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DECEMBER 2018

1 - Start of Statewide Black Bass catch and release / artificial lures only season (>6/15/19)

1 - Start of Lake Erie and Tributaries Black Bass (20 inch limit) fishing season (>6/15/19)

JANUARY 2019

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

MARCH 2019

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 2019

1 - Start of Statewide Fishing Seasons for Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout, Hybrids of these Species and Splake, Lake Trout, Landlocked/Atlantic Salmon and Kokanee (>10/15)

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

1 – 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

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

1-31 - Celebrate Conesus Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, with an award winning stream bank erosion remediation! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)

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)

20 - Ospreys Across the Pond–A European Osprey Tour at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY (7:30 pm) The speaker will be Dr. Alan Poole, Retired Editor: Birds of North America, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The extraordinary revival in Osprey numbers that we are witnessing here in North America has not been restricted to our shores. Nearly eliminated from most of Europe half a century ago, Ospreys are staging a remarkable comeback there as well—from Scotland to Spain and from France to Finland. Follow local Osprey expert Alan Poole as he leads us along on a 3-week summer trip through Europe, visiting Osprey researchers and gathering material for his recently published book: Ospreys: The Revival of a Global Raptor. Part travelogue, part natural history—this beautifully illustrated lecture will give us glimpses of Europe through an Osprey lens. Come celebrate the revival of a global raptor! This event is free and open to the public. Join us in person in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's auditorium, or watch online. (For information call 800-843-2473.)

21 - 2019 Third Annual Arc Foundation’s Sporting Clays and Clinic Event at the Rochester Brooks International Trap and Skeet Club, 962 Honeoye Falls #6 Rd, Rush, NY (11:00 am – 6:00 pm) Please join us in the great outdoors for The Arc Foundation’s Sporting Clays Tournament! Arc’s mission is to create an inclusive society where the people we support may live truly integrated lives and reach their full potential as a part of our community. (Fees: $500.00 - Tournament Foursome Entry: Entry for four shooters to the tournament and dinner ; $125.00 - Tournament Single Entry: Entry for one shooter to the tournament and dinner: $75.00 - Skeet Clinic and Dinner Ticket: Participation in skeet clinic and dinner for one; and $50.00 - Dinner Ticket: Dinner for one) (for information go to ARCMONROE.ORG/EVENTS)

22 - Update on Status of Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River Fisheries at Woodlawn Beach State Park's Lodge, S-3580 Lakeshore Road, Blasdell, NY (6;30 – 9:30 pm) This annual event provides an excellent opportunity for anglers to interact with the biologists who study and manage Lake Erie and Niagara River fisheries. This year's meeting will feature emerging results about Lake Erie walleye movement, the Cattaraugus Creek fish passage project, Lake Erie prey base, and upper Niagara River habitat work. The meeting will begin with an informal discussion, followed by a series of presentations on Lake Erie and Upper Niagara River fisheries topics, and will include opportunities for discussion on a variety of fisheries management activities. Key members of Lake Erie and Niagara River's fisheries management and research community will present information on management and assessment activities for prominent Lake Erie sport fisheries. (For information call 716- 851-7201.)

22 - Montezuma Wildlife Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:00 – 11:30 am) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with migratory songbirds, marsh birds, and other wildlife this time of year. Join us for a van tour around Montezuma’s marshes, forests and grasslands to explore the abundant wildlife. Everything from snapping turtles, to Bald Eagles, to muskrats can be seen. Bring your camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife. Binoculars and field guides provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

23 - Seneca County Federation of Sportsmen Banquet at the Waterloo Sportsmen’s Club, 2654 Edwards Road, Waterloo, NY. (6:00 pm) (For information call Fred Beary 351-651-0115.)

