class if you do not have your own. Class size is limited; pre-register necessary. (For information/registration contact Steve Harris at 607-377-4956 or email sjh529@stny.rr.com or Kirk Klingensmith at 607-346-7189 or email kklingensmi@stny.rr.com.)

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

8 - Brighton Henrietta Pittsford 37th Annual DU Dinner at the Midvale Country Club, 2387 Baird Road. Penfield, NY (6:00 pm) This year the BHP Chapter is looking to take our yearly event to the next level.  Exciting must have items will be found in our various raffles, silent, and main auction events. We are limiting our number of tickets sold to the first 170 people who register, and pay, for this dinner as we focus to provide the optimum experience for our attendees. As previously mentioned advanced payment for dinner tickets is required as we will no longer accepting payments at the door, so it is critical you purchase your reservations by Friday, March 24th. (Cost: Single $85.00/Couple $130.00) (For information call Rae Mungillo 585- 671-6888 or Pete Grondin 585-880-2035)

8 - Geo-Caching Egg Hunt at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Participants will learn how to use a GPS unit, then search for hidden eggs in the woods. (Fee: $2 per person; free for Friends

of Reinstein Woods members.) (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

8 - Birding 101: Class #4 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn about the wetland birds of the Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

8 - NIAGARA COUNTY FEDERATION OF CONSERVATION CLUBS’ AWARDS DINNER at Terry’s Corners Volunteer Fire Company, 7801 Chestnut Ridge Road, Gasport, NY (5:30 pm) (Cost: $35 for adults; $30 for youth. Seating is limited) (For information/tickets call Dave Whitt at 716-754-2133.)

8-9 - Spring Fishing Classic at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) The ice is melting and it's getting warmer. Time to get out and fish.  Stop in this weekend for our Fishing Classic and get learn about some of our new gear and tips and tactics from the Cabela's Pro-Staff team. Seminars offered:

11:00 am - Advanced Trolling Techniques for Walleye in our Fishing Department - This is the time of the year to catch a wall hanger and fine-tuned trolling is one of the best ways to make that happen. Join our resident experts and learn the finer points of this very effective method.

12:00 pm - Fine Tuneing Your Bass Fishing in our Fishing Department - This presentation is for the bass enthusiast who wants to take their fishing to the next level. Our experts will discuss gear, terminal tackle, reading the water, weather patterns and more.

1:00 pm - The Basics of Small Mouth Fishing in our Fishing Department - These bronze beauties are among the hardest fighting fish an angler can catch. Our outfitters will discuss tackle, lures, techniques and even specific bodies of water during this informative seminar. (For information call 716-608-4770)

 

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

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

 

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

 

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR MONTEZUMA AUDUBON CENTER’S YOUTH SPORTSMAN AND WILDLIFE ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMPS: Girls and boys ages 11-15 are invited to the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY for four weeks of sportsman education and wildlife adventure summer camps. Days will run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Youth will earn their hunter safety, waterfowl ID, bow safety, and trapper safety certificates in two weeks with hands-on learning and outdoor experiences!  These camps will be taught as home study courses to maximize our time in the field.  Campers will be given the course manual and workbook prior to camp.

Fisheries Camp participants will learn safe fishing practices with hands-on and fun experiences while fishing for trout, panfish, salmon, bass and more around the Finger Lakes Region.

Wildlife Adventure Camp participants will explore the Montezuma Wetlands Complex’s habitats and wildlife through hiking, canoeing, navigating and other outdoor activities.

The fee for each week of camp is $150/child. Space is limited and fills quickly. Registration is required! Please call (315) 365-3588 or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma to download the summer camp registration forms. The camp schedule is:

Week 1:  Hunter Safety / Waterfowl ID Camp   July 10-July 14 

Week 2:  Bow Safety / Trapper Safety Camp   July 17 –July 21 

Week 3:  Fisheries Camp   July 24-July 28 

Week 4:  Wildlife Adventure Camp   July 31-August 4   

For information call  315-365-3588 email montezuma@audubon.org  or go to http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

 

TRAPPING BAN FOR NWRs PROPOSED: Sportsmen should contact their Congressman or Congresswoman today and ask them to vote NO on HR 1438. HR 1438 has been assigned to the House Committee on Natural Resources. Members can contact their legislator by using the Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Legislative Action Center

New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey, a longtime opponent of hunting rights, has introduced legislation that would ban trapping on national wildlife refuge lands. House Resolution 1438 known as the Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act, would ban body gripping, foothold and snare traps on more than 150 million acres of federal land.  

In a statement released on her website, Lowey writes: “We must restore the true meaning of ‘refuge’ to the National Wildlife Refuge System.” Additionally, Lowey also quotes Born Free USA, a long-time anti-trapping organization. Their quote incorrectly states that “The mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is clear: to be an inviolate sanctuary for our native wildlife.”  

Despite the lofty rhetoric and misleading statements, the National Wildlife Refuge System was not designed to be sanctuary for animals; instead, it was specifically designed to include hunting, fishing and trapping. Moreover, in 1997 Congress approved the National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act, which identified hunting, which includes trapping, as a priority use of refuge land. The law was signed by President Bill Clinton. In addition, trapping is an effective tool for controlling predators, which can negatively impact other wildlife on refuge lands. 

Trapping is utilized across the United States, by both federal and state wildlife managers. Refuge land is managed in cooperation with state fish and wildlife agencies. HR 1438 would put a one-size-fits-all federal ban in place for refuges rather than allow state biologists do what is best for individual refuge properties. The traps that would be banned by HR 1438 are the most common and effective devices used by trappers. HR 1438 is a first step to ban hunting on all federal land and should be rejected.

(Alert provided by The Sportsmen’s Alliance - http://www.sportsmensalliance.org/)

 

FROM: President@newyorkbowhunters.com
Subj: Take Action to Stop the Full Inclusion of Crossbow in Archery Season!

Fellow Bowhunter,

There are several legislative bills (S01386A and A00479A) being considered which would allow for the full inclusion of crossbows for everyone that wishes to use it during the entire archery season. In effect re defining the crossbow the same as a compound, recurve or longbow. New York Bowhunters still does not consider a crossbow, with their ability to be pre cocked, preloaded, fired with a rifle stock from a rest, equipped with telescopic sights to fall under the definition of "Archery".

We need you to take legislative action.  "Click Here"

 

NEW YORK STATE OUTDOORSMEN HALL OF FAME INDUCTS EIGHT: The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame proudly announces that it has inducted eight new members for 2017. These inductees represent all areas of the state and many fields of endeavor. The NYSOHOF is an organization dedicated to honoring those individuals who have spent many years preserving our outdoor heritage, working for conservation, or enhancing our outdoor sports for future generations.
James Daly of Onondaga County has served as the volunteer director of the Angler's Association of Onondaga annual youth fishing program for decades and has also been a longtime volunteer instructor for outdoor education and youth fishing programs with the Liverpool School District's environmental education programs. He is a board member of the Onondaga Sportsmen's Federation and has helped organize the annual Sportsmen's Days weekend at Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery. Jim Daly has also been a volunteer with Izaak Walton League's Family Fishing Days, building waterfowl ponds, pheasant releases, and Boy Scouts of America.
Burnell (Burnie) Haney of Jefferson County has been involved with conservation, education, and promoting fishing most of his life through his blogs, magazine articles, and seminars, and by volunteering at many events, including the Casting Kids program. As Conservation Director of New York BASS and as Chairman of the Jefferson County Sport Fisheries Board he has addressed important issues including access, fish care, and invasive species. He organized the Take a Soldier Fishing event which annually involves over 200 soldiers experiencing fishing on Oneida Lake.
Mark Hettler has been active in conservation and youth groups and activities in the Onondaga County area for many years. He has served as president and treasurer of the Friends of Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery in addition to being a major fundraiser and spending countless hours of volunteering for their events and programs such as the Sportsmen's Days. Hettler also been active as a volunteer at Open House at the hatchery and a youth fishing instructor there in addition to DEC Family Fishing clinics, Time Out to Fish Pond for seniors or youth, and Friends of Wildlife at Webster's Pond.
Phil Hulbert of Delaware County recently retired as Head of Fisheries after a career of working for the Department of Environmental Conservation. He was primarily responsible keeping the Rome Hatchery open and the rehabilitation for the NYS fish hatchery system. His efforts to promote NYS heritage brook trout populations and their habitat led to the Eastern Brook Trout Venture and he played a vital role in establishing the Delaware River cold water releases which are essential to the fisheries there.
Jason Kemper from Saratoga County he has been actively involved with the county fish stocking program and the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation in his role with Saratoga County Council of Fish and Game Clubs. Kemper is currently the chair of the Conservation Fund Advisory Board which oversees the NYS Conservation Fund and its expenditures making sure that money is spent wisely. He has been a tireless fighter to gain access for sportsmen and the average citizen in Adirondack land acquisitions. He has attended nearly all of the Adirondack Park Agency hearings on Boreas Ponds to address the issues of reasonable recreational access and usage.
Ken Rose of Dutchess County has spent a lifetime volunteering and helping promote conservation and outdoor sports. Rose created a "Get Hooked On Fishing" program that has introduced thousands of children to fishing and taught them about sportsmanship and conservation. He also developed a youth pheasant hunt and launched a program called "Hunters Helping the Hungry" in Dutchess County which provides venison for the needy in the community.
Frank Sanza of Monroe County has played an important role in the Lake Ontario fisheries for many years and currently serves as Chair of the Monroe County Fisheries Advisory Board. He helped form the Lake Ontario Charter Boat Association and represented views of the charter boat industry in dealing with various agencies in addition to promoting the Lake Ontario fishery. Sanza took an active role in involving youngsters in various youth outreach programs and helped educate many people about the fishery and potential issues with his seminars and outdoor tv show broadcasts.
Anthony Scime was one of the founders of the Niagara Musky Association in 1994 and has been the mainstay of that organization for the past 23 years. He was the driving force behind the increases in muskellunge size limits for Buffalo Harbor and Niagara River from 30 inches in 1994 to the 54-inch limit, initiated the important Muskellunge Angler Diary Study and helped establish fish holding structures in the Upper Niagara River. Scime was one of the leaders behind the catch and release musky ethic of today and helped popularize this and the safe handling and release techniques used by musky anglers.
The new inductees will be honored at the annual banquet and will have their plaques displayed at the NYSOHOF Museum in Vail Mills, NY. These inductees will be formally inducted at the annual banquet on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota, NY.

 

KUDOS TO ERIE COUNTY SPORTSMEN: The Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs recently held its annual awards banquet in Cheektowaga. The group recognized the organizations and individuals that support the Federation, the conservation movement and various fish and wildlife programs. Recipients of awards were:

Stan Spisiak Conservationist of the Year - Jill Jedlicka, executive director with the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. The group has made a resounding impact on our local natural resources and Jedlicka is steering the ship.

Sportsman of the YearDave Reed of Hawkeye Bowmen for his tireless work involving youth activities.

Valerie Gonnello - Sports Woman of the Year - Ann Wilcox-Swanson for her work with youth programs, hunter education, NHF Day activities and more.

Public Service of the YearWill Fowler, Jr. for work in the Erie County pistol permit office.

Volunteer of the Year – Chuck Cichon with the Elma Conservation Club, a tireless worker.

Dedicated Service of the Year – Daniel Supierski for his “never-say-no” attitude.

Youth of the Year (Male) – Colton Zach, a commendable committee person and environmentalist.

Youth of the Year (Female) – Kiersten E. Mucha, two-time indoor archery champ, .22 caliber rifle team member and scored first place in the Section VI championship, National Honor Society.

Outstanding Achievement of the Year – Mike McCloud, an excellent committee person from Southtowns Walleye Assn., saved someone from drowning last May in Lake Erie.

President’s Special Recognition – Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper for all the work performed on the Niagara and Buffalo rivers, leading the charge to protect the area’s natural resources.

President’s Award – Paul Stoos of Buffalo for all of his dedicated service with NHF Day, youth programs and serving as Sargent of Arms of the Federation.

 

PA GAME COMMISSION RELEASES DEER HARVEST REPORT: Pennsylvania's buck harvest increased 9 percent, and the overall deer harvest was up 6 percent, in the 2016-17 seasons, which closed in January, the Pennsylvania Game Commission reported Monday.
Hunters harvested an estimated 333,254 deer in 2016-17 – an increase of about 6 percent compared to the 2015-16 harvest of 315,813.
Of those, 149,460 were antlered deer – an increase of about 9 percent compared to the previous license year, when an estimated 137,580 bucks were taken. It's the largest harvest of antlered deer since 2002.
Hunters also harvested an estimated 183,794 antlerless deer in 2016-17, which represents an about 3 percent increase compared to the 178,233 antlerless deer taken in 2015-16.
Bowhunters accounted for nearly 33 percent of the overall deer harvest, taking 109,250 deer (59,550 bucks and 49,700 does) with archery tackle. Meanwhile, 20,409 deer (1,350 bucks and 19,059 does) were harvested during muzzleloader seasons.

