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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)

JUNE 2019  

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

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), & Crows (Friday – Monday only)(>3/31/20)

OCTOBER 2019

1 – Falconry Season Opens (>3/31/20)

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

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 >2/29/20 south)

NOVEMBER 2019

 

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

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

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)

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

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)

FEBUARY 2020

26-3/1 - Western New York (Buffalo) Boat Show at the s ADPRO Sports Training Center, 1 Bills Drive, Orchard Park, NY. (Wed 5:00-9:00 pm/Thur & Fri 12:00 – 9:00 pm/Sat 10:00 am – 9:00 pm/Sun 10:00 am – 5:00 pm) The region's largest and best boat show. From cruisers to runabouts, pontoon boats to fishing boats, ski boats to personal watercraft and boat trailers - the show has it all. All of the area's top dealers will have product on display and everything will be on-sale! All major manufacturers will have show promotions / rebates in place and lenders will have discounted boat show financing rates, as well. You'll find everything else you need: boat lifts and dock displays, local Marinas, Boat Insurance, boat service providers, accessories, electronics, and much more. (Admission: $8.00/Kids 12 & under Free) (For information call 585-237-5185 x104 or go to https://wnyboating.com/)

27 - Cayuga Lake Birding Van Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:30 pm) Cayuga Lake is an Audubon designated Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that use the lake during the winter and migration seasons. Hop in our van for an excursion to the northern part of the lake where up to 30 species of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. Bald Eagles and other raptors are a possibility too. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. (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)

27-28 - Wildlife-Human Interaction/Conflict at the New York Chapter of TWS 2020 annual meeting at The Craftsman Inn & Suites, 7300 E Genesee Street, Fayetteville, NY. (For information email nytws.pres@gmail.com)

27-3/1 - The World Fishing and Outdoor Exposition at the Rockland Community College Field House, Suffern, NY. (Thur 2 – 9 pm/Fri 1 – 9 pm/Sat 9:30 am – 7 pm/Sun 9:30 am – 5 pm) This show  is the sport fishing super show and is the only sport show in the metro New York area.  The show features all of the major fishing tackle manufacturers displaying fishing gear, fishing tackle, bait, hunting gear, trailers, clothing plus information on sportfishing charters, whale watching and fishing tours, camps, lodges, clubs and guide services.  The show also offers daily seminars and demonstrations given by the pros and activities for the kids. (Admissions: Adults: $13.00/Children (6-11): $3.00/Children (5 and under): Free) (For Information call 603-431-4315; E-mail ASA/Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Exposition, LLC or visit the World Fishing and Outdoor Expo - Suffern, NY Website.)

28 - 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.)

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)

29 - Chautauqua County Friends of NRA Banquet at the Samuel Derby Post 556 American Legion, 9 Meadow Lane, Frewsburg, NY (4:30 pm) (Cost: $35.00) (For information contact Jennifer Schmitt 716-487-2487, email: jschmitt1452@yahoo.com.)

29 – About Boating Safety  by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary  at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, NY. (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) This is a NYS approved Course. (For information/register contact Martin Laufer at 716-390-7727.)

29 - Family Outdoor Time: Bird Migration at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (2:00 – 4:00 pm) Winter is a great time to explore wetlands and the wildlife that live there.  Families will discover how wildlife survive in these delicate areas by exploring the frozen marshes and swamps and conducting scientific experiments.  If there is snow on the ground, plan on snowshoeing. (Fee w/ snowshoe rental:  $7/person, $20/family Fee: w/o snowshoe rental:  $5/person, $15/family.) Pre-registration is required as snowshoes are limited. (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

29 - Fly Tying 101 at The Orvis Shop, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY. (10:00 am – Noon) (Free.) (Call the store at 716-276-7200 information/register go to www.orvis.com/buffalo.)