25 - Surviving White-tailed Deer at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn facts and myths about white-tailed deer and how to keep them from destroying your gardens. For adults only. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - Lightning-Fast Hummingbirds at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (1:00 pm) Leap into the stunning physical abilities and light-speed lives of the world’s tiniest birds. Includes a guided pollinator walk and observation at our hummingbird feeders. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov) 

25 - Birding 101: Class #5 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 ones to look for during the summer season. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email einsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - Howland’s Island Birding Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (8:00 – 10:30 am) Spring songbird migration and breeding season is underway so join us for an early morning tour behind the locked gates of Howland’s Island. We’ll drive onto the island and make stops along the way listening and looking for migrants like the Warbling Vireo, Scarlet Tanager, and nearly two dozen Warbler species. We will also highlight the 10,000-year cultural and natural history of this unique island habitat.  Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child; $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

25-26 - Free Go Outdoors Event at Bass Pro Shops, 1579 Clark Street Road, Auburn, NY and Cabela’s, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. Summer is near and for those looking to expand their outdoor adventures beyond the neighborhood park and pool, Go Outdoors provides opportunities to learn new skills and gear up for camping, hiking, kayaking, fishing, outdoor cooking and many more summer adventures. Go Outdoors offers a variety of free activities including how-to seminars for kids and adults, workshops, kids’ crafts, giveaways and a chance to win an exclusive 2019 Tracker OFF ROAD vehicle. Scheduled events: Saturday - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s present a free BBQ sampling as award-winning teams will showcase their pit master culinary expertise/12 noon to 5 p.m. – Free catch-and-release pond; Free photo download; Free kids’ craft/1 to 3 p.m. – Free Flossie’s Funnel Cake and Uncle Buck’s Hushpuppy samples/1:30 p.m. – Camping fun workshop—first 50 kids to attend the workshop will receive a free wristband. Sunday - 12 noon to 4 p.m. – Free catch-and-release pond; Free photo download; Free kids’ craft/1 to 3 p.m. – Free Flossie’s Funnel Cake and Uncle Buck’s Hushpuppy samples/1:30 p.m. – Camping fun  orkshop—first 50 kids to attend the workshop will receive a free wristband. (For information call – Bass Pro Shop 315-258-2700 and Cabela’s - 716) 608-4770)

29 - Great Lakes Action Agenda Work Group Meeting - SE Lake Ontario Work Group at Fair Haven Beach State Park, NY (tentative). (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,)

29 -  Insects, Pollinators and Grassland Birds. Free seminar to be held at Finger Lakes National Forest, Hector Ranger Station, 5218 State Rt. 414, Hector, NY 14841. (6:30 - 9:30 pm) Event sponsored by The American Wildlife Conservation Foundation. Three presentations: Stressors associated with world-wide insect declines; Importance, status and conservation of NY’s wild bees; Importance, status and management of grassland birds in NY State. For more info contact Gary Goff grg3@cornell.edu)

30 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - NE Lake Ontario Work Group at the Gouverneur Community Center, Gouverneur, 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.)

30 - 18th Annual Don Johannes Memorial Big Fish Contest and 13th Annual Pete DeAngelo Memorial Three-Fish Contest. This is a precursor to the Pro-Am tournaments to get the teams warmed up for the fishing action. You don’t have to be in the pro-am to fish, though. Sign up at The Slippery Sinker, The Boat Doctors or The Gas Shack in Wilson. (Entry fee: $100 per boat. 100 percent cash pay out.) (For information call 716-778-0713.)

30 - L.L. Bean Partner Clinic at Keuka Lake State Park, 3560 Pepper Rd, Keuka Park, NY (6:00 – 8:00 pm)  More details coming soon about the topic that will be covered! (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

31 - Close of Spring Turkey Hunting Season

31- 6/1 - Oneida Lake Walleye Open, sponsored by i1Baits. First prize will be up to $5,000, depending on number of entries. Entry fee is $325 per two-person team. There’s a Big Fish side tournament on the first day (May 31), with a $40 entry. Winner take all. (For more information go to the i1baits website.)

31-6/2 - 35th Annual Skip Hartman Memorial Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament. The tournament is back to two days with one day set aside in case of bad weather. Over $40,000 in cash and prizes last year. Log on to the tournament website for rules and sign up information. 100 percent payback of entry fees! (For information call 877-FALLS-US or go to www.lakeontarioproam.net.)

