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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

 

9 - 21 – 18

 

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

 

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

 

NATIONAL HUNTING & FISHING DAY EVENTS:

22 - Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs 47th Annual NHF Day Celebration at the Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Open to everyone of all ages. Come join the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs in celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration. Learn from the local experts on how to hunt, fish, trap, shoot, and much more. Free event, rain or shine! (For information contact Rich Davenport 716-510-7952 rich@weloveoutdoors.org or go to www.eriectyfsc.org/events.htm)

22 - 22st Annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House and Family Day at The Salmon River Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY (Oswego County). (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m) Admission is free. Tours of the facility will be given throughout the day, providing attendees with behind-the-scenes access to the inner workings of the hatchery. In addition, the fish ladder will be on display, offering the opportunity to view salmon as they migrate. Children will have the opportunity to learn to cast a fishing rod, tie flies, participate in a laser shooting range, observe the aquatic life of Beaverdam Brook, and learn about rare and threatened fish species in New York State. (For information contact Fran Verdoliva, NYSDEC Salmon River Coordinator, at 315-298-7605.) 

22-23 - 33th Annual Wildlife Festival in Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at the New York Power Authority’s Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road (adjacent to Niagara University), Lewiston, NY (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) Catch a fish at the Niagara River Anglers fishing pond or shoot pellet guns at the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Club’s shooting trailer. A variety of conservation exhibitors will also be on hand, including NYS Department of Environmental Conservation divisions, NYS Parks Interpretive Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, plus clubs to include sportsmen, trappers, and boy and girl scouts to name a few. Loads of fun for the whole family! Kids fishing contest for youngsters age 15 and under in the public waters of Niagara County. Two ages classes. Weigh in will be at the Wildlife Festival between noon and 2 p.m. both days. Awards on Sunday at 3 p.m. Largest fish caught out of the NYPA reservoir and from the NYPA fishing platform will also receive a prize. (For information call 866-697-2386 or visit their website at www.nypa.gov.)

22-23 - Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Route 321, Elbridge, NY. (11:00 am - 5:00 pm) Created as a tribute to National Hunting and Fishing Day, this annual festival is a terrific opportunity for all ages to try their hand at a variety of outdoor pursuits, including skeet shooting, waterfowl identification, axe/knife throwing, turkey calling, archery, 3-D laser big game hunting, crossbow, BB gun, fly fishing, jig tying, canoeing, muzzle loading, Conservation Officers, Forest Rangers and Smokey Bear, woodsmen demonstrations, local wildlife artists and authors and trout fishing. Activities subject to change. (Cost: $5.00 per vehicle) (For information call 315-689-9367 or contact Tom Merrill at 315-247-5141 or email president@federationofsportsmen.com) 

 

STATE OF THE FISHERIES OF SENECA LAKE MEETING: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced that DEC's Region 8 Fisheries Management Unit will present recent sampling results and summarize management efforts on Seneca Lake at a public meeting on October 2.

"This public forum on the state of Seneca Lake fisheries provides an opportunity for DEC fisheries scientists to share their knowledge about fishery resources with the public," DEC Region 8 Director Paul D'Amato said. "New York provides excellent opportunities for interested anglers to interact with the managers studying these fisheries. Our staff is committed to sound management of the Finger Lakes' fisheries and strives to maintain high-quality angling opportunities and associated economic benefits."

The Finger Lakes and their tributaries support thriving populations of fish, including a variety of trout and salmon, bass, walleye, yellow perch, panfish, and esocids. Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes, comprises more than 43,300 acres. A 2007 statewide angler survey estimated 178,340 angler days were spent on Seneca Lake making it the 8th most fished water in the State. The estimated value of these fisheries exceeded $5.9 million to the local economy.

The meeting, hosted by Hobart and William Smith Colleges, will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. in the Vandervort Room, Scandling Campus Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY (Ontario County). Ample parking is available. For directions and a campus map, visit the Hobart and William Smith Colleges website (link leaves DEC webpage).

DEC biologists will provide updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, warmwater fish, fishing regulations, water quality and DEC's Angler Diary Program. There will be time allotted at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Waterfowl and Alligator Mounts for Sale - Niagara County: On Aug. 26, ECOs Kevin Holzle and George Scheer met with an individual offering a redhead duck, a wood duck, and alligator mounts for sale on Craigslist in the town of North Tonawanda. The meeting was set up with assistance from Investigator Ed Piwko. After discussing prices and the history of the mounts, the ECOs, dressed in plain clothes, asked the suspect to bring the mounts to a meeting spot. When Holzle and Scheer identified themselves as conservation officers, the suspect was apologetic and claimed to be unaware of regulations prohibiting the sale of certain wildlife mounts. The seller was issued a Notice of Violation, allowing the case to be handled administratively rather than in criminal court. The mounts were seized as evidence.

