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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

 

8 - 13 – 18

 

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

 

DUO WHO INJURED OFFICER ARRESTED: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office today announced the arrest of a pair of defendants involved in the injury of an Environmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) who was attempting to stop the men in Niagara County in late July. 

James J. Olscamp, 30, of Sanborn, and Dean R. Banks, 52, of Niagara Falls, voluntarily turned themselves in to New York State Police Lockport barracks late Wednesday evening and were arrested by ECOs with DEC’s Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigations (BECI) unit. They were arraigned in Wheatfield Town Court later in the evening, with Olscamp being charged with Reckless Endangerment in the 1st Degree, a class D felony, Tampering with Evidence, a class E felony, Obstruction of Governmental Administration, a class A misdemeanor, and Trespassing, a violation; Banks was charged with Reckless Endangerment in the 2nd Degree, a misdemeanor, Obstruction of Governmental Administration and Trespassing. 

“Every day our Environmental Conservation Police Officers are on the frontlines protecting New Yorkers and their environment and face some of the most dangerous conditions of any law enforcement professionals in the state,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.  “This incident was completely preventable and I thank Sheriff Voutour and the Niagara County Sherriff’s Department, and District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek for their help with bringing these perpetrators to justice.” 

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on July 22, when ECO Shea Mathis responded to a report of trespassing on private property on Liberty Road in the town of Wheatfield. 

When ECO Mathis attempted to stop the two men who were operating an ATV and a UTV, both operators refused to stop. Banks, driving the ATV, nearly ran over Mathis when ordered to stop and sped from the scene. When ECO Mathis attempted to place Olscamp under arrest, the man refused to stop, dragging Mathis while attempting to flee. ECO Mathis sustained cuts and bruises to his legs and arms and injuries to his forehead after being dragged 400 yards.

ECO Mathis requested assistance through the county 911 system. Niagara County Deputy Sheriff’s responded along with State Police and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officers. ECO Mathis was transported to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and was released later that night.

Twitter posts by Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour generated tips that led investigators to tracking down the subjects.

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).

 

2018-19 HUNTING AND TRAPPING LICENSES AND DEER MANAGEMENT PERMITS NOW ON SALE: Sporting licenses and deer management permits for the 2018-19 season are on sale now. Licenses and permits can be purchased at any one of DEC's license-issuing agents, by telephone (866-933-2257) or online The new year hunting and trapping licenses are valid from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019, and annual fishing licenses are valid 365 days from date of purchase.

DEC has extended its call center hours to provide assistance on evenings and weekends. Beginning on August 6th, the DEC call center will be accessible from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through October 1, 2018.
Individuals should have the following items ready when buying a license:

Complete contact information (e.g. name, address, e-mail address, telephone number

DEC customer ID number (if applicable)

Proof of residency (e.g., driver's license or non-driver's ID with a valid NYS address)

If purchasing by phone or internet, a valid credit card.

If not already entered in DEC's automated licensing system, individuals are required to provide proof of hunter or trapper education certification or a copy of a previous license for all hunting and trapping license purchases. For additional information, visit the General Sporting License Information webpage on DEC's website.

DEC reminds migratory game bird hunters (waterfowl, woodcock) that in addition to obtaining a hunting license, they must also register online for the Harvest Information Program (HIP), or call 1-888-427-5447 to register.

In addition, Deer Management Permits (DMPs) are now available at all license-issuing outlets, by phone, or online through Oct. 1. DMPs, which are used to ensure proper management of the deer herd, are issued through an instant random selection process at the point of sale. The chances of obtaining a DMP remain the same throughout the entire application period; hunters do not need to rush to apply. The 2018 chances of selection for a permit in each Wildlife Management Unit are available online, through License Issuing Agents, or by calling the DMP Hotline at 1-866-472-4332. Detailed information on Deer Management Permits is available on DEC's website.

The new Hunting & Trapping Regulations Guide provides an easy-to-read compendium of all pertinent rules and regulations and is available at all license issuing outlets and on the DEC Hunting Regulations webpage. For a list of license-issuing agents, visit DEC's online License Center or contact the DEC Call Center at 1-866-933-2257.

 

144 ACRES ADDED TO DANBY STATE FOREST, TOMPKINS COUNTY: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Finger Lakes Land Trust  announced the completion of a 144-acre addition to Danby State Forest, including approximately one mile of the Finger Lakes Trail in the town of Danby, Tompkins County.

