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APRIL 2017

 

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

 

MAY 2017

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

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

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

 

JUNE 2017

17 – Start of Statewide Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (11/30)
17 –
Start of Finger Lakes Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (3/15/18)

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

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

 

JULY 2017

 

1 – Start of Dog Training on raccoon, fox, coyote and bobcat (>4/15/18)

 

AUGUST 2017

 

15 - Start of Dog Training on Small Game (>4/15/18)

SEPTEMBER 2017

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

9 - Start of Southern Zone Early Bear Season (>10/20)

27 - Start of Northern Zone Deer & Bear Bowhunting Seasons (>10/20)

OCTOBER 2017

1 – Falconry Season Opens (>3/31/18)

1 - Start of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Bowhunting Seasons (>11/17)

1 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Cottontail Rabbit, Ruffed Grouse (>2/28/18) & Coyote (3/25/18)

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

1 - Start of Hunting Season for Snow Geese (>4/15/17) and Brant (>11/29) 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), Owego Creek and East & West Branches of Creek (Tioga County), Salmon Creek Above Ludlow Falls & West Branch Owego Creek (Tompkins County), Spring Creek except Caledonia State Fish Hatchery Property, Hatchery Property - 8:00 am B 3:3 0 pm (Livingston County), Oatka Creek from Bowerman Road Upstream to Union Street and from the Wheatland Center Road Upstream to the Mouth of Spring Creek, and Spring Creek (Monroe County), East Koy & Wiscoy Creeksand Chenunda Creek (Allegany County), Lime Lake Outlet, McKinstry, Elm Creek, Elton Creek, Mansfield Creek, (Cattaraugus County), Hosmer Brook and Cattaraugus Creek upstream of Springville Dam (Erie County), Clear Creek from the mouth to the Wyoming-Cattaraugus County line, Wiscoy Creek 0.5 mile upstream and downstream from the East Hillside Road bridge, East Koy Creek, Chenunda Creek, Cattaraugus Creek upstream of Springville Dam, Clear Creek (Ellington), Fenton Brook and Oatka Creek (Wyoming County) (>3/31/18)

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

21 - Start of Pheasant Hunting Season in Western New York (>12/31 north or >2/28/18 south)

21 - Start of Turkey Hunting Season (>11/3) 

21 - Start of Northern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/3)

25 – Start of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Weasel, Skunk, Opossum, Raccoon, Red Fox and Gray Fox (>2/15/17)

25 – Start of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Bobcat(Southern portion of Western New York (>11/17)

25 – Start Of Trapping Seasons for Coyote (>2/15/18)

25 - Start Of Trapping Season for Fisher (>10/30)

28 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 1 - in Western Zone (>12/6)

28 - Start of Canada Goose Seasons - Part 2 - in the West Central (>11/26) and South Zones (>12/17) of Western New York

NOVEMBER 2017

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

1 – Migration at Montezuma at the Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville, NY (8:00 am – 1:00 pm) Mid-November is the peak migration for waterfowl at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. This van tour will focus on viewing and learning the natural history of the species that frequent the area. Some days this time of year, the refuge sees 150,000 water birds at one time. Advance registration required. (Cost $25.00 per person) (For information and to register call 315-638-7382)

3 - Close of Turkey Hunting Season

4 - Start of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Crossbow Seasons (>11/17)

4-5 Little Valley Volunteer Fire Department Sportsmen’s Show at the Cattaraugus County Fair Grounds, 501 Erie Street, Little Valley, NY (Sat. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun. 9:00am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $5.00/12 and under free) (65 Tables) Fire Arms, Ammo, Hunting and Fishing Supplies (New & Old ). All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. (For information call Jim Miller  716-938-6928, email lvsc1982@yahoo.com or go to http://www.lvvfd.com)

5 - Niagara Frontier - NYS Military Collectors Show at Syracuse, NY (8:30 am - 2:00 pm) The NYS Military Collectors Show is held at Veterans of Foreign Wars and hosted by Niagara Frontier Gun Shows. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. There are NO Guns for sale or display at this show. Military Collectibles – swords, medals, patches, headgear, flags, clothing, historical items, surplus, documents, pictures, etc. (Admission: $5.00) (For more information call Bruce Johnston  716-542-9929 or email  nfgshows@aol.com  or go to http://nfgshows.com)