The Great New York State Fair - Onondaga County: Region 7 ECOs worked dozens of shifts at this year's Great New York State Fair, manning the Division of Law Enforcement's Aquarium Building display, information booth and NY Exposition Center. ECOs fielded thousands of questions from fair visitors and spoke to many regarding careers as ECOs. This year's display focused on a conversation officer's role in both pollution prevention and wildlife protection. The ECOs and their display, created by Lt. Dave McShane, were well-received by the public. Several daily attendance records were set at the State Fair, as well as the overall attendance record of close to 1.3 million fairgoers.

DNA Results Link Suspect to Illegally Killed 10-Point Buck - Erie County: On Aug. 30, a defendant pleaded guilty to the Illegal taking of deer in a closed area and entered into a civil agreement paying fines totaling $1,502.50 after a nine-month long investigation. On opening day of big game season on Nov. 18, 2017, a witness observed someone cutting up a deer in the woods in the town of Tonawanda - an area closed for big game hunting. This information was shared with DEC law enforcement officials a few days later, and ECOs Tim Machnica and Michael Wozniak responded to the scene to gather physical evidence. The suspect was not from the area, and ECO Machnica reached out to ECO Jerry Kinney for assistance. The officers located the suspect's 10-point buck at a taxidermist shop and seized it for DNA comparison. After months of waiting for the results, the DNA data revealed a link to the suspect's deer. The suspect was issued multiple tickets for the illegal take, possession, and transport of deer, along with failing to properly tag and report the deer harvest.

 

DEC'S WESTERN NEW YORK ECO 2018 AWARDS:

Samuel S. Taylor Award: This award is in memory of the first New York State Game Protector killed in the line of duty. It is presented to those who, by conspicuous acts of valor, courage,

integrity, resourcefulness and bravery in the protection of our natural resources and public safety, have clearly set themselves apart in the performance of their duties. This award should be recognized by all Members of the Division as the highest fulfillment of the position of a Division Member.

Division Of Law Enforcement Lifesaving Award: This award is presented to those whose extraordinary actions saved, or attempted to save, the life of another person.

Fred P. Drew Award: This award is in memory of the first Chief of Law Enforcement. It is presented to those who display special and outstanding levels of achievement in the performance of their duties. Award categories include completion of noteworthy projects,

outstanding enforcement efforts which reflect positively on the Division, and innovative ideas that have increased the productivity and efficiency of the Division.

Major’s and Captain’s Commendations: These awards are presented at regional staff meetings throughout the year for meritorious performance of assigned duties. This shall include, but not be limited to, Central Office and regional assignments, investigations or community relations which reflect positively on the Division.

Special Service Award: This award is presented to those outside the Division who have, by their actions, enhanced the ability of the Division to perform its mission. 

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Taylor Award - Eco Jt Rich, Eco Spencer Noyes

Lifesaving Award - Eco Jt Rich

Major’s Commendation - Eco Spencer Noyes

On July 11, 2018, while conducting marine patrol during a large boating event on Sodus Bay,

ECO JT Rich employed hemostatic gauze to control bleeding for a victim who was stabbed

in the carotid artery with a broken bottle. Had the officer not provided this advanced first

aid, the victim would have succumbed to his wounds prior to the ambulance arriving. After

turning the victim over to local emergency medical responders, ECO Rich, along with ECO

Spencer Noyes, located the stabbing suspect and took him into custody after a struggle in

chest-deep water.

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Lifesaving Award – Eco Fay Fuerch

On July 7, 2017, ECO Fay Fuerch responded to a 911 call for an unresponsive elderly woman

in the village of LeRoy. Upon arriving at the scene, the ECO found the woman slumped over

in the seat of her car. After removing the woman from the car, ECO Fuerch performed CPR

and employed an Automated External Defibrillator. The woman was transported to a local

hospital where she made a full recovery.

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Lifesaving Award – Eco Chris Ward

On July 8, 2018, ECO Ward responded with other agencies to a 911 call of two people

stranded in the Genesee River in the town of Geneseo. Working with a Livingston County

Deputy Sheriff, ECO Ward located the subjects clinging to a tree in the rushing water on the

opposite bank of the river, a significant distance from other responders. ECO Ward entered

the water, swam to the victims with a rescue rope and, with the assistance of the Deputy on

shore, rescued the father and daughter.

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Lifesaving Award – Eco David Thomas

On April 28, 2017, ECO David Thomas responded to a report of an unconscious female who

was not breathing and believed to be a possible heroin overdose victim in the town of West

Monroe, Oswego County. With the assistance of responding EMTs, ECO Thomas deployed

his overdose rescue kit and administered Narcan to the victim. The victim, after beginning to

breath and regain consciousness, was transported to a Syracuse hospital for further treatment

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Fred P. Drew Award – Eco Darci Dougherty

Special Service Award - Terri Mucha, Dec Region 9 Assistant Regional Attorney

ECO Darci Dougherty is recognized with the Fred P. Drew Award for her efforts in the

closure of two significant, long-standing wild animal cases. The first case involved the

execution of a multi-agency search warrant and seizure of 19 exotic and dangerous animals

at the JNK Animal Sanctuary in Sinclairville NY. This was the most prolific large-animal

seizure in New York State history. The second case involved execution of a search warrant

leading to the seizure of a black bear, cougar and serval. Assistant Regional Attorney

Terry Mucha secured over $35,000 in funding through the International Federation of

Animal Welfare and, with the assistance of ECO Dougherty, ensured the safe transport and

placement of the seized animals.

