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APRIL 2019

1 - Start of Trout Season in Green Lake (Onondaga County), Rushford Lake (Allegany County) (>11/30)

1 – Start Lake, Brown, Rainbow and Atlantic Salmon in the tributaries of Canadice, Canandiagua, Hemlock, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Otisco, and Skaneateles Lakes (>12/31)

MAY 2019

4 - Start of Statewide Fishing Season for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge, and Walleye (>3/15/20)

6 - Start of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County), the Chemung River and Tributaries and Tioga River (Chemung County) Chenango River (Broome County) Susquehanna River (Broome County) Tioughnioga River (Broome County)(>3/15/20)

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

JUNE 2019  

15 - Start of Statewide Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (11/30)

15 - Start of Finger Lakes Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (3/15/20)

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

JULY 2019

1 – Start of Dog Training on raccoon, fox, coyote and bobcat (>4/15/20)

AUGUST 2019

15 - Start of Dog Training on Small Game (>4/15/20)

SEPTEMBER 2019

1 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Squirrels (>2/28/20), Snipe, Rails, Gallinules(>11/9) & Crows (Friday – Monday only)(>3/31/20)

14 - Start of Northern Zone Early Bear Season (>10/18)

OCTOBER 2019

1 – Falconry Season Opens (>3/31/20)

1 - Start of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Bowhunting Seasons (>11/15)

1 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Cottontail Rabbit, Ruffed Grouse (>2/28/20) & Coyote (3/29/20)

1 – Start of Woodcock Hunting Season (11/14)

1 - Start of Hunting Season for Snow Geese (>4/15/20) in the Western Zone

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), 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 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 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) (>3/31/20)

16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Clear Creek and Prendagast Creek (Chautauqua County) (>3/15/20)

19 - Start of Pheasant Hunting Season in Western New York (>12/31 north or >2/29/18 south)

25 – Start of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Weasel, Skunk, Opossum, Raccoon, Red Fox and Gray Fox (>2/15/20)

25 – Start Of Trapping Seasons for Coyote (>2/15/20)

25 – Start of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Bobcat (Southern portion of Western New York (>11/15)

26 - Start of Northern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/8)

26 - Start of Canada Goose Seasons - Part 2 - in the South Zone (>1/13/20) of Western New York

NOVEMBER 2019

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

1-30 -  Celebrate Hemlock Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, protected by NYS to be "forever wild"! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

2 - Start of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Crossbow Seasons (>11/15)

2 - Start of Canada Goose Seasons - Part 2 - in the West Central (>12/1) of Western New York

10 - Start of Trapping Season for Beaver in Central and southeast portions of New York (4/7/20)

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

11 - Cayuga Bird Club Presentation - Monitoring New York’s Winter Raptors by Christina Hoh, NYSDEC Biologist, at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Auditorium, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY. (7:30 – 9:00 pm) Upstate New York is known for its harsh winters, but some raptor species specialize in cold and snowy weather and spend their winters right here in our communities. These charismatic raptors, including Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls, are under a wide range of threats, and NYSDEC, its partners, and volunteers work together to monitor these nomadic birds across their winter range in New York. We will discuss these birds’ natural history, current trends, surveys and discoveries, and how you can take part in monitoring efforts. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and there will be cookies and conversation starting at 7:15. Bird club business begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the presentation. All are welcome. (For information call 800-843-2473 or email lms9@cornell.edu.)

12 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - NE Lake Ontario Work Group at the West Carthage Fire Hall, 61 High Street, West Carthage, NY.  (1:00 - 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Emily Sheridan, Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov, 315-785-2382.)

13 - Great Lakes Action Agenda Work Group Meeting - SE Lake Ontario Work Group at the Wayne County Cornell Coop Extension, 1581 Route 88 North, Newark, NY. (1:00 - 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share information on funding and resources, key project updates and collaborative opportunities relevant to sub basin work plans and discuss progress of EBM demonstration area watersheds and identify next steps. (For information contact Emily Sheridan at 315-785-2382 or email Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov,)

13 - Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 3:30 p.m) The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to learn how to identify dozens of duck, goose and swan species based on their calls and plumage. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

13 - Public Meeting on Trout and Salmon Stocking Levels for 2020 sponsored by DEC at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Avenue, Lockport, Niagara County. (6:30 – 9:00 pm) A big focus will be the status of the lake’s alewife population. Alewife are a small bait fish that make up a significant portion of the lake’s trout and salmon, particularly Chinook salmon. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback at the meetings, DEC said. Those who cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email at fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. (For further information contact Chris Legard by calling (315) 654-2147 or by mail to: DEC Lake Ontario Unit Leader at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station.)

