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DECEMBER 2016

1 – Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/16/17)


JANUARY 2017

1 – Start of Fishing Season on Lake Ontario, the Lower Niagara River and Tributaries for Lake Trout (>9/30)


MARCH 2017

16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass in all Finger Lakes except Cayuga, Otisco, Owasco and Skaneateles Lakes. (>6/19/16)


APRIL 2017

 

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

 

MAY 2017

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

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

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

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

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

17-6/14 – Cumming Nature Center Forest School for Ages 12–15 Pilot at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naplels, NY. (10:00 am – 3:30 pm daily) In this five-week pilot program students continue fostering a deep, personal relationship with nature as they grow into their role as citizen scientists. Instructors facilitate a variety of experiences that empower students as we: tune into the intricate cycles of nature by studying its patterns; develop a personal philosophy about how to live in nature without causing its degradation; and push our physical and emotional limits as we fully embrace the elements. Previous attendance of CNC Forest school is not required, and all outdoor experience levels are welcome. A basic comfort level with the outdoors will be helpful. (Cost: Non-member $145.00/Member $132) (For information call 585-374-6160.)

26 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Event Water Race - $12.00/7:30 pm – Coonhound Bench Show - $12.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129 or John Marshall 607-345-5366)   

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

27 - Birding 101: Class #6 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn why some birds stay just for the summer and which species to look for during the summer. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

27-29 - 53nd Annual National Lake Trout Derby On Seneca Lake. Fishing will be from 6 a.m. Saturday to noon Monday, and participants can take their catches to one of three weigh stations – in Geneva, Sampson State Park in Romulus and Watkins Glen. The derby is open to adults and youth 5 and older. The main prizes will be: Grand Prise - $7,500; 1st place lake trout:$3,000 and 1st place brown, rainbow and llS: $1,500. (For information contact: Colin Morehouse, 67 John Street. Geneva, NY 14456  (315) 789-8634)

28 - The 13th annual “Teach Me to Fish” Day at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY. (2:00 – 5:00 pm)  The event is for kids 15 years of age and under, who would like to learn about fishing. There will be numerous hands-on learning stations, free prizes hand outs and Sahlen hotdogs. The event is free.

31 - Close of Spring Turkey Hunting Season

 

JUNE 2017

1 - Birding and Boating: Cayuga Lake Sunset Paddle. Meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (6:00 – 8:30 pm) Join us for a relaxing, sunset canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds and habitats at the north end of Cayuga Lake. This is a great opportunity to see Bald Eagles and Osprey that are nesting in the area. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child without rental, $18/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)

2 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Salmon Rivers Strutters Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at The Elms Golf Club, 2 Country Club Lane, Sandy Creek, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact William Wilbur   wwilbur551@aol.com   315-440-4351)

2 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Event Water Race - $12.00/7:30 pm – Coonhound Bench Show - $12.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129 or John Marshall 607-345-5366)

3 - NATIONAL TRAILS DAY

3 - Free Take a Kid Fishing Clinic at Dunkirk Memorial Park/Dunkirk Yacht Club (Lake Erie) sponsored by the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club and others. (8:00 – 10:30 am) (For information call 716-366-1772)

3 - The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day at the club, (10:00 am – Noon) Applications for attending this event are now available at the Con Club. New kids get a free fishing rod & reel, and all youths 15 years of age and under receive a T-shirt, grab bag of fishing gear, a morning of fishing and hands on activities. Picnic cuisine is also served for all who attend and help. There is a $10 fee to offset the cost, but the smiles and memories are priceless! All kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (For information call 716-366-1772 and leave a name and phone number and a time you can be reached.)

3 - Boy Scout Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)  What are invasive species and why do they need to be removed?  Boy Scouts from Bobcats to Eagle Scouts will learn about invasive species management while participating in habitat restoration projects and exploring the birds and other wildlife that benefit from this important work. Each scout must have a leader, chaperone, or parent in attendance. (Fee: $5/Scout.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

3 - Educator Workshop: Growing Up Wild at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (9:00 am – Noon) Participants receive an activity guide filled with standards-based, interdisciplinary, hands-on lessons for young children. For educators of students ages 3-7. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

3 - Smoker Madness at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (12:00 - 1:00 pm) There is nothing like the incredible smells that come from a smoker.  Come see some of the best smokers available to backyard gourmets, and learning just how easy it is to create mouthwatering dishes that will have your friends and family begging for more. (For information call 716-608-4770)

3-4 - Orleans County Houndsmen Beaglers Beagle Event at 3199 Maltby Road, Oakfield, NY. (6/3 6:30 am – Beagle Event Hunt - $25.00/6/3 6:30 am Beagle Event Bench Show - $20.00/6/4 6:30 am – Beagle Event Hunt - $25.00/6/4 6:30 am Beagle Event Bench Show - $20.00/) Highest scoring double cast wins or 1 cast win and your score with plus points will be State Champion. King and queen from Saturday will go head to head with Sunday's king and queen for State Show Champion.  (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)     

4 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Seneca Lake Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Club, Route 14, Dresden, NY (4:00 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 Dale Lane
dalejmt@yahoo.com   315-374-0017)

4-10 - NATIONAL FISHING WEEK

9 - 9th Condor Memorial Derby - This popular event serves as a practice day for the new Oak Orchard Open event and is also the 1st event for the King of the Oak Derby series. (For information contact Bob Songin @ 585-621-7878 or e-mail at reelxite@rochester.rr.com.)