 

CREDIT CARD CAUTION: The latest company to restrict your right to purchase firearms is the Bank of America. Bank of America is the bank that teamed up with Bass Pro Shops in the past and was the credit card company Bass Pro Shop’s used for their customers. Bank of America recently asked Bass Pro Shop’s to stop selling all firearms to all customers. That’s right Bank of America now wants to tell you how to live your life. That’s why Bank of America has changed their Bass Pro credit card policy starting on October 5, 2018.  Be aware that Bank of America still wants you as a customer and they will send you one of their Bass Pro Bank of America credit cards. Do not validate this new card. 

Bass Pro Shops by the way told Bank of America to go pound salt. Bass Pro will continue to sell guns. Bass Pro Shops has now partnered with Capital One to supply customers with their new credit card.

If you currently have a Bass Pro card here’s what you should do.

Go to a Bass Pro store near you, Auburn is the closest. By the boat sales department in the Auburn store you will see a counter that states, “Join the Club” This is where you sign up for your new Bass Pro Shops credit card with Capital One.. They have the ability to issue a new card when you apply. You will get a $25 dollar certificate to use the day you sign up, plus a free hat.  

Do not cancel your old Bank of America Bass Pro credit card, put it in your safe and never use it again. If you receive a new Bass Pro Shops card from Bank of America do not activate it, put it in your safe and never use it. Use only your Capital One Bass Pro Shops master card.  

Cabela’s which was recently purchased by Bass Pro is not effected by this. Cabela’s deals with Capital One.

 

CANADA GEESE BANDING EFFORT: Every year, DEC bands approximately 8,000 migratory game birds including Canada geese, ducks and brant. Staff change banding locations every year to capture and mark a representative sample of geese from across the state.

Staff banded 3,500 Canada geese between mid-June to mid-July. This is when geese molt their flight feathers and are unable to fly It is an ideal time to capture and band them because they can easily be rounded up into temporary pens. Once captured, staff and volunteers take biological data (i.e., age, sex, and species), attach a uniquely numbered aluminum band, and then release them as quickly as possible.

Canada geese, as well as other birds, are banded to track their movements, survival, productivity, migration patterns, dispersal, and for special research projects. If you encounter a band, report it. (report their observation) The data from these encounters are vital to setting appropriate hunting regulations each year.

 

TEMPORARY LIMITS ON ACCESS TO SELECT ADIRONDACK AREAS: Three infrastructure improvement projects in the Adirondacks will temporarily limit access to the Boreas Ponds Tract, Lower Saranac Lake, and Middle Saranac Lake,

Boreas Ponds Tract: Gulf Brook Road, the main access to the Boreas Ponds Tract, is closed during the week beginning Wednesday, Sept. 12, while DEC completes ditching and repair work on the portion of the road between the Fly Pond Gate and the Four Corners. Due to the operation of heavy equipment at the work site and the frequent trips by dump trucks hauling in road material, the road will be closed for public safety reasons. The road will be open to public motor vehicle access each weekend from 5 p.m. Friday through sundown on Sunday.

DEC will be closing Gulf Brook Road often during the week in the next couple of months as it completes road work, constructs parking lots, and undertakes other access projects identified in the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest Unit Management Plan. Current status of the Gulf Brook Road will be posted on the DEC's Backcountry Information for the High Peaks Region.

Lower Saranac Lake: Beginning Sept. 12, New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) contractors will be conducting maintenance washing of the bridge on State Route 3 over the waterway between First Pond and Second Pond on the Saranac River. The bridge has previously been cleaned to remove solid materials. Inert wash water of similar temperature as the water in the waterway will be raining down from the bridge during these activities. The bridge is adjacent to DEC's Second Pond Boat Launch and the water provides boaters access to Lower Saranac Lake from the boat launch. The operation is expected to last three to five days. The contractor will be using geotextiles to protect the waterway and will avoid operations during heavy boat traffic.

Middle Saranac Lake: DEC will close the Upper Locks on the Saranac Chain of Lakes on Sept. 19-20 to undertake repairs. The Upper Locks are located on the section of the Saranac River between Middle Saranac Lake and Lower Saranac Lake. Middle Saranac Lake will be inaccessible by boat during the two-day closure DEC will ensure that boaters and campers are off the lake before the closure takes place. Once completed, these projects will ensure safe and convenient access to the lands and waters of the Adirondacks. DEC will announce the completion of the projects and reopening of access on the respective Adirondack Backcountry Information web pages.