6 - Sapsucker Woods Monday Night Seminar - Arthur Singer: The Wildlife Art of An American Master at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Auditorium, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY (7:30 – 9:00 pm) The sons of renowned bird artist Arthur Singer will speak about their father’s life and work, and have just released a biography called Arthur Singer, The Wildlife Art of an American Master, a two-year labor of love. Arthur Singer (1917-1990) redefined the concept of the bird guide with his 1966 release, The Golden Field Guide to Birds of North America, and millions have enjoyed Singer’s work published in books, magazines, prints, and commemorative stamps. A selection of Singer’s original bird artwork will be on display at the Cornell Lab from November 2, 2017 through February 2018. The book will be available for purchase and signing at the Wild Birds Unlimited store in the Visitor Center. This seminar is being streamed live

8 - Teachers In Nature: Professional Development Series – STEM in the Schoolyard at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 7:00 pm) Learn how to connect your students to nature! CTLE credit hours may be available for select programs. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

9 – Close of Hunting seasons for Snipe, Rails & Gallinules

10 - Start of Trapping Season for Beaver in Central and southeast portions of New York (4/7/18)

10 - Montezuma’s Home School Nature Series: Bird Migration at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) The bird migration season continues and millions of birds are on the move! But, how do our feathered friends know where to go when they migrate?  Homeschooled children ages 5-12 will discover how birds uses a variety of tools to find their way to their wintering locations and back home again (Fee: $8/student) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org) 

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

11 - The Life and Times of Snowy Owls by Tom McDonald at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY

. (2:00 pm) During the presentation, Tom will cover and chronical an entire year in the life of a snowy owl from hatching, migration, and the bird's return to the Arctic Circle.  We will also explore how and where snowys move in New York State, as well as take an intimate look into their daily wintertime routines. Lastly, we will discuss environmental changes that are affecting their life cycle and the future of the tundra. Tom has worked with over 500 snowy owls and has outfitted over a dozen owls with state of the art radio transmitters. He has been an active and contributing member of the International Snowy Owl Working Group since 2009 and is the New York State regional coordinator for Project SnowStorm.  He is presently working on a book titled, "Snowy Owls of New York." The program is free. (For information, email andrea_vanbeusichem@fws.gov or call 315-568-5987.)

11 - Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot program at North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road,  Lockport, NY (1:00 pm) Lesson in trap and 5-Stand as well as properly cleaning and maintaining your firearms. (For information call 716-438-2009.)

11 - Montezuma’s Boy Scout Merit Badge: Environmental Conservation at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 pm) Boy Scouts are invited to complete the requirements for the Environmental Conservation Merit Badge with our fun and interactive program. Please be prepared to spend time outside, and dress for the weather.  Pre-requisites and pre-registration are required.  All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $8/scout.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

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

11-12 - Niagara Frontier – Springville Gun Show at the Springville Vol. Fire Hall, 405 Main St, Springville, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 60 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)

13 – Ruffed Grouse Society Triple Flush Chapter 31st Annual Conservation & Sportsmen’s Banquet Lib’s Supper Club, 106 W. 5th Street, Elmira, NY (Social – 6:00 pm/Dinner – 7:30 pm) (For further information contact Peggy Barberi  970-589-1918  or email verdebutterfly@hotmail.com )

13 - Cayuga Bird Club Presentation - Stories from Project FeederWatch: What We Have Learned From 30 Years of Counting Birds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Auditorium, 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY (7:30 – 9:00 pm) Project FeederWatch is a continentwide bird-counting effort in which people keep track of the birds that visit their feeders in winter. Learn about how the program works and what scientists have learned from 30 years of data collection. Why are Anna’s Hummingbirds expanding their range? Is feeding birds harmful or helpful? FeederWatch leader Emma Greig will offer insights into these and other questions about our beloved backyard birds. The presentation follows club business; everyone is welcome to attend.