9 - Grape Country Coonhunters Association Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Williams Hill Road, Branchport, NY (8:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Josh Wood at 315-729-4773)

9 - Home School Nature Series: Leaping with Frogs at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm)  Spring is here and Montezuma is booming with frogs!  Homeschooled children ages 5 to 12 will explore the resident frogs and toads to learn how these wonderful animals survive and serve as a critical part of wetland habitats. Children will get up close to tadpoles, frogs, and toads so please bring water boots. (Fee: $8/student.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

10 -  Girl Scout Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors will participate in conservation projects that will improve habitats for birds, other wildlife, and people in our community. Scouts will remove invasive plants and ensure that newly planted seedlings are thriving. Each scout must have a leader, chaperone, or parent in attendance. (Fee: $5/Scout.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

10 - 20th Annual Genesee Valley Chapter Of The Adirondack Mountain Club Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds- Hundred Acre Pond parking lot, Mendon, NY (Monroe County) (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Demonstrations, discussions and activities will be offered all day on a wide variety of outdoor related topics. More than 70 workshops on various aspects of outdoor activities. Attendees also view and inspect outdoor gear and try out canoes and kayaks on the Hundred Acre Pond. ADK, other local outdoor clubs, and local outdoor retailers present all of the events. (For information call 585-224-0912 or go to http://www.gvc-adk.org/) 

10 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Phipps Road, Albion, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Purina Event - $20.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Purina Event - $30.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)

10 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Women in the Outdoors Event at the Erie County Conservation Club, Miller Avenue, Chaffee, NY (9:00 am) (For more information contact Becky Werchowski   viewofcountry@yahoo.com   716-942-6858)

10 - Wild About Nature at the Pfeiffer Nature Center Eshelman Property, 1420 Yubadam Road, Portville, NY (10:00 am – Noon)  Let us continue to explore Eshelman’s many natural treasures as we meander through the fields and woods with naturalist Barb Busack. This guided stroll is bound to please all outdoor enthusiasts. (Fee: Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.) (For information and register (by June 8) call 716-933-0187)

10 - Get Outdoors! Community Day at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (11:00 am - 3:00 pm) Join us for a day of outdoor fun! Learn a new skill, such as archery, birdwatching, geocaching or orienteering. Kids can enjoy face painting, nature play stations and old-fashioned games. Nature walks, food trucks, basket raffle and more! (For more information, visit reinsteinwoods.org or call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov.)

10 - Family Outdoor Adventure Day at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (10:00 am - 2:00 pm) Come experiance the BB Gun range, the Archery inflatable range and Backyard Bass fun in our parking lot.  Come join the fun! (For information call 716-608-4770) 

10 - Power Sports Open House at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00am-1:00pm) Just because it's snowing outside doesn't mean you can't start thinking about that new fishing boat.  Stop in to Cabela's this weekend for our Power Sports open house.  Check out some of the new 2017 models we have in stock and chat with our fishing Pro-Staffers on the best ways to outfit your boat for the upcoming fishing season. 

-->Recieve a $1,000 Cabela's Gift Card with the purchase of a 2016 or older new boat

-->Alumacash Red Tag Sale up to $1,500 rebates on select models

-->Cabela's Pro-Staff will be on site to answer your fishing questions

-->Cabela's Power Sports Service Team will be available for questions in our service department and you will receive 10% off coupons for service

-->FREE Food and refreshments through out the day

-->Boats on display from Alumacraft, Lowe, and Ranger

(For information call 716-608-4770)

10 - Musky Fishing 101 at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (1:00 - 2:00 pm) Come meet our local outfitter "Musky Bob."

Learn from one of the best local anlers around.  Learn about specific gear techniques for catching one of these monster freshwater fish.  Our local angler "Musky Bob", an avid Muskey fisherman will cover both trolling and casting methods. (For information call 716-608-4770)

10-11 - 5th Annual Oak Orchard Open Tournament - After a very successful and improved 4th  year of this event which introduced a new format with 5 Salmon and 5 Trout making up the legal catch, and  no communications, this year should be even better. (For  information contact Rick Hajecki at 585-704-7996/ crazyyankeesportfishing@gmail.com or Bob Songin at 585-704-5829/ reelxite@rochester.rr.com.)

10-18 - 33rd Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Walleye Tournament. In this 9-day/1-fish, tournament, the single biggest fish wins. That means any lucky angler can win! There are cash awards for the top 200 places, the top 10 places win big money, with the top prize as much as $8,000 in cash plus prizes. In-person registration ends June 10. Boat field is not limited, $35 entry fee. (For information call Bob Fessler/Don Mullen at 716-462-9576 or go to www.southtownswalleye.org.)