 

THIS WEEK’S EVENTS: (For complete future listings go to the Calendar Page - http://www.huntfishnyoutdoors.com/events.php)
SEPTEMBER 2018

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

21 - Ducks Unlimited – Webster-Penfield Chapter’s Sportsman’s Night Out at the Outlet Gun Club, Penfield, NY. (5:30 pm) Waterfowl conservation is facing important challenges as wetlands and other habitats are being degraded and destroyed across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has a vision to reverse this trend. (Cost: $50) (For information call Gabe Speranza 585-313-1643 or email gsperanza@rochester.rr.com)

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

22 - National Hunting & Fishing Day

22 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

22 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Oneida Lake at Oneida Shores Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $85.00 boat for Members/$105.00 boat for Non-Members)(For information call Jonathan Bechy 607-761-3037):

22 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Open Bass Tournament – Fair Haven Bay at the State Launch at the Park. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

22 - Chemung County Coon Hunters Association Inc Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Rumsey Hill Road, Van Etten, NY. (2:00pm – Coonhound Event Water Race – $15.00/4:00pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial - $15.00/6:00pm – Coonhound Bench Show – $15.00/8:00pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Larry Morley 607-387-9803  moc.oohay@owthsreh)

22 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Enchanted Mountain Chapter Dinner at the Bartlett Country Club, 32 Euclid Avenue, Olean, 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 Randy Opferbeck  (716) 373-3322  gobbler648@verizon.net )

22 - Finger Lakes Open Bass Tournament – Honeoye Lake. (For information contact Tucker Kautz  607-426-9978 or email Kautzt86@yahoo.com)  

22 - 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)

22 - Niagara County HHW Event at the Lockport Town Hall,  6560 Dysinger Road, Lockport, NY. (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Mandatory Pre-Registration begins August 23, 2018. Specialty Items will be accepted at the event for a recycling fee. Specialty items include: propane tanks $5.00 each and fire extinguishers $10.00 each. No charge Acceptable Materials: Acids & Bases, Aerosols, Antifreeze, Cleaners, Driveway Sealer, Fluorescent Bulbs, Gasoline, Glues, Herbicides, Kerosene, Latex Paint 2/3 Can or More *Consolidate, Oil-Based Paint, Paint Thinner, Pesticides, Photo Chemicals, Pool Chemicals, Solvents, Thermometers, Thermostats, Wood Polishes, Wood Stains. (If there are any questions regarding acceptable material, please contact Hazman directly at 716-998-8073.)

22 - Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs 47th Annual NHF Day Celebration at the Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Open to everyone of all ages. Come join the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs in celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration. Learn from the local experts on how to hunt, fish, trap, shoot, and much more. Free event, rain or shine! (For information contact Rich Davenport 716-510-7952 rich@weloveoutdoors.org or go to www.eriectyfsc.org/events.htm)

22 - 22st Annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House and Family Day at The Salmon River Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY (Oswego County). (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m) Admission is free. Tours of the facility will be given throughout the day, providing attendees with behind-the-scenes access to the inner workings of the hatchery. In addition, the fish ladder will be on display, offering the opportunity to view salmon as they migrate. Children will have the opportunity to learn to cast a fishing rod, tie flies, participate in a laser shooting range, observe the aquatic life of Beaverdam Brook, and learn about rare and threatened fish species in New York State. (For information contact Fran Verdoliva, NYSDEC Salmon River Coordinator, at 315-298-7605.) 

22-23 - 33th Annual Wildlife Festival in Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at the New York Power Authority’s Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road (adjacent to Niagara University), Lewiston, NY (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) Catch a fish at the Niagara River Anglers fishing pond or shoot pellet guns at the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Club’s shooting trailer. A variety of conservation exhibitors will also be on hand, including NYS Department of Environmental Conservation divisions, NYS Parks Interpretive Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, plus clubs to include sportsmen, trappers, and boy and girl scouts to name a few. Loads of fun for the whole family! Kids fishing contest for youngsters age 15 and under in the public waters of Niagara County. Two ages classes. Weigh in will be at the Wildlife Festival between noon and 2 p.m. both days. Awards on Sunday at 3 p.m. Largest fish caught out of the NYPA reservoir and from the NYPA fishing platform will also receive a prize. (For information call 866-697-2386 or visit their website at www.nypa.gov.)