(For additional information on Pennsylvania's 2016-17 deer harvest, please go to the agency's website – www.pgc.pa.gov – and go to the "White-Tailed Deer" page, then select 2016-17 Deer Harvest Estimates.)

 

LIVING WITH CANADA GEESE DURING NESTING SEASON: If Canada geese have become a problem on your property, helpful information is available through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website.
Most goose problems occur from March through June, during nesting season. That is when geese are especially aggressive, sometimes attacking and nipping at people to protect their nest or nesting mate.
Geese also can cause localized damage if many young are hatched in one area. After hatching, goslings can't fly for about 70 days, so the young birds and their parents will graze near the hatching area for that time. Damage to landscaping can be significant, and large amounts of excrement can render areas unfit for human use.
Geese will use land near any waterbody, especially land with short, well-groomed turf grass planted to the water's edge. Small retention ponds often fit the bill and become a hot spot for geese. Some people regard geese as an annoyance without recognizing that humans unintentionally encourage the birds' undesirable behavior with such landscaping.
Planting native wildflowers and prairie grasses around a pond can help resolve such conflicts. More information on how to reduce Canada geese conflicts is at
wildlife.IN.gov/2996.htm.
Other solutions include goose annoyance techniques. Those techniques include using noisemaking devices, using herding dogs used to chase off the birds, supporting goose hunting, and obtaining a DNR relocation or euthanasia goose permit. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) also allows landowners who are properly registered to destroy resident Canada goose eggs and nests on their property.
More information on registering for federal permission to destroy eggs and nests is at
epermits.fws.gov/ercgr/gesi.aspx. It's against federal law to destroy a Canada goose nest that contains one or more eggs without first securing permission through the USFWS.
It's best to use preventive measures such as habitat modification or harassment before geese become a nuisance.

 

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

24 – NYSDEC Electro Shocking of Cold Brook (Keuka Inlet) – Crew starts in the hamlet of Pleasant Valley, Steuben County. (10:00 am) The sampling is conducted to aid in the ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the opening day fishing forecast.  (For information call 585-226-5324)

24 - Clymer Coonhunters Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Ravlin Hill Road, Panama, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Event Bench Show - $10.00/8:00 pm – Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $15.00) (For information call Chester Bricker at 716-355-6442 or Brian Nickerson at
176-499-8192)

24 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chemung Valley Ridgerunners Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Elmira Holiday Inn Riverview, 760 E. Water Street, Elmira, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Chad Mcdonald   cltcmcdonald24@yahoo.com   607-738-2050)

24-26 - 2017 Eastern Bird Banding Association Meeting at the Ramada Inn Ithaca Executive Conference Center, 2310 N Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY. (Email for a registration form at easternbirdbanding@gmail.com, or call Andy Thiede at 860-202-8107.)

25 - The 28th Annual Antique Fishing Tackle Show at the Elk’s Lodge, 6791 N. Canal Road, Lockport, NY (10:30 am – 2:00 pm) (Admission is $5.00). (For more information call Dan Bedford at 716-713-9410.)

25 - Nuisance Goose Seminar sponsored by the Oneida Lake Association at the P.V. Moore High School, 44 School Drive, Central Square, NY (9:00 am - 12:30 pm) Canada goose biology and behavior, the legal framework, role of government in goose management, options for homeowners/land managers, a goose dog demonstration, and more. (For information email info@oneidalakeassociation.org)

25 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Crossroads Limbhangers Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Lima Country Club, 7470 Chase Road, Lima, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Brian Gottfried,   camomanbg@gmail.com   571-334-1496)

25 - Early Gun & Military Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Route 14N, Geneva, NY (9:15 am) Pre-1900 guns, shotguns, rifles, handguns, over 150 civil war letters, pre-1900 military guns & memorabilia, swords, knives, bayonets, books, photos, paper, Military Includes Spanish-American War, Indian Wars, Civil War, War of 1812 (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

25 - Boy Scout Merit Badge – Reptile and Amphibian Study at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm) Boy Scouts are invited to complete the Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge requirements during this fun and interactive program. Scouts will need to complete a few requirements prior to the program. As always, please be prepared to go outside. (Fee: $8/ scout) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

25 - Whitetails Unlimited – Tobehanna Creek Chapter Hunters Night Out at the The Community Center, 4th Street, Watkins Glen, NY. Deadline for ticket sales – 3-20-17. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse - $25.00/Youth - $25.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

25 - J&B Sportsmen’s 16TH Annual Hunting Fishing FleaMarket at 2017 Clarks Summit U.M.C. 1310 Morgan Hgy. Clarks Summit, PA  (For information call 570-587-4427 or 570-587-1302)

25 - Red Wiggler Worm Composting at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Spring is time to start thinking about gardening, and worm compost is a great fertilizer for plants. Starter kits are available to make; cost/kit = $5.00, FORW members = $3.00. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - Birding 101: Class #3 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) What bird am I? Learn the general types of birds at Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25-26 – Spring Great Outdoor Days at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) Spring is upon us and it's time to get in the woods and out on the water.  Join us this weekend for our Spring Great Outdoor Days as we help you prepare for your spring fishing trip or get you primed for spring turkey season. Seminars offered:

11:00 am - Spring into Gobbler Season in our Hunting Department - Whether you’re looking for the right turkey call, or the right gun to bring it home, we will show you options that will fit your personal preferences and get the job done.

12:00 pm - Turkey Calling Basics in our Hunting Department – Don’t wait for turkey season to start practicing your turkey-calling skills. Local turkey-calling pros will be on hand with a wide variety of calls and can help you better your skills no matter your level of experience.

1:00 pm - Insider Tips to Catching Spring Walleye in our Fishing Department - Our expert outfitters will discuss tips and tactics, local waters, and the latest gear to try your hand at spring time walleye fishing. (For information call 716-608-4770)

26 - End of Hunting Season for Coyotes

26 – Cabin Fever Celebration at the Whitney Point Sportsmen’s Association Club, Whitney Point, NY (8:00 am) (For information call George at 607-692-4843.)

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

26 - Finger Lakes Trollers Fishing Tackle, Outdoor Show and Flea Market at the Community Center at Clute Park, Watkins Glen, NY (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) New, used and antique fishing tackle,fishing charters,archery, turkery hunting stuff,etc. There will be about 70 tables set up. (Tables are sold out). (Admission is $2.00 with kids under 10 free. Parking is free.) (For information call Mike Burt  607-765-9866)

28 - Derby Hill Hawk Watch Trip, meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)  Visit Lake Ontario for the spectacular spring raptor migration and leave the driving to us.  Travel in the Montezuma Audubon Center van to witness thousands of broad-winged hawks, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles and many more! This program is offered in cooperation with the Onondaga Audubon Society. Pack a lunch. (Fee: $17.50/child, $22.50/adult) Space is limited for all programs and registration is required. (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

30 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Genesee Local Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at The Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Russ Romano   rpromano@rochester.rr.com   585- 975-9930)

30 - Citizen Science: Project Budburst Training at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (6:30 pm) Participate in this training program to volunteer to monitor trees and plants throughout the seasons. For adults only. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

31 - Falconry Season Closes

31 – Close of Crow Hunting Season

31 – Close of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Salmon Creek (Cayuga County), Salmon Creek Above Ludlow Falls & West Branch Owego Creek (Tompkins County), Spring Creek on Caledonia State Fish Hatchery Property (8:00 am – 4:00 pm) (Livingston County), Oatka Creek from Bowerman Road Upstream to Union Street and from the Wheatland Center Road Upstream to the Mouth of Spring Creek, and Spring Creek (Monroe County), East Koy & Wiscoy Creeks (Allegany County), Clear Creek, Lime Lake Outlet, McKinstry Creek, Elm Creek, Elton Creek, Mansfield Creek and Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam (Cattaraugus County), Hosmer Brook and Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam (Erie County), Wiscoy Creek (Minus Section ½ mile Each Side of East Hillside Road Bridge), East Koy Creek, Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam and Clear Creek from Mouth to County Line (Wyoming County)

 

APRIL 2017

 

1 – Start of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout, Hybrids of these Species and Splake, Lake Trout, Landlocked/Atlantic Salmon and Kokanee (>10/15)
1 – Start of Trout Season in Green Lake (Onondaga County), Rushford Lake (Allegany County) (>11/30)

1 - 14th Annual Riedman Foundation Opening Day Trout Derby at the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park, 115 Park Road,  Pittsford, NY (Register at Powder Horn Lodge – 6:30 am/Fishing 7:00 am – Noon) All ages are welcome to join in the fun at the Opening Day Trout Derby to benefit the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park. Again this year, the contestant weighing in the largest brown trout will be recognized with the Bank of America Angler Award, a $500 prize. There will also be "largest catch" prizes awarded in three age categories. Entry is only $5 per angler age eight and older. Fishing will take place in designated areas of Irondequoit Creek within the boundaries of Powder Mills Park. The derby weigh station is at Powder Horn Lodge. Prizes will be awarded at noon. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.fishpowdermill.org. (For information call 585-586-1670.)

1 - 56th Annual Naples Creek Rainbow Trout Derby. Entry is by pre-registration only - registration sites are Sutton’s Sporting Goods, Main St., Naples (During business hours) and the Derby Headquarters -Naples Fire Hall, Vine St (3/31/14- 5 pm to 10 pm, 4/01/14- 4 am to sunrise) (Entry Fees - $8 Ages 16-64, $5 under 16, $5 ages 65 and over)(For additional information contact Joyce Doran 585-374-2782)

1 - 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)

1 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Tri-County Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at The Lake Watch, 1642 East Shore Drive, Ithaca, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Scott Wilcox   607-533-4707)
1 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at The St. Aloysius Church Hall, 186 Franklin Street, Springville, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Richard Gerlach  
r905g@yahoo.com   716-857-0586)

1 - Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series – Finger Lakes Artist David Beale at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 3:00 pm) David Beale, from Cortland, NY, is an award-winning watercolor artist who captures the essence of the Finger Lakes.  His bold and dynamic paintings illustrate the beauty of the region.  Join us as David talks about his paintings, not just of the Finger Lakes, but also from his travels around the world. (Fee: $4/child, $6/adult, $20/family, Free for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

1 - Whitetails Unlimited – Lake Ontario Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Palmyra VFW Post 6778, 4306 Route 31, Palmyra, NY. Deadline for ticket sales – 3-26-17. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse - $25.00/Youth - $25.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

1 - Make An Upcycled Planter at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Get a jump start on the gardening season and create a unique planter from natural and recycled materials. Materials fee: $4; $2 for Friends of Reinstein Woods members. For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

2 - 12th Annual John Long Memorial Raffle and Feast sponsored by the Niagara River Anglers Assn., at Niagara Active Hose, 6010 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls, NY. (2:00 pm) (For information and tickets call 716-628-1460)

2 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Niagara County Gobblers Chapter Dinner at Ransomville Vol. Fire Company, 2521 Youngstown-Lockport Road (Route 93), Ransomville,  NY. The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Pamela Lederhouse  716-791-3151   plederhous@aol.com)

2 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Ransomville Vol. Fire Co., 2521 Youngstown Lockport Road (Route 93), Ransomville, NY (3:30 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Pamela Lederhouse   plederhous@aol.com   716-791-3151)

 

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.

 

FINGER LAKES TRIBUTARY ANNUAL ELECTRO-FISHING SURVEY: The “Shocking” is conducted to aid in the ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the opening day fishing forecast. This year’s dates are:

*Thursday, March 23, 9 a.m., at Naples Creek, just north of the Village of Naples, Ontario County, at the Route 245 bridge.

*Friday, March 24, 10 a.m., at Cold Brook (Keuka Inlet) in the hamlet of Pleasant Valley, Steuben County.

During sampling, data taken on each fish will consist of length, weight, sex and spawning condition. A scale is used to determine age, growth rate and life history. Sampling results will be available to the public at the DEC Region 8 fisheries office prior to the April 1 opening of the "inland" trout fishing season. Anglers wanting to fish for trout before April 1 are reminded that trout fishing is open year-round in the main bodies of the Finger Lakes however the Finger Lakes Tributaries are closed from January 1 through March 31.

 

THE 2017/18 NEW YORK FRESHWATER FISHING REGULATIONS GUIDE IS NOW AVAILABLE: Regulations in the guide are in effect from April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018. Anglers should review a copy of the guide before casting a line after April 1.

To get your copy, you can:

Pick up a copy at a license issuing agent location, or

Download the fishing regulations guide (12.2 MB) (PDF)

 

 

 

CONVICTION OF MANHATTAN ANTIQUE MERCHANT IN IVORY CASE: The corporation that owns a Manhattan art and antique store pled guilty to selling illegal elephant ivory in New York State's first Class D felony conviction since new ivory legislation was instituted in 2014, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

The case started in April 2015, when DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) received a tip that Landmark Gallery in Midtown Manhattan was selling hand-carved ivory pieces. An investigation revealed that Landmark was advertising the pieces as carved mammoth tusks.