12 – State of the Fisheries of Keuka Lake at Room 109 Hegeman Hall at Keuka College, 141 Central Ave., Keuka Park, NY. (Yates County). (6:30 – 9:00 pm) DEC fisheries biologists will provide updates on the status of trout and salmon fisheries, warm water fish, fishing regulations, and DEC's Angler Diary Program. There will be time allotted at the end of the scheduled program for the audience to interact with the presenters. Ample parking is available. For directions and a campus map visit https://www.keuka.edu/visitors-guests. (For information call DEC Region 8 Fisheries at 585-226-2466)

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

15 – Start of Frog Season (A fishing or small game hunting license may be used) (>9/30)

16 – Close of Special Season on Lake Erie and Tribs for Black Bass
16 – Close of Statewide and Finger Lakes Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass
17 – Start of Statewide Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (11/30)
17 – Start of Finger Lakes Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (3/15/18)

17 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season (11/30)

17 – Start of Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season (12/15)

17 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Cayuga Lake Open Fishing Derby – Launch Location: Union Springs (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920   sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

17 - Saturday Kayak Skills Sessions & Tours at the Buffalo River DEC launch at Ohio Street (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Kayak skills and safety training. (Cost: $60.00) (For information call 716-392-2708 or email seabird.ava@gmail.com)

17 -  Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 30+ states. Legal Heat's concealed carry class covers firearms safety, handling, transportation, storage, ammunition, self-defense and firearms laws, concealed carry techniques and much more. Legal Heat’s firearm training instructors are all NRA and Utah BCI certified, insured and among the most highly experienced in the industry and can answer your CCW questions. This course typically runs approximately 4 hours. This Legal Heat course does not have a testor range requirement. The Utah and Arizona permits are open to residents of any state and can be applied for by mail. You do NOT have to reside in the state of UT or AZ to qualify to apply for their concealed carry permits. Register TODAY for this fun and informative class. Seating may be limited. (For information/register go to www.MyLegalHeat.com/Cabelas or call 855-GUN-CLASS)

17 -  Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series: The Bear Facts at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 2:00 pm) Jean Soprano, wildlife rehabilitator at the Kindred Kingdoms Rehabilitation Center, is dedicated to the care and release of injured black bears in Central and Northern NY. Jean will give a fascinating  presentation about how she cares for bears and provides them with the best chance of survival when they are released.  (Fee: $4/child, $6/adult, $20/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

17 - The Great Lakes Experience Festival at the Memorial Park, Route 5, Dunkirk, NY. (11:00 am – 5:00 pm) The Festival will focus on the environment and ecology of the Great Lakes and the heritage of our region. There will be family entertainment, environmental exhibitors, food vendors, and lots of information about habitat, science, recreation, tourism, and fun! A variety of organizations are involved and will have educational forums and displays featuring birds, reptiles, and primates.  Many exhibitors will offer educational programs such as waterlife, fish types and species, and the formation of the Great Lakes and rock and soil formations.  

17 - Turtle Talk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day by discovering their freshwater relatives here at Reinstein Woods. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

18 - Niagara Frontier - Alexander Gun Show at the Alexander Fireman’s Rec Hall, 10708 Alexander Road (Route 98)  Alexander, NY (9:00 am – 4:00pm) 100 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (100 Tables) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)

18 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Onondaga Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

19 - Pollinator Power at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Help us kick off Pollinator Awareness Week as we create an outdoor exhibit on the value of local pollinators. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21 - Women’s Wednesdays Level 1 Kayak Skills Session at 18 Mile Creek and Lake Erie. (5:30 – 7:30 pm) Quality instruction to suit your needs aimed at the beginner, new to kayaking and want to learn. Minimum boat size is 12 feet. (Cost: $60.00 for 2 hours/Boat Rental $25.00) Bring refreshments, sunscreen, personal medications and spare clothing. Wear clothing suitable for getting wet (synthetics as cotton doesn’t dry quickly) and shoes without laces as they can get trapped. (For information call 716-392-2708 or email seabird.ava@gmail.com)

24 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - Become Skilled with Map & Compass at Tupper Lake, NY (Cost: $50.00) (For information/register contact Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC  518-359-8194 

adkfoothills@yahoo.com  or go to www.adkfoothills.com)  

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

24 - Free Kids Fishing Tournament at Celoron Park sponsored by master fishing guide Mike Sperry with Chautauqua Reel Outdoors and the Affinity One Federal Credit Union. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Visit either sponsor location by June 20 to sign up. (For information call (716) 763-2947 / Cell: (716) 969-4633)

24 - Birding and Boating: Howland’s Island 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 Seneca River around Howland’s Island and the largest population of breeding Cerulean Warblers in NY. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child with-out rental, $18/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)

24 - Birding 101: Class #6 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Which woodpecker am I? Learn how to identify the different woodpeckers found in Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Irondequoit Bay Fishing Derby – Launch Location: State Launch – North End (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920   sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

25 - KTBA Bass Club Oswego River Tournament at Phoenix Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com ) (Members Only)

25-26 – FREE FISHING WEEKEND in New York State. No license required.