22-23 - Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Route 321, Elbridge, NY. (11:00 am - 5:00 pm) Created as a tribute to National Hunting and Fishing Day, this annual festival is a terrific opportunity for all ages to try their hand at a variety of outdoor pursuits, including skeet shooting, waterfowl identification, axe/knife throwing, turkey calling, archery, 3-D laser big game hunting, crossbow, BB gun, fly fishing, jig tying, canoeing, muzzle loading, Conservation Officers, Forest Rangers and Smokey Bear, woodsmen demonstrations, local wildlife artists and authors and trout fishing. Activities subject to change. (Cost: $5.00 per vehicle) (For information call 315-689-9367 or contact Tom Merrill at 315-247-5141 or email president@federationofsportsmen.com) 

22-23 - Niagara Frontier - Hamburg Gun Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, Event Building, 5820 S Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 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 Bruce Johnston at 716-542-9929 or email  nfgshows@aol.com)

23 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Owasco Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)

25 - End of Canada Goose Seasons in the West Central and South Zones of Western New York

27 – Owl Show at the Seneca Meadows Education Center, 1977 State Route 414, Seneca Falls, NY. (6:30 – 7:30 pm) Come meet Herbie the Great Horned Owl, Orin the Screech Owl, Mystical the Barred Owl and their much misunderstood friend, Vinnie the Turkey Vulture! These friends are a hoot! (Cost: $3 per person OR $10 per family) (For information call 315-539-5624)

27 – Ducks Unlimited - Syracuse Chapter Annual Dinner at the Doubletree Hotel, Carrier Circle,  Syracuse, NY (5:30 – 10:00 pm) Registration deadline 9/26. (Cost: $70.00) (For information/registration call Steve Swift – 315 - 727 – 8896, Glynn Matthews – 315 - 350 – 4182 or Pete Georgiana – 315 - 685 – 3665)

28 - Grape Country Coonhunters Association Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Williams Hill Road, Branchport, NY (6:30 pm – Coon Hound Bench Show - $12.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Josh Wood at 315-729-4773)

28 – Whitetails Unlimited – Tioga County Chapter Hunters Night Out at the VFW Post 1371, 207 Main Street, Owego, NY. Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. (Cost: $50.00/Spouse or child $30.00) (For information go to https://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/owego-ny-tioga-county-chapter-hunters-night-out/)

29 - Intro to Powerboating at the Fleet Boat Club, 1384 Empire Blvd., Rochester, NY (9:00 am, 9:30 am, 1:00 pm and 1:30 pm) Want to learn the basics of powerboating or brush up on your skills? Students will learn engine shifting and throttle control, steering, stopping and station holding, understand the “weathervane” effect and how to use “the boater’s eye” technique to safely navigate. The course is three hours long, taught aboard 20- to 26-foot single-engine powerboats, and priced at $149. Class size is limited to four students per vessel, ensuring each student gets sufficient time at the helm under the watchful eye of a U.S. Coast Guard-certified instructor. (For information go to www.BoatUS.org/On-Water)

29 – Whitetails Unlimited - Finger Lakes American Freedom Dinner at the American Legion Hall, 71 Old Ithaca Road , Horseheads, NY (Registration deadline 9/27) (Cost: $50.00) (For information/register contact Ed Baker at 607-731-7163, Allen at 607-857-3047, or Mike at 607-738-5547)

29 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Salmon River Strutters Jakes Hunt at the Spring Brook Farms, County Route 54, Penneville, NY. (For more information contact William Wilbur 315-440-4351 wwilbur551@hotmail.com) 

29 - Southern Tier Bassmasters Silver Lake Open Derby at the State Park Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) The entry fee for OPEN team tournaments is $85/boat. (For information call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

29 - Grape Country Coonhunters Association Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Williams Hill Road, Branchport, NY (6:30 pm – Coon Hound Bench Show - $12.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Josh Wood at 315-729-4773)

29 - National Hunting & Fishing Day - Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma New York (For information call Rich Davenport 716-510-7952)

29 - Mushroom Hunting at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Basom, NY (10:30 am – 12:30 pm) Meet the at the Kanyoo Trail. Free. (Pre-registration required.) (For information/register  call 585-948-5445.)

29 - Poisonous Plants In Your Own Backyard at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Some of the plants that grow in our yards can be toxic if you eat the wrong part or prepare them the wrong way. Learn about these common plants and their chemical defenses, as well as some poisonous plants and animals in Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 12 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

29 - 4th Annual Savannah Arts Festival at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) Fine artists, photographers, sculptors, crafters, quilters, jewelers, wood workers, and other talented people will show and sell their handcrafted creations at this fun, family event. The festival will also feature great food, live music, fine art contests, photography contests, art workshops, sidewalk chalk art, Lego building, the Trashin’ Fashion Runway Show, prizes, and more! (Admission: $5/person, $10/family.) (For more information or to sign up as a performer, call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org )

29-30 - American Bass Association (ABA) 2018 Championship Tournament at Mayville Lakeside Park boat access on Chautauqua Lake. Additional details in planning.

30 - End of Bow Fishing for Carp Season

30 - Close of Fishing Season on Lake Ontario, the Lower Niagara River and Tributaries for Lake Trout

30 – Close of Frog & Snapping Turtle Seasons

30 - Fix It 4U Trail Bass Tournament – Conesus Lake (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Evan Perry 570-662-1247 or go to http://www.fixit4utrail.com/)

30 - CVBM Canandaigua Lake Tournament at Woodville Launch (7:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

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

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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.