14 - Close of Woodcock Hunting Season

14 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - SW Lake Ontario Work Group at the Tinker Nature Park, Hansen Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, Pittsford, NY (1:00 - 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070)

14 - Public Meeting on Trout and Salmon Stocking Levels for 2020 sponsored by DEC.  This meeting will be conducted online. To join the meeting, click here. If asked for a meeting number or a password use the following: Meeting number: 641 790 213, Password: PCVMcPX3. Upon joining the meeting, the caller will be prompted to connect to audio using their computer. Those who prefer to connect to audio via phone may do so by calling this toll free number: 1-844-633-8697, access code: 641 790 213. (6:30 – 9:00 pm) A big focus will be the status of the lake’s alewife population. Alewife are a small bait fish that make up a significant portion of the lake’s trout and salmon, particularly Chinook salmon. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback at the meetings, DEC said. Those who cannot attend a meeting can provide comments via email at fwfishlo@dec.ny.gov. (For further information contact Chris Legard by calling (315) 654-2147 or by mail to: DEC Lake Ontario Unit Leader at the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station.)

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

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

15 - Close of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Bobcat.

15 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - Lake Erie Work Group at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY. (1:00 – 4:00 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA). Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding. RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070)

16 - Start of Southern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/8)

16 - The Amazing Life of Spiders sponsored by the Pfeiffer Nature Center at The Portville Free Library, 2 North Main Street, Portville, NY. (10:30 am) Join wildlife enthusiast, Barb Busack as she takes us along on a journey to learn about the fascinating life of spiders. Barb will share with us the adaptations that spiders have developed to be successful in the world. The goal of the program is to provide us humans an opportunity to develop an understanding of and an appreciation for these much maligned animals. (Fee: Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.) (For information/register call 716-933-0187. Register by 4 PM, Thursday, November 14th, 2019.)

16 - Natural Products Workshop Part 2: Personal Care at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn to make natural personal care products and how to make personal care choices that are better for the environment. Make your own lip balm or deodorant to take home. Materials fee: $5/$3 for Friends members. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

16 - Scouts BSA Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 p.m) Please be prepared to go outside and dress appropriately for the weather. Pre-requisites/pre-registration is required.  All Scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $8/Scout. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

22 – Ten X Shooting Club Youth Rifle Shooting Program at the club, 853 Ransom Road, Lancaster NY. (6:00 pm) This program is for ages 9 through 20. New and first-time shooters should arrive at 6 p.m for safety and orientation training. Shooting begins at 6:30 p.m. Membership is not required. (Cost is $3 per night but no shooter is turned away.) (For information call Matt Giansante at 716-622-0705.)

23 - Northern Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (2:00 – 4:30 p.m) As the sun sets on a late autumn day, waterfowl are settling into Montezuma’s marshes and nocturnal raptors are getting ready to begin their dusk hunt. Hop in our van for an excursion to the northern part of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to look for ducks, geese, swans, and wintering raptors. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

23 - Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (1:30 pm) Learn tips for plant identification while creating a fall-themed centerpiece. Materials fee: $10/$7 for Friends members. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - Start Of Trapping Seasons for Beaver in Western New York (> 3/15/20 West portion of Southern Tier/rest >2/15/20)

25 - Start Of Trapping Seasons for Mink and Muskrat (>2/15/20)

30 - End of Statewide Fishing Season for Black Bass

30 - End of Lake Erie and Tributaries and Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

30 - Start of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 2 - in Western Zone (>1/5/20)

30 - Explore Hidden Gems Of Nature at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Take a virtual walk to local parks and natural areas in this slideshow presentation. For adults and children age 8 and older.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

30 - Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:30 p.m) Looking to get out of the house after the holiday? Join us on this late autumn day for an excursion to explore the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. We will look for ducks, geese, swans, and wintering raptors. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided, but feel free to bring your own and a camera as well. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