JUNE 2019  

1 - 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 am - Noon) (For information call Gene Pauszek, 716-366-1772)

1 - Howland’s Island Paddle Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:00 – 11:30 am) Calling all paddlers- first timers to those with experience. Join us for our first paddle of the season, exploring the edge of Howland’s Island which is rich with birds, other wildlife and history. We will look and listen for breeding warblers, like the Prothonotary and the Cerulean. The route is up to 3 miles, round trip, and is on calm, flat water. Tandem canoes, solo kayaks, paddles, and PFDs can be rented or you can bring your own. (Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

1 - Springfling Bowfishing Contest. 2-4 man teams required, max is 4 people per boat. 10 fish per team allowed. The highest weight of the 10 fish will be the winner. In case of a tie the 1st team that weighed in will be the winner. (Registration fee: $300.00 Per team.) (For more info go to www.nybowfishing.com or email nybowfishing@gmail.com.)

1-30 - Celebrate Keuka Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake that looks like a “Y” & the only lake that flows north AND south! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

1 - Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at the East Aurora Fish & Game Club, 1018 Luther Road, East Aurora, NY (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) (For information call Dave Barus 716-597—4081)

2-8 – National Fishing Week

5 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - Lake Erie Work Group – location to be announced (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)

5 - Northern Montezuma Birding Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (1:30 – 4:00 pm) Leave the driving to us as we explore the Northern part of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. We will take the Audubon van to several locations looking and listening for nesting birds including marsh birds and songbirds. Nearly two dozen Warbler species could be present, as well as Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Osprey, and more. We will also highlight the 10,000-year cultural and natural history of this unique area. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child; $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

6 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - SW Lake Ontario Work Group – location to be announced. (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)

6 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Plains Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the VFW-Fairport, 300 Macedon Center 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 Mark Johnson at (585) 443-0366 or email bgottfried@nwtf.net

6-16 - The 35th Annual Walleye Derby on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River, sponsored by Southtowns Walleye Association of Western New York out of Hamburg, N.Y. Featuring more than $100,000 in cash and prizes with anglers expected from throughout Western N.Y., multiple states and Canada. The top 10 places win big money, with the top prize as much as $8,000 in cash plus prizes. This year a special $10,000 cash prize will go to the angler who brings in a walleye weighing more than 13 pounds. (For information call Rob Kroh 585-356-3696 or Jim Skoczylas 716-796-5372 or go to see the association’s website.)

7 - International Game Fish Angling Day (IGFA Day) The focus of the first IGFA Day will be youth education and the IGFA’s ongoing initiative to teach 100,000 kids to fish. Through the distribution of IGFA Passports to Fishing kits, the launch of new online learning modules and the creation of strategic partnerships with organizations involved in youth education, the IGFA plans to coordinate fishing clinics for kids in at least 20 different countries on six different continents.

7 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Salmon River Strutters Chapter Dinner 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 315-440-4351 wwilbur551@aol.com) 

8 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Hardwood Strutters Chapter JAKES Day at the North Seneca Sportsmen’s Club, Yarnell Road, Ovid, NY. (For more information contact Andrew Schibley at 315-694-0011 or Debra Vanni at 315-246-8738.)

8 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Chapter WITO at Erie County Conservation Club, Miller Avenue, Chaffee, NY (9:00 am) A great time to help raise vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Becky Werchowski 716-942-6858 viewofcountry@yahoo.com)

8 - DEC/Erie County Federation Teach-Me-to-Fish Event at the Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, NY. (For information contact Mike Todd at 716-851-7200.)