27-29 - Children in the Stream Conference at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown, NY. A conference to educate school teachers and other adult mentors interested in starting a youth fly fishing program. Fishing is the answer to a lot of people’s questions. It should come as no surprise that fly fishing is being used as a foundation for investigating science, math, English language arts, visual arts and community outreach through a “Children of the Stream” program. This unique interdisciplinary approach will be under the tutelage of Dr. Mike Jabot and Alberto Rey. “Children in the Stream” is the brainchild of Rey, a program he has been involved with for 18 years molding the anglers of tomorrow. (Cost: $350) Registration includes instruction in the classroom and in the field; fly rod outfits, fly tying kits and publications. (For information visit www.childreninthestream.com.)

28 - Birding and Boating: Cayuga Lake Sunset Paddle. Meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (6:00 – 8:30 pm) Join us for a relaxing, sunset canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds and habitats at the north end of Cayuga Lake. This is a great opportunity to see Bald Eagles and Osprey that are nesting in the area. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child without rental, $18/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)

29–7/1 – B.A.S.S. Northern Division Open on Oneida Lake  

30 - WNY Heroes Fishing Tourney for Military Vets, Chadwick Bay, Free to veterans, Fishing from 7am - 1pm, competition among veterans, lunch provided at Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 2-4pm. Coordinator: Captain Jim Steel, 716-481-5348; email: info@innovative-outdoors.com, or visit: https://lakeeriewalleyetournament.com/.  The Mission of WNYHeroes is to provide veterans, members of the armed services, and the widows and children of deceased veterans with access to essential services, financial assistance and resources that support their lives and sustain their dignity.

30–8/11 - Cumming Nature Center Forest School at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naplels, NY. Forest School recognizes the intrinsic relationship between children and nature. Our mission is to provide children with the space to nurture this relationship through unstructured play, curiosity-driven exploratory learning, hands-on projects and outdoor skills development, all within a physically safe and emotionally supportive environment. Through forest school, students learn to be resilient, self-reliant and confidently inquisitive. Semester-long Forest School meets weekly throughout the summer. Please note that transportation to the Cumming Nature Center is not provided. For children ages 4 -12. (Cost: Non-member – 1 child-$200/2nd child-$180/3rd child-$160::Member – 1 child-$180/2nd child-$160/3rd child-$140) (For information call 585-374-6160.)

30-7/30 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Trout and Salmon Derby - Grand prize will be $12,500 for the biggest Salmon. (For information go to www.loc.org or call 888-733-5246.)

 

JULY 2017

 

1 – Start of Dog Training on raccoon, fox, coyote and bobcat (>4/15/17)

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

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

5-16 - 26th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby - Great fishing abounds on the Erie Canal. Eligible waters are the Erie Canal from the Niagara River to the Route 98 Bridge, located in the heart of Albion. More than $8,000 in prizes is available. (For information go to   www.eriecanalderby.com.)

7-8 - 13th 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)  

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

8 - 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 canoe/kayak paddle on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal next to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Raptors, shorebirds and songbirds soar over the forests and wetlands adjacent to these tranquil      waters and we’ll help you experience it all. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent one from us. Fee: $8/child without rental, $18/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)

8 – 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/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

8 - Former NHL Hockey Star, Rob Ray’s 3rd Annual Big Dawg Walleye Tournament that will run from Chadwick Bay Marina in Dunkirk Harbor, New York. This is a 1-day tourney, 5 fish/day, with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Unlimited boat field, 2 to 5 anglers per boat, $500 entry fee, 100% payback (based on number of entries), 6:00 a.m. take-off. (For information call Mark Mohr at 716-998-9871 email markmohr37@gmail.com or go to https://www.rayzorsbigdawg.com/.)

9 - 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: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

9 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Port Bay Fishing Derby – Launch Location: North End (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920    sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

10-8/4 - The Montezuma Audubon Center Youth Sportsman Summer Camps at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Girls and boys ages 11-15 are invited to the Montezuma Audubon Center for up to four weeks of sportsman education and wildlife adventure summer camps. Youth will earn their hunter safety, waterfowl ID, bow safety, and trapper safety certificates in two weeks with hands-on learning and outdoor experiences!  Fisheries Camp participants will learn safe fishing practices with hands-on and fun experiences while fishing for trout, panfish, salmon, bass and more around the Finger Lakes Region. Wildlife Adventure Camp participants will explore the Montezuma Wetlands Complex’s habitats and wildlife through hiking, canoeing, navigating and other outdoor activities. Camp schedule: Week 1 – Hunter Safety/Waterfowl ID – July 10-14; Week 2 – Bow Safety/Trapper Safety Camp – July 17-21; Week 3 – Fisheries Camp – July 24-28 and Week 4 -  Wildlife Adventure Camp - July 31-August 4. (Fee per camper: $150/week.) Space is limited and registration is required. (Call 315-365-3588 or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma to download the summer camp registration forms.) (For more information, call 315-365-3588 or email montezuma@audubon.org.)