29 - Chautauqua County Friends of NRA Banquet at the Samuel Derby Post 556 American Legion, 9 Meadow Lane, Frewsburg, NY (4:30 pm) (Cost: $35.00) (For information contact Jennifer Schmitt 716-487-2487 or go to chautauquacountyfriendsofnra@yahoo.com)

29-3/1 - Catteraugus County Sportsman Show at Seneca Allegany Event Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca, NY (Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Hosted by York-Penn Shows of New York. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. 400 tables. (Cost: $8.00) (For information call James Buck at 716-569-6810 or email topdrake@yahoo.com)

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)

1 - Niagara Region Winter 3D Shoot at Alden Rod and Gun Club, County Road (south of Broadway), Alden., NY. Registration from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Walk-on shooters welcome. For a complete 12-week schedule, contact John Florian at 725-5822.

3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 - The Children of the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program at the Costello Community Room (P84) in the new addition to the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY. (7:00 – 8:30 pm) This program is in its 19th year of providing weekly free fly tying and fly fishing classes to both youths and adults in our area. You do not need any prior experience to attend these classes, and the course is geared towards ages 10 and older. For more information contact Alberto Rey at 716-410-7003 or alberto@albertorey.com)

4 - Montezuma Migration Birding Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (2:00 – 4:30 pm) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that stop here during the spring and fall migrations. Enjoy a leisurely ride in our van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hot spots where thousands of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and other raptors are a possibility too. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (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)

5-8 - WNY Sport & Travel Expo at the Erie County Fairgrounds Event Center, 5820 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY. (Thu & Fri Noon-9:00pm/Sat 10:00 am – 8:00 pm/Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm) WNY Sport & Travel Expo will be dedicated to the outdoor enthusiast. Special guests include Greg Miller from the hit show In Pursuit Bwana Jim and his Wildlife Show, Jim Beverly Retriever Training, and Clint Taylor. WNY Sport & Travel Expo will showcase excellent entertainment and seminars on hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities for all age group. There will be very large display of goods and services related to sport and travel. Interactive games will make it more entertaining for the participants. (Cost: $9.00/Children 10 and under free/Scouts in uniform free/Free Parking) (For information go to http://10times.com/wny-sport-travel)

7 - Northern Chautauqua Co. (Dunkirk) Ducks Unlimited Annual Dinner and Live Auction at the Blessed Mary Angela Parish Social Hall, 324 Townsend Street, Dunkirk, New York, (5:00 – 9:30 pm) (Cost: Single $45/Couple $75/after 2/28 - $50 and $75) (For information/Tickets call Ron Romance 716-969–5166 or visit www.ducks.org/new.york/events.)

7 - Bird Dissection & Discussion Workshop at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 pm) Join us to learn how the Montezuma Audubon Center came to be in possession of these federally protected migratory birds. From heron to hummingbird, if you have ever wanted to see and examine a variety of wild birds up close and personal, this is your chance. Participants will explore the internal and external anatomy of birds and be guided through a dissection to learn about their unique adaptations. Each participant will be provided a study specimen, a dissection kit, disposable gloves, and a face mask. No parts or pieces of the birds may be kept by participants. Headlamps are recommended.  Appropriate for children ages 12+ and must be accompanied by a parent. Fee: $15/child, $20/adult, $40/family. Pre-paid reservations required. (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

7 – Winter Tree Identification at the Emery Park Ski Lodge. 2084 Emery Road, South Wales, NY. (10:00 am) Wear winter boots and dress for the weather. (For information/register call 716-652-1380.)

7 - Owl Prowl at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (7:00 pm) Search for signs of owls in the woods after an indoor introduction to these birds of prey. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

7 – Owl Prowl at the Beaver Meadow Nature Center, N. Java, NY. (7:30 – 9:30 pm.) (Cost: $7.00) (For information/pre-register call 585-457-3228.)