Changes to New York State's ivory law in 2014 made mammoth ivory illegal to sell without a permit. However dealers were given a two year sell-by period for liquidating existing stock before enforcement would take effect. This created a loophole that Landmark Gallery attempted to exploit.

ECOs from the Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigation (BECI) unit purchased several pieces in the store and brought the items to the American Museum of Natural History for morphological analysis. Experts at the museum determined that the pieces were carved from elephant ivory.

On June 10, 2015, ECOs were joined by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agents and New York State Taxation and Finance investigators in executing a search warrant at Landmark Gallery retail offices, which resulted in the seizure of 47 different elephant ivory articles valued at more than $250,000.

"This case exemplifies our strong partnership with New York and the DEC and our commitment to working together to hold accountable those who profit from the illegal sale of wildlife," said Honora Gordon, Northeast Region Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

On Wednesday, the corporation that owns Landmark Gallery - 128 West 58th St. LLC. - co-owned by brothers Behrooz Torkian and Hersel Torkian, was charged with two felony charges related to the illegal sale of elephant ivory, one count of Illegal Commercialization of Fish, Shellfish, Crustaceans and Wildlife, a class D felony, and one count of Illegal Commercialization of Fish, Shellfish, Crustaceans and Wildlife, a class E felony.

"New York is one of the largest markets for illegal ivory trade in the United States," said New York County District Attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. "Over the past few years, we've taken a hard-line approach to ending a devastating commercial practice that has resulted in the near extinction of an endangered species. In Manhattan, this has meant advocating for tougher laws and aggressively prosecuting those who sell illegal ivory. In order to protect the world's last living elephants, ending the domestic ivory trade here at home as well as abroad must be our collective goal, and I encourage others to follow China's recent decision to cease all ivory trading by the end of this year. I also thank Governor Andrew Cuomo and our partners at DEC for their continued commitment to this important issue."

Landmark pled guilty to the more serious D felony, admitting to violating New York State's more restrictive ivory ban by illegally selling elephant ivory in excess of $25,000. Upon entering the plea, the corporation was ordered to forfeit 47 seized ivory items with an estimated value of more than $250,000, pay to New York State Department of Taxation and Finance $150,000 for New York State/New York City sales tax liability owed for the period of March 1, 2010 to May 31, 2015, and donate $50,000 to the conservation organization, Wildlife Tomorrow Fund, for use in the organization's projects involving elephant population protection, anti-poaching efforts, and land conservation.

Landmark was also ordered to pay $2,000 to DEC in restitution for state funds used in the case.

This case was investigated by DEC's BECI officers Lt. Jesse Paluch, Lt Liza Bobseine, and Inv. Eric Dowling and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Maltz of the New York County District Attorney's Office.

The comprehensive ivory legislation, signed by Governor Cuomo in 2014, strengthened criminal and civil penalties for buyers and sellers whose actions endanger elephant populations worldwide.

Due to the demand for illegal wildlife products like ivory, poachers are slaughtering elephants and selling ivory for large profit. As a result of this illegal activity, some species of elephants and rhinos are threatened with extinction. New York is believed to be the largest market for ivory in the United States.

"Wild Tomorrow Fund highly commends the efforts of the investigative team at DEC and the New York County District Attorney's office in curbing the illegal elephant ivory trade in New York," said John Steward, Founder and Executive Director of Wild Tomorrow Fund. "We also applaud the tougher ivory laws recently enacted by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and New York State. Because of their combined hard work and persistence, New York continues to lead the national effort to save the remaining wild elephant populations from extinction. Wildlife rangers, anti-poaching units and conservation managers in Africa continue to wage a battle to save the elephants where they live. This donated money will be used to fund wildlife law enforcement training, equipment and patrols in several African nations."

 

GENESEE RIVER ANGLER DIARISTS WANTED: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) welcomes angler observations as DEC begins its angler diary program on the Genesee River in Allegany and Wyoming counties. The diarist program aims to record dates for trout and bass fishing trips on the Genesee River from the Pennsylvania line downstream through Letchworth State Park from March 1st through October 31, 2017.

"Angler participation in this program is greatly appreciated and will help us to evaluate the Genesee River's fishery quality," said Regional Fisheries Manager Mike Clancy. "This is a great opportunity for anglers to contribute observations and help shape future fishery management actions"

Those who fish the Genesee River (even once) and are able to contribute observations by keeping a fishing diary for DEC can contact the Region 9 Fisheries Office at (716) 372-6372 or by e-mail at fwfish9@dec.ny.gov.

 

RESIDENTIAL BRUSH BURNING IN NYS PROHIBITED THROUGH MAY 14: Residents are reminded that with warming temperatures and dry conditions, residential brush burning is prohibited March 16 through May 14 across New York State.

Due to the lack of snow cover over much of the state and with rising temperatures forecasted for the coming weeks, conditions for wildfires could be heightened.

DEC will post a Fire Danger Map rating forecast daily for the 2017 fire season on its website and on the NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App available on DEC's website.

Currently, fire conditions in most of the state are low risk.

Open burning of debris is the largest single cause of spring wildfires in New York State. When temperatures are warmer and the past fall's debris and leaves dry out, wildfires can start and spread easily and be further fueled by winds and a lack of green vegetation.

                       Wildfire – DEC Photo

New York first enacted strict restrictions on open burning in 2009 to help prevent wildfires and reduce air pollution. The regulations allow residential brush fires in towns with fewer than 20,000 residents during most of the year, but prohibit such burning in spring when most wildfires occur.

In the seven-year period since the ban was established, the average number of spring fires per year decreased by 35.5 percent, from 2,925 in 2009 to 1,886 in 2016.

Campfires using charcoal or untreated wood are allowed, but people should never leave such fires unattended and must extinguish them. Burning garbage or leaves is prohibited year-round.

Some towns, primarily in and around the Adirondack and Catskill parks, are designated "fire towns." Open burning is prohibited year-round in these municipalities unless an individual or group has a written permit from DEC. To find out whether a municipality is designated a "fire town" or to obtain a permit, contact the appropriate DEC regional office. A list of regional offices is available on DEC's website.

Violators of the state's open burning regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions, with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense. To report environmental law violations call 1-800-TIPP DEC (1-800-847-7332), or report online on DEC's website.

 

2016 RECORD FISH REPORT: As reflected by the entries in the State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC's) Angler Achievement Awards Program, 2016 was another exceptional year for anglers fishing the freshwaters of New York State. In 2016, more than 130 entries were submitted into the program. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass, New York's most popular sportfish species, made up more than half of the entries in the Catch and Release category. Thirty-nine of New York's 62 counties were represented in entries submitted last year- an example of the great fishing opportunities that exist throughout the state.

Two state records were either established or tied in 2016. A new state record freshwater drum was caught by Amelia Whalen from Lake Champlain on June 4, 2016. Her record-breaking fish weighed 29 lbs. 14 oz. In a rare occurrence, Patrick Hildenbrand captured a smallmouth bass that tied the state record established twenty one years ago in Lake Erie. The 8 lb. 4 oz. pot-bellied fish was caught from the St. Lawrence River on August 28, 2016. Other notable catches include an impressive 30 lb. 1 oz. tiger muskellunge caught from Lake Como (Cayuga County), a 35½ inch steelhead caught from the Salmon River (Oswego County), and a 38¼ inch lake trout caught and released from Lake Erie (Chautauqua County).

The Angler Achievement Awards program recognizes anglers that catch any of the 43 eligible fish species that exceed minimum qualifying lengths or weights. The three categories that make up the program are: Catch & Release, Annual Award (kept fish) and State Record. In addition to official recognition of their catch, anglers receive a distinctive lapel pin commemorating their achievement. State record holders also receive a custom laser cut wood plaque.

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

 

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

MARCH 2017

17 - Close of Canada Goose Hunting Season – Part 4 – in the South Area

17 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Finger Lakes Bucks & Beards Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquetat the Pulteney Fire House, 8891 Brown Road, Pulteney, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Steve Calderwood   eot_tradingpost@yahoo.com   607-522-7991)

17-18 - NYDU State Convention and Conservation Celebration at the Ramada Inn Lakefront, Geneva, New York (Cost: Single (full weekend) $150/Couple (full weekend) $275/Greenwing (full weekend) $85.00) (For information call Ron Golumbeck  315 - 789 - 4374 or Joe Nicosia 315 - 573 - 1939)

18 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Canisteo Valley Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquetat the K Of C, Main Streeet, Hornell, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Sean Smith   607-324-6664)

18 - Southwestern NY Friends of NRA Banquet at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca, NY (4:30 pm) (Cost: $50.00) (For information contact Thomas E. Krott  585-968-3800 or email krotts@wildblue.net)

18 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) Join Legal Heat as they lead a Concealed Carry Course. Reservations can be made at www.MyLegalHeat.com.

18 - Bluebirds Part 1 at the Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum, 443 Coleman Avenue, Elmira, NY (10:00 am) Bluebird expert Elaine Spacher gives you the scoop on why bluebirds matter, and how to attract them to your yard. Box construction, installation, monitoring, and more. (Cost: Free) (For information call 607-732-6060)

18-19 - 39th Annual Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (Breakfast 9:00 am-1:00 pm/Trail Demonstrations 10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Explore the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the CNC Pioneer Trail and also enjoy a pancake breakfast. On the trail, participants learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors. Other highlights include a 100 percent pure maple syrup tasting in the sugarhouse, and a pancake meal in the visitors center. All meals include pure maple syrup and a choice of beverage. Maple Sugaring is the CNC’s major annual fundraising event and helps maintain CNC operations. (Meal Cost: Adult - $10.00/Kids - $8.00) (For information call 585-374-6160)

19 - 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)

21 - Citizen Science: Frogwatch Usa Training at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (7:00 pm) Become a citizen scientist! Participate in this training program to volunteer to monitor frogs and toads at Reinstein Woods. (For information/ call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

22-23 - New York State Arms Collectors Association Gun Show at the NYS Fairgrounds Expo Center, 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse , NY (Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 9 am-3 pm) 1,000 tables. (Admission: $7.00/seniors $5.00/children under 12 free) (For information contact Sandy Ackerman Klinger, 346 Paul Street, Endicott, NY 13760, 607-748-1010 email sandynysac@yahoo.com)

23 - Montezuma’s Migration Mania Tour meeting at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (4:00 – 6:00 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 ) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

23 - NYSDEC Electro Shocking of Naples Creek – Crew starts just north of the Village of Naples, Ontario County, at the Route 245 bridge. (9:00 am) The sampling is conducted to aid in the ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the opening day fishing forecast.  (For information call 585-226-5324)

24 – NYSDEC Electro Shocking of Cold Brook (Keuka Inlet) – Crew starts in the hamlet of Pleasant Valley, Steuben County. (10:00 am) The sampling is conducted to aid in the ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the opening day fishing forecast.  (For information call 585-226-5324)

24 - Clymer Coonhunters Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Ravlin Hill Road, Panama, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Event Bench Show - $10.00/8:00 pm – Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $15.00) (For information call Chester Bricker at 716-355-6442 or Brian Nickerson at
176-499-8192)

24 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chemung Valley Ridgerunners Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Elmira Holiday Inn Riverview, 760 E. Water Street, Elmira, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Chad Mcdonald   cltcmcdonald24@yahoo.com   607-738-2050)

24-26 - 2017 Eastern Bird Banding Association Meeting at the Ramada Inn Ithaca Executive Conference Center, 2310 N Triphammer Road, Ithaca, NY. (Email for a registration form at easternbirdbanding@gmail.com, or call Andy Thiede at 860-202-8107.)

25 - The 28th Annual Antique Fishing Tackle Show at the Elk’s Lodge, 6791 N. Canal Road, Lockport, NY (10:30 am – 2:00 pm) (Admission is $5.00). (For more information call Dan Bedford at 716-713-9410.)