11 - Creek Critters At Amherst State Park at Amherst State Park. (10:00 am) Discover what amazing animals are lurking underwater on this hike along Ellicott Creek.

Note: this program takes place at Amherst State Park. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov) 

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

11 - Nocturnal Creatures at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (8:30 pm) Join former Naturalist Intern Matt Nusstein to search for creatures of the night on this guided walk. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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

15 -  Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - The Complete Hiker – Fun and Safety in the Wildlands at Tupper Lake, NY (Cost: $50.00) (For information/register contact Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC  518-359-8194  adkfoothills@yahoo.com  or go to www.adkfoothills.com)     

15 - The Search For Monarchs at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn about the monarch butterfly’s life cycle and search for eggs, caterpillars and adult butterflies. For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)    

19 - Birding 101: Class #7 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (6:00 pm) Search for summer birds, such as gnatcathcers, kinglets, titmice and vireos. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov) 

19 - 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/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)   

22 - The 7th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye SHOOTOUT will take place with more than 100 teams competing for this 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Limited to 85 boat field, $500 entry fee, teams of 2 to 5 anglers per boat, 6-fish bag weigh-in. (7:00 am - 3:30 pm/5:00 pm weigh-in at Cabana Sam’s) up to $100,000 in cash and prize awards. Part of Lake Erie King-Of-The-Lake Series (http://www.kotl.ca/walleye.html). (For information call Don Ruppert at 716-498-7770 or Bob Rustowicz at 716-830-6394 or go to https://walleyeshootout.com/.)

22 - Jewels Of The Sky at Billy Wilson Park, Amherst.(10:00 am) We will search for ebony jewelwings and tiger swallowtails as well as other dragonflies and butterflies. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)                                  

22 - 4th Annual King of the Oak Tournament - this is the second leg of the 4 part series to crown the King of the Oak. (For information contact Paul Czarnecki at 716-309-0085/ tri0900@gamil.com or Rick Hajecki at 585-704-7996/ crazyyankeesportfishing@yahoo.com.)

23 -  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: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

23 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Conesus Lake Fishing Derby – Launch Location: State Launch (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920   sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

26 - Women’s Wednesdays Level 2 Kayak Skills Session at Sunset Bay, Irving, NY (5:30 – 7:30 pm) Quality instruction to suit your needs aimed at the advanced beginner who has some formal instruction, can forward paddle, steer the kayak, move sideways and prevent capsize in flat water and can paddle 3-5 miles in a sheltered environment. Minimum boat size is 12 feet. (Cost: $60.00 for 2 hours/Boat Rental $25.00) Bring refreshments, sunscreen, personal medications and spare clothing. Wear clothing suitable for getting wet (synthetics as cotton doesn’t dry quickly) and

shoes without laces as they can get trapped. (For information call 716-392-2708 or email seabird.ava@gmail.com)

26 - Educator Workshop: Aquatic Wild at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Participants receive an activity guide filled with standards-based, interdisciplinary, hands-on lessons focused on aquatic wildlife. For educators of students in grades K-12. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

29 - Scratch And Sniff Walk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Discover what Reinstein Woods has to offer your senses of touch and smell during this hands-on hike. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

30 - 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: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

30 - KTBA Bass Club Sodus Bay Tournament at Town Launch (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

 

AUGUST 2017

 

4 - National Wild Turkey Federation – New York’s Finest Hunting Heritage Banquet at Casa Larga, 2287 Turk Hill Road, Fairport, NY (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Huber Marty  mhuber@nwtf.net   716-479-9276 )

4-6 - The Northern Chautauqua County Conservation Club’s 13th 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 prizes. (For information call Zen Olaw at 716-640-2776.)

5 - 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: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

5 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Cayuga Lake Fishing Derby – Launch Location: Deans Cove (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920    sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

5 - 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/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

5-20 - Orleans County Rotary Derby - This long time favorite offers a $4,000 Grand Prize and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Lake Ontario waters from the Niagara River to the Genesee River are the eligible waters for this Trout and Salmon Derby. (For information call 585-589-9881 or go to  www.orleanscountyfishingderby.com)

6 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Waneta/Lamoka Lake Fishing Derby – Launch Location: Between the Lakes (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920    sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

6 - 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: $125 - $150 per person depending on the number of women on the boat.) Pre-registration is required. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

7-11 - Cumming Nature Center – Friends of the Forest at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Campers, ages 6 – 8, get in touch with their wild side in the great outdoors. Experiences at the 900-acre preserve include hiking, forest exploration, survival skills and more. Bus transportation is provided from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. (Cost: $285.00) (For camp offerings by week, full camp descriptions and to register, visit RMSC.org/Camps or call 585-697-1942.)