14 - Close of Woodcock Hunting Season

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

15 - Teachers In Nature: Professional Development Series – Flying WILD at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 7:00 pm) Learn how to connect your students to nature! CTLE credit hours may be available for select programs. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

16 – NYSDEC Lake Erie and Tributaries’ Surveys by DEC Biologist James Markham at the Lake Erie Chapter, Fly Fishers International monthly meeting at the American Legion Post No. 735, Legion Drive, West Seneca, NY. Fly tying from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by the business meeting and then guest speaker. Public is invited to attend. (For information call 716-675-4766.)

16 - Beaver Meadow Eagle Watch with naturalist Tom Kerr. (10:00 am to noon) at 1610 Welch Road, North Java, NY. Tom will lead the walk for the Eagle Watch on Beaver Pond where Bald Eagles stop on their migration journey. Also look for waterfowl, hawks and other wildlife. Binoculars and spotting scopes are available. (Cost: $5.00) (For information/preregister (Call 585-457-3228.) Cost is $5.

16 - Montezuma’s Migration Mania Tour meeting at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (2:30 - 5:00 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 the Montezuma Audubon Center ‘s van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hot spots where hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. Bald Eagles, Short-eared Owls and other raptors are a possibility too! Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child; $15/adult; $40/family) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

16 - How To Prep Your Trophy For Mounting by taxidermist Franklin Thompson at the Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY,  monthly meeting at the club house located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY. (7:30 pm) (For information call 716-649-8202)

16/17/19/24/26/30 - White Deer Tours: Seneca White Deer, Inc. recently announced that it will start tours of the former Seneca Army Depot. Participants will see the world’s largest herd of white, white-tailed deer in the world, other wildlife, and the relics of 60 years of secret weapons storage. We will visit one of the 519 earth-covered concrete igloos that stored everything from pistol cartridges to tactical missiles, from conventional bombs to nuclear warheads. We can never guarantee where the mystical white deer will be, but our tour guides know the best locations and will stop for pictures as deer and wildlife appear. Tour routes will vary according to the weather and season. This is your opportunity to see the hidden world and experience the magic of the white deer yourself. Our 25 passenger, air-conditioned and heated tour buses give all our visitors a comfortable seat for a 90-minute, narrated trip behind the fences of the former Seneca Army Depot. (Cost: Adults - $30.00/Military and Seniors – $27.00/Children 5–17 - $15.00/Children under 5 – Free) (For information go to https://www.senecawhitedeer.org/.)

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

17 - Close of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Bobcat.

17 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (5:00 am -9:00 pm) This course is designed to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 30+ states. Legal Heat's concealed carry class covers firearms safety, handling, transportation, storage, ammunition, self-defense and firearms laws, concealed carry techniques and much more. Legal Heat's firearm training instructors are all NRA and Utah BCI certified, insured and among the most highly experienced in the industry and can answer your CCW questions. This course typically runs approximately 4 hours. This Legal Heat course does not have a 'test' or range requirement. The Utah and Arizona permits are open to residents of any state and can be applied for by mail. You do NOT have to reside in the state of UT or AZ to qualify to apply for their concealed carry permits. Register TODAY for this fun and informative class. Seating may be limited.This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet. (Reservations can be made at www.MyLegalHeat.com or by calling 877-252-1055.)

18 - Start of Southern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/10)

18 - Autumn Tree ID Hike at Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora, NY (10:00 am - 12:30 pm) (For information/register call 716-549-1050)

18 - Nature Vacation Adventure at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) 10:00 am) Plan your next vacation as we journey through redwood forests, ocean reefs and other natural wonders in this slideshow presentation. For adults only. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

18 - Montezuma’s Girl Scouts Cadette Badge: Trees at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 2:00 pm) Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to grab their naturalist hats and get to know trees. From the shade to the science, the fruit to the forest, and the legends to the lumber. To know trees is to love them! All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $7/scout.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

19 - Cabela's DEC Deer/Bear Check Station at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) Do your part as a hunter and bring in your harvested doe, buck or bear from NY opening weekend of shotgun/rifle to our DEC Check Station, right here in the store!  DEC Wildlife Biologists will be present to determine the animal's age, answer questions and record valuable information for their research in big-game population management.  As an added bonus, just for bringing in your harvest, you'll be ENTERED to WIN a Deer Hunter's Processing Package worth over $400!  Good luck and be safe this season! (For information call 716-608-4770)