25 - Nuisance Goose Seminar sponsored by the Oneida Lake Association at the P.V. Moore High School, 44 School Drive, Central Square, NY (9:00 am - 12:30 pm) Canada goose biology and behavior, the legal framework, role of government in goose management, options for homeowners/land managers, a goose dog demonstration, and more. (For information email info@oneidalakeassociation.org)

25 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chemung Valley Ridgerunners Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Lima Country Club, 7470 Chase Road, Lima, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Brian Gottfried,   camomanbg@gmail.com   571-334-1496)

25 - Boy Scout Merit Badge – Reptile and Amphibian Study at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm) Boy Scouts are invited to complete the Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge requirements during this fun and interactive program. Scouts will need to complete a few requirements prior to the program. As always, please be prepared to go outside. (Fee: $8/ scout) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

25 - Whitetails Unlimited – Tobehanna Creek Chapter Hunters Night Out at the The Community Center, 4th Street, Watkins Glen, NY. Deadline for ticket sales – 3-20-17. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse - $25.00/Youth - $25.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

25 - J&B Sportsmen’s 16TH Annual Hunting Fishing FleaMarket at 2017 Clarks Summit U.M.C. 1310 Morgan Hgy. Clarks Summit, PA  (For information call 570-587-4427 or 570-587-1302)

25 - Early Gun & Military Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Route 14N, Geneva, NY (9:15 am) Pre-1900 guns, shotguns, rifles, handguns, over 150 civil war letters, pre-1900 military guns & memorabilia, swords, knives, bayonets, books, photos, paper, Military Includes Spanish-American War, Indian Wars, Civil War, War of 1812 (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

25 - Red Wiggler Worm Composting at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Spring is time to start thinking about gardening, and worm compost is a great fertilizer for plants. Starter kits are available to make; cost/kit = $5.00, FORW members = $3.00. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - Birding 101: Class #3 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) What bird am I? Learn the general types of birds at Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25-26 – Spring Great Outdoor Days at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) Spring is upon us and it's time to get in the woods and out on the water.  Join us this weekend for our Spring Great Outdoor Days as we help you prepare for your spring fishing trip or get you primed for spring turkey season. Seminars offered:

11:00 am - Spring into Gobbler Season in our Hunting Department - Whether you’re looking for the right turkey call, or the right gun to bring it home, we will show you options that will fit your personal preferences and get the job done.

12:00 pm - Turkey Calling Basics in our Hunting Department – Don’t wait for turkey season to start practicing your turkey-calling skills. Local turkey-calling pros will be on hand with a wide variety of calls and can help you better your skills no matter your level of experience.

1:00 pm - Insider Tips to Catching Spring Walleye in our Fishing Department - Our expert outfitters will discuss tips and tactics, local waters, and the latest gear to try your hand at spring time walleye fishing. (For nformation call 716-608-4770)

26 - End of Hunting Season for Coyotes

26 – Cabin Fever Celebration at the Whitney Point Sportsmen’s Association Club, Whitney Point, NY (8:00 am) (For information call George at 607-692-4843.)

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

26 - Finger Lakes Trollers Fishing Tackle, Outdoor Show and Flea Market at the Community Center at Clute Park, Watkins Glen, NY (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) New, used and antique fishing tackle,fishing charters,archery, turkery hunting stuff,etc. There will be about 70 tables set up. (Tables are sold out). (Admission is $2.00 with kids under 10 free. Parking is free.) (For information call Mike Burt  607-765-9866)

 

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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3 - 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.

 

DO YOU WANT THIS BILL TO BE LAW – CONTACT YOUR ASSEMBLY MEMBER:

S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K

4739

2017-2018 Regular Sessions

I N S E N A T E

February 27, 2017

Introduced by Sens. O'MARA, DeFRANCISCO -- read twice and ordered printed,

and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental

Conservation

AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to

establishing the yearling buck protection program

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEMBLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

1 Section 1. The environmental conservation law is amended by adding a

2 new section 11-0935 to read as follows:

3 S 11-0935. YEARLING BUCK PROTECTION PROGRAM.

4 1. DEFINITIONS. A. "ANTLERED DEER" MEANS A DEER WITH AT LEAST ONE

5 ANTLER MEASURING THREE INCHES OR MORE IN LENGTH.

6 B. "WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT UNIT" MEANS WILDLIFE REGIONS AS DEMARCATED BY

7 THE DEPARTMENT.

8 2. RESTRICTIONS AND APPLICABILITY. A. ANY PERSON WHO HUNTS OR TAKES

9 ANTLERED DEER UNDER A VALID PERMIT OR LICENSE DURING THE BOW HUNTING,

10 REGULAR AND MUZZLELOADING DEER SEASONS IS RESTRICTED TO THE HUNTING OR

11 TAKING OF ANTLERED DEER WITH AT LEAST ONE ANTLER WITH AT LEAST THREE

12 POINTS IN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT UNITS 3G, 3M, 3N, 3P, 3R, 4B, 4C, 4F, 4H,

13 4J, 4K, 4L, 4T, 4U, 4Y, 4Z, 5R, 5S, 5T, 7M, 7P, 6A, 6G, 6H, 6C, 6K AND

14 TAKING OF ANTLERED DEER WITH AT LEAST ONE ANTLER WITH AT LEAST FOUR

15 POINTS IN WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT UNITS 7R, 7S, 8N, 8P, 8R, 8T, 8W, 8Y, 9G,

16 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X, 9Y, 7A, 7F, 7J, 6P, 6S, 6R,

17 AND 4A; EACH POINT MUST BE AT LEAST ONE INCH LONG MEASURED FROM THE MAIN

18 ANTLER BEAM.

19 B. THE YEARLING BUCK PROTECTION PROGRAM APPLIES TO ALL PUBLIC AND

20 PRIVATE LAND WITHIN THE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT UNITS SET FORTH IN THIS

21 SECTION.

22 3. APPLICABILITY. THE RESTRICTIONS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION SHALL

23 ONLY APPLY TO THE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT UNITS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION.

EXPLANATION--Matter in red is proposed change.

S. 4739 2

1 4. EXEMPTIONS FROM REQUIREMENTS. HUNTERS UNDER THE AGE OF SEVENTEEN

2 ARE EXEMPT FROM THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION AND MAY TAKE ANY DEER

3 WITH ANTLER OR ANTLERS MEASURING THREE INCHES OR MORE IN LENGTH.

4 S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 

FINGER LAKES TRIBUTARY ANNUAL ELECTRO-FISHING SURVEY: The “Shocking” is conducted to aid in the ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the opening day fishing forecast. This year’s dates are:

*Thursday, March 23, 9 a.m., at Naples Creek, just north of the Village of Naples, Ontario County, at the Route 245 bridge.

*Friday, March 24, 10 a.m., at Cold Brook (Keuka Inlet) in the hamlet of Pleasant Valley, Steuben County.

During sampling, data taken on each fish will consist of length, weight, sex and spawning condition. A scale is used to determine age, growth rate and life history. Sampling results will be available to the public at the DEC Region 8 fisheries office prior to the April 1 opening of the "inland" trout fishing season. Anglers wanting to fish for trout before April 1 are reminded that trout fishing is open year-round in the main bodies of the Finger Lakes however the Finger Lakes Tributaries are closed from January 1 through March 31.

 

ROADS CLOSED AT HANGING BOG WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA IN ALLEGANY COUNTY: Effective Friday, March 10, 2017, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will close seasonal access roads and associated gates at Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in the town of New Hudson, Allegany County.

Motor vehicle use on the seasonal roads during the wet spring season can cause severe damage to the roads. DEC will reopen the roads after any necessary maintenance is completed and the roads are dry enough to safely handle motor vehicle traffic. Access gates and roads at Hanging Bog WMA will be reopened in time for the youth turkey hunt weekend on April 22 and 23.      

 

GENESEE RIVER ANGLER DIARISTS WANTED: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) welcomes angler observations as DEC begins its angler diary program on the Genesee River in Allegany and Wyoming counties. The diarist program aims to record dates for trout and bass fishing trips on the Genesee River from the Pennsylvania line downstream through Letchworth State Park from March 1st through October 31, 2017.

"Angler participation in this program is greatly appreciated and will help us to evaluate the Genesee River's fishery quality," said Regional Fisheries Manager Mike Clancy. "This is a great opportunity for anglers to contribute observations and help shape future fishery management actions"

Those who fish the Genesee River (even once) and are able to contribute observations by keeping a fishing diary for DEC can contact the Region 9 Fisheries Office at (716) 372-6372 or by e-mail at fwfish9@dec.ny.gov.

 

DESPITE FOUR FATALITIES, DEC RECORDS LOWEST NUMBER OF HUNTING-RELATED SHOOTING INCIDENTS ON RECORD: The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the 2016 hunting season in New York had only 13 hunting-related shooting incidents, the lowest number on record since DEC began compiling hunting-related shooting statistics in 1958.

Of the 13 hunting-related shooting incidents in 2016, seven incidents were self-inflicted and six incidents involved more than one person. In 2015, there were 23 incidents. In 1966, there were 166 incidents, 13 of which were fatal.

Despite these low numbers, there were four fatalities in 2016 - two two-party incidents and two self-inflicted incidents.

This year's report indicated that eight of the people involved in multi-party incidents were not wearing hunter orange.

With approximately 500,000 licensed hunters spending an estimated 10 to 15 million days afield each year, New York continues its trend of declining hunting-related shooting incidents, with the incident rate (incidents per 100,000 hunters) declining almost 80 percent since the 1960s. The past five-year average is down to 3.5 incidents per 100,000 hunters, compared to 19 per 100,000 in the 1960s.

DEC encourages hunters to follow the primary rules of hunter safety:

**assume every firearm is loaded;

**control the firearm muzzle in a safe direction;

**keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire;

**identify your target and what is beyond; and

**wear hunter orange.

DEC's Sportsman Education Program is mandatory for all hunters. The program was introduced in 1949 and has significantly reduced the number of hunting incidents. Beginning in 2016, DEC instituted new course homework requirements for all hunter and trapper education courses. Students are now required to review course materials and complete homework prior to attending classroom and field sessions.

The new homework portion of the course provides an introduction to the subject and enhances students' understanding of the course material. DEC offers all courses free of charge. The Sportsman Education Program is always looking for interested individuals to volunteer their time to help students take the first step in developing the skills and knowledge to be better hunters and trappers.

Only incidents involving firearms, bows, and crossbows are included in the annual report. Incidents involving falls from tree stands or hunter health-related issues are not included. Investigations of all hunting-related shooting incidents are undertaken by DEC's Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs).

For more information on taking a course, becoming an instructor, and on the 2016 Hunting Safety Statistics, visit the Sportsman Education Program web page on DEC's website.

 

SAUGER RESTORATION CONTINUES IN THE ALLEGHENY RIVER: Anglers are reminded that the possession of the sauger species of fish is strictly prohibited and anglers should familiarize themselves with the difference between walleye and sauger. Sauger, a close relative of walleye, were once native to the Allegheny River system but disappeared due to severe pollution in the late 19th to mid- 20th centuries. Even as water quality improved after the Clean Water Act (1972), the Kinzua Dam stood in the way of sauger naturally repopulating the Upper Allegheny River.

In 2014, DEC began a five-year stocking program in the Allegheny River and its tributaries with the goal of creating a self-sustaining sauger fishery. DEC has stocked more than 14,000, 1.5 - 2 inch fingerlings and 250,000 fry (3/8 inch) over the last three years. The fish, raised at DEC's Chautauqua Hatchery (Stow, NY), are released into the wild in early summer. Stocked waters include the upper Allegheny Reservoir, Allegheny River, Olean Creek, and Oil Creek.

Sauger have a streamlined body shape like a walleye, but have three distinguishing characteristics to tell them apart. Sauger have horizontal rows of black spots on their dorsal fin, black saddle-like marking on the sides, and are lacking a white tip on the tail. Walleye have a defined white tip on the bottom of the tail.

Similar to their walleye cousin, sauger are a highly migratory species that move into rivers and tributaries to spawn in early spring. The Allegheny River and many of its larger tributaries are popular for walleye, and anglers may encounter sauger while fishing. It is critical that anglers are aware of the program and the importance of immediately releasing any sauger that are caught.

Since the restoration program began, DEC Region 9 fisheries staff have conducted surveys in the Allegheny River and the results are encouraging Fish from all three stocking years have been caught, indicating that sauger are surviving well in the river. The largest sauger collected during 2016 surveys was a 2 year old fish measuring 17.5 inches.

Anglers are on the front lines when it comes to knowing what is actually going on in the river. Any reports or evidence of sauger activity will greatly assist DEC in learning more about how these sauger are using the river. Anglers are encouraged to report catches or sightings of sauger to the Region 9 DEC fisheries office in Allegany at (716) 372-0645. More information and the full version of New York's Sauger Conservation Management Plan can be found on DEC's webpage.

 

YOU SPOT A COYOTE IN YOUR URBAN NEIGHBORHOOD. WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?:
Wildlife biologists are frequently contacted by concerned residents who spot coyotes in urban or suburban areas. This is seldom a cause for alarm.
Coyotes are highly adaptable animals that live in a wide variety of environments thus there is no need to report sightings to wildlife officials unless the animal appears hurt, sick, or habituated (meaning the animal has lost its natural fear of humans). Here are a few steps to keep in mind when you encounter an urban coyote.
1. Understand that coyotes are common throughout the state and are often seen within city limits.

2. If you spot a coyote on your property, make sure to remove all "attractants" to deter the coyote from returning. This includes properly securing garbage and removing outside pet food primarily before nightfall. Remember to clean up around the grill as well. Do not feed coyotes directly.