7-8 - Niagara Frontier – Cheektowaga Gun Show at the Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road,

Cheektowaga, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am - 3:00pm) 90 tables. NICS background checks available. (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call Bruce Johnston 716-542-9929 or email nfgshows@aol.com)

8 – Genesee Charter Boat Assoc. Flea Market at 1000 North River Street (Port Authority Bldg/Ferry Terminal, 2nd floor), Charlotte, Rochester, NY (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) Come on down and haggle with the captains and squeeze them for the latest info on the big lake.  Proceeds to be used towards our pen rearing project. (For information call 585-217-2151.)

8 - Niagara Region Winter 3D Shoot at Erie County Conservation Society, Holland, NY. Registration from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Walk-on shooters welcome. For a complete 12-week schedule, contact John Florian at 725-5822 or Dan Fisher at 716-860-2519.

9 - Public Information Session On Habitat Management Plan For Honeoye Inlet WMA at the Richmond Town Hall, 8690 Main Street, Honeoye, NY. (6:30 to 8:00 pm) This building is wheelchair accessible; please contact DEC Biologist Michael Palermo at (585) 226-5383 with any specific requests for accommodations. The session will begin with an informal open house from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and DEC staff will be available for discussion. A presentation will begin at 7 p.m., to review the history of this WMA, specific activities and locations for planned management actions, an overview of forest habitat management, and a question and answer period. (For information call 585-226-5383.)

9 – International Fly Fishing Film Festival at the Joylan Theater, 11 West Main Street, Springville, NY. (5:30 pm) The Festival is to benefit the Springville Community Trout Pond Renovation Project. (General admission $15.) (For information call Tyler at 716-361-7417.)

9 – International Fly Fishing Film Festival at the Joylan Theater, 11 West Main Street, Springville, NY. (5:30 pm) The Festival is to benefit the Springville Community Trout Pond Renovation Project. (General admission $15.) (For information call Tyler at 716-361-7417.)

13 – Deadline For April 3 Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitator And Leashed Tracking Dog Examinations: Examinations for individuals seeking a license to practice the sport of falconry, become a volunteer wildlife rehabilitator, or use leashed tracking dogs to find wounded or injured big game animals are now scheduled.

The exams are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at most DEC Regional Offices across the state. A list of DEC Regional Offices can be found on DEC's website. These are free exams and exam registration forms can be found on DEC's website.

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.)

13-14 – 2020 NYDU State Convention and Conservation Celebration at the Ramada Inn Lakefront, Geneva, New York. A celebration of the achievements during 2019. (Cost: Single (full weekend) $165/Couple (full weekend) $290/Greenwing (full weekend) $50/Adult (Fri only) $75/Adult (Sat only) $90) (For information call Eric Struening 908-894-4348 or go to www.ducks.org/new-york/events)

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)

14 - Whitetails Unlimited Western New York Deer Camp at the Willows, 177 Savage Road, Holland, NY. The deadline ticket date is March 11. 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 2017 Shirt! (For information contact Bill Bailey at 413-244-2304 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

14 - Bluebird Nest Box and Bug Hotel Building at the Home Depot in Olean, NY. (10:00 -11:00 am OR 11:00 am – noon) Spring is just around the corner which means our wild animal friends will soon be looking to start new families. If you would like to attract wildlife to your yard join us in building a bluebird box or a bug hotel or BOTH! If you love birds, you should also love bugs! Insects are the diet plan for all baby birds. Build a bug hotel to provide a food source for your feathered friends. Nature enthusiasts Tim Baird and Mike Ermer will be on hand to answer questions about these amazing animals. Craftsmen Joe Leo and Craig Myers will lead the construction activities. Preregistration is required and can be done through Pfeiffer Nature Center by 4 pm, Thursday, February 14th. Reservations are limited and are on a “first come first serve basis”. (Program fee: $10 per bird nest box or bug hotel and group of builders (1-3 participants per group). Children must be accompanied by adults. (For information/register contact the office at 716-933-0187.)