7-11 - Cumming Nature Center – Wilderness Adventures at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Campers, ages 9 – 11, get in touch with their wild side in the great outdoors. Experiences at the 900-acre preserve include hiking, forest exploration, survival skills and more. Bus transportation is provided from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. (Cost: $285.00) (For camp offerings by week, full camp descriptions and to register, visit RMSC.org/Camps or call 585-697-1942.)

7-11 - Cumming Nature Center – Archaeology at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Campers, ages 12 – 15, get in touch with their wild side in the great outdoors. Experiences at the 900-acre preserve include hiking, forest exploration, survival skills and more. Bus transportation is provided from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. (Cost: $285.00) (For camp offerings by week, full camp descriptions and to register, visit RMSC.org/Camps or call 585-697-1942.)

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

9 - Women’s Wednesdays Level 3 Kayak Skills Session at Gallagher Beach, Buffalo, NY (5:30 – 7:30 pm) Quality instruction to suit your needs aimed at the intermediate who has some formal instruction, can forward paddle, steer the kayak, move sideways and backwards  maintaining a course in wind, can self-rescue and peer rescue in flat water, prevent capsize in flat water, and can paddle 6-8 miles in a sheltered environment. Minimum boat size is 12 feet. (Cost: $60.00 for 2 hours/Boat Rental $25.00) Bring refreshments, sunscreen, personal medications and spare clothing. Wear clothing suitable for getting wet (synthetics as cotton doesn’t dry quickly) and shoes without laces as they can get trapped. (For information call 716-392-2708 or email seabird.ava@gmail.com)

13 - KTBA Bass Club Double Shot Tournament on Onondaga Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

14-18 - Cumming Nature Center – Archaeology at Cumming Nature Center, Naples, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Campers, ages 9 - 11, get in touch with their wild side in the great outdoors. Experiences at the 900-acre preserve include hiking, forest exploration, survival skills and more. Bus transportation is provided from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. (Cost: $285.00) (For camp offerings by week, full camp descriptions and to register, visit RMSC.org/Camps or call 585-697-1942.)

14-18 - Cumming Nature Center – Eco Investigators at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Campers, ages 9 - 11, get in touch with their wild side in the great outdoors. Experiences at the 900-acre preserve include hiking, forest exploration, survival skills and more. Bus transportation is provided from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. (Cost: $285.00) (For camp offerings by week, full camp descriptions and to register, visit RMSC.org/Camps or call 585-697-1942.) 

14-18 - Cumming Nature Center – Survivor at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) Campers, ages 12 – 15, get in touch with their wild side in the great outdoors. Experiences at the 900-acre preserve include hiking, forest exploration, survival skills and more. Bus transportation is provided from the Rochester Museum and Science Center. (Cost: $285.00) (For camp offerings by week, full camp descriptions and to register, visit RMSC.org/Camps or call 585-697-1942.)

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

16 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Wheelin Sportsmen 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 )

18-9/4 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby - The $25,000 Grand Prize is part of the over $50,000 in cash that will be offered for this event.  (For information go to www.loc.org or call 888-733-5246.)

19 - 4th Annual King of the Oak Tournament - This is the third leg of the 4 part series to crown the King of the Oak. (For information contact Paul Czarnecki at 716-309-0085/ tri0900@gamil.com or Rick Hajecki at 585-704-7996/ crazyyankeesportfishing@yahoo.com.)

19 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - Adirondack Byway: A Raquette River Paddle at Tupper Lake, NY (Cost: $65.00 plus option of canoe/kayak rental) (For information/register contact Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC  518-359-8194  adkfoothills@yahoo.com  or go to www.adkfoothills.com)    

19-27 - 40th Annual Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey - Eligible waters include those within Orleans, Niagara and Erie Counties as well as those portions of Lake Erie and Ontario, Categories include Salmon, Rainbow/Brown trout, Lake trout, Smallmouth bass, Carp and Walleye. All have a chance to win the Grand Prize. (For information call 877-FALLSUS or visit www.fishodyssey.net.)

20 - KTBA Bass Club Tournament on Otisco Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

26 - The Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge from Chadwick Bay in Dunkirk Harbor. This is a 1-day tourney with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Limited to 65 boats, $500 entry fee, 6-fish weigh-in. Part of Lake Erie King-Of-The-Lake Series (http://www.kotl.ca/walleye.html). Registration deadline: August 1. (For information call Jim Steel at 716-983-7867 or go to https://lakeeriewalleyetournament.com/.)