19 - NWTF Salmon River Chapter Wheelin Sportsmen Archery and Crossbow Deer Hunt on private property in 2509 State Route 104, Mexico, NY (For information contact William Wilbur  315-440-4351  wwilbur551@aol.com)

25 - Start Of Trapping Seasons for Mink and Muskrat (>2/15/18)

25 - Start Of Trapping Seasons for Beaver in Western New York (> 3/15/18 West portion of Southern Tier/rest >2/15/18)

25 - Montezuma’s Wait Till It Gets Dark Night Walk at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (6:00 – 7:30 pm) Join guest naturalist George Steele on a walk exploring the nature of night We’ll explore not only what animals might be out there and how they are adapted to the nighttime but how we can better explore the night by tuning in to our own five senses. Some of these activities will be featured in his new book “Wait Till It Gets Dark”. The walk will be preceded by a short reading from the book and then out in to the night we will go. The new book will be available in the nature store and George will be available to sign copies after the walk. (Fee: $5/child, $7/adult, $20/family.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

25 - Family Nature Quest: Turkeys at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) 10:00 am) Discover the secret world of turkeys as we search for wild birds and make turkey calls. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

25 - Niagara River Gulls with Buffalo Audubon naturalist Tom Kerr at the New York Power Authority fishing platform in the lower Niagara River. (10:00 am to noon) (For information/pre-registration call 585-457-3228.)

25; 12/2; 12/9; 12/16 - Free Photos with Santa! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Bring the kids to Cabela's to enjoy a free photo with Santa! Due to the popularity of this event, wait times may vary. (For information call 716-608-4770)

26 - End of Canada Goose Season – Part 2 - in the West Central Zone

29 - End of Hunting Season for Brant in the Western Zone New York

29 - Managing Wildlife on Lake Shore Marshes Wildlife Management Area Public Meeting at the Montezuma Audubon Center 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (6:30 – 8:00 pm) DEC staff will be available for questions, followed by a formal presentation at 7:00 PM. Stop by and learn how the DEC plans to manage habitat for wildlife at this Wayne County/Lake Ontario property. Check out what activities you can do at Lake Shore Marshes WMA. (For information contact the DEC Wildlife Office at 585-226-2466.)

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

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

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

DECEMBER 2017

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

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

1–3/7–10/14–17/21–23/28–31 - White Deer Tours: Seneca White Deer, Inc. recently announced that it will start tours of the former Seneca Army Depot. Participants will see the world’s largest herd of white, white-tailed deer in the world, other wildlife, and the relics of 60 years of secret weapons storage. We will visit one of the 519 earth-covered concrete igloos that stored everything from pistol cartridges to tactical missiles, from conventional bombs to nuclear warheads. We can never guarantee where the mystical white deer will be, but our tour guides know the best locations and will stop for pictures as deer and wildlife appear. Tour routes will vary according to the weather and season. This is your opportunity to see the hidden world and experience the magic of the white deer yourself. Our 25 passenger, air-conditioned and heated tour buses give all our visitors a comfortable seat for a 90-minute, narrated trip behind the fences of the former Seneca Army Depot. (Cost: Adults - $30.00/Military and Seniors – $27.00/Children 5–17 - $15.00/Children under 5 – Free) (For information go to https://www.senecawhitedeer.org/.)

2 - NWTF Salmon River Chapter Wheelin Sportsmen Muzzleloader Deer Hunt on private property in 2509 State Route 104, Mexico, NY (For information contact William Wilbur  315-440-4351  wwilbur551@aol.com)

2 - Montezuma’s Nature Photography Tour with Jim Montanus at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 4:00 pm) Ever wonder how to take the best picture with your camera?  No camera is too big or small to take the perfect picture. Join us for a traveling photography class lead by renowned photographer Jim Montanus who will begin with a presentation about birding throughout the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and the fundamentals of photography. Later, we’ll travel around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex with Mr. Montanus to explore birding hot spots while receiving expert photography advice. (Fee: $50/adult.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