 

SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

 

NATIONAL HUNTING & FISHING DAY EVENTS:

22 - Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs 47th Annual NHF Day Celebration at the Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Open to everyone of all ages. Come join the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs in celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration. Learn from the local experts on how to hunt, fish, trap, shoot, and much more. Free event, rain or shine! (For information contact Rich Davenport 716-510-7952 rich@weloveoutdoors.org or go to www.eriectyfsc.org/events.htm)

22 - 22st Annual Salmon River Hatchery Open House and Family Day at The Salmon River Hatchery, 2133 County Route 22, Altmar, NY (Oswego County). (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m) Admission is free. Tours of the facility will be given throughout the day, providing attendees with behind-the-scenes access to the inner workings of the hatchery. In addition, the fish ladder will be on display, offering the opportunity to view salmon as they migrate. Children will have the opportunity to learn to cast a fishing rod, tie flies, participate in a laser shooting range, observe the aquatic life of Beaverdam Brook, and learn about rare and threatened fish species in New York State. (For information contact Fran Verdoliva, NYSDEC Salmon River Coordinator, at 315-298-7605.) 

22-23 - 33th Annual Wildlife Festival in Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at the New York Power Authority’s Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road (adjacent to Niagara University), Lewiston, NY (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) Catch a fish at the Niagara River Anglers fishing pond or shoot pellet guns at the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Club’s shooting trailer. A variety of conservation exhibitors will also be on hand, including NYS Department of Environmental Conservation divisions, NYS Parks Interpretive Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, plus clubs to include sportsmen, trappers, and boy and girl scouts to name a few. Loads of fun for the whole family! Kids fishing contest for youngsters age 15 and under in the public waters of Niagara County. Two ages classes. Weigh in will be at the Wildlife Festival between noon and 2 p.m. both days. Awards on Sunday at 3 p.m. Largest fish caught out of the NYPA reservoir and from the NYPA fishing platform will also receive a prize. (For information call 866-697-2386 or visit their website at www.nypa.gov.)

22-23 - Honeywell Sportsmen’s Days at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Route 321, Elbridge, NY. (11:00 am - 5:00 pm) Created as a tribute to National Hunting and Fishing Day, this annual festival is a terrific opportunity for all ages to try their hand at a variety of outdoor pursuits, including skeet shooting, waterfowl identification, axe/knife throwing, turkey calling, archery, 3-D laser big game hunting, crossbow, BB gun, fly fishing, jig tying, canoeing, muzzle loading, Conservation Officers, Forest Rangers and Smokey Bear, woodsmen demonstrations, local wildlife artists and authors and trout fishing. Activities subject to change. (Cost: $5.00 per vehicle) (For information call 315-689-9367 or contact Tom Merrill at 315-247-5141 or email president@federationofsportsmen.com) 

 

REMINDER – DEER MANAGEMENT PERMITS: This fall, DEC is increasing the statewide allocation of Deer Management Permits (DMPs) for antlerless harvest by about eight percent over what was issued last year. See DMP Availability and Probability of Selection to review  target allocations of DMPs for each Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) and to anticipate your odds of being selected for a tag.

There's no need to rush out to be first in line for a DMP, though.  Your chances of obtaining a DMP remain the same throughout the entire application period. Just be sure to apply for a DMP before the October 1 deadline. For questions, contact the DMP Hotline (1-866-472-4332) or read about the DMP application process

 

NEW STATE  RECORD LONGNOSE GAR:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced that a new state record fish - the third this year - was caught in August, breaking a longstanding record for longnose gar. Michael Gatus, of Hoosick Falls, caught a 14 lb., 10 oz., longnose gar from Lake Champlain in Washington County on Aug. 18 using chunk bait. The catch broke the 1999 New York State record by more than 1½ pounds. Gatus was actually fishing for channel catfish in Lake Champlain's South Bay in Whitehall when he bested the state record.

Evolutionarily speaking, longnose gar are considered living dinosaurs. Their long, needle-like snout is filled with rows of teeth, making them unmistakable from any other fish species. Longnose gar are commonly found in shallow weedy areas and are often found swimming near the water's surface. In New York, longnose gar are found primarily in the St. Lawrence River, Niagara River, Lake Champlain, eastern Lake Ontario, and the larger tributaries to these waters.

Gatus submitted details of his winning catch to DEC's Angler Achievement Awards Program, which tracks state record fish. Through this program, anglers can enter freshwater fish that meet specific qualifying criteria and receive official recognition of their catch and a distinctive lapel pin commemorating the achievement. Three categories make up the program: Catch & Release, Annual Award, and State Record.

Photos of the record fish can be found on the New York State Freshwater Fishing Records page of DEC's website.

Gatus' gar joins William Wightman's 4 lb., 1 oz. black crappie caught from Lake Flavia, Cattaraugus County, on May 6 and Brian Hartman's 18 lb., 2 oz. walleye caught from the St. Lawrence River on May 5 as new state records set this year.

For more information about the Angler Achievement Awards Program, including a downloadable application form, go to DEC's website. Program details and an official entry form can also be found in DEC's current Freshwater Fishing Regulations Guide (PDF, 8 MB).