"This acquisition is the result of a collaborative approach between the Finger Lakes Trail Conference, Finger Lakes Land Trust, and DEC. The acquisition protects the Finger Lakes Trail, and in doing so connects people and wildlife to adjacent lands across the landscape," said DEC Region 7 Director Matthew Marko.

Acquisition of this parcel permanently protects a segment of the 585-mile Finger Lakes Trail, improving accessibility and safety by eliminating a road walk portion, and will enhance other trail systems and recreation opportunities on Danby State Forest. Protection of the property additionally ensures wildlife habitat continuity, identified as a priority in the Rapid Waters Unit Management Plan and Tompkins County 2007 Countywide Conservation Plan.

Danby State Forest is situated within the Emerald Necklace, a proposed greenbelt linking 50,000 acres of existing conservation land in an arc around Ithaca, from the Finger Lakes National Forest in the west to the Hammond Hill State Forest in the east. Together, these lands host 78 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail, two National Audubon Society-designated Important Bird Areas, numerous Finger Lakes Land Trust Preserves and Conservation Easements, several State Forests and Parks, and dozens of Tompkins County-designated Unique Natural Areas. The Emerald Necklace is also recognized as a priority project within New York State's Open Space Plan.

"This is a great addition to the growing network of conserved lands in the Emerald Necklace," said Finger Lakes Land Trust Executive Director Andy Zepp. "We're grateful for the commitment of the state and Finger Lakes Trail Conference on this project. We simply couldn't have done it without them."

DEC purchased the parcel from Finger Lakes Land Trust in 2018 for $184,100 through the Environmental Protection Fund. The Land Trust purchased the parcel from a private land owner in 2017 with a loan from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference Sidote Stewardship Fund and a grant from the Tompkins County Capital Reserve Fund for Natural, Scenic, and Recreational Resource Protection.

The Finger Lakes Land Trust focuses on protecting critical habitat for fish and wildlife, conserving lands that are important for water quality, connecting existing conservation lands, and keeping prime farmland in agriculture. The organization also provides programs to educate local governments, landowners, and local residents about conservation and the region's unique natural resources.

Danby State Forest encompasses 7,651 acres in the town of Danby, Tompkins County and the towns of Candor and Spencer, Tioga County, and protects portions of the Cayuga Lake and Susquehanna River watersheds. The forest offers diverse topography and habitats, and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, camping, fishing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling. More information about Danby State Forest is available on the DEC website.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Young Outdoor Enthusiasts at Lime Hollow Nature Center - Cortland County: On July 19, ECO Andrew Kostuk was invited to Lime Hollow Nature Center in Cortlandville to speak with young campers about fishing and trapping. ECO Kostuk helped kids identify fish caught earlier in the day, and discussed fun places in the area to go fishing with their families. ECO Kostuk also talked with the campers about trapping, and identifying animal pelts and footprints. The campers were also given an opportunity to identify animal footprints they had seen on a hike taken earlier in the day.

ECO Kostuk teaching campers how to identify fish

ECO Kostuk teaching campers

How to identify fish.

 

Swimming Pool Fawn Rescue - Broome County: On July 20, ECO Andy McCormick received a call from an off-duty Broome County Sheriff's Investigator who reported a fawn trapped in his above-ground pool in the town of Chenango. Lt. Ric Warner responded. Using a catch pole and a little ingenuity, the officer removed the fawn from the pool. The deer was released and ran off into the nearby woods, wet but seemingly healthy.

Fawn stuck in swimming pool
Fawn stuck in swimming pool

Stuck in the Mud -- Broome County: On July 23, Lt. Ric Warner came upon several Binghamton Police Department officers looking down on a large van stuck in the Susquehanna River in Binghamton. The Binghamton officers were waiting for the responsible party to remove the vehicle from the river. Lt. Warner directed ECO Tony Rigoli to investigate the case. ECO Rigoli discovered that the subject had been fishing and partying the evening before and drove his father's van into the river bed, getting it stuck to the axles in the soft river bottom. ECO Rigoli located the wayward driver and issued a ticket for disturbing the bed of a protected stream.