2 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Route 14N, Geneva, NY (9:30 am) Shotguns, rifles, handguns, military, decoys, knives, mounts, fishing, ammo and swords. (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

2-3 - Niagara Frontier – Clarence Gun Show at the Event Building, 11177 Main St Clarence, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 100 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com         

3 - End of Northern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

4 - Start of Northern Zone Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons (>12/10)

6 - End of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers in Western Zone

6 - Teachers In Nature: Professional Development Series – Classroom Citizen Science at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 7:00 pm) Learn how to connect your students to nature! CTLE credit hours may be available for select programs. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

7 - Ducks Unlimited – Niagara River (Grand Island) Chapter Banquet at the Buffalo Launch Club
Grand Island,  NY. (6:00 pm) Waterfowl conservation is facing important challenges as wetlands and other habitats are being degraded and destroyed across the continent. Ducks Unlimited has a vision to reverse this trend. (Cost: $60 Single, $80 Couple) (Online ticket sales end on 12/4/2017.) (For information call Bob Hobba  716-774-1223 or Ron Rezabek  716-773-1385) 

8 - Montezuma’s Home School Nature Series: Wild About Birds at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is one of the most unique birding habitats in the northeast United States with 50,000 acres of forests, grasslands, wetlands, and open water and nearly 300 species can be found here. Some are colorful and some are drab. Some are tall and some are small. Through fun, interactive, and hands-on educational activities, homeschoolers ages 5 to 12 will learn how to recognize field marks to identify birds while participating in a citizen science project that will lead to help Audubon conserve bird habitats. (Fee: $8/student.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

10 - Close of Southern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

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

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

11 - Start of Southern Zone Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons (>12/19)

13 - Teachers In Nature: Professional Development Series – Growing Up WILD at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 7:00 pm) Learn how to connect your students to nature! CTLE credit hours may be available for select programs. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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

16 - Montezuma’s Raptor and Riesling Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm) The holiday season is here and so are our wintering raptors. Join Montezuma Audubon Center education staff to tour Montezuma’s birding hotspots in our van to search for the elusive Short-eared Owls, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, and Snowy Owls!  During the tour, we’ll stop at the Montezuma Winery for wine tastings and to learn how vineyards can provide important bird habitat. Must be 21+. (Fee $20/adult, includes tasting fee.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

17 - End of Canada Goose Season in the South Zone of Western New York

18 - Montezuma’s Christmas Bird Count at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.  Novice and experienced birders are welcome! (Fee: FREE.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)  

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

26 - Start of Canada Goose Hunting Seasons – Part 3 – in the West Central Area (>1/14/18)and South Area (>1/14/18)

26 - Start of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 2 - in Western Zone (>1/15/14)

29 - Concealed Carry Class presented by Legal Heat at the Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (5:00 am -9:00 pm) This course is designed to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 30+ states. Legal Heat's concealed carry class covers firearms safety, handling, transportation, storage, ammunition, self-defense and firearms laws, concealed carry techniques and much more. Legal Heat's firearm training instructors are all NRA and Utah BCI certified, insured and among the most highly experienced in the industry and can answer your CCW questions. This course typically runs approximately 4 hours. This Legal Heat course does not have a 'test' or range requirement. The Utah and Arizona permits are open to residents of any state and can be applied for by mail. You do NOT have to reside in the state of UT or AZ to qualify to apply for their concealed carry permits. Register TODAY for this fun and informative class. Seating may be limited.This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet. (Reservations can be made at www.MyLegalHeat.com or by calling 877-252-1055.)

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

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

JANUARY 2018

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

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

6-7 - Niagara Frontier - Hamburg Gun Show at the Event Building, 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 716-542-9929 or email  nfgshows@aol.com)

8 - 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.) 

13 - National Wild Turkey Federation B New York State Awards Dinner at the Holiday Inn, 2468 Route 414, Waterloo, NY (For more information contact Bruce Bailey  315-695-5113  dinklepuss@hotmail.com)

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

13-14 - Rochester Gun Show at the Roc Dome at the Roc Dome Arena, 2695 E Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) The Rochester Gun Show is hosted by Empire State Arms Collectors. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. (Admission: $8.00) (For information call 585-226-6211 or go to http://www.esaca.us)

14 – End of Canada Goose Hunting Seasons – Part 3 – in the West Central Area and South Area

19-21 - The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center, Niagara Falls, NY. (For information go to niagarafishingexpo.com.)