DECEMBER 2019

1 - Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/15?/20)

1 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Black Bass trophy (20 inch +) season (>6/14/20)

1 – End of Canada Goose Season - Part 2 - in the West Central Zone of Western New York

1-31 -  Celebrate Canadice Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, the highest and smallest Finger Lake! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

4 - Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 3:30 p.m) Waterfowl have left their breeding grounds and are ready for the long, cold winter. Join us for a birding van tour to see dozens of ducks, geese and swans as they rest, feed, and socialize in Montezuma’s marshes. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

7 - Family-friendly Winter Nature Walk at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 3:30 p.m) Join us for a guided, easy to moderate 1-mile stroll through the forest and grasslands and around the wetlands. Along the way, you will learn about how the Montezuma Wetlands Complex was formed and we will look for winter signs of birds and other wildlife. Afterwards, join us inside for a mug of hot cocoa. Binoculars will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. (Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

7-8 - Niagara Frontier – Clarence Gun Show at the Event Building, 11177 Main St Clarence, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 100 tables. NICS background checks available. (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call Bruce Johnston at 716-542-9929 or email http://nfgshows.com) 

7-8 - Niagara Frontier - Medina Gun Show at the Ridgeway VFW, 11392 Ridge Road, Rte 104, Medina, NY (Sat. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun. 9:00am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $5.00/12 and under free) (65 Tables) (For information call Bruce Johnston at 716-542-9929, email guns@nfgshows.com or go to http://nfgshows.com)

8 - End of Northern and Southern Zones Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

9 - Start of Northern and Southern Zones Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons (>12/15)

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

13 - Ten X Shooting Club Youth Rifle Shooting Program at the club, 853 Ransom Road, Lancaster NY. (6:00 pm) This program is for ages 9 through 20. New and first-time shooters should arrive at 6 p.m for safety and orientation training. Shooting begins at 6:30 p.m. Membership is not required. (Cost is $3 per night but no shooter is turned away.) (For information call Matt Giansante at 716-622-0705.)

14 - Wine and Wings Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 3:30 p.m) The holiday season is here and so are the wintering raptors.  Join us as we head out in our van to look for elusive Short-eared Owls, hunting Northern Harriers, soaring Bald Eagles, and more.  During the tour, we will stop at the Montezuma Winery for wine tastings and to learn how vineyards and Important Birds Areas happily exist side by side. Must be 21+. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. (Fee $25/adult, includes tasting fee and a souvenir glass. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

15 - End  of Northern Zone Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons

16 - Christmas Bird Count at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.  As the CBC enters its 119th year, join us as we count the birds wintering throughout the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. (For information call Chris Lajewski 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

19 - Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 – 11:30 am) Waterfowl have left their breeding grounds and are ready for the long, cold winter. Join us for a birding van tour to see dozens of ducks, geese and swans as they rest, feed, and socialize in Montezuma’s marshes. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

28 - Fur Handling Seminar by the Erie County Trappers Association at the Collins Conservation Club, 2633 Conger Road, Collins, NY (9:00 am to 1:00 pm) Free to attend. (For information call Patti at 716-337-2556 .)

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

31 - End of Pheasant Hunting Season in Lake Plains Portion of Western New York

JANUARY 2020

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

1 - Start of Catch and Release, artificial lures only, seasons for Lake, Brown and Rainbow Trout and Atlantic Salmon on Fall Creek (Cayuga Lake) from the downstream edge of the railroad bridge below Route 13 to Ithaca Falls (>3-31)

1 – Start of Hunting Season for Varying Hare (Snowshoe Rabbit) in the Southern Tier portion of Western New York (>1/31)

1 - First Day Snowshoe Hike at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Join us to ring in 2020 by strapping on some snowshoes and taking a leisurely 1-mile hike through snow muffled forests, across restored grasslands and around the frozen marshes to explore hearty winter birds and look for signs of active mammals. *Note- if conditions are not conducive for snowshoeing, we will still hike.  After the hike, you’re invited inside to warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. Fee: FREE! Snowshoes will be available to borrow. (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

4-5 - Niagara Frontier - Hamburg Gun Show at the Event Building, Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 S Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am - 3:00pm) 425 tables. NICS background checks available. (Cost: $7.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call Bruce Johnston 716-542-9929 or email nfgshows@aol.com)

5 - End of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 2 - in Western Zone

11 - Early Gun & Military Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Route 14N, Geneva, NY (9:15 am) over 200 guns •  shotguns • rifles • handguns •  springfields  • flintlocks • percussion •revolutionary war to post civil war • edged weapons • ammo • indian artifacts •collection of powder horns & shot (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

11-12 - The Original Rochester Gun Show at the Roc Dome Arena, 2695 E Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) No children under 10 allowed and no cameras. (Admission: $8.00) (For information call Karen Lusk at 585-226-6211 or go to http://www.esaca.us.)