Chicken-Fried Storm Drain - Onondaga County: On July 24, ECO Don Damrath received a call from an Onondaga County Water Environment Protection engineer requesting assistance with an investigation. While inspecting storm drains and sewers in Salina following recent heavy rains, the engineer observed large amounts of grease in several storm drains near a local fast food restaurant's parking lot. ECO Damrath arrived and observed evidence of food grease being dumped directly into a storm drain behind the restaurant. The grease had congealed and was covering the grates, pipes, and walls of the sumps. Despite the overwhelming evidence, the manager denied any knowledge of the grease dumping. ECO Damrath charged the manager with disposing a noxious/offensive substance into public waters, a misdemeanor. The investigation is continuing, and additional charges may be filed.

 

LONGHORNED TICK FOUND IN CENTRE COUNTY, PA: Pennsylvania’s first longhorned tick has turned up in Centre County’s Potter Township. The identification was confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL).

A single longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) was identified on an adult, male wild white-tailed deer that was euthanized on July 10 by Game Commission personnel because it was exhibiting signs consistent with chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to Dr. Justin Brown, agency wildlife veterinarian. The deer was diagnosed with severe pneumonia and no CWD prions were detected.

Ticks were collected from the deer at the laboratory as part of the Game Commission’s active longhorn tick surveillance program. The suspected longhorn tick was sent to and first identified by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in Athens, Ga., and subsequently confirmed at the NVSL. 

The longhorned tick, also known as the “cattle tick” or “bush tick”, is an invasive parasite native to Southeast Asia. It currently is not known when, where or how this tick was introduced into North America. However, it was first found and identified on a sheep in New Jersey during 2017. Since then, it has been identified in wild and domestic animals in other states, including Virginia, West Virginia, New York, Arkansas and North Carolina. 

The longhorned tick, during its three life stages can be found on birds, wild and domestic mammals and humans. To date, the tick has been identified on goats, raccoons, horses, cattle, sheep, humans, an opossum, deer and dogs.

The longhorned tick can negatively impact the health of humans and animals both directly and indirectly. Longhorned tick infestations can reach very high numbers on an animal host, which can result in disease and, in some cases, death.

The longhorned tick, in its native range, can carry many pathogens that may cause diseases such as babesiosis, anaplasmosis, theleriosis, ehrlichiosis and Powassan encephalitis in animals or humans. To date, none of these pathogens have been identified in longhorned ticks from North America. However, testing has been limited.

Concerns regarding ticks on humans or domestic animals should be addressed through consultation with a physician or veterinarian.    

The recent identification of the longhorned tick in multiple states throughout the eastern United States suggests that it is likely established. Many questions remain about the ecology of this tick and the impacts it will have on the health of humans and animals.

The Game Commission will continue to conduct active surveillance for the longhorned tick on wildlife in collaboration with multiple state and federal agencies and academic institutions.

Additional information on the longhorned tick can be found on fact sheets provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Penn State. Longhorned tick questions concerning wildlife should be directed to the Game Commission; humans, Pennsylvania Department of Health; and domestic/agricultural animals, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.


FREE-ROAMING CATS SPREAD TOXOPLASMOSIS, THREATENING PEOPLE AND BIRDS: The American Bird Conservancy has long encouraged people to keep their cats inside, to help curb the estimated 2 billion birds killed each year by free-roaming cats in the United States. A new report provides even more incentives to keep pet cats inside: The risk that free-roaming cats spread the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, that depends on cats to complete their life cycle. This parasite is spread through cat scat and appears to affect humans in unconventional ways.

So what? Brace yourself; a new study indicates that about one of five people tested positive for the parasite, probably as a result of contact with raw meat or cat feces. The good news is that our immune system protects us from symptoms. But T. gondii has been linked to increased risks of car accidents, mental illness, neuroticism, drug abuse and suicide according to the USA Today report.

Keep your cat inside: Indoor cats lead longer healthier lives and don’t decimate wildlife, and now keeping your cat indoors may help keep YOU healthier.