20 - LOTSA Salmon School at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, NY. (For information and sign up go to www.lotsa1.org.)

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lakeshore Longbeards Chapter Dinner at The Kosciuszko Club, 252 Nevins Street, Dunkirk, 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 Scott Dibble  716-595-3897   svdibble@yahoo.com )

20-21 - 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 call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)

20-21 Greater Olean Area Outdoor & Recreational Sports Show at the Good Times of Olean Center, 800 East State Street, Olean, NY (Sat 10:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 10:00 am – 3:00 pm) Hosted by the Greater Olean Chamber of Commerce. 60 booths. (Admission: $3.00/Seniors $2.00/Children 12 and under free) (For information call 716-372-4433 or email meme@oleanny.com or go to http://www.oleanny.com)

24 – The Start Of Online Registration For The DEC's 2018 Summer Camps Program. (10:00 am) Applications should be submitted through the online registration program available through a link from the Summer Camps website. Parents and guardians are encouraged to register early since some of the weeks fill up quickly. (For more information visit the DEC's website at www.dec.ny.gov, or call 518-402-8014.)

26-28 - Bark at the Moon Coyote Club – Foxpro’s New York State Predator Hunt, Check in Carey Lake Restaurant & Party House, 959 Penfield Rd (Rt 441) Macedon, NY. Contest starts at Dusk on Friday night. All hunters must be registered before event starts. Entry form w/ payment must be received on or prior to Wednesday January 24, 2018. Entry fee money will be used to provide raffle prizes in addition to what our sponsors provide. The top four place winners will received trophies and cash prizes. Check-in time is 1:00 - 2:00 PM on the 25th. (Entry fees: one man team = $ 20.00 fee/two man team = $ 30.00 fee/father/youth (<16) Division = $ 30.00 - extra youth = $ 5.00 each) Big Dog Bounty = $ 5.00 extra PER TEAM. Total purse goes to heaviest coyote. (For information call Andrew Lewand  585-223-5324)

27 - Whitetails Unlimited - Canandaigua, NY/Wine Country Chapter Banquet Deer Camp at the Kings Banquet Center, 4031 Routes 5 & 20, Canandaigua, NY. (5:00 pm) The deadline ticket date is January 15, 2018. Tickets may be ordered online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com or by phone - 1-800-274-5471. (Cost $45.00/$30.00 youth.) Everyone goes home with a Deer Camp Tour 2018 Shirt! (For information contact Bill Bailey  413-244-2304)

27 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Wyoming County Gobblers Chapter Dinner at the Alexander Recreation Hall, 10505 Main Street, Alexander, 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 Marc Kern  585-815-9549  marckern@twc.com) (585) 815-9549

27-28 - IAC Wheatfield Gun Show at the  Frontier Fire Hall, Niagara Falls, NY ((Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) The IAC Wheatfield Gun Show will be held on Jan 27th-28th, 2018 in Niagara Falls, NY. This Niagara Falls gun show is held and hosted by Iroquois Arms Collectors. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. Plenty of parking food available from ladies auxiliary. NICS background checks and Niagara County pistol permit will be on sight to help transaction go smoothly. (Admission: $5.00) (For information call John Scozzafava  716-694-7443 or email janscozz12@gmail.com)

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

FEBRUARY 2018

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

3 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Niagara Frontier Chapter Dinner at Banchetti’s Banquet Facility, 550 N. French Road, Amherst, 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 Albert Gai  716-937-3271  tilliesg2001@yahoo.com)

3 - Whitetails Unlimited - Central New York Deer Camp at the Holiday Inn Syracuse/Liverpool, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY. (5:00 pm) The deadline online ticket purchase date is January 31, 2018. Tickets may be ordered online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com or by phone - 1-800-274-5471. (Cost $45.00/$30.00 youth.) Everyone goes home with a Deer Camp Tour 2018 Shirt! (For information, call Bill Bailey  413-244-2304)