14 - Montezuma Migration Birding Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 – 11:30 am) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that stop here during the spring and fall migrations. Enjoy a leisurely ride in our van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hot spots where thousands of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and other raptors are a possibility too. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (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)

14 - Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot at Wolcott Guns, 3052 Walden Avenue, Depew, NY. (12:30 pm) Register in advance. (For information/register call Colleen Gaskill at 716-628-9023.)

14 - Family Outdoor Time: Project NestWatch at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) March is a great time to start watching for migrating and nesting birds. Families will explore the forest to search for tree cavities, canopy trees and other potential nesting sites to discover how monitoring bird nests is an important community science project for families. Fee: $5/person, $15/family.

 (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

14 - Wine and Wings Raptor Van Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm) The spring migration is here so join us to search for migratory waterfowl, elusive Northern Harriers, breeding Bald Eagles and more! During the tour, we will stop at Izzo’s White Barn Winery and enjoy award-winning wines and learn how vineyards and Important Birds Areas can exist side by side. (Fee: $20/adult, includes wine tastings. Must be 21+. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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)

15 - Eastren Lake Ontario Salmon & Trout Assoc. Nautical and Fishing Tackle Sale at the Brewerton Firehouse, Route 11, Brewerton, NY (9:00 am – 1:30 pm)

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)

19 - Spring Migration Birding Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:30 pm) Celebrate the first day of spring and explore the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area. Enjoy a leisurely ride in our van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hot spots where thousands of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and other birds are a possibility too. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (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)

21 - Whitetails Unlimited – Broome County Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY. Deadline for ticket sales – March 14. (Cost: Adult - $50.00/Spouse - $30.00/Youth - $30.00) 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 call Adam Hall at, 607-279-0227 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

21 - Family Outdoor Time: Wildlife Conservation at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) March is a great time to start planning spring yardwork projects.  Did you know, some yard maintenance can be harmful to our wildlife?  With a few simple changes to yardwork activities, not only will backyards look beautiful, they will also be more bird-friendly for native birds.  Families will also learn ways to keep invasive birds from taking over bird houses. (Fee: $5/person, $15/family.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

21 - Braddock Bay Raptor Research Hawk Watch meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:oo pm) Braddock Bay is a bird migration “hot spot” located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario just west of Rochester, NY. Early spring is the perfect time to look to the skies for many migratory raptor species so join us for a field trip to Braddock Bay Raptor Research (BBRR) for the chance to see hundreds of hawks, vultures, eagles, owls. We will meet with the President of BBRR, Daena Ford, for a live Bird of Prey presentation, take a short walk to search for Saw Whet Owls and Long-eared Owls, and we’ll visit the raptor banding station. Please pack a lunch, wear sturdy shoes, and dress for the weather. *RAINDATE- Sat. April 4. (Fee: $20/child, $30/adult. Fee to meet on location: $15/child, $25/adult. Pre-paid reservations required.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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)

21-22 – 42nd Annual Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (Breakfast 9:00 am-1:00 pm/Trail Demonstrations 10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Explore the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the CNC Pioneer Trail and also enjoy a pancake breakfast. On the trail, participants learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors. Other highlights include a 100 percent pure maple syrup tasting in the sugarhouse, and a pancake meal in the visitors center. All meals include pure maple syrup and a choice of beverage. Maple Sugaring is the CNC’s major annual fundraising event and helps maintain CNC operations. (Meal Cost: Adult - $10.00/Kids - $8.00) (For information call 585-374-6160)

22 - Tioga County Trappers Association Fur Sale at the Tioga County Sportsman's Association, 1141 Carmichael Road, Owego, NY. (9:00 am to 12:00 pm.) (For information contact Bill Swagler at 607-222-8554 or Mike Verry 607-427-5589.) 

26 - New York Forest Owners Association Seminar at the Waterman Conservation Education Center, 403 Hilyon Road, Apalachin, NY. (For more info call Stephen Kutney, 607-862-9152.)