More information is available at https://abcbirds.org/article/free-roaming-cats-spread-toxoplasmosis-risking-human-health-and-wildlife-too/ and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/07/25/toxoplasma-parasite-cat-poop-may-reduce-fear-humans/836380002/

 

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

2, 9 & 16 - Beekeeping Basics at Tinker Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Tinker Park welcomes the next generation of beekeepers and educates them in the importance of bees. Be inspired to take part in bee preservation. Topics covered, include: identify problems, pests, managing population growth and proper tool use. All protective gear will be provided. Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes. (For ages 11 – 14 years.) (Cost: Res -$45.00/Non Res - $55.00) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

13-17 - Explorer Camp: Wild About Wildlife at the Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd Ithaca, NY   (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) Campers will explore the secretive lives of our local wildlife. Programs and activities will look at the biology and behavior of these animals, and how they interact within their environment. We will comb our woods and fields in a quest for animal signs for clues about diet and movement, and engage in games to explore the factors that control populations, and take a look at our skull collection to better understand the physical differences between predator and prey anatomy. For ages 5 – 12 years. (Cost: $250.00) (For information/register call 315- 673-1350)

13 – 18 - Advanced Timber Framing Workshop at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (8/13 8:00 am – 8/18 4:00 pm) WITH ROB HUGHES ($50 discount offered to participants who sign up for both the Intro and Advanced Workshops.) This advanced workshop is designed to provide an intensive timber framing experience while building a timber-frame pavilion to be used for shelter and future museum programs. Previous experience in the Intro to Timber Framing is preferred. Participants are expected to fully embrace both the “learning” and the “doing.” Our program is designed to develop specific skills in a particular sequence that builds anticipation and confidence. This will be an active learning process and students can expect to walk away with a deeper appreciation for the craft and the ability to take the next step and design and build a frame of their own.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

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

HOW YOU SHOULD DRESS:

Mid-August in the Finger Lakes can get quite warm so dress accordingly. Shorts are fine, but we will be creating an enormous amount of sawdust that will get in your shoes. Close-toed shoes are highly recommended, but you do not need work boots. We are looking for a balance of comfort and safety. The pavilion will be raised at the end of the week in the Townsend Grady Wildlife Preserve Wetlands, across the street from the Finger Lakes Museum, which will most likely be buggy.

SAFETY:

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

DAILY WORK SCHEDULE:

Given the large amount of joinery we will do in one short week, our days will be quite full. To avoid the heat, we will begin each day at 8:00 am, breaking for a 45 minute lunch around noon. During our lunch break, instructors will lead discussions about various cultural and historical aspects of Timber Framing and this time will also serve as question and answer sessions. Our workday will end at 4:00, but your instructor will be on site till 5:00 (depending on our production rate, students may be asked to continue beyond 4:00 whenever possible). Our target for raising the frame will be Friday afternoon, but that may be pushed to Saturday if the weather (or productivity) necessitate the extra day. (Cost: $350) (For information/register contact Rob Hughes 585-683-2097 bigbeamsrob@gmail.com  or

rhughes@wccsk12.org )

15 - Start of Dog Training on Small Game (>4/15/15)

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

15 - Educator Workshop: Project Wild at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (1:00 – 4:00 pm) Project WILD is an award-winning program to help K-12 teachers use wildlife to teach a variety of subjects, including math, ELA and more. Participants receive a guide with more than 100 lesson plans. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

16 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Guns & ZomBBQ at Turkey Trot Acres, 188 Tubbs Hill Road, Candor, NY (2:00 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)

16 - Apps for the Outdoors at Keuka Lake State Park, 3560 Pepper Road, Keuka Park, NY (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Today's adventurers don't leave home without their phone for a good reason – they're incredibly useful for exploring the outdoors. Join us to discover all the great apps designed to heighten the enjoyment of your favorite outdoor activities. Our experts will showcase the best apps for your adventures, explaining what smartphone platform they use (iPhone and/or Android), and how to quickly evaluate and download them. They'll also show you apps for navigation, weather tracking, speed tracking, photography, video, healthy living, natural history information and much more. This clinic will be held outdoors at Keuka Lake State Park, so please wear appropriate clothing. (Cost: Free) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

16 - Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (6:00 – 8:30 pm) The summer is full of young birds learning about life outside their nests. Join us as we look for raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds and observe how dedicated parents prepare their young for the fall migration. We will explore Montezuma’s birding hotspots where dozens of species can be seen and heard! Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Pre-paid reservations are required! Fee: $8/child; $15/adult, $40/family. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

17 - Montezuma Dip & Sip  at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (2:00 – 5:00 pm) What better way to enjoy a summer afternoon than a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds, other wildlife and their habitats near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge! We will launch boats into the Seneca River to see a variety of songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors like Bald Eagles and Osprey! Afterwards, quench your thirst with a refreshing wine tasting at Montezuma Winery. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee:  $50/couple with canoe rental, $35/person with single kayak rental, $25/person without rental. Pre-paid reservations are required. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