13 – End of Canada Goose Hunting Season - Part 2 - in the South Zone of Western New York

17-19 - The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. In conjunction with that show, the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s Salmon School set for Jan. 18 is now open for registrations at www.lotsa1.org.

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

25 - Whitetails Unlimited - Canandaigua, NY/Wine Country Chapter Banquet Deer Camp at the Kings Banquet Center, 4031 Routes 5 & 20, Canandaigua, NY. (5:00 pm) The deadline ticket date is January 19, 2019. Tickets may be ordered online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com or by phone - 1-800-274-5471. (Cost $45.00/$35.00 spouse/youth) Everyone goes home with a Deer Camp Tour 2018 Shirt! (For information contact Bill Bailey  413-244-2304)

31 - End of Hunting Season for Varying Hare (Snowshoe Rabbit) in the Southern Tier portion of Western New York

FEBUARY 2020

1-9 - National Rifle Association’s Great American Outdoor Show at the State Farm Show Complex, 2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA. This is a nine day event celebrating hunting, fishing and outdoor traditions that are treasured by millions of Americans and their families. The show features over 1,100 exhibitors ranging from shooting manufacturers to outfitters to fishing boats and RV’s, and archery to art covering 650,000 square feet of exhibit hall space! Not to mention a jam packed schedule including country concerts, fundraising dinners, speaking events, archery competitions, celebrity appearances, seminars, demonstrations and much more! (Admission to the 2016 Great American Outdoor Show is as follows: • Adult: $13.00, • Child (6-12): $6.00, • Senior (65 or older): $11.00 and • 2-Day Pass: $22.00.) The show’s website, www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org, features an interactive floor plan and exhibitors list.

7-9 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) in the Snow Winter Workshop at Allegany State Park. Winter in New York can last up to six months. Why not learn to enjoy it to the fullest? Training sessions will include: Snowshoeing, Cross Country Skiing, Winter Camping & Survival, Fat Tire Biking, Trapping, Dutch Oven Cooking, Wild Game Cooking, Ice Fishing, K-9 First Aid, Firearm Safety and more! Registration will be open from November 19 through December 3, 2019, and DEC will choose registrants via lottery. Limited spaces available! Registration form, course descriptions and scholarship information will become available on November 19th. (For information e-mail BOW for more information.)

8-9 - Niagara Frontier – Clarence Gun Show at the Event Building, 11177 Main St Clarence, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 100 tables. NICS background checks available. (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call Bruce Johnston at 716-542-9929 or email http://nfgshows.com) 

15 - End of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Weasel, Skunk, Opossum, Raccoon & Fox.

15 - End of Trapping Seasons for Coyote, Mink and Muskrat.

15 - End of Trapping Seasons for Beaver in most of Western New York

15-16 - FREE FISHING WEEKEND in New York State. No license required.

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

22 - The Niagara River Anglers Association’s Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest. (Sunrise – 2:00 pm) Tournament boundaries include Lake Ontario and its tributaries, as well as the Lower Niagara River. Fish can be caught from boat or shore. Sign up at Creek Road Bait and Tackle, Lewiston, the Slippery Sinker in Olcott or at the launch ramp in Lewiston the morning of the contest. (For more information check out www.niagarariveranglers.com or call Paul Jackson at 731-4780. Entry forms should also be available at Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston and The Slippery Sinker in Olcott.)