3. Coyotes prey primarily on small mammals such as rabbits and rodents. However, interactions with domestic pets do occur sometimes. Keep small dogs and cats inside (especially between sunset and sunrise) or leashed when outside. Motion-sensitive lighting tends to be helpful too at keeping wildlife away from your home.
4. Occasionally, an inquisitive coyote will stay put and watch you curiously. Make noise. Clap your hands and shout; the coyote will likely move on at this point. If it doesn't, bang pots or pan together for louder noises. A coyote that loses its fear of humans can potentially become a threat.

5. If a coyote visiting your yard does not respond to harassment techniques such as loud noises or it is presenting a conflict even after attractants are removed, contact the DEC or a licensed nuisance trapper. Coyote populations in rural areas can be managed through legal hunting and trapping methods. Consult the yearly "Hunting and Trapping Regulations" digest for more information.

 

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

9-12 - WNY Sport & Travel Expo at the Erie County Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY. (Thu & Fri Noon-9:00pm/Sat 10:00 am – 8:00 pm/Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm) WNY Sport & Travel Expo will be dedicated to the outdoor enthusiast. Special guests include Greg Miller from the hit show In Pursuit Bwana Jim and his Wildlife Show, Jim Beverly Retriever Training, and Clint Taylor. WNY Sport & Travel Expo will showcase excellent entertainment and seminars on hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities for all age group. There will be very large display of goods and services related to sport and travel. Interactive games will make it more entertaining for the participants. (Cost: $9.00/Children 10 and under free/Scouts in uniform free/Free Parking) (For information go to http://10times.com/wny-sport-travel)

10 - Bow Bending Believers Annual Dinner at the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina, NY. (5:30 pm) Charlie Alsheimer will be the featured speaker at the Deer Seminar. (Tickets are $5.00.) (For information contact Merle Fredericks at 585-765-2839.)

10 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Ridge Gobbler Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Brockport Elks Club #2100, 4400 Sweden Walker Road, Brockport, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Vickie Sweet   vsweet1@rochester.rr.com   585-739-6976)

10 - Home School Nature Series:  Montezuma Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) Spring migration is underway and our marshes, ponds, fields and lakes are teeming with waterfowl.  Homeschoolers ages 5-12 will ride in the MAC van and tour the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Students will improve their bird identification skills while viewing massive flocks of Snow Geese, Tundra Swans and other birds during their long journey. (Fee: $8/student.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

11 - NYS Ice Pro-Am Series – Sodus Bay -  Open Team Event. Each event is considered a separate event, so teams (1 or 2 anglers) can fish one or more events. Those who fish all 3 team event can go for the Triple Crown Title and the coveted Triple Crown Cup Trophy. (Costs: Each Team Event: $100/team (optional $20 lunker pool); Triple Crown Trophy Title: ($100/team) Invitational BFS: $50/team (only those teams fishing the IPA Invitational can compete)Invitational: $275/team (max of 15 teams accepted on a 1st paid basis)(Optional $20 lunker pool) (Full details per event, rules & regs, etc. can be found on the Series Website at: www.NYSiceproam.com.)

11 - Catherine Creek Trout Unlimited Banquet at the Horseheads Elks Club, Horseheads, NY. (5:00 pm) (For information call Jim Palmer, 607-425-6136.)

11 - Whitetails Unlimited Western New York Deer Camp at the Carousel Banquet Facility Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, NY. The deadline ticket date is March 4, 2017. Tickets may be ordered online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com or by phone - 1-800-274-5471. (Cost $45.00/$30.00 youth.) Everyone goes home with a Deer Camp Tour 2017 Shirt! (For information contact John Hunter at 607-426-8292 or email jhunterwtu@yahoo.com.)

11 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Letchworth Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the J W Jones Hall, 54 Leicester Road (Route 36), Caledonia, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact David Fanaro   dfanaro@rochester.rr.com   585-202-6794)

11 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Cortland Limbhangers Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Cortland County Music Park, 1824 State Route 13, Cortland, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Bret Eccleston   rollingridges@frontiernet.net   607-842-6260)

11 – Rochester Ducks Unlimited 79th Annual Dinner & Auction at River’s Edge Party House, 31 Paul Road, Rochester, NY. (5:00 pm) This event will feature a live and silent auction as well as other raffles throughout the evening. (Ticket cost: Single - $80/Couple - $115/Greenwing - $35) (For information call Bobbi McCaffery 585-259-2318  bmccaffery13@gmail.com)

11 - Northern Chautauqua Co. (Dunkirk) Ducks Unlimited Dinner at the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect Street, Fredonia, New York (5:00 pm) (Cost: Single $45/Couple $70/after 3/4- $50 and $75) (For information call Ron Romance 716 - 969 – 5166)

11 - Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon & Trout Association Nautical & Fishing Tackle Sale at the Brewerton Fire House, Brewerton, NY. (9:00 am-1:00 pm) (For information call Bill Pingel at 315-515-8278.)

11 - Spring Great Outdoor Days/Turkey Classic at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (1:00 - 5:00 pm) Turkey season is right around the corner.  Stop in this weekend to check out the newest gear available as we count down the days to the opening day of turkey hunting. Jakes Calling Clinic and Contest at 11:00 am in our Hunting Department. Calling all turkeys and kids!  Whether you're new to turkey calling or you've been practicing for years, bring your skills to Cabela's and receive tips from our pros and stick around for a little friendly competition.  We will have a kids calling contest for the following age groups: 8 years and under, 9 years-12 years, 13 years -16 years. Prizes will be awarded to each age group to the top 2 callers

Seminars offered: 11:00 am in our Hunting Department. Join our expert outfitters and learn how to select the correct call as well as the proper use to make sure your upcoming hunt is a success. 

12:00 pm - Insider Tips to Catching Spring Walleye in our Fishing Department - Our expert outfitters will discuss tips and tactics, local waters, and the latest gear to try your hand at spring time walleye fishing

1:00 pm - Decoy Dominance in our Hunting Department - There is nothing more exciting than watching a trophy get drawn in with the perfect decoy setup. Learn about the latest decoys on the market and different strategies to place them in the field.  

2:00 pm - Campsite Cooking outside of the Store (weather permitting) - There are a variety of ways to cook fantastic meals at your campsite. Our Outfitters will show you the tools and share with you the tastes of some of our best products for your campsite feast. (For information call 716-608-4770)

11 - Family Nature Quest: Woodpeckers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Explore the woods on a quest to find signs and sightings of the many woodpeckers. (For information/ call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

11 – Make An Upcycled Bird Feeder at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:00 pm) Create your own bird feeder from everyday objects, and learn about common backyard birds. (Materials fee: $4; $2 for Friends of Reinstein Woods members.) For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

11-12 - Niagara Frontier - Cheektowaga Gun Show at the Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Rd.  Cheektowaga, NY ((9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 90 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (90 Tables) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  nfgshows@aol.com)

11-12 - 39th Annual Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (Breakfast 9:00 am-1:00 pm/Trail Demonstrations 10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Explore the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the CNC Pioneer Trail and also enjoy a pancake breakfast. On the trail, participants learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors. Other highlights include a 100 percent pure maple syrup tasting in the sugarhouse, and a pancake meal in the visitors center. All meals include pure maple syrup and a choice of beverage. Maple Sugaring is the CNC’s major annual fundraising event and helps maintain CNC operations. (Meal Cost: Adult - $10.00/Kids - $8.00) (For information call 585-374-6160)

12 - NYS Ice Pro-Am Series – Sodus Bay -  IPA Team Invitational. Each event is considered a separate event, so teams (1 or 2 anglers) can fish one or more events. Those who fish all 3 team event can go for the Triple Crown Title and the coveted Triple Crown Cup Trophy. (Costs: Each Team Event: $100/team (optional $20 lunker pool); Triple Crown Trophy Title: ($100/team) Invitational BFS: $50/team (only those teams fishing the IPA Invitational can compete)Invitational: $275/team (max of 15 teams accepted on a 1st paid basis)(Optional $20 lunker pool) (Full details per event, rules & regs, etc. can be found on the Series Website at: www.NYSiceproam.com.)

12 - Spring Great Outdoor Days/Turkey Classic at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 3:00 pm) Turkey season is right around the corner.  Stop in this weekend to check out the newest gear available as we count down the days to the opening day of turkey hunting. Seminars offered:

11:00 am - Calling All Turkeys in our Hunting Department - Join our expert Outfitters and learn how to select the correct call as well as how to properly use that call to make your upcoming hunt a success. Lots of hands-on tips and secrets from the pros in the woods.

12:00 pm - Insider Tips to Catching Spring Walleye in our Fishing Department - Our expert outfitters will discuss tips and tactics, local waters, and the latest gear to try your hand at spring time walleye fishing.

1:00 pm - Gear Up For the Youth Turkey Hunter in our Hunting Department - New York offers special youth-only turkey hunting seasons. Join our Outfitters as they share information on this special opportunity and recommend turkey-hunting gear for your youth hunters.

2:00 pm - Campsite Cooking outside of the Store (weather permitting). There are a variety of ways to cook fantastic meals at your campsite. Our Outfitters will show you the tools and share with you the tastes of some of our best products for your campsite feast. (For information call 716-608-4770)

13 - Annual State of Lake Ontario Public Meeting at the Pulaski High School Auditorium, 4624 Salina Street, Pulaski, NY (Oswego County). (6:30 – 9:00 pm) The meeting is co-hosted by the Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon and Trout Association. DEC, United States Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources biologists will make a number of presentations, including updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, forage fish, stocking programs, and fisheries management plans. Ample time will be provided at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters. In the event of heavy lake-effect snow, the meeting will be held at the same time and location on March 9. Information summaries for a host of Lake Ontario fisheries assessment programs will be posted at:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27068.html prior to the public meetings. In the event of heavy lake-effect snow, the meeting will be held at the same time and location on March 14. (For information contact Steven Lapan, Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station 315-654-2147 or by email at steven.lapan@dec.ny.gov)

15 - End of Trapping Season for Beaver in West portion of Southern Tier

15 – Deadline for removing Ice Shanties from all waters.
15 – Close of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge and Walleye
15 – Close of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County) & the Chemung River and Tributaries (Chemung County)
15 - Close of Finger Lakes Bass Season.

15 – Registration Deadline for the July 6-9 - Young Birders Event at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY. The Young Birders Event aims to bring together teenagers (students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors) with a passion for birds who are interested in pursuing a career with birds. The participants will meet people who have successful careers that involve birds in a variety of ways from ornithological researchers to tour leaders, to audio specialists and computer scientists. To apply fill out the application form and return it by 15 March. Sixteen young birders will be selected and notified in mid-April. (For additional information contact Jessie Barry at jb794@cornell.edu or go to  http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/yb2017/ )
16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass in all Finger Lakes except Cayuga, Otisco, Owasco and Skaneateles Lakes. (>6/19/16)
16 - Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on Otselic River from mouth to Whitney Point Reservoir Dam, Susquehanna River in Binghamton between Rock Bottom Dam and Exchange Street Bridge, Susquehanna River in the towns of Union and Vestal from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad bridge downstream to Murphy's Island, Tioughnioga River from New York Route 26 bridge to US Route 11 bridge, Little Choconut Creek from mouth to Goudey Station Building (Broome County), Dutch Hollow Brook from Owasco Lake upstream to the Route 38A bridge (Cayuga County), Scriba Creek from mouth upstream to Fish Hatchery Dam (Oswego County) (>5/5)

17 - Close of Canada Goose Hunting Season – Part 4 – in the South Area

17 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Finger Lakes Bucks & Beards Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquetat the Pulteney Fire House, 8891 Brown Road, Pulteney, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Steve Calderwood   eot_tradingpost@yahoo.com   607-522-7991)

17-18 - NYDU State Convention and Conservation Celebration at the Ramada Inn Lakefront, Geneva, New York (Cost: Single (full weekend) $150/Couple (full weekend) $275/Greenwing (full weekend) $85.00) (For information call Ron Golumbeck  315 - 789 - 4374 or Joe Nicosia 315 - 573 - 1939)

18 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Canisteo Valley Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquetat the K Of C, Main Streeet, Hornell, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Sean Smith   607-324-6664)

18 - Southwestern NY Friends of NRA Banquet at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca, NY (4:30 pm) (Cost: $50.00) (For information contact Thomas E. Krott  585-968-3800 or email krotts@wildblue.net)

18 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) Join Legal Heat as they lead a Concealed Carry Course. Reservations can be made at www.MyLegalHeat.com.

18 - Bluebirds Part 1 at the Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum, 443 Coleman Avenue, Elmira, NY (10:00 am) Bluebird expert Elaine Spacher gives you the scoop on why bluebirds matter, and how to attract them to your yard. Box construction, installation, monitoring, and more. (Cost: Free) (For information call 607-732-6060)

18-19 - 39th Annual Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (Breakfast 9:00 am-1:00 pm/Trail Demonstrations 10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Explore the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the CNC Pioneer Trail and also enjoy a pancake breakfast. On the trail, participants learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors. Other highlights include a 100 percent pure maple syrup tasting in the sugarhouse, and a pancake meal in the visitors center. All meals include pure maple syrup and a choice of beverage. Maple Sugaring is the CNC’s major annual fundraising event and helps maintain CNC operations. (Meal Cost: Adult - $10.00/Kids - $8.00) (For information call 585-374-6160)

19 - 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)

 

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 - little bits of happenings concerning our outdoors and you, the sportspeople who enjoy being part of that outdoors.