8 22st Annual Genesee Valley Chapter Of The Adirondack Mountain Club Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds- Hundred Acre Pond parking lot, Mendon, NY (Monroe County) (9:30 am – 3:30 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 adk-gvc.org/expo)

8 - BoatUS Foundation On-Water Training Programs at Fleet Boat Club, 1384 Empire Blvd, Rochester, NY. Whether you love boating and want to gain confidence at the helm, you're considering buying or renting a boat and want to learn new skills, or you're just curious about boating come learn. No experience necessary! There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our participants. Sometimes weather can be a limiting factor on the water. If the weather forecast is questionable, we will contact you no later than 24 hours before your scheduled course. It is a fun, easy, and affordable way to develop your sea legs! Two courses are available: Course 1 – Intro to Boating – 3 hours on the water; 3-4 students per boat; includes Centering the wheel, Shifting gears and throttle control, Preparing the boat for departure, Steering straight at idle speed and Station Holding. Course 2 - Women Making Waves (Women Only) – 3 hours on the water; 3-4 students per boat; includes Centering the wheel, Shifting gears and throttle control, Preparing the boat for departure, Steering straight at idle speed and Station Holding. Spots are filling fast. (Cost: $129.00 per course.) (For information/register go to https://boatusfoundation.ticketspice.com/fleet-boat-club-rochester-ny.)   

13 - Montezuma Birdwatching Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (3:30 – 6:00 pm) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with eagles, osprey, herons, and songbirds. Join us for a van tour through Montezuma's marshes, forests and grasslands to explore the abundant wildlife as they go about their daily activities. Bring your camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife. Binoculars and field guides provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

15 – Kayak Lessons (Beginner & Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Learn Beginning or Intermediate kayaking skills on beautiful Sugar Creek, while also learning a bit about the cultural and natural history of the area. Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes. Intermediate Kayaking taught by Dan Murn, professional Kayaking Coach based out of Fairport, NY, will include refining all of the above skills, plus the sculling draw stroke and basic rescue. This course is for those who are already comfortable in a kayak and are ready to expand and polish their skills. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

15 - Sunset Birding Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. ( 6:00 – 8:00 pm) Summer is almost here, and the days are getting longer. Join us for a dusk van tour of Montezuma’s birding hot spots where dozens of species can be seen and heard! Waterfowl, shorebirds, songbirds, and raptors are all likely possibilities to be spotted.  (Fee: $8/child; $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

16 – Niagara Frontier - Alexander Gun Show at the Alexander Fireman’s Rec Hall, 10708 Alexander Road (Route 98) Alexander, NY (8:00 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 716-542-9929 or email guns@nfgshows.com)

21-22 - Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament. This is a one day five walleye/day . Optional Big Fish Friday is on July 6. Unlimited boat field with two to five anglers per boat. $500 entry fee. 100 percent pay back. (Call Mark Mohr for details at 998-9871 or go to www.rayzorbigdawg.com.)

22 - Teach-Me-to-Fish Event at the Chestnut Ridge Park Lake, Shelter No. 10, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY. (For information call  Joe McAdam at 716-570-3436.)

22 - Spey Nation at the Pineville Boat Launch, Salmon River, Pineville, NY. Demonstrations, and instruction by some of the biggest names in 2 handed casting from the East and West Coasts today.   Great Lakes anglers finally have the opportunity to learn Traditional Spey, Scandinavian, and Skagit techniques from the experts.  Free lunch. (For information go to speynation.com/.)

27 - Montezuma Birdwatching Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with breeding songbirds, marsh birds, and other wildlife this time of year. Join us for a van tour through Montezuma's marshes, forests and grasslands to explore the abundant wildlife as they go about their morning activities. Bring your camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife. Binoculars and field guides provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.(For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

27-28 - 16th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge, Safe Harbor Marina, Lake Erie. (27th dinner at the Atrium @ Rich’s, One Robert Rich Way, Buffalo, NY/28th derby) The Challenge is filled with opportunities to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, everything from social to sporting functions.   The event involves a one-day catch-and-release tournament in which anglers have the opportunity to fish for bass and walleye with a professional fishing guide.  (For information contact Tiffany Rolleck at 716-204-2535 or online at http://www.cff.org.)