26 - Monarch Tag And Release at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn how monarch butterflies are tagged and recorded for research, then release them for their journey south. For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

26 - 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/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

27 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Oneida Lake Fishing Derby – Launch Location: Briggs Bay DEC Launch (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920    sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

31-9/2 - 2015 New York State Trappers Association Convention & Sportsman Show at the Herkimer County Fairgrounds, 135 Cemetery Street, Frankfort NY. (Admission: $10 for the weekend/Free to under 16) (for information contact Wayne Jones  716-772-1059   iluvny@rochester.rr.com)

                                         

SEPTEMBER 2017

1 - Start of Canada Goose Seasons in the West Central and South Zones of Western New York (>9/25)

1 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Squirrels (>2/28/15), Snipe, Rails, Gallinules(>11/9) & Crows (Friday – Monday only)(>3/31/15)

3 - 4th Annual King of the Oak Tournament - This is the fourth and final leg of the 4 part series to crown the King of the Oak. (For information contact Paul Czarnecki at 716-309-0085/ tri0900@gmail.com or Rick Hajecki at 585-704-7996/ crazyyankeesportfishing@yahoo.com.

9 - Southern Tier Bassmasters (Points) Tournament on Cayuga Lake at the Dean’s Cove Launch (ENTRY FEE: -$25/Angler --$5/optional lunker) (For information Call 585-314-7142 or email tournaments@southerntierbass.com)

9 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Chautauqua Lake Fishing Derby – Launch Location: We Wan Chu (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920    sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

10 - KTBA Bass Club Oneida Lake Double Shot Tournament at Brewerton (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

14-18 – Women’s Adventure Kayak Training Trip in the ADK. Participants will be working on Level 2 & Level 3 skills whilst enjoying a beautiful setting with our own private launch access. Food will be sourced locally from organic farms. 'Pamper activities' for 'off the water' time can also be arranged for additional cost. NDK sea kayaks are available (Cost: $750.00/Canoe rental: $125) The four days include training, 4 evening meals and comfortable accommodations in beds at authentic Northpoint Camp at the edge of 6 million protected acres of Adirondack forest. Wifi (For information call 716-392-2708 or email seabird.ava@gmail.com)

16-17 - New York State Arms Collectors Association Gun Show at the NYS Fairgrounds Expo Center, 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse , NY (Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 9 am-3 pm) 1,000 tables. (Admission: $7.00/seniors $5.00/children under 12 free) (For information contact Sandy Ackerman Klinger, 346 Paul Street, Endicott, NY 13760, 607-748-1010 email sandynysac@yahoo.com)

17 - Start of Northern Zone Early Bear Season (>10/14)

17 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - Wilderness First Aid, 9-hour Certification Program at Tupper Lake, NY (Cost: $120.00 plus option of canoe/kayak rental) (For information/register contact Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC  518-359-8194  adkfoothills@yahoo.com  or go to www.adkfoothills.com)  

23 – NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY

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

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

24 - Barge Canal Bassmasters’ Keuka Lake Fishing Derby – Launch Location: Penn Yan (For information contact Bill Terry  607-962-6920    sliderwrom@yahoo.com)

24 - KTBA Bass Club Cayuga Lake Tournament at Long Point (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

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

27 - Start of Northern Zone Deer & Bear Bowhunting Seasons (>10/21)

29 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop - High Peak Jaunt: Views from the Summit at Tupper Lake, NY (Cost: $50.00 plus option of canoe/kayak rental) (For information/register contact Adirondack Foothills Guide Service, LLC  518-359-8194  adkfoothills@yahoo.com  or go to www.adkfoothills.com)

30 – Close of Frog & Snapping Turtle Seasons

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

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

OCTOBER 2017

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

8 - Midstate Arms Collectors Lisle Gun Show at the Lisle Fire Co., Route 79 North, Lisle, NY (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Sandy Ackerman at 607-748-1010 (1-6 p.m.)

8-9 - KTBA Bass Club Classic Tournament on Oneida Lake (6:00 am – 2:00 pm) (Cost: $80.00 boat for Members/$100.00 boat for Non-Members) (For information contact Tom Testa - tuzzytny@yahoo.com )

14-15 - 11th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show at the Steuben County Fairgrounds, Bath, NY (Sat - 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Free seminars on bass fishing, NY black bear, fishing from shore, trout streams of NY, river recreation, invasive insects, food plots, women and archery, retriever training and tracking wounded deer. For youth – fishing, archery, turkey calling and petting zoo. (For information call 607-664-2300 or go to www.SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com)

15 - Regular State Trout Season Closes (See fishing regulation guide. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year)

16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Salmon Creek (Cayuga County), East Branch Owego Creek, East and West Branchs Tioughnioga River and the Otselic River (Cortland County), Owego Creek and East & West Branches of Creek (Tioga County), Salmon Creek Above Ludlow Falls & West Branch Owego Creek (Tompkins County), Spring Creek except Caledonia State Fish Hatchery Property, Hatchery Property - 8:00 am B 3:3 0 pm (Livingston County), Oatka Creek from Bowerman Road Upstream to Union Street and from the Wheatland Center Road Upstream to the Mouth of Spring Creek, and Spring Creek (Monroe County), East Koy & Wiscoy Creeksand Chenunda Creek (Allegany County), Lime Lake Outlet, McKinstry, Elm Creek, Elton Creek, Mansfield Creek, (Cattaraugus County), Hosmer Brook and Cattaraugus Creek upstream of Springville Dam (Erie County), Clear Creek from the mouth to the Wyoming-Cattaraugus County line, Wiscoy Creek 0.5 mile upstream and downstream from the East Hillside Road bridge, East Koy Creek, Chenunda Creek, Cattaraugus Creek upstream of Springville Dam, Clear Creek (Ellington), Fenton Brook and Oatka Creek (Wyoming County) (>3/31/18)