 

COYOTE HUNTER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT: A coyote hunter in New York has just been charged with second degree assault for what he says was an accidental shooting of another man while hunting coyotes. Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputies said Brett Blackburn, 42, and his son were on their property in the Town of Sweden hunting for coyotes around 6:30 p.m. when they saw movement in a field.

Blackburn reported to police that he saw movement in the field and shined a light in the direction of the object. He then observed what he thought was the eyes of a coyote.

“According to deputies, Blackburn fired his rifle and then heard someone yell. He assisted the victim, 32-year-old Robert Williams, who was shot in the abdomen. Blackburn’s son called 911,” WHEC.com (News10NBC) reported.

From all the reports it is believed that Blackburn and Williams had no connections nor did they know each other which leads people to believe it was an accident. Sources think that Williams was actually shed hunting and stumbled into the wrong area at the wrong time.

Williams was removed from the field by ATV by local deputies. Sustaining life threaten ting injuries, Williams was then transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment.

WHEC.com (News10NBC) reported that Williams’ sister said her brother is out of surgery and that he lost his left kidney and spleen and that he is currently in a medically induced coma. She also added doctors said he should be OK.

Brett Blackburn was charged with second degree assault as stated earlier and arraigned in Sweden Town Court. His bail was set at $1,500 cash/$5,000 bond. The preliminary hearing will take place February 24. 

(http://www.wideopenspaces.com/hunter-mistakes-man-for-coyote-charged-with-assault/?utm_source=Boomtrain&utm_medium=manual&utm_campaign=20170226&utm_source=

Boomtrain&utm_medium=manual&utm_campaign=20170226)

 

NEW FRESHWATER FISHING REGULATIONS ADOPTED: New freshwater fishing regulations go into effect April 1, 2017. The modifications to the sport fishing regulations are a result of a two-year process that included biological assessment, discussions with anglers, and a formal 45-day public comment period. DEC used public input to finalize the changes. These regulations will be published in the 2017-18 Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide that will be available at all license sales vendors and on-line in March.

Highlights of the new regulations include:

**Adjustments to existing walleye regulations in various waters throughout the state, including measures to protect spawning walleye and conservative minimum harvest size and creel limits in waters where managers are trying to establish self-sustaining populations of this popular sport fish. Regulations have also been liberalized for two waters where successful management has resulted in increased walleye abundance, Chautauqua Lake (Chautauqua County) and Franklin Falls Flow (Essex County);

**Modifications to DEC Region 7 Finger Lakes rules to increase survival of rainbow trout, brown trout, and Atlantic salmon and to create a greater balance between these species and lake trout;

**Allowing ice fishing in some waters and restricting the number or use of devices used for fishing through the ice (including, but not limited to hand line, tip-up, tip down, etc.) in other waters to protect self-sustaining populations or limit fishing pressure;

**Simplification of the black bass regulations in Lake Erie by compressing the three existing seasons into two while expanding opportunities to use live bait and harvest one large bass per day during a special season;

**Greater protection for northern pike in the St. Lawrence River due to the declining abundance of spawning adults and poor recruitment of young-of-year fish in the Thousand Islands region;

**Relaxing of special regulations for trout and Atlantic salmon for various waters in DEC Region 5 (Adirondack Region) due to poor survival; and

**Multiple updates to clarify existing regulations.

Some specifics for central/western New York are:

**An 18 inch minimum size limit and daily creel limit of 3 has been established for walleye in Waterport Reservoir (Orleans County); and additional portions of the Seneca River (Cayuga, Onondaga, Seneca and Wayne counties).

**The 18 inch minimum size limit and daily creel limit of 3 walleye has been eliminated in Chautauqua Lake (Chautauqua County).

**The number of brown trout and rainbow trout that can be kept as part of a 5 fish daily limit in Skaneateles Lake has been reduced to no more than 3 of either species.

**The allowable daily harvest of brown trout and rainbow trout has been reduced from 5 of each to 3 of each and the allowable daily harvest of lake trout has been increased from 3 to 5 as part of the 5 in any combination daily limit regulation for trout, lake trout, and landlocked salmon on Cayuga and Owasco lakes.

**The minimum size limit for rainbow trout has been increased from 9 to 15 inches on Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco Lake tributaries.

**Ice fishing is now permitted on Rushford Lake in Allegany County.

**The Lake Erie and tributaries 20 inch minimum size limit, 1 fish daily limit black bass regulation has been expanded to run December 1 through the Friday before the third Saturday in June.

**The taking of suckers by snatching (but not blind snatching) from January 1 through March 15 in specific portions of the Otselic and Tioughnioga rivers in Cortland County is now permitted.

**Spearing bullheads and suckers in all Cayuga and Oswego county tributaries to Lake Ontario is no longer permitted.

**Fishing is now prohibited at any time on Buttermilk Creek in Cattaraugus County from the mouth to Fox Valley Road Bridge.

Several changes were also made to clarify or better define existing regulations.

For a complete statewide summary of the regulations changes, visit DEC's website.

 

ECO SHOOTER PLEADS GUILTY: Alan Blanchard, 55, of Gallatin, pleaded guilty to Assault in the 2nd degree, a Class D felony, in Columbia County Court in front of Judge Jonathan Nichols today. The two ECOs were in the town of Gallatin investigating reports of deer poaching that night when Blanchard shot Davey in the pelvis. He underwent surgery at the Mid-Hudson Hospital, spent time in the Intensive Care Unit, and is now undergoing extensive rehabilitation for his injuries.

Blanchard is due back in court April 28 for sentencing. Assault in the 2nd degree carries penalties of up to seven years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

ECO Davey, 39, is a 12-year veteran of the force, having graduated from the DEC Basic Police Academy in 2005. He is currently assigned to patrol Columbia County. Officer Davey is a Division of Criminal Justice Services-Certified Police Instructor, having recently become a Certified Firearms instructor for the DEC.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Bluegills and Thin Ice - Genesee County: On Jan. 22, ECO Gary Wilson was called to assist with an ice rescue response on Oatka Creek in the village of LeRoy. A passerby had noticed two ice fishing buckets adjacent to a large hole in the ice, but saw no fishermen in the area. Although this wide section of creek is a popular ice fishing destination, safety-minded fishermen had been avoiding the spot due to a prior week of temperatures exceeding 50 degrees. The ice on this day extended out only 30 feet from the shoreline. LeRoy, Stafford, and Batavia Fire Departments responded to provide the necessary equipment and personnel. An exhaustive search was performed without any sign of the fishermen. Ultimately, police determined that two teenagers had been fishing there earlier in the day. Despite their parents discouraging them from an ice fishing expedition due to obvious poor ice conditions, the duo wanted to catch some Bluegills. After successfully catching a dozen or so, the ice gave way beneath them. They both managed to get themselves out, but were unable to retrieve all of their equipment. Wet and cold, they left the area without notifying anyone.

Body Recovery – Livingston County: On Feb. 22, three Region 8 Forest Rangers helped Livingston County Sheriffs successfully recover the bodies of two missing snowmobilers. A 40-year-old man from Lakeville and a 40-year-old man from Rochester had last been seen on Feb. 10, when they went snowmobiling on Conesus Lake late that evening. The Livingston County Sheriffs began search operations on Feb. 12, but were hampered by difficult and unsafe diving conditions. The men's helmets were recovered along the lake's shoreline. The Sheriffs resumed the search on Feb. 22, when lake conditions improved. Vessels from Livingston, Monroe, and Wayne counties equipped with side scan sonar were deployed with Forest Rangers onboard. Forest Rangers provided GPS navigation and tracking to place the vessels over points of interest as indicated by the sonar. Additional support was provided by a Livonvia Fire Department vessel. Dive teams from Livingston County and New York State Police (NYSP) were then deployed and able to recover both victims and one of the snowmobiles.

 

21ST BASIC SCHOOL FOR UNIFORMED OFFICERS IS UNDERWAY: The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) opened the 21st Basic School for Uniformed Officers, the 28-week training academy in Pulaski that will prepare the new class of recruits for careers as Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) and Forest Rangers.

The academy began Sunday, Feb. 12, with 34 ECO and 11 Ranger candidates reporting for duty. The recruits hail from 28 counties across New York State and range in age from 22 to 44 years old.

Graduation is tentatively scheduled for August 25.

Throughout the academy, which runs during the week from Sunday evenings to Friday afternoons, recruits will log 1288 hours of training. While the first few weeks focus primarily on basic police skills such as physical training, drill and ceremony, and computer skills, recruits will later delve into intensive instruction, like firearms training, swiftwater rescues, wildland fire suppression, and emergency vehicle operation.

An ECO's job duties are centered on the 71 chapters of New York State Environmental Conservation Law and can range from investigating deer poaching to conducting surveillance on a company suspected of dumping chemical waste to checking fishing licenses on a local waterway. In 2016, ECOs responded to more than 26,400 calls and issued more than 22,150 tickets.

"Since 1880, but now more than ever, the mission of the Division of Law Enforcement is vital to the protection of New York's abundant natural resources," said Division of Law Enforcement Director Joseph Schneider. "From Montauk Point to the City of Buffalo to deep in the Adirondack wilderness, ECOs are the Thin Green Line protecting New Yorkers from environmental damage and exploitation, whether enforcing clean air and water regulations, supporting fish and wildlife laws, investigating large scale environmental crimes, or ensuring solid waste management."

Forest Rangers' duties focus on the public's use of DEC-administered state lands and forests and can span from patrolling state properties to conducting search and rescue operations to fighting forest fires.

In 2016, DEC Forest Rangers conducted 356 search and rescue missions, extinguished 185 wildfires that burned a total of 4,191 acres, and worked on cases that resulted in nearly 3,000 tickets or arrests.

"Once trained, these men and women are entrusted to protect New York State's natural resources and nearly five million acres of state and public lands," said Division of Forest Protection Director Eric Lahr. "They will develop the necessary skills to enforce various state and environmental conservation laws, conduct wilderness search and rescues for lost or injured persons, and manage wildfire incidents."

ECOs and Forest Rangers are full-fledged State Police officers and are often called upon to assist in some of New York's most important police work. These officers were among the first responders on the scene to help in the aftermath of Sept. 11, they assisted in Superstorm Sandy response, and helped in the 2015 search for two escaped felons from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.

The first Forest Rangers, originally known as Fire Wardens, were put into service in 1885 when the New York State Legislature established the Forest Preserve of New York State.

ECOs originally called Game Protectors, were first appointed for service in 1880, when there were just eight.

"I want, as game protectors, men of courage, resolution and hardihood who can handle the rifle, axe and paddle; who can camp out in summer or winter; who can go on snowshoes, if necessary; who can go through the woods by day or by night without regard to trails." - New York Gov. Teddy Roosevelt, 1899

The recruits in this newest class were selected from an eligible list of qualifications and passing scores generated from the most recent Civil Service exam, which was given in 2013. To view job qualifications for ECOs, visit the Environmental Conservation Officer job description web page and for Forest Rangers, visit the Forest Ranger job description web page.

For an inside look into what it takes to be an ECO or a Forest Ranger, watch a 4-minute clip from last year's Basic School for Uniformed Officers available on YouTube.

Upon graduation, recruits will be assigned patrol areas, typically consisting of one or two counties. They will join the ranks of 286 ECOs and 132 Forest Rangers currently serving across the state.

 

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

4 - Start of Canada Goose Season - Part 4 - in the South Zone (>3/10/17)

4 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Country Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Clifton Springs Country Club, 2721 Hopewell-Townline Road, Clifton Springs, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Michael Marvin   585-738-8031

4 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Southern Tier Local Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Owego Treadway, Route 17C, Owego, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Andrew Munson   amunson@stny.rr.com   607-722-0572)

4 - 26TH Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Owego Treadway Inn, Route. 17C, Owego, NY (5:00 – 10:00 pm) Games, Silent Auction, Live Auction, Raffles, Buffet dinner. (No contact listed.)

4 - Whitetails Unlimited – Broome County Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Double Tree by Hilton, 225 Water Street, Binghamton, NY. Deadline for ticket sales – 2-25-17. (Cost: Adult - $50.00/Spouse - $30.00/Youth - $30.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Adam Hall at, 607-279-0227 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

4 - Wyoming, Genesee County Pheasants Forever Banquet at the Alexander Fire Hall, Alexander, NY. (5:30 pm) (For information call Tom Kelsey at 585-591-0609.)

4 – Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet at Burgundy Basin Inn, Pittsford. (5:00 pm) (For information call Peter Castronovo at 585-889-8599.)