22 - Whitetails Unlimited - Central New York Deer Camp at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY. (5:00 pm) The deadline online ticket purchase date is February 18, 2019. Tickets may be ordered online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com or by phone - 1-800-274-5471. (Cost $45.00/$35.00 spouse/$30.00 youth.) Everyone goes home with a Deer Camp Tour 2019 Shirt! (For information, call Bill Bailey 413-244-2304)

28-29 – 2020 Annual Northeast Wildlife Management Seminar at the Embassy Suites Syracuse Destiny, 311 Hiawatha Blvd West 6646 Old Collamer Rd S, East Syracuse, NY. (8:00 am – 5:00 pm both days) Sponsored by the New York State Wildlife Management Association. This is your chance to learn the latest research and techniques from experts in the field of Wildlife Damage Management. (Cost: $250 advance/$300 at door)(For information go to go to http://www.nyswma.org)

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

MARCH 2020

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. (>5/3)

14 - Whitetails Unlimited - Western New York Deer Camp at the Willows, 177 Savage Road, Holland, NY. (5:00 pm) The deadline ticket date is March 11, 2019. Tickets may be ordered online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com or by phone - 1-800-274-5471. (Cost $45.00/$35.00 spouse/$30.00 - youth.) Everyone goes home with a Deer Camp Tour 2019 Shirt! (For information contact Bill Bailey  413-244-2304)

15 - Deadline for removing Ice Shanties from all waters.

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

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

15 - Close of Finger Lakes Bass Season.

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

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

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) (>5/31)

21/22 - The 73rd Annual Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show at the Quality Inn & Suites Palm Island Waterpark, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY (Sat-9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun-9:00 am – 3:00 pm) This show is hosted by the Alabama Hunt Club. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. 150+ tables. (Cost: $5.00/under 12 free w/adult) (For information contact Denis Davis 585-798-6089 dwdavis70@gmail.com)

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

29 - End of Hunting Season for Coyotes

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)

31 - Falconry Season Closes

31 – Close of Crow Hunting Season

APRIL 2020

1 - Start of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout, Hybrids of these Species and Splake, Lake Trout, Landlocked/Atlantic Salmon and Kokanee (See fishing regulation guide. Great Lakes and tributaries as well as some inland waters are open all year)(>10/15)

1 - Start of Trout Season in Green Lake (Onondaga County), Rushford Lake (Allegany County) (>11/30)

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

15 - End of Dog Training Seasons

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

24-26 - 32nd Annual Bird of Prey Days at Braddock Bay at Braddock Bay Park, 199 East Manitou Road, Rochester, New York. Braddock Bay Raptor Research will host the Bird of Prey Days festival at Braddock Bay Park on Lake Ontario and home to one of the best spring raptor migrations on the continent! People of all ages are invited to come out and learn about hawks, eagles, falcons, owls, and other species in support BBRR’s conservation efforts. Activities will be held inside and out, including hawkwatching, raptor banding, owl prowls, live raptor programs, educational and art displays, and kids activities. $5 suggested donation for adults, kids are free. (For information contact: Braddock Bay Raptor Research, 585-267-5483, information@bbrr.org.)

25-26 - Spring Youth Turkey Hunt (Details page 45 19-20 Hunting & Trapping Guide)

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

MAY 2020

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

31 - Close of Spring Turkey Hunting Season

JUNE 2020

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

JULY 2020

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

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

AUGUST 2020

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

SEPTEMBER 2020

12 - Start of Southern (Catskill) Zone Early Bear Season (>10/27)

19 - Start of Northern Zone Early Bear Season (>10/16)

19 - Start of Northern Zone Bear Bowhunting Season (>10/23)

26-27 - The Original Rochester Gun Show at the Roc Dome Arena, 2695 E Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) No children under 10 allowed and no cameras. (Admission: $8.00) (For information call Karen Lusk at 585-226-6211 or go to http://www.esaca.us.)

27 - Start of Northern Zone Deer Bowhunting Seasons (>10/23)

OCTOBER 2020

1 - Start of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Bowhunting Seasons (>11/20)

10-12 - Youth Firearms Deer Hunt Weekend

14 - Start of Northern Zone Deer & Bear Crossbow Seasons (>10/25)

24 - Start of Northern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/6)

NOVEMBER 2020

6 - Start of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Crossbow Seasons (>11/20)

20 - Close of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Bowhunting/Crossbow Seasons

21- Start of Southern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/13)

DECEMBER 2020

7 - Start of Northern Zone Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons (>12/13)

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

13 - End of Southern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

14 - Start of Northern and Southern Zones Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons (>12/22)

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