3-11 - National Rifle Association’s Great American Outdoor Show at the State Farm Show Complex, 2300 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA. This is a nine day event celebrating hunting, fishing and outdoor traditions that are treasured by millions of Americans and their families. The show features over 1,100 exhibitors ranging from shooting manufacturers to outfitters to fishing boats and RV’s, and archery to art covering 650,000 square feet of exhibit hall space! Not to mention a jam packed schedule including country concerts, fundraising dinners, speaking events, archery competitions, celebrity appearances, seminars, demonstrations and much more! Admission to the 2016 Great American Outdoor Show is as follows: • Adult: $13.00, • Child (6-12): $6.00, • Senior (65 or older): $11.00 and • 2-Day Pass: $22.00. The show’s website, www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org, features an interactive floor plan and exhibitors list.

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  guns@nfgshows.com)

9 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Cohocton Valley Chapter Dinner at the Friends Of Howard Building, Hopkins Road, Hornell, 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 Jim Mcglynn 607-776-6263 elkmcg@wildblue.net) 

10 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Catharine Valley Long Spurs Chapter Dinner at the Watkins Glen Community Center, Route 414, Watkins Glen, 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 Wally Wasson  607-546-4859   wasson3970@aol.com)

10-11- Niagara Frontier – Clarence Gun Show at the Event Building, 11177 Main St Clarence, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 100 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com         

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 Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Weasel, Skunk, Opossum, Raccoon & Fox.

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

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

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

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

17 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Cayuga County Longbeards Chapter Dinner at the Union Springs Hose & Engine Co., Cayuga Street (Route 90), Union Springs, 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 Jason Barnes  315-406-4763   frontenacfowlers@yahoo.com) 

17-18 - FREE FISHING DAYS in New York State. No license required so it’s the perfect time to introduce someone to the sport or invite friends or family from out of state.

17-18 - Niagara Frontier - Medina Gun Show at the Ridgeway VFW, 11392 Ridge Road, Rte 104, Medina, NY (Sat. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun. 9:00am – 3:00 pm) (Cost: $5.00/12 and under free) (65 Tables) (For information call 716-542-9929, email guns@nfgshows.com or go to http://nfgshows.com)

23 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Niagara Falls Thundering Toms Chapter Dinner at the Como Restaurant, 2220 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, 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 Kenneth Young  716-798-5158   kenyoung@kenyoungpaving.com)

24 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Twin Tiers Local Chapter Dinner at the Corning Glassworks Union Hall, 100 Civic Center Plaza, Corning, 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 Hugh Jackson  607-359-2301)

24-25 - Catteraugus County Sportsman Show at Seneca Allegany Event Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 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)

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)

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

MARCH 2018

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

1 - National Wild Turkey Federation – The Forest Kings Chapter Dinner at Sean Patrick’s “Emerald Isle”, 3480 Millersport Highway, Amherst, 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 Sam Troup  716-631-3500)

2 - Start of Canada Goose Season - Part 4 - in the South Zone (>3/10/18)

3 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Country Chapter Dinner at the Clifton Kings Catering, 4031 Routes 5&20, Canandaigua, 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 Michael Marvin  585-738-8031)

3 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Southern Tier Local Chapter Dinner at the Owego Treadway, Route 17C, Owego, 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 Andrew Munson  607-722-0572  amunson@stny.rr.com) 

3-4 - Niagara Frontier – Springville Gun Show at the Springville Vol. Fire Hall, 405 Main St, Springville, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 60 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)

9 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Ridge Gobbler Chapter Dinner at the Brockport Elks Club #2100, 4400 Sweden Walker Road, Brockport, 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 Vickie Sweet 585-739-6976 vsweet1@rochester.rr.com)

10 - Close of Canada Goose Hunting Season – Part 4 – in the South Zone

10 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Letchworth Chapter Dinner at the J W Jones Hall, 54 Leicester Rd. (Route 36), Caledonia, NY. 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 David Fanaro   585-202-6794  lakeviewconstruction@hotmail.com)

10 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Cortland Limbhangers Chapter Dinner at the Cortland County Music Park, 1824 State Route 13, Cortland, 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 Bret Eccleston  607-842-6260   rollingridges@frontiernet.net)