4 - Sugaring at Sprague’s at Sprague’s Maple Farms, 1048 Route 305, Portville, NY (10:00 – 11:30 am) The Creation of maple syrup has been around for some 300 years and has a very interesting history. Join us for a guided tour through the maple trees and sugaring operation at Sprague’s Maple Farms and learn the art of sugaring from our local experts. Remain past the tour and sample the syrup during a delicious breakfast at the restaurant. The tour is free and open to the public but the cost of breakfast is the responsibility of each participant. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required and can be done through Pfeiffer Nature Center by 4 pm, Thursday, March 2nd, 2017. Sign up on the programs Calendar on our website at www.pfeiffernaturecenter.org or contact the office at 716-933-0187.

4 – Build A Birdhouse at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:00 pm) Learn about birdhouses and assemble a house wren nest box. (Cost: Materials fee: $7/$5 for Friends of Reinstein Woods members.) For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

4-5 - Twin Tiers Outdoor Expo at the First Arena, 155 N. Main Street, Elmira, NY (Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm/Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm) Event features many seminars and a sales area. (For information go to www.twintiersoutdoorexpo.com)

4/5 – 25/26 - Spring Season Fly Tying at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (Weekends at 1:00 pm) Head over to our Fly-Fishing department where one of our expert Outfitters will be showing how to tie the best flies to catch big trout during this spring season! We’ll go over the importance of being able to match the hatch and set you up with everything you need to tie some killer flies! You can also test your skills at tying your own flies right here in the store! The March schedule is: March 4th - Featuring the Wooly Bugger Fly, a fly that represents many species of aquatic insects/March 5th - Featuring the Prince Nymph Fly, a fly that represents many species of aquatic insects/March 11th - Featuring the Conehead Marabou Muddler Fly, a streamer fly that represents many bait fish/March 12th -  Featuring the Wire Body Stonefly Fly/March 18th - Featuring the Elk Hair Caddis Fly, a great searing dry fly when fish are active and sipping bugs off of the surface/March 19th - Featuring the Caddis Pupa Fly, a fly that represents an emerging caddis/March 25th - Featuring the Parachute Adams Fly, a great dry fly to represent many of the mayfly while still in the nymph stage/March 26th - Featuring the Bead Head Pheasant Tail Fly, A classic trout nymph representing the mayfly while still in the nymph stage of life. (For information call 716-608-4770)

7 - Annual State of Lake Ontario Public Meeting at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, NY (Niagara County). (6:30 – 9:00 pm) The meeting is co-hosted by Niagara County Cooperative Extension and the Niagara County Sportfishery Development Board.DEC, United States Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources biologists will make a number of presentations, including updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, forage fish, stocking programs, and fisheries management plans. Ample time will be provided at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters. Information summaries for a host of Lake Ontario fisheries assessment programs will be posted at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27068.html prior to the public meetings. (For information contact Steven Lapan, Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station 315-654-2147 or by email at steven.lapan@dec.ny.gov)

9 - Annual State of Lake Ontario Public Meeting at the Carlson Auditorium, in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science building (76-1125) on the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Campus, Jefferson Road, Henrietta, NY (Monroe County). (6:30 – 9:00 pm) The meeting is co-hosted by RIT and the Monroe County Fishery Advisory Board. DEC, United States Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources biologists will make a number of presentations, including updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, forage fish, stocking programs, and fisheries management plans. Ample time will be provided at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters. Information summaries for a host of Lake Ontario fisheries assessment programs will be posted at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/27068.html prior to the public meetings. (For information contact Steven Lapan, Cape Vincent Fisheries Research Station 315-654-2147 or by email at steven.lapan@dec.ny.gov)

9-12 - WNY Sport & Travel Expo at the Erie County Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY. (Thu & Fri Noon-9:00pm/Sat 10:00 am – 8:00 pm/Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm) WNY Sport & Travel Expo will be dedicated to the outdoor enthusiast. Special guests include Greg Miller from the hit show In Pursuit Bwana Jim and his Wildlife Show, Jim Beverly Retriever Training, and Clint Taylor. WNY Sport & Travel Expo will showcase excellent entertainment and seminars on hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities for all age group. There will be very large display of goods and services related to sport and travel. Interactive games will make it more entertaining for the participants. (Cost: $9.00/Children 10 and under free/Scouts in uniform free/Free Parking) (For information go to http://10times.com/wny-sport-travel)

10 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Ridge Gobbler Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Brockport Elks Club #2100, 4400 Sweden Walker Road, Brockport, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Vickie Sweet   vsweet1@rochester.rr.com   585-739-6976)

10 - Home School Nature Series:  Montezuma Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) Spring migration is underway and our marshes, ponds, fields and lakes are teeming with waterfowl.  Homeschoolers ages 5-12 will ride in the MAC van and tour the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Students will improve their bird identification skills while viewing massive flocks of Snow Geese, Tundra Swans and other birds during their long journey. (Fee: $8/student.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

11 - NYS Ice Pro-Am Series – Sodus Bay -  Open Team Event. Each event is considered a separate event, so teams (1 or 2 anglers) can fish one or more events. Those who fish all 3 team event can go for the Triple Crown Title and the coveted Triple Crown Cup Trophy. (Costs: Each Team Event: $100/team (optional $20 lunker pool); Triple Crown Trophy Title: ($100/team) Invitational BFS: $50/team (only those teams fishing the IPA Invitational can compete)Invitational: $275/team (max of 15 teams accepted on a 1st paid basis)(Optional $20 lunker pool) (Full details per event, rules & regs, etc. can be found on the Series Website at: www.NYSiceproam.com.)

11 - Catherine Creek Trout Unlimited Banquet at the Horseheads Elks Club, Horseheads, NY. (5:00 pm) (For information call Jim Palmer, 607-425-6136.)

11 - Whitetails Unlimited Western New York Deer Camp at the Carousel Banquet Facility Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, NY. The deadline ticket date is March 4, 2017. Tickets may be ordered online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com or by phone - 1-800-274-5471. (Cost $45.00/$30.00 youth.) Everyone goes home with a Deer Camp Tour 2017 Shirt! (For information contact John Hunter at 607-426-8292 or email jhunterwtu@yahoo.com.)

11 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Letchworth Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the J W Jones Hall, 54 Leicester Road (Route 36), Caledonia, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact David Fanaro   dfanaro@rochester.rr.com   585-202-6794)

11 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Cortland Limbhangers Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Cortland County Music Park, 1824 State Route 13, Cortland, NY (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Bret Eccleston   rollingridges@frontiernet.net   607-842-6260)

11 – Rochester Ducks Unlimited 79th Annual Dinner & Auction at River’s Edge Party House, 31 Paul Road, Rochester, NY. (5:00 pm) This event will feature a live and silent auction as well as other raffles throughout the evening. (Ticket cost: Single - $80/Couple - $115/Greenwing - $35) (For information call Bobbi McCaffery 585-259-2318  bmccaffery13@gmail.com)

11 - Northern Chautauqua Co. (Dunkirk) Ducks Unlimited Dinner at the Fredonia Beaver Club, 64 Prospect Street, Fredonia, New York (5:00 pm) (Cost: Single $45/Couple $70/after 3/4- $50 and $75) (For information call Ron Romance 716 - 969 – 5166)

11 - Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon & Trout Association Nautical & Fishing Tackle Sale at the Brewerton Fire House, Brewerton, NY. (9:00 am-1:00 pm) (For information call Bill Pingel at 315-515-8278.)

11 - Spring Great Outdoor Days/Turkey Classic at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (1:00 - 5:00 pm) Turkey season is right around the corner.  Stop in this weekend to check out the newest gear available as we count down the days to the opening day of turkey hunting. Jakes Calling Clinic and Contest at 11:00 am in our Hunting Department. Calling all turkeys and kids!  Whether you're new to turkey calling or you've been practicing for years, bring your skills to Cabela's and receive tips from our pros and stick around for a little friendly competition.  We will have a kids calling contest for the following age groups: 8 years and under, 9 years-12 years, 13 years -16 years. Prizes will be awarded to each age group to the top 2 callers

Seminars offered: 11:00 am in our Hunting Department. Join our expert outfitters and learn how to select the correct call as well as the proper use to make sure your upcoming hunt is a success. 

12:00 pm - Insider Tips to Catching Spring Walleye in our Fishing Department - Our expert outfitters will discuss tips and tactics, local waters, and the latest gear to try your hand at spring time walleye fishing

1:00 pm - Decoy Dominance in our Hunting Department - There is nothing more exciting than watching a trophy get drawn in with the perfect decoy setup. Learn about the latest decoys on the market and different strategies to place them in the field.  

2:00 pm - Campsite Cooking outside of the Store (weather permitting) - There are a variety of ways to cook fantastic meals at your campsite. Our Outfitters will show you the tools and share with you the tastes of some of our best products for your campsite feast. (For information call 716-608-4770)

11 - Family Nature Quest: Woodpeckers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Explore the woods on a quest to find signs and sightings of the many woodpeckers. (For information/ call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

11 – Make An Upcycled Bird Feeder at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:00 pm) Create your own bird feeder from everyday objects, and learn about common backyard birds. (Materials fee: $4; $2 for Friends of Reinstein Woods members.) For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

11-12 - Niagara Frontier - Cheektowaga Gun Show at the Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Rd.  Cheektowaga, NY ((9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 90 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (90 Tables) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  nfgshows@aol.com)

11-12 - 39th Annual Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (Breakfast 9:00 am-1:00 pm/Trail Demonstrations 10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Explore the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the CNC Pioneer Trail and also enjoy a pancake breakfast. On the trail, participants learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors. Other highlights include a 100 percent pure maple syrup tasting in the sugarhouse, and a pancake meal in the visitors center. All meals include pure maple syrup and a choice of beverage. Maple Sugaring is the CNC’s major annual fundraising event and helps maintain CNC operations. (Meal Cost: Adult - $10.00/Kids - $8.00) (For information call 585-374-6160)

12 - NYS Ice Pro-Am Series – Sodus Bay -  IPA Team Invitational. Each event is considered a separate event, so teams (1 or 2 anglers) can fish one or more events. Those who fish all 3 team event can go for the Triple Crown Title and the coveted Triple Crown Cup Trophy. (Costs: Each Team Event: $100/team (optional $20 lunker pool); Triple Crown Trophy Title: ($100/team) Invitational BFS: $50/team (only those teams fishing the IPA Invitational can compete)Invitational: $275/team (max of 15 teams accepted on a 1st paid basis)(Optional $20 lunker pool) (Full details per event, rules & regs, etc. can be found on the Series Website at: www.NYSiceproam.com.)

12 - Spring Great Outdoor Days/Turkey Classic at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (11:00 am - 3:00 pm) Turkey season is right around the corner.  Stop in this weekend to check out the newest gear available as we count down the days to the opening day of turkey hunting. Seminars offered:

11:00 am - Calling All Turkeys in our Hunting Department - Join our expert Outfitters and learn how to select the correct call as well as how to properly use that call to make your upcoming hunt a success. Lots of hands-on tips and secrets from the pros in the woods.

12:00 pm - Insider Tips to Catching Spring Walleye in our Fishing Department - Our expert outfitters will discuss tips and tactics, local waters, and the latest gear to try your hand at spring time walleye fishing.

1:00 pm - Gear Up For the Youth Turkey Hunter in our Hunting Department - New York offers special youth-only turkey hunting seasons. Join our Outfitters as they share information on this special opportunity and recommend turkey-hunting gear for your youth hunters.

2:00 pm - Campsite Cooking outside of the Store (weather permitting). There are a variety of ways to cook fantastic meals at your campsite. Our Outfitters will show you the tools and share with you the tastes of some of our best products for your campsite feast. (For information call 716-608-4770)

 

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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2 - 24 - 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.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON FISH CREEK UNIT MANAGEMENT PLAN:  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is beginning the process of developing the Unit Management Plan (UMP) for 3,464 acres of State Forest land in the Kasoag, Klondike, Orton Hollow, and Stone Hill State Forests. The lands are located in the Oswego County towns of Amboy and Williamstown. UMPs assess the natural, physical, social, and recreational resources of the landscape and provide a solid foundation for the development of long-term land management goals, objectives, and actions.

The public is invited to share ideas about plan development during the scoping period, which runs from February 15 - March 15, 2017. The public is invited and encouraged to provide feedback in a number of ways, including:

In person: Two public input sessions at Williamstown Community Center located at 2910 County Route 17, Williamstown, NY 13493, are scheduled for:
Tuesday, February 28 (snow date Tuesday, March 7) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 2 (snow date Tuesday, March 7) from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The public is encouraged to visit either session at any time during these hours. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Please provide any requests for specific accommodation in advance to DEC at (315) 298-7467. These sessions provide an opportunity for the public to meet with DEC staff and share their thoughts, concerns, and suggestions regarding the management of lands in these forests. These sessions are the first of many opportunities for the public to be involved in the planning process.