17-9/3 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) 2018 Fall Salmon Derby on Lake Ontario. Get in on the action and your share of $68,900 in CASH Prizes. $10,000 Grand Prize plus prizes for the largest Salmon, Rainbow/Steelhead and Brown Trout. (For information call 315-333-5213, email locderby@aol.com or go to http://www.loc.org/)

18 - Arcadia Bass Anglers Sodus Bay Big Money Open Bass Tournament. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) This Tournament is open to the Lake and all other Bays. (Entry fee $200) (For information call 585-615-3620 or email aba3620@yahoo.com or go to  www.arcadiabassanglers.com)

18 - Finger Lakes Open Bass Tournament – Waneta/Lamoka Lakes. (For information contact Tucker Kautz  607-426-9978 or email Kautzt86@yahoo.com)  

18 - Chemung County Coon Hunters Association Inc Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Rumsey Hill Road, Van Etten, NY. (2:00pm – Coonhound Event Water Race-Poor Boy - $12.00/4:00 - Coonhound Event Field Trial-Poor Boy - $12.00/6:00pm – Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy – $12.00/8:00pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Larry Morley 607.387.9803 or email moc.oohay@owthsreh)

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

18 - Birding 101: Class #8 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Why do birds migrate? Learn which species to look for as they prepare for their long journey south. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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

19 - CVBM Honeoye Lake Tournament at State Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

 

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

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

DEC SEEKS PARTICIPANTS FOR 2018 SUMMER WILD TURKEY SURVEY: New Yorkers are encouraged to participate in a survey for wild turkeys. Citizen science efforts like the Summer Turkey Sighting Survey provide DEC's wildlife managers with invaluable data. Since 1996, DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to track wild turkey populations and estimate the number of wild turkey poults (young of the year) per hen statewide. Weather, predation, and habitat conditions during the breeding and brood-rearing seasons can all significantly impact nest success, hen survival, and poult survival. This index allows DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential.

                                             Photo by John Adamski

During August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel. Those interested in participating can download a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form along with instructions and the data sheet from DEC's website. In addition, survey cards can be obtained by contacting a regional DEC office, calling (518) 402-8883, or e-mailing wildlife@dec.ny.gov (type "Turkey Survey" in the subject line). Participants can also submit observations on-line. Visit the DEC website link above and click "Summer Wild Turkey Sighting On-line Report."

Additional information is available on the DEC website at the below direct links:

Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey

Citizen Science Initiatives

DEC Regional Office Contact Information

 

KELLY STANG PROMOTED TO ADMINISTRATOR OF HUNTER EDUCATION PROGRAM:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that Kelly Stang has been promoted to administrator of DEC's Hunter Education Program. As administrator, Stang will oversee the hunter education program that is delivered through regional coordinators and 2,500 volunteer instructors that offer mandatory certification programs for new hunters, bow hunters, and trappers.

Stang is a supervising wildlife biologist with DEC's Bureau of Wildlife, and has a storied career that spans much of the past 35 years in service to New Yorkers. Prior to taking this position, her crowning achievement was leading the development and implementation of New York's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, which has introduced thousands of women and girls to outdoor adventures.

Kelly has contributed to a variety of wildlife management efforts in New York, including the Big Game program, where she worked on deer management and deer damage. She played a significant role in nuisance wildlife issues, including developing the nuisance wildlife control manual, and feral hog management. She has also worked on steel shot, bobcats, otters, fisher reintroduction in the Catskills, and the freshwater wetlands program.

She has a bachelor's degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, and a master's degree in Education from SUNY Cortland. Kelly lives in Albany County with her husband Doug and two sons.