For additional information on the Angler Achievement Awards Program, call (518) 402-8891 or email fwfish@dec.ny.gov.

 

4 SIMPLE STEPS TO PREP YOUR INFLATABLE LIFE JACKET FOR THE FALL BOATING SEASON FROM BOATUS FOUNDATION: The autumn boating season has arrived, and with it comes cooler water temperatures. A fall overboard can get serious quickly, and wearing a life jacket could give you extra time to survive.

While many boaters have traditional floatation-filled life jackets, an increasing number have switched to more modern inflatable life jackets, which require a little preparation each year. If you haven’t inspected your inflatable life jacket and it’s gone through a summer’s worth of hard boating, now is a good time to take a close look at it.

Here’s a quick four-step prep for your inflatable life jacket from the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water:

>Open it up and look. Gently open the life jacket, usually by pulling apart any hook-and-loop tape covers or flaps and then unfolding. Pay close attention because repacking it is essentially the reverse of this process. Inside you will find a thin-walled bladder, which is what keeps your head above water when inflated, so take your time looking for any tears or abrasions. Are the waist strap and all buckles in working condition?

>Remove the cartridge. Unscrew the CO2 cartridge and ensure it hasn’t been discharged, sometimes indicated by a small puncture in the center of the threaded end. Some inflators will have a green ready-to-go indicator. Check the cartridge and inflation mechanism for corrosion. Some inflator mechanisms have a little “pill” or “bobbin” that dissolves in water allowing for automatic inflation. It should be in good shape. If not, purchase a rearming kit.

>Test for leaks. Using your mouth, blow up the life jacket using the manual-inflation tube found on the upper left front of the life jacket. This tube may also be used as a back up to fill the jacket with air in an emergency, so familiarize yourself with how it works. Leave the fully inflated life jacket alone for 24 hours to test for leaks.

>Repack. If, after the time is up and the life jacket still holds air, deflate it and repack according to the instructions, which usually can be found on an inside flap. Now you’re ready for fall boating season!

For more information on the care of life jackets, go to BoatUS.org/Life-Jackets/Care. To find which life jacket is right for you, check out a video here: https://youtu.be/iPdZVQ48fuE.

 

SPORTSMEN AND WOMEN CONTRIBUTE OVER $93 BILLION TO FUEL THE NATION'S ECONOMY:  With countless places to roam and enjoy the great outdoors, Americans are taking advantage of these opportunities, and as they go, spending significant dollars. New economic reports by Southwick Associates reveals more than 53 million Americans consider themselves sportsmen and women, spending more than $93.5 billion in 2016 on gear, licenses, travel, clothing, gas and more.

In a series of reports released today by the American Sportfishing Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation (CSF), expenditures made for hunting, target shooting and sportfishing gear and services in 2016 supported 1.6 million jobs and provided $72 billion in salaries and wages. These monies also generated nearly $20 billion in local, state and federal taxes, much of which benefits vital conservation and educational programs that improve our outdoor areas for all who enjoy them and make hunting and shooting safer activities.

"Hunting, angling, and the shooting sports continue to be a critical and significant contributor to the nation's economy, and to the conservation of our nation's natural resources through the American System of Conservation Funding," said CSF President Jeff Crane. "CSF looks forward to continuing to work with our partners and policy-makers to enhance our outdoor sporting traditions through federal and state policies."

"If hunting, fishing and target shooting were a corporation, it would rank #25 on the Fortune 500, ahead of Microsoft," says Rob Southwick, President of Southwick Associates. "While time spent outside may come across as something to do after the real work day is done, in reality hunting, fishing and target shooting is a critical industry, generating jobs and income for thousands of communities across the country."

Key highlights of the reports include:

>Each year, 35.8 million people 16 years and older take to America's waters to fish.

>More than 28 million people over 16 years old took to our nation's public and private lands and waters and gun ranges to hunt and target shoot in 2016.

>The number of people who participate in sportfishing, hunting and target shooting represents 16.5 percent of the total U.S. population.

>When factoring in multiplier effects, spending by sportsmen created economic activity in excess of $220 billion.

>Hunting, fishing and shooting adds $119 billion of overall value to our nation's gross domestic product and generates $17.6 billion in federal taxes and $12.2 billion in state and local taxes.

The 2018 edition of the America's Sporting Heritage: Fueling the American Economy report is sponsored by American Outdoor Brands Corporation; Pure Fishing, Inc.; and Safari Club International.

(http://www.outfitterwire.com/releases/d3e8fb4a-9b55-46f2-a9f5-fcb92ead1621)

 

STURGEON RELEASE INTO WESTERN LAKE ERIE: On Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10 a.m – 2 p.m., the Toledo Zoo and its partner organizations will hold the first lake sturgeon release into the Maumee River! The Maumee River Sturgeon Recovery Group* invites the public to the City of Toledo Boat Launch (near Walbridge Park) to witness this unique conservation effort in action!

Lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) are currently one of the most threatened species of the Great Lakes. Historically, large populations of lake sturgeon were found throughout the Great Lakes, but now they are mainly found in small, fragmented populations. The oldest and largest fish in the Great Lakes, lake sturgeon have a life span of 50 to 150 years, can grow to be more than six feet long and weigh up to 200 lbs. These fish require spawning sites with clean, coarse rocks with interstitial spaces (cracks between the rocks) to protect eggs and larvae from predators and swift flowing water to cleanse and oxygenate the eggs.

The Zoo received grants from the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act Grants Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to construct a modular facility on Zoo-owned property near the Maumee River to hatch and rear the fish. The Ohio Division of Wildlife also provided and continues to provide funding for the on-going operation of the facility. In the facility, the Zoo has reared 600 lake sturgeon from eggs collected in U.S. and Canadian waters earlier this year. Additional fish will be released from the USFWS National Fish Hatchery in Genoa, WI, bringing the total number released to nearly 3,000. The lake sturgeon are now about six months old and about seven inches long. After release fisheries biologists with the ONDR Division of Wildlife, U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will monitor the population. The goal is to rear the fish in Maumee River water from a young age and capitalize on the homing ability of the species in hopes that they will return to the waterway to spawn at adulthood in approximately 15 years.

The community may sponsor a lake sturgeon to be released at the open-to-the-public event on Oct. 6. Each fish will be marked with a unique microchip allowing permanent identification of that individual. If the sponsored lake sturgeon is ever recovered as part of the on-going monitoring efforts, the Toledo Zoo staff will notify the sponsor! Sponsorships start at just $25 and sponsors who purchase in-person at the Oct. 6 event are welcome to release their own fish! (Sponsorships are available anytime online at toledozoo.org/sturgeon, however, personal releases are only for in-person purchases on Oct. 6) In addition to the release, there will also be a press conference at 10 a.m. and information and activity tables form the partner organizations set up from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for guests to enjoy.

*The Maumee River Sturgeon Recovery Group consists of Ohio Department of Natural Resources- Division of Wildlife, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Purdy Fisheries Ltd., Toledo Zoo & Aquarium, The University of Toledo, University of Windsor, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey.

 

FROM THE INTERNET: LEVI’S ATTACK GUN RIGHTS:

 

Levi’s Teams with Billionaire Michael Bloomberg to Attack Gun Rights

Levi Strauss & Co. established its brand in the mid-19th century by selling durable clothing to working-class Americans. As Levi’s signature jeans gained popularity amongst a wider set in the middle of the last century, the pants came to symbolize American freedom. As Stanford Historian Niall Ferguson points out in his book, Civilization: The West and the Rest, during the Cold War, the American pants were so desirable behind the Iron Curtain that citizens would break any number of laws to obtain them. At one point the company even celebrated America’s armed heritage in a circa 1950 advertising brochure, “Levi’s Gallery of Western Guns & Gunfighters.” It’s with some irony then that Levi’s has abandoned this rugged image to team up with a billionaire oligarch in an effort to empower the government to trample upon the fundamental rights of the American people.

On September 4th, Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh announced that the San Francisco-based clothing manufacturer (which also owns Dockers) would openly advocate for gun control. As part of this campaign, the company will donate more than $1 million to radical anti-gun groups, including Michael Bloomberg front-group Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords, formerly Americans for Responsible Solutions and the Legal Community Against Violence. The company will also match employee donations to these groups and is encouraging its staff to devote their time to anti-gun activism.

Further, Bergh stated that the company has joined the Everytown Business Leaders for Gun Safety. The business wing of Bloomberg’s outfit is dedicated to leveraging member companies’ “market footprint… employee networks, [and] public communications platforms” to diminish Americans’ Second Amendment rights.

In a repulsive insult to the nation’s 100 million gun owners, Bergh likened Levi’s campaign to restrict the rights of law-abiding Americans to previous company efforts aimed at combatting pre-Civil Rights Era racial bigotry.

Among gun owners, Levi’s intemperate foray into the world of gun control politics has been met with the disgust it deserves. However, it shouldn’t be met with surprise.

(For more go to https://www.nraila.org/articles/20180907/levi-s-teams-with-billionaire-michael-bloomberg-to-attack-gun-rights)

 

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

SEPTEMBER 2018

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

15 - National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration at the MacDougall Sportsmen's & Conservation Asso. Inc., 3800 MacDougall Road, Waterloo, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Event Description: Empire Tractor, Inc. equipment display; Matt Yuhas Will Demonstrate Fly Tying/Fishing; Retrievers; NRA Rep Scott Buisch And The Boy Scout Troop 7280 Venturing Crew Will Be Present; Free Hands-On Shooting/Archery/Fishing Instruction Activities/Goodies; Various Info; Raffles; Refreshments. (For information contact Kathy Larsen at 315-585-2293 or email mrsmouse64@hotmail.com)