26-29 - Inaugural Finger Lakes Birding Festival. The Finger Lakes Region is a critically important stopover for millions of waterfowl and birds of prey as they migrate north to their breeding grounds. The Montezuma Audubon Center, Braddock Bay Raptor Research, Sterling Nature Center and Onondaga Audubon will lead a variety of birding tours, lectures, and workshops during this four-day event at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, Braddock Bay, Sterling Nature Center and Onondaga Lake. Participants can expect to see up to three dozen waterfowl species and 20 species of raptors that utilize the region’s forests, wetlands, grasslands and waterways. Discounted hotel accommodations and program registrations will be available at www.facebook.com/fingerlakesbirdingfestival. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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/)

28-29 - Andover Fire Dept Gun Show at the Andover Fire Hall, 60 South Main Street, Andover, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) (Admission - $5.00/12 and under – Free) This event is hosted by the Andover Fire Department. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. The Allegany County Pistol Clerks on site both days. (For information contact Dennis Givens 607-478-5005 Email: dennis.givens@frontier.com or Matt Green 607-478-5327 Email: andoverfire@frontier.net)

28-29 – 42nd Annual Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (Breakfast 9:00 am-1:00 pm/Trail Demonstrations 10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Explore the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the CNC Pioneer Trail and also enjoy a pancake breakfast. On the trail, participants learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors. Other highlights include a 100 percent pure maple syrup tasting in the sugarhouse, and a pancake meal in the visitors center. All meals include pure maple syrup and a choice of beverage. Maple Sugaring is the CNC’s major annual fundraising event and helps maintain CNC operations. (Meal Cost: Adult - $10.00/Kids - $8.00) (For information call 585-374-6160)

29 - End of Hunting Season for Coyotes

29 - Finger Lakes Trollers Fishing Tackle, Outdoor Show and Flea Market at the Community Center at Clute Park, Watkins Glen, NY (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) New, used and antique fishing tackle,fishing charters,archery, turkery hunting stuff,etc. There will be about 70 tables set up. (Tables are sold out). (Admission is $2.00 with kids under 10 free. Parking is free.) (For information call Mike Burt 607-765-9866)

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)

3 - Whitetails Unlimited – Cortland County Chapter Banquet at the, Elks Lodge #748, Cortland, NY. (5:30 pm)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 call Bill Bailey 413-244-2304.)

4 - Upcoming Beyond BOW Event - Women's Hunter Education Course at Springville Field & Stream
8900 Chaise Road, Springville NY (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) (For information email jennifer.pettit@dec.ny.gov)

4 – 42nd Annual Maple Sugaring at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (Breakfast 9:00 am-1:00 pm/Trail Demonstrations 10:00 am – 2:00 pm) This is a special addition to support the Center’s Walden Project. Explore the science and lore of maple syrup production with volunteer guides along the CNC Pioneer Trail and also enjoy a pancake breakfast. On the trail, participants learn how a tree makes sap and discover the different processing techniques while enjoying the outdoors. Other highlights include a 100 percent pure maple syrup tasting in the sugarhouse, and a pancake meal in the visitors center. All meals include pure maple syrup and a choice of beverage. Maple Sugaring is the CNC’s major annual fundraising event and helps maintain CNC operations. (Meal Cost: Adult - $10.00/Kids - $8.00) (For information call 585-374-6160)

4-5 - Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department Sportsmen’s Show at the Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds, off Route 353, Little Valley NY. (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) ($5.00 admission) (For information call Jim Miller at 716-938-6928)

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

11 – Fulton - Montgomery Trappers and Foothills Trappers Fur Auction at the VFW, 129 Mohawk Street, Herkimer, NY. (Check in 6:00 am/Sale 8:00 am) (For information call Paul at 312-429-2969.)