16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Clear Creek and Prendagast Creek (Chautauqua County) (>3/31/18)

18-20 - St. Mary’s Archer’s Club Catch and Release Tournament - For fishermen of all ages this great event features fantastic tributary fishing on the World Famous Oak Orchard River by the St. Mary’s Archer’s Club. Entry fee includes parking and meals. (For information  contact John Denniston at 585-682-3067.)

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

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

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

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

NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

DECEMBER 2017

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

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

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

31 - Close of Fishing Season for Trout in the Finger Lakes Tributaries

JANUARY 2018

1- Start of Fishing Season on Lake Ontario, the Lower Niagara River and Tributaries for Lake Trout (>9/30)

FEBRUARY 2018

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

15 - Deadline for removing Ice Shanties from all waters.

15 - Close of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge and Walleye

15 - Close of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County) & the Chemung River and Tributaries (Chemung County)

15 - Close of Finger Lakes Bass Season.

16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass in all Finger Lakes except Cayuga, Otisco, Owasco and Skaneateles Lakes. (>6/19/16)

16 - Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on Otselic River from mouth to Whitney Point Reservoir Dam, Susquehanna River in Binghamton between Rock Bottom Dam and Exchange Street Bridge, Susquehanna River in the towns of Union and Vestal from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad bridge downstream to Murphy's Island, Tioughnioga River from New York Route 26 bridge to US Route 11 bridge, Little Choconut Creek from mouth to Goudey Station Building (Broome County), Dutch Hollow Brook from Owasco Lake upstream to the Route 38A bridge (Cayuga County), Scriba Creek from mouth upstream to Fish Hatchery Dam (Oswego County) (>5/5)

31- Close of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Salmon Creek (Cayuga County), Salmon Creek Above Ludlow Falls & West Branch Owego Creek (Tompkins County), Spring Creek on Caledonia State Fish Hatchery Property (8:00 am B 4:00 pm) (Livingston County), Oatka Creek from Bowerman Road Upstream to Union Street and from the Wheatland Center Road Upstream to the Mouth of Spring Creek, and Spring Creek (Monroe County), East Koy & Wiscoy Creeks (Allegany County), Clear Creek, Lime Lake Outlet, McKinstry Creek, Elm Creek, Elton Creek, Mansfield Creek and Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam (Cattaraugus County), Hosmer Brook and Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam (Erie County), Wiscoy Creek (Minus Section 2 mile Each Side of East Hillside Road Bridge), East Koy Creek, Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam and Clear Creek from Mouth to County Line (Wyoming County)

MARCH 2018

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

15 - Deadline for removing Ice Shanties from all waters.

15 - Close of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge and Walleye

15 - Close of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County) & the Chemung River and Tributaries (Chemung County)

15 - Close of Finger Lakes Bass Season.

16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass in all Finger Lakes except Cayuga, Otisco, Owasco and Skaneateles Lakes. (>6/19/16)

16 - Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on Otselic River from mouth to Whitney Point Reservoir Dam, Susquehanna River in Binghamton between Rock Bottom Dam and Exchange Street Bridge, Susquehanna River in the towns of Union and Vestal from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad bridge downstream to Murphy's Island, Tioughnioga River from New York Route 26 bridge to US Route 11 bridge, Little Choconut Creek from mouth to Goudey Station Building (Broome County), Dutch Hollow Brook from Owasco Lake upstream to the Route 38A bridge (Cayuga County), Scriba Creek from mouth upstream to Fish Hatchery Dam (Oswego County) (>5/5)

31 - Close of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Salmon Creek (Cayuga County), Salmon Creek Above Ludlow Falls & West Branch Owego Creek (Tompkins County), Spring Creek on Caledonia State Fish Hatchery Property (8:00 am B 4:00 pm) (Livingston County), Oatka Creek from Bowerman Road Upstream to Union Street and from the Wheatland Center Road Upstream to the Mouth of Spring Creek, and Spring Creek (Monroe County), East Koy & Wiscoy Creeks (Allegany County), Clear Creek, Lime Lake Outlet, McKinstry Creek, Elm Creek, Elton Creek, Mansfield Creek and Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam (Cattaraugus County), Hosmer Brook and Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam (Erie County), Wiscoy Creek (Minus Section 2 mile Each Side of East Hillside Road Bridge), East Koy Creek, Cattaraugus Creek Upstream of Springville Dam and Clear Creek

from Mouth to County Line (Wyoming County)