29 - The Monroe County Offshore Classic put on by the Genesee Charter Boat Association. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Dream Factory. Anglers can sign up at Mitchel's Bait and Tackle, 4531 Lake Avenue, Rochester, NY; South Bay Boat and Tackle, 4531 Lake Ave, Rochester NY and B-E Fishing Tackle Inc. 6275 Dean Parkway, Ontario NY. (Entry Fee:  $200 per boat with cash payouts) (For information go to 2019-Monroe-County-Offshore-Classic (1).docx)

29-30 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required. Anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State. All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

29-7/28 - 10th Annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Derby. Grand prize is $10,000 for biggest salmon. Weekly prizes for the divisions, $30,000 overall. (For more information, call 888-REEL-2-IN or visit http://www.loc.org/.)

JULY 2019

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

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

1-8/31 – New York State Summer Classic: This is a statewide tournament event that allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state using any legal angling method (in boats, from shore & piers, etc.) any time of day for a period of two months. It features 10 categories of fish to go after with an overall cash payout based on the number of anglers that enter. Anglers can bring fish in to any of the 60+ weigh-in locations across the state based on where they are fishing, and there is a protocol for fishing after hours. The event website has a map of the weigh-in locations, online leader boards, tournament announcements, and any other information regarding the event including registration. The event concludes with a sportsman show and awards ceremony to be held at the Batavia Downs Casino Resort, where all Top-3 placing anglers will be housed overnight as part of their awards package. Door prizes and giveaways will be handed out at the awards ceremony that all anglers are encouraged to attend! (For information call Tim Thomas at 585-330-0494 or go to www.NYSsummerclassic.com.)

3-14 - 29th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby. The Erie Canal is spotlighted for this family-oriented fishing competition offering up more than $8,000 in prizes. Eligible waters include from the Niagara River to the Main Street Bridge in Albion (Route 98) – 50 miles of waters. For more information visit www.eriecanalderby.com.

3-14 - 29th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby. The Erie Canal is spotlighted for this family-oriented fishing competition offering up more than $8,000 in prizes. Eligible waters include from the Niagara River to the Main Street Bridge in Albion (Route 98) – 50 miles of waters. For more information visit www.eriecanalderby.com.

6 - Beyond BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $150 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

12-13 – New York State Trappers Association Biggest Little Rondy in NY at Nichols Pond, Canastota, NY. (For information call Bill Swagler 606-222-8554 or Ken Hellijas  518-231-0266.)

14 - Beyond BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $150 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

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

16-19 –Explore Archery (Sea1) at the Veterans Memorial Park, Softball Field #1, 595 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY. (9:30 – 10:45 am)Explore Archery is fun and a perfect fit for archers of any age or ability wanting to get involved in the sport of target archery. If you are new to the sport or a beginner archer looking for an introductory program – sign up. You’ll learn important skills like range safety and proper shooting form. For ages 8 and up.(Cost: Resident $40.00/Non-resident $50.00.) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

19-20 - 9th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye SHOOTOUT. 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby.  $500 entry fee, teams of 2 to 5 anglers per boat, 6-fish bag weigh-in, 7AM – 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. weigh-in at Cabana Sam’s.  Up to $100,000 in cash and prize awards. (For information contact Don Ruppert 716-435-4137 or go to https://walleyeshootout.com/.)

20 - 16th Annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association King Salmon Tournament, Olcott, NY. (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) This event offers 100 cash pay back. All participants must be LOTSA members. (For information/register (Deadline July 17 at 6:00 pm) go to www.lotsa.org.)

20 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner & Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Learn Beginning or Intermediate kayaking skills on beautiful Sugar Creek, while also learning a bit about the cultural and natural history of the area. Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Debbie Lyon, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Program Director, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes. Intermediate Kayaking taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, will include refining all of the above skills, plus the sculling draw stroke and basic rescue. This course is for those who are already comfortable in a kayak and are ready to expand and polish their skills. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

23, 30, 8/6 & 8/13 Explore Archery (Sea2 & Sea3) at the Veterans Memorial Park, Softball Field #1, 595 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY. (9:30 – 10:45 am)Explore Archery is fun and a perfect fit for archers of any age or ability wanting to get involved in the sport of target archery. If you are new to the sport or a beginner archer looking for an introductory program – sign up. You’ll learn important skills like range safety and proper shooting form. For ages 8 and up.(Cost: Resident $40.00/Non-resident $50.00.) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

AUGUST 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Seneca Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, at 617 feet, the deepest lake in NY! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

2-4 - The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye Tournament. (For information contact Zen Olow at 716-640-2776.) (LOC) Fall derby is Aug. 16 – Sept. 2. Innovative Outdoors Walleye Derby is August 22-23. Contact Capt. Jim Steel at 983-7867.