15 - End of Dog Training Seasons

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

18 - Seager Marine Perch Tournament headquartered at Seager Marine, 21 Parrish Street, Canandaigua, NY. (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) Pre-Register is by mail: $40 per team (1 – 3 persons). Teams weigh in 5 perch for total weight. (For information and registration forms visit seagermarine.com or call 585-394-1372 x216.)

18-19 - 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)

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 - Central New York Friends of NRA Banquet at The Fireside Inn, 2345 West Genesee Road, Route 370, Baldwinsville, NY (5:30 pm) (Cost: $45.00) (For information contact James Middleton 315- 695-3981 or email: jlmiddleton1109@yahoo.com.)

25 - Whitetails Unlimited – Stonybrook Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Dansville Fire Department

11 Franklin Street, Dansville, NY. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse/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 call Tricia Griese, 845-447-4543 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

25-26 - Niagara Frontier - Hamburg Gun Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 S Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York ((9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 300 tables. NICS background checks available. (Cost: $7.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (90 Tables) (For information call Bruce Johnston 716-542-9929 or email nfgshows@aol.com)

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)

2 - Whitetails Unlimited - Lake Ontario Chapter Banquet at the Palmyra VFW Post 6778, 4306 Route 31, Palmyra, NY. 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 call Jim Cavallaro, 315-573-3330.)

9-15 - Trout and Salmon Slam. Weigh in your best seven trout and salmon over seven days. Five is the maximum number of salmon that can be weighed in; only two can be trout. Steelhead, brown trout and lake trout are eligible. (Cost is $300 per boat. There also is a $1,000 per day contest for the biggest salmon from May 9-15. Cost is $125 per boat (free with team entry fee for the WHI). Weigh stations will be open from 9am to 6pm at the Wilson Boatyard in Wilson NY and the Boat Doctors in Olcott NY. (For information, visit www.wilsonharborinvitational.com.)

16 – Free Learn To Catch a Fish Day at the Silver Lake State Park, Silver Springs, NY (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) Free Sport Fishing Events are fishing programs where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.  (For information contact Douglas Kelly, NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation at 585-493-3605.)

16 - The Wilson Harbor Invitational Tournament. The contest is a challenging test for one day. Bring your six-best salmon (chinook or coho) and see who scores the highest based on 10 points per fish and one point per pound. The basic concept is the same. However, here is what’s been put on the table for the 2020 competition. Observers no longer are required for teams, but polygraph testing will return. The rod limit is being increased from 6 to 8 rods and the Canadian border is again open for the contest. Remember that the regulations are slightly different in the lake in Canadian waters, such as rod limits. The tournament is limited to 50 boats and the entry fee is $1,000. Canadian money is accepted at par to help offset travel costs and the increased costs of docking and accommodations to encourage international participation. (For information, visit www.wilsonharborinvitational.com.)

23-25 - 56th Annual National Lake Trout Derby on Seneca Lake in Geneva, New York, NY. The derby is a Finger Lakes tradition that brings participants from far and wide to enjoy the scenic waters of the region while competing for a $10,000 grand prize, among others! It is open to anyone with a New York State Fishing License. Registration for the derby is located online as well as in varying towns along Seneca Lake. All derby registration information and prize breakdowns are listed on www.laketroutderby.com Qualifying fish include lake trout, landlocked salmon, brown trout and rainbow trout. An award ceremony will be held on the final day of the Trout Derby at the Tiki Bar North/Stivers Marine Weigh Station at 401 Boody’s Hill Road, Waterloo NY. (For information call (315) 789 5520.)  

31 - Close of Spring Turkey Hunting Season

JUNE 2020

6 – Family Fishing Day at Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, Elbridge, NY (9:30 am – 12:30 pm) Free Sport Fishing Events are fishing programs where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.  (For information contact Jim Everard, NYS DEC or Carpenter's Brook Fish Hatchery at 607-753-3095 or 315-689-9367.)