By mail: Written comments/ideas for the draft UMP development should be mailed by March 15 to:

NYS DEC
Attn: Erin Jennings, Forester and Land Manager
Division of Lands and Forests
2133 County Route 22
Altmar, NY 13302

By email: Comments and ideas can be emailed to R7.UMP@dec.ny.gov by March 15.

By Phone: Questions and comments can also be directed by phone to DEC Forester and Land Manager Erin Jennings at (315) 298-7467.

Additional information on the State Forests found on the Fish Creek Unit is available on the following web pages on DEC's website:

Kasoag State Forest

Klondike State Forest

Orton Hollow State Forest

Stone Hill State Forest

 

BILL ON REQUIRING INSURANCE FOR GUNS INTRODUCED IN ASSEMBLY: An act, A2260, has been introduced by Assemblyman Ortiz to amend the insurance law, in relation to requiring owners of firearms to obtain liability insurance. It was read once and referred to the Committee on Insurance.

Section 1. The insurance law is amended by adding a new section  2353

to read as follows:

  S  2353.  FIREARM  OWNERS  INSURANCE POLICIES. 1. ANY PERSON IN THIS

STATE WHO SHALL OWN A FIREARM SHALL, PRIOR TO SUCH OWNERSHIP, OBTAIN AND CONTINUOUSLY MAINTAIN A POLICY OF LIABILITY INSURANCE IN AN  AMOUNT  NOT LESS  THAN  TWO HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS SPECIFICALLY COVERING ANY DAMAGES RESULTING FROM ANY NEGLIGENT ACTS  INVOLVING  THE USE  OF  SUCH FIREARM  WHILE  IT  IS  OWNED  BY  SUCH PERSON. FAILURE TO MAINTAIN SUCH INSURANCE SHALL RESULT IN  THE  IMMEDIATE  REVOCATION  OF  SUCH  OWNER'S REGISTRATION, LICENSE AND ANY OTHER PRIVILEGE TO OWN SUCH FIREARM.

  2.  FOR  PURPOSES  OF THIS SECTION, A PERSON SHALL BE DEEMED TO BE THE

OWNER OF A FIREARM IF SUCH FIREARM IS LOST OR STOLEN UNTIL SUCH LOSS  OR

THEFT  IS  REPORTED TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OR SHERIFF WHICH HAS JURIS-

DICTION IN THE COUNTY,  TOWN,  CITY  OR  VILLAGE  IN  WHICH  SUCH  OWNER

RESIDES.

  3. ANY PERSON WHO OWNS A FIREARM ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS SECTION

SHALL  OBTAIN  THE INSURANCE REQUIRED BY THIS SECTION WITHIN THIRTY DAYS

OF SUCH EFFECTIVE DATE.

  4. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL NOT APPLY TO ANY PEACE OFFICER

WHO IS AUTHORIZED TO CARRY A FIREARM.

  5. THE DEPARTMENT IS HEREBY  AUTHORIZED  AND  DIRECTED  TO  PROMULGATE

RULES  AND  REGULATIONS  NECESSARY  TO  CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF THIS

SECTION.

  S 2. This act shall take effect on the ninetieth day  after  it  shall

have  become  a  law, provided, however, that effective immediately, the

addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule  or  regulation  necessary

for  the  implementation of this act on its effective date is authorized

to be made and completed on or before such date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

 

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR AND LET HIM/HER KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS.

 

LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR A479 AND S1386 NEEDED!: The 2017 Legislative Session is well underway. Crossbow Bills A479 (Gunther) and S1386 (Gallivan) were introduced in early January and currently are sitting in the Environmental Conservation Committees in both the Assembly and Senate.

Support letters have been addressed to the Governor acknowledging his support for crossbow inclusion in the 2014 budget that got the current season, and asking for his support going forward in 2017. To date we have delivered over 1500 of those letters to his office.

With the introduction of the crossbow bills A479 and S1386 we are now asking that you submit a new letter of support that will be delivered to your legislators and the bill sponsors to show the widespread support that exists for crossbow inclusion across the state. Over the last 3 weekends we have collected more than 400 of these letters at sport shows and have recently placed the letter online for you to fill out. Follow this link to submit one. Legislator Support Letter.

Submitting the letters through NYCC, allows us to sort them by legislators and keep a running total of what has been recorded and delivered. If you have not already done so, please take the time to fill one out today, and then send the link to the online letter submission page to your family, friends, and hunting companions. However, you may also contact your Senator and Assemblymember directly to express your support.

The more letters submitted, the better our chances of having these bills acted upon this legislative session.

(Provided by the New York Crossbow Coalition)

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

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

In 2016, the 286 ECOs across the state responded to 26,400 calls and issued 22,150 tickets for crimes ranging from deer poaching to corporate toxic dumping and illegal mining, black market pet trade, and excessive emissions violations.

Venison for Sale on Craigslist - Chemung County: In late January, ECOs Shea Mathis and Erik Dalecki began an investigation after finding an ad on Craigslist offering venison for sale in Elmira. ECO Mathis set up a meeting with the seller, posing as a potential buyer. The subject knew that selling venison in New York State was illegal, but said he did it because he "needed the money." When the subject was confronted with the statutes of the law, he claimed he thought only restaurants couldn't sell the meat. The subject was issued a ticket for illegally selling venison, returnable to the Town of Elmira Court.

Illegal Doe Taken Out of Season - Herkimer County: On Feb. 3, ECO Darryl Lucas and Lt. Matthew Jacoby were investigating complaints of a recent string of deer jackings in the town of Danube. A tip came in describing a white, four-door sedan poaching deer between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 am. On patrol at 4:35 a.m., the officers noticed the suspect's vehicle slowly driving down a road and a passenger shining the fields with a spotlight. As the officers pulled out of a hiding spot to follow, a shot rang out from the vehicle. The officers immediately stopped the vehicle and found it occupied by three men. The ECOs noticed fresh deer hair sticking out of the trunk. Inside was a recently killed doe deer and a shotgun, which had been hidden in the trunk via a trapdoor in the backseat. The three suspects admitted that they had shot the deer in the trunk earlier that night in the town of Frankfort. The suspects provided additional information that they had taken more deer illegally on prior dates. ECOs Steven Lakeman and Ricardo Grisolini went to the Utica residence of one of the subjects where they recovered two more deer capes from the garage. ECO Corey Schoonover and K-9 Jake were called to the scene of the two shootings to help gather further evidence. The three men were each charged with taking deer with the aid of an artificial light (deer jacking), possessing a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, spotlighting deer while possessing a firearm, and shooting from a public highway. The subjects were arraigned and are due back in Danube Town Court on Feb. 20.

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSION ON HABITAT MANAGEMENT PLANS FOR HELMER CREEK AND WEST CAMERON WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREAS: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public information session to provide information and answer questions about recently completed habitat management plans for Helmer Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in the town of Rathbone and the West Cameron WMA located in the town of Cameron, Steuben County.

The session will take place on Tuesday, February 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Valley School located at 6786 County Route 119, in Cameron Mills. An open house will take place from 6:30 - 7 p.m., followed by a formal presentation at 7 p.m.

These WMAs are currently managed to provide a diversity of wildlife habitats, including hardwood and conifer forests, early-successional grasslands and shrublands, and several small ponds. DEC will continue active management on both Helmer Creek and West Cameron WMAs to benefit wildlife abundance and diversity, promote best management practices for targeted wildlife and habitats, and provide opportunities for wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hunting and bird watching. Planned management activities include timber harvests to manipulate forest habitat diversity, mowing and prescribed burning to maintain fields, and the control of invasive plant species.

The meeting will include a presentation about the history of management on these WMAs, 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 Helmer Creek WMA can be found on DEC's website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24438.html and the habitat management plan for West Cameron WMA can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24447.html. For more information about this event please contact DEC Biologist Michael Palermo at (585) 226-5383.

 

STATEMENT ON SALMON CREEK AND CAYUGA LAKE WATER QUALITY IMPACTS:  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Tompkins County Health Department officials are responding to a manure spill that is currently impacting Salmon Creek and Cayuga Lake.

As a result of a structural issue with a satellite manure storage lagoon at Sunnyside Farm, emergency applications of manure were made to fields beginning Thursday, February 16th. Rapidly warming temperatures resulted in increased snowmelt that is now causing runoff of manure from several fields to enter Salmon Creek. A portion of the discharge has reached Cayuga Lake, but is not threatening municipal water supplies.

DEC continues to work directly with the farm owner and Tompkins County to address this issue. The county advises anyone on a beach well or using lake water in that area to avoid consumption until more information is available.

Residents that drink water from Southern Cayuga Lake Inter-municipal Water Commission (SCLIWC or Bolton Point) should not be affected. The treatment process at the Bolton Point plant should disinfect any contamination. Further protection is provided by the location of their intake - about 400 feet off shore and 60 feet deep.

Information on how to disinfect contaminated water can be found on the Tompkins County website.

State and county officials also advise avoiding direct contact with waters in Salmon Creek or on Cayuga Lake's shore near the Salmon Creek inlet.

Additional updates will be provided as they become available. For questions regarding drinking water please contact Tompkins County at 607-274-6688.

 

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

25 – 2nd Annual Sportsman’s Trade Show at the Locke Fire Department, 1050 State Route 38, Locke, NY (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) Free. (For information call Joyce Ward 315-730-9730)         

25 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Twin Tiers Local Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at The Watson Homestead, 9620 Dry Run Road, Painted Post, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Bill Spaulding   ccatering@stny.rr.com   607-962-2106)

25 - Chautauqua County Friends of NRA Banquet at the Samuel Derby Post 556 American Legion, 9 Meadow Lane, Frewsburg, NY (5:00 pm) (Cost: $35.00) (For information contact Charlie Cardinale at 716-267-7875 or email chazcardy@windstream.net)

25 - South Towns Chapter (Hamburg) 39th Annual DU Dinner at Kloc's Grove, 1245 Seneca Creek Road, West Seneca, New York (6:00 – 10:00 pm) (Cost: Single $60.00/Couple $80.00) (For information call Ron Sheldon  716 - 674 - 3075 or George Rockey  716 - 674 – 3075)

25 – Sap Seekers and Maple Munchers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Search for signs of birds, squirrels and other animals that enjoy the sweet flavor of maple on this guided walk. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 – Birding 101: Class #2 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Join us for a bird identification adventure. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - Friends of NRA Event at the Samuel Derby Post 556 American Legion, 9 Meadow Lane, Frewsburg NY. (5:00 pm) (Cost: $35.00) (For information contact Charlie Cardinale   716-267-7875     chazcardy@windstream.net)

25 - Owl Night Hike at the Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum, 443 Coleman Avenue, Elmira, NY  (8:00 – 9:00 pm) Join Laine for a night hike to call in some of our native owls. She’ll begin the evening with some basics about owl habitats, diets, and behavior, and introduce you to Lucy and Sophie, our resident non-releasable owls. Then hit the trail! Dress for the weather, wear sturdy boots, and bring your own flashlight or headlamp. (Cost: Free) (For information call 607-732-6060)

25 - Spring Season Fly Tying at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (12:00 - 1:00 pm) Head over to our Fly-Fishing department where one of our expert Outfitters will be showing how to tie the best flies to catch big trout during this spring season! We’ll go over the importance of being able to match the hatch and set you up with everything you need to tie some killer flies! You can also test your skills at tying your own flies right here in the store! (For information call 716-608-4770)

25 - Steelhead Fishing Basics at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (1:00 - 2:00 pm) There’s nothing like the squeal of a tight drag while a giant steelhead bullets through the water! Stop by our Fishing department where one of our Outfitters will show you the ropes of how to increase your odds of landing a steelhead. From float fishing to jigging, we know all the techniques and gear necessary to turn you into a successful steelhead angler! (For information call 716-608-4770)

25 - Safety on the Water at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (2:00 - 3:00 pm) It’s always a fun time to hit the boat and spend the day on the water! What’s not so fun is running into a dangerous situation while away from shore. It’s time to get prepared and be ready for anything that might try and ruin your perfect day. Head over to our Marine department where we’ll show you everything you’ll need to be more than ready for your next outing! (For information call 716-608-4770)

25-26 - Niagara Frontier – Medina Gun Show at the Ridgeway V.F.D., 11392 Ridge Road  (Route 104, Medina, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 65 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  nfgshows@aol.com)

28 - End of Hunting Seasons for Squirrels, Grouse, Cottontail Rabbits, Pheasant (in the Southern Tier Portion of Western New York) & Varying Hare (Snowshoe Rabbit) (in Central and Eastern New York)

MARCH 2017

1 – Start of Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on North McMillan Creek and Conesus Inlet WMA from Conesus Lake South to the Dam (Livingston County) except the canal west of the inlet and that portion of the north of the canal. (>5/5)

1 - National Wild Turkey Federation – The Forest Kings Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at Sean Patrick's "Emerald Isle", 3480 Millersport Hwy, Amherst, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Sam Troup  716-631