3 – Ely Fagan American Legion Post 1151 Kids Fishing Derby at Martin Road Park at the Buyck Pavillon, 1344 Martin Road, Henrietta, NY. (7:00 – 10:30 am) Bring the kids and enjoy the sport of fishing! Awards and free lunch provided. Bring your own rods and bait. Register by July 6. (Ages 4 – 14 years) (For information and to register go to parksandrecreation.henrietta.org.)

3 - 2019 Paddle Keuka 5K Race & Sponsorships at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Paddle your way across Keuka Lake and back as this exciting event returns for the 4th year! All proceeds benefit the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium. Pre-registration for the race will end at 9pm on Thursday, August 1, 2019. RACE CATEGORIES: Please indicate which category you will be participating in when registering. Recreational: boats up to 17 feet in length. This category is for fun, and is open to the novice paddler and less experienced racer. If your boat is primarily used for recreation (not racing), this is the category for you. Unlimited: racing boats in excess of 17 feet in length. This category is for the more experienced racer. *Race start time may be adjusted in case of inclement weather. Must be 17 years old to participate. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

3-18 - 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)

8 - Lake Ontario Friends of NRA Event at the Eagle Vale Golf Club, 4344 Nine Mile Pt Road, Fairport, NY (5:00 pm) (Cost: $50.00) (For information call David Dentico 315-986-1717 or email ddentico@aol.com)

9-11 – Cattaraugus County Trappers Association Annual Sportsmen’s Rendezvous at the Cattauagus County Fair Grounds, Route 353, , NY Trapping demos, trapping supplies, gun dealers and much more. (For information call Kevin Parker at 716-474-7251.)

10 - Annual Flea Market and Chicken BBQ at The Sandy Pond Sportsmen's Association, 3201 Co Route 15, Pulaski, NY. (Flea Market – 8:00 am/BBQ – Noon). (For information call 315-387-6310.)

11 - Beyond BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $150 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

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

16 - 4th Annual Reelin’ for a Cure Tournament, ladies day only event, Olcott Harbor.
This 4th annual ladies event will once again be held out of Olcott. It’s a great way to celebrate life and pay tribute to cancer survivors. Last year over $10,000 was raised for Look Good, Feel Better as 21 teams also competed for cash prizes. (Call Stephanie at (716) 481-6388 and also log onto the event’s Facebook page.)

16-9/2 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby 2019. Over $66,000 in cash prizes including a $25,000 Grand Prize for the largest trout or salmon caught during this 18-day event. Help anglers celebrate the return of the mighty king salmon on Lake Ontario!  Sign up in local tackle shops or call (888) REEL-2-IN.  You can also visit http://www.loc.org/ to register.

17-25 - 43rd Annual Greater Niagara “Fall Classic” Derby – 2019: A Fish Odyssey The journey continues with another great event set for 2019 – 43 years of derbies! Last year, over $14,000 in cash and prizes were handed out to winning anglers at the Olcott Fire Hall on awards night. Species categories included salmon, rainbow/brown trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, carp and walleye. All have a chance to win the Grand Prize. Kids are FREE in a special youth division. (For more information, call (877) FALLS US or visit www.fishodyssey.net.) 

23-24 - The Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge at Dunkirk Harbor. 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Limited to 65 boats, $500 entry fee, 6-walleye weigh-in. Registration deadline: August 1.  (For information contact Jim Steel 716-481-5348 or go to www.innovative-outdoors.com.) 