13 - 23st 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 60 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 email Chair@adk-gvc.org)

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

15 Start of Registration for September 11-13 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop at the Greek Peak Ski Resort, 2000 State Route 392, Virgil, NY. This is a program designed to teach outdoor skills to women ages 18 and older. Classes offered may include: Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Trapper Education, Rifle, Muzzleoader, Shotgun Shooting, Flyfishing, Lake Fishing, Fly Tying, Fish Identification, Field Dressing Wild Game, Wild Game Cooking, Taxidermy, Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand-Up Paddleboard, Backpack Camping, Wilderness First Aid, Self-Defense for Women, Day Hiking, Dutch Oven Cooking, Canning, Food Preservation, and much, much more! The workshop is limited to 125 women participants. The registration fee for this workshop is around $370 per person. That includes two nights double occupancy lodging, seven meals (lunch Friday through lunch Sunday), almost all equipment needed for the classes, transportation to off-site class locations and class materials. There will be an additional fee if you are planning on taking the Aerial Challenge or Taxidermy classes. Registration is by lottery again this year. All envelopes postmarked by June 28th will be entered in the lottery, and those selected will be registered for the workshop. (For more information contact Kelly Stang at kelly.stang@dec.ny.gov or visit Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, and sign up for e-mail notifications. Registration forms will be posted on DEC's BOW webpage)

21 - 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 nfgshows@aol.com)

27 - The 2020 Monroe County Offshore Classic at the Port of Rochester. The event is put on by the Genesee Charter Boat Association. It benefits Dream Factory of Rochester NY. The main event is a 5 fish box (only 5 fish can be in the cooler and only 1 fish can be a lake trout) will be weighed at 10 points per fish and 1 point per lb. Prizes for largest of each 4 species; king salmon, brown trout, steelhead and lake trout. 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 and volunteer inquiries contact Larry at captlarry@bullseyecharter.com.) 

 

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

8 – Webster Pond Free Fishing Clinic at Webster Pond, Syracuse, NY. (8:00 am – 5:00 pm) (Rain Date: August 15) Free Sport Fishing Events are fishing programs where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license or enrollment in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.  (For information contact Chad Norton, Anglers Association of Onondaga at 315-727-2922.)

10-11 - Fenner Trappers Rondy and Sportsman Show at Nichols Pond, Canastota, NY. (For information call Bill Swagler 606-222-8554 or Ken Hellijas  518-231-0266.)

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

SEPTEMBER 2020

11-13 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop at the Greek Peak Ski Resort, 2000 State Route 392, Virgil, NY. Registration opened in June. This is a program designed to teach outdoor skills to women ages 18 and older. Classes offered may include: Hunter Education, Bowhunter Education, Trapper Education, Rifle, Muzzleoader, Shotgun Shooting, Flyfishing, Lake Fishing, Fly Tying, Fish Identification, Field Dressing Wild Game, Wild Game Cooking, Taxidermy, Kayaking, Canoeing, Stand-Up Paddleboard, Backpack Camping, Wilderness First Aid, Self-Defense for Women, Day Hiking, Dutch Oven Cooking, Canning, Food Preservation, and much, much more! The workshop is limited to 125 women participants. The registration fee for this workshop is around $370 per person. That includes two nights double occupancy lodging, seven meals (lunch Friday through lunch Sunday), almost all equipment needed for the classes, transportation to off-site class locations and class materials. There will be an additional fee if you are planning on taking the Aerial Challenge or Taxidermy classes. Registration is by lottery. All envelopes postmarked by June 26th will be entered in the lottery, and those selected will be registered for the workshop. (For more information contact Kelly Stang at kelly.stang@dec.ny.gov or visit Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, and sign up for e-mail notifications. Registration forms will be posted on DEC's BOW webpage)

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 - National Hunting & Fishing Day

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)

4 - 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 nfgshows@aol.com)

10-12 - Youth Firearms Deer Hunt Weekend

11 - 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.)

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

JANUARY 2021

15-17 – The 8th Annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, NY. (For information go to niagarafishingexpo.com.)