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

Nuisance Trapper Faces Multiple Charges - Chemung and Chenango County: In early July, ECO John Lifrieri received a call from a certified nuisance trapper that another nuisance trapper from Tioga County had left squirrel traps at one of his customer's homes and had not returned to check or retrieve them. ECO Lifrieri confirmed that the nuisance trapper hadn't returned to the residence since May, and had left two cage traps in different locations of the house. Further investigation determined that the trapper had not held a valid nuisance license since 2015, and has a history of violations with DEC. ECO Lifrieri discovered that ECO Stan Winnick from Tioga County had dealt with this business in late June for similar issues in a different location. Working together, ECOs Lifrieri and Winnick located the nuisance trapper and issued him numerous summonses for illegally taking and possessing wildlife, commercially trapping without a license, failing to tag a trap, and multiple counts of failing to check traps in both the village of Oxford and the town of Big Flats. In addition to dealing with DEC's Division of Law Enforcement, the business has faced violations from the New York Attorney General's Office and the Better Business Bureau. DEC's Special Licensing Unit has denied the company a renewal of its nuisance wildlife control operating license, as well.

Turtles For Sale - Oswego County: On July 13, ECO Greg Maneeley investigated a report of a person offering native baby snapping turtles for sale in the town of Albion. Tracking the source of a Craigslist ad, Officer Maneeley successfully located the individual offering the protected wildlife for sale. The female subject was ticketed for the unlawful possession of wildlife and unlawful commercialization of wildlife. The turtles were seized and released back into a suitable wild habitat.

 

REMINDER - REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE WITH COHO SALMON HEAD COLLECTION: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) requests your help with recovering heads from Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario beginning in 2018. Each year, NYSDEC stocks Coho Salmon as fall fingerlings at six sites along the New York shoreline and as spring yearlings at the Salmon River; and Metro East Anglers in cooperation with OMNRF, stock Coho fall fingerlings at the Credit River. As part of a continuing effort to evaluate the effectiveness of stocking programs, we are comparing Coho Salmon stocking strategies by mass marking and/or tagging all stocked Coho Salmon in 2016-2018. Tags are 1 mm long pieces of coded wire inserted into the snouts of fish prior to stocking. Tags are invisible to the naked eye, and undetectable without specialized equipment; therefore we need to collect the heads to retrieve the tags. Some portion of the Coho Salmon caught in Lake Ontario may also come from natural reproduction instead of hatcheries. Although some streams are known to produce wild Coho smolts, the relative contribution of wild and hatchery Coho Salmon to the Lake Ontario fishery is unknown. This information is important for fisheries managers to understand trends in Coho Salmon catch rates. To determine the proportion of wild Coho Salmon in the Lake Ontario fishery, the adipose fin of all Coho Salmon stocked by NYSDEC and OMNRF will be clipped in 2016-2018, including the fall fingerlings stocked by Metro East Anglers at the Credit River. Anglers can help by noting whether their Coho is clipped or not and include that data with the head along with noting collection date, location, and fish length on a label. See attached instructions. Recovery of mark and tag data is ongoing until 2021.

We are asking volunteers to collect heads and data from Coho Salmon harvested in Lake Ontario and tributaries and place them in freezers located at sites from the Niagara River to Oswego (see below). Bags and labels will be available at freezer locations, and instructions for collections are provided below. We would like your help. Please be on the lookout for Coho Salmon when fishing. For all harvested Coho Salmon, please cut off its head, toss it in a bag, label, and put it in a freezer. If you are willing to collect Coho Salmon heads and store them in your personal freezer, we will happily come pick them up. Arrangements can be made by emailing fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov.

Each year, NYSDEC and OMNRF relies on the cooperation of anglers like you for collecting valuable data used to inform fisheries management and science in Lake Ontario. If you have any questions regarding collection instructions or the mass marking program, please contact Michael Connerton at 315-654-2147 or fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov by email.

Freezer Locations for Depositing Coho Salmon Heads (starting April 1, 2018)

*Fort Niagara State Park Cleaning Station

*Wilson Tuscarora State Park Cleaning Station (near bathroom)

*Wilson Boat Yard (Freezer available only in April/May at this location)

**Town of Newfane Marina Cleaning Station, Olcott

**Lake Breeze Marina near launch, Point Breeze

*Shumway Marina Gas Dock, Rochester

**Bayside Marina Cleaning Station, Fairhaven

**Wrights Landing Cleaning Station, Oswego 

**Access to double starred locations pending

Instructions for Coho Salmon Sample Collection

Cut the whole head off and place it in a bag. Note capture location, date, whether it has an adipose clip (Yes/No), fish length and the collector's name on the bag label. Note: If you did not note the presence of a clip or its length at capture, please leave that data blank. Use pencil if possible.