24 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Guns N Lobsters 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 call Pete Clare 607-659-7849)

SEPTEMBER 2019

1 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Squirrels (>2/28/19), Snipe, Rails, Gallinules(>11/9) & Crows (Friday – Monday only)(>3/31/19)

1-30 -  Celebrate Skaneateles Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake where some lake residents still receive mail via boat! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

7 - Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium Open House at 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Have you been wondering what is happening at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium? Join Museum staff, volunteers, and trustees to find out! Tour the Finger Lakes Museum campus and explore the wetlands by land and water on mini guided wetland walks and mini guided eco-paddles from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Visual highlights will show our achievements and future plans. (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)

14-15 - 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)

5-8 - Walleye Fishing Education Weekend with Lance Valentine on Lake Erie at Dunkirk Harbor. A Fishing Education Weekend is a 4-day event combining workshops, seminars, on the water information sharing, meals, friendship and more in a family friendly environment designed to help anglers learn new techniques, new waters, learn hard core fishing information and make new friends. The seminars will focus on walleye but many techniques can be used for lake trout. A limited number of spots available for "non boaters". The registration fee is $425 and includes: Three Days of Classroom Education, on-the-water instruction & sharing of information/Three nights of Lodging at the Econo Lodge, Fredonia, NY/Three nights of Catered Dinner/Three mornings of Catered Breakfast/Boat launch or dock fees at Holiday Harbor at Chadwick Bay Marina. (For more info contact Jim Steel at 716-481-5348 or go to www.innovative-outdoors.com.)

21-22 - 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)

22 -  National Wild Turkey Federation – Enchanted Mountain Chapter Dinner 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  716 - 373-3322  gobbler648@verizon.net)     

28 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required. Anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State. All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

28 - Third Annual Boy Scouts of America Sporting Clays Shoot at the Painted Post Field & Stream Club, 320 Beartown Rd, Painted Post, NY. (For information contact Jim Griffin at 607-292-3227 or via email at frc375ss@gmail.com or Vaughn Neiler at 607-732-0885 or TeamVK@aol.com.)

28 – National Hunting and Fishing Day

28-29 - 34th Annual NYPA Wildlife Festival in Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at the New York Power Authority’s Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road (adjacent to Niagara University), Lewiston, NY (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) Catch a fish at the Niagara River Anglers fishing pond or shoot pellet guns at the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Club’s shooting trailer. A variety of conservation exhibitors will also be on hand, including NYS Department of Environmental Conservation divisions, NYS Parks Interpretive Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, plus clubs to include sportsmen, trappers, and boy and girl scouts to name a few. Loads of fun for the whole family! Kids fishing contest for youngsters age 15 and under in the public waters of Niagara County. Two ages classes. Weigh in will be at the Wildlife Festival between noon and 2 p.m. both days. Awards on Sunday at 3 p.m. Largest fish caught out of the NYPA reservoir and from the NYPA fishing platform will also receive a prize. (For information call 866-697-2386 or visit their website at www.nypa.gov.)

30 - End of Frog and Turtle Seasons

OCTOBER 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Cayuga Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, 37.9 miles makes this the longest Finger Lake! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

6 - Niagara Frontier - Alexander Gun Show at the Alexander Fireman’s Rec Hall, 10708 Alexander Road (Route 98) Alexander, NY (8:00 am – 3:00pm) 100 tables. NICS background checks available. (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information contact Bruce Johnston 716-542-9929 or email guns@nfgshows.com)

12-13 - 13th Annual Southern Tier Recreation & Sportsman 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)

12-13 - Niagara Frontier – Akron Gun Show at the Newstead Fire Hall, 5691 Cummings Road, Akron, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm /Sun 9:00 am - 3:00pm) 85 tables.(Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information contact Bruce Johnston 716-542-9929 or email guns@nfgshows.com)

13 - Midstate Arms Collectors Lisle Gun & Knife Show at the Lisle Fire Co., 9990 Main Street, Route 79 North, Lisle, NY (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) (85 tables.) (Cost: $5.00.) (For information call Sandy Ackerman at 607-748-1010 (1-6 p.m.)

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)

NOVEMBER 2019

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.) 

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

DECEMBER 2019

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.) 

JANUARY 2020

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)

FEBUARY 2020

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

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

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.)

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

MARCH 2020

APRIL 2020

15 - End of Dog Training Seasons