Diagram showing coho salmon and amount of the head that needs to be donated

Quick Coho Salmon Identification Tips

A downloadable Salmon and Trout visual identification guide (link leaves DEC's website) is available at the New York Sea Grant website.

Illustrations provided by New York Sea Grant, Artwork by Peter Thompson

Coho Salmon ID, Illustration by Peter Thompson

 

 

FIRE SAFETY AFLOAT TIPS FROM SEA TOW FOUNDATION: Fires are among the more dangerous, yet preventable, accidents that can occur onboard a boat. For that reason, the nonprofit Sea Tow Foundation, in conjunction with Sea Tow Services International - the nation's leading marine assistance provider - offers boaters these important fire prevention tips.Fast action combined with a cool head are critical in fighting boat fires, as they can spread rapidly. Following these procedures not only can help boaters prevent a fire, or contain it if one breaks out, but also could help them save lives. The Sea Tow Foundation's Boat Fire Prevention Tips: Ensure you have the proper size and type of marine fire extinguishers on board. Depending on the size of your boat, you may need more than one fire extinguisher. The U.S. Coast Guard has this information in its Federal Requirements brochure, which is available online at www.uscgboating.org/fedreqs/default.html. Mount the fire extinguishers in readily accessible locations so that you can get to them in an emergency. Inspect your fire extinguishers regularly to make sure they are fully charged and have not expired. If you have a fixed firefighting system, have it inspected and/or serviced according to manufacturer recommendations or at least annually. Most boat fires are caused by fueling or electrical issues: Before fueling, have all passengers leave the boat and shut off all flames (stoves, ovens, grills, etc.). Close all windows, doors and openings to prevent fumes from entering the boat. While fueling, keep the nozzle in contact with the tank to prevent sparks and do not overfill the tank, so the fuel has room to expand. Wipe up any spills and dispose of the rags. Never smoke while fueling! After fueling, open all the windows, doors and openings and run the exhaust blower for four minutes. Before starting the engine, perform a "sniff" test of the bilge and engine compartment. If you smell gas, continue to use the blower until all of the fumes are gone. To prevent electrical issues, frequently inspect the electrical connections. Also, inspect any shore power connection lines that you may be using before plugging them into your boat. If any wires are frayed or you see sparks, immediately shut off the power source and get the issue repaired before using it again. Be cautious when using heaters in enclosed spaces, especially when unattended.How to deal with a fire if one does break out: Make sure that everyone on your boat is wearing a life jacket in case they have to jump overboard. If possible, position the boat so that the fire is downwind and have all passengers move upwind, away from the fire NEVER use water on a gasoline, oil, or grease fire as it may cause the fire to spread. Additionally, water should not be used on electrical fires due to risk of electrical shock. Get your fire extinguisher ready to use. Use the PASS method. Pull pin, Aim at the base of the fire, Squeeze handle and Sweep from side to side. Call for help on your VHF Radio or cell phone. Prepare to abandon ship. An article on the Dangers of Fire on a Boat also can be found on the Sea Tow Foundation's website at: www.boatingsafety.com/towbeetips/topic.asp?item=fireonboat.

 

OLDIE BUT GOODIE: Things are a little slow this week so I’m resorting to an entry in this column nearly 10 years ago, Subject - Firearms Refresher Course. 15 thoughts for not having gun control. Here they are:  
1.  An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.   
2.  A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone. 
3.  Colt: The original point and click interface.

4.  Gun control is not about guns; it's about control. 
5.  If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.  
6.  Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.   
7.  Those who trade liberty for security have neither.   
8.  The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others. 

9.  Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don't make new ones.

10.  Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety. 

11. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive. 
12. Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer. 
13. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson. 

14. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control. 

15. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday. 

 

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

JULY 2018

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

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

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

28 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. We

ather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28 – Unified Fishing Derby at Safe Harbor Marina, 1111 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, NY hosted by the FLW Foundation. (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Bring a fishing rod if you have one, but loaner rods are available for the first 50 participants. For anyone under age 18 and Special Olympics athletes.

29 - One Day Trap Shooting Clinic at Allied Sportsmen Club 12846 Clinton Street, Alden, NY. (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) New shooters or experienced gunners are both welcome. Maximum number of students is 10 per class (Sunday only, Saturday is full) (Call Joe Truty at 867-1458 to register.)

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

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

30-8/3 – Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camp - Wildlife Exploration at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily) Campers will explore the Montezuma Wetlands Complex’s habitats and mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians during hiking, canoeing, wildlife management, and other outdoor activities. Ages: 11-15. (Fee: $150) (For information/register contact: Chris Lajewski, Center Director, 315-365-3588, montezuma@audubon.org)

31 – Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Kayak Tour on Ellicott Creek Ecology meet at the East Hill Foundation, North Tonawanda, NY (6:00 pm) (For information call 716-852-7483 Ext. 26.)

31, 8/7, 8/14 & 8/21 -  Explore Archery at the Henrietta Veterans Memorial Park, Lacrosse Fields (Near Bushman Cabin), off Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY (9:30 – 10:45 am or 11:00 am – 12:14 pm) Explore Archery is fun and a perfect fit for archers of any age or ability wanting to get involved in the sport of target archery. If you are new to the sport of archery or a beginner archer looking for an introductory program to sign up for, Explore Archery has what you need to get started! You’ll learn important skills like range safety and proper shooting form, play exciting games and earn achievement awards. (For ages 8 & up.) (Cost: Res -$40.00/Non Res - $50.00) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

 

AUGUST 2018

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

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

2, 9 & 16 - Beekeeping Basics at Tinker Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Tinker Park welcomes the next generation of beekeepers and educates them in the importance of bees. Be inspired to take part in bee preservation. Topics covered, include: identify problems, pests, managing population growth and proper tool use. All protective gear will be provided. Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes. (For ages 11 – 14 years.) (Cost: Res -$45.00/Non Res - $55.00) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

3 -  Birding and Boating: Seneca River Cayuga-Seneca Canal at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (6:00 – 8:30 pm) What better way to enjoy a summer sunset than a relaxing, sunset canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds, other wildlife and their habitats near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge! We will launch boats into the Seneca River to see a variety of songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors like Bald Eagles and Osprey! Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). Pre-paid reservations are required. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

3 - Clymer Coonhunters Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on 8067 Route 474, Clymer, NY (9:00 pm – Coonhound Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Chester Bricker at 716-355-6442)

3-5 - The Northern Chautauqua County Conservation Club 14th Annual Walleye Derby in the New York waters of Lake Erie. Limited to 100 boat field, 3-day tourney, top 3 fish weighed each day, 2 to 4 anglers per boat, $100 entry fee, cash prizes, tackle & gear drawings. (For information call  Zen Olaw 716-640-2776.)

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

4 -  Upstate Anglers BASS Crazy Cash Tournament – Honeoye Lake at the State Launch. (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) ($500 buy in/25 boat limit.) (For information email admin@upstateanglers.com or go to http://www.upstateanglers.com/)

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

4 - NY Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament on Keuka Lake For competition rules go to https://www.kayakbassfishing.com/kbf-rules-standards/. (For information email newyorkKBF@gmail.com)

4 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on 13461 Phipps Road, Albion, NY (7:00 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)

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

4 - Ribbit, Slither, Croak! at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Discover snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders as we explore the ponds and forests at Reinstein Woods. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

4 - Paddle Keuka 5K Race headquartered at Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (8:00 am – 12:00 pm) Paddle your way across Keuka Lake and back as this exciting event returns for the third year! All proceeds benefit the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium. (For information call 315-595-2200 or email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

5 - CVBM Cayuga Lake Tournament at Dean’s Cove Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (For information call Tom Shafer  607-731-4870 or Chris Ripley  607-259-5735.)

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

 

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

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7 - 20 – 18

 

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

 

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

                                          Photo by John Adamski

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

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

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

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

 

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

Here are some interesting findings, state by state:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are some national findings:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

 

THE GOOD GUYS AT WORK:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

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

HOW YOU SHOULD DRESS:

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

SAFETY:

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

DAILY WORK SCHEDULE:

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

rhughes@wccsk12.org )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

volunteers planting trees and shrubs along a stream

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

TAKE STEPS TO REDUCE CONFLICTS BETWEEN BEARS AND PEOPLE:

 

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

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

Take down bird feeders after April 1st.

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

Clean up grease from grills after use.

Feed pets indoors.

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Investigator Neil Stevens at the North East Conservation

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

 

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

Illegally taken sunfish from the Seneca River

 

 

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

 

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

2018-2019 Federal Duck Stamp featuring a painting of mallards


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


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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