10 - Whitetails Unlimited - Western New York Deer Camp at the Carousel Banquet Facility, Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5600 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, NY. (5:00 pmThe deadline ticket date is March 5, 2018. Tickets may be ordered online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com or by phone - 1-800-274-5471. (Cost $45.00/$30.00 youth.) Everyone goes home with a Deer Camp Tour 2018 Shirt! (For information contact Bill Bailey  413-244-2304)

10-11 - 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 – 3:00 pm) 90 tables. (Admission: $5.00/children 12 and under free) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)

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

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

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

16 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Finger Lakes Bucks N’ Beards Chapter Dinner at the Pulteney Fire House, 8891 Brown Road, Pulteney, NY. 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 Steve Calderwood   607-522-7991eot_tradingpost.yahoo.com)

17 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Canisteo Valley Chapter Dinner at the K of C, Main Street, Hornell, 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 Sean Smith  607-324-6664) 

23 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chemung Valley Ridgerunners Chapter Dinner at the Elmira Holiday Inn Riverview, 760 E. Water Street, Elmira, 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 Chad McDonald  607-738-2050  cltcmcdolald24@yahoo.com) 

24 - National Wild Turkey Federation – CrossRoads Limbhangers Chapter Dinner at the Lima Country Club,7470 Chase Road, Lima, 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 Brian Gottfried  571-334-1496   camomanbg@gmail.com)

25 - End of Hunting Season for Coyotes

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

31 - Falconry Season Closes

31 – Close of Crow Hunting Season

31 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Between-the-Lakes Chapter Dinner at the South Seneca Sportsman’s Club, 6894 Yamell Road, Ovid, 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 Shane Hayward  607-351-8830  shanehayward9@gmail.com) 

APRIL 2018

5 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Plains Chapter Dinner at the Webster Golf Club, 440 Salt Road, Webster, 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 Richard Vendel  585-872-4565) 

5 - Ducks Unlimited – SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry Cocktail Party at the Gateway Building- SUNY ESF Main Campus, Syracuse, NY (5:30 – 9:00 pm) Online ticket sales end on 4/4/2018. (Cost: $25.00 Student/$50.00 Non-Students) (For information call Will Chamberlin  508-386-7025)

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

7 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Tri County Chapter Dinner at the Lake Watch, 1642 East Shore Drive, Ithaca, 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 Scott Wilcox  607-533-4707)

8 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Niagara County Gobblers Chapter Dinner at the Youngstown Vounteer Fire Company, 625 Third Street, Youngstown, NY (3:30 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 Pamela Lederhouse  716-791-3151   plederhous@aol.com) 

13 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oak Orchard River Chapter Dinner at the Carlton Fire Department Rec Hall, Route 98, Albion , NY. (5:30 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 Robert St John  585-682-4495   st.johnphilosophy@yahoo.com)  

14 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Chapter Dinner at the St. Aloysius Church Hall, 186 Franklin Street, Springville, 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 Richard Gerlach  716-857-0586   r905g@yahoo.com)  

15 – End of Dog Training

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

19 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Hardwood Strutters Chapter Dinner at Club 86, Avenue E, Geneva, NY. (5:30 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 Scott Mackenzie  315-521-2937  scott.mackenzie30@hotmail.com) 

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Genesee Local Chapter Dinner at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, 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 Terry Young  585-343-8350  tyoung14143@gmail.com)  

21-22 – Spring Youth Turkey Hunt (Details page 46 17-18 Hunting & Trapping Guide)

23 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chautauqua Chapter Dinner at the Lakewood Rod & Gun, 433 E. Terrace Avenue, Lakewood, NY. 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 Patrick Hoover 716-489-6933)

27 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oswego River Chapter Dinner at the Oasis at Thunder Island, Route 48. Fulton, NY. 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 Bruce Bailey   315-695-5113   dinlepuss@hotmail.com)

28 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Drumlins Chapter Dinner at Donselaars, Route 31-10257, Clyde, 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 Mark Salerno  315-879-8960   msalerno@marshallfarms.com)

28-29 - 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 716-542-9929 or email  nfgshows@aol.com)

 

MAY 2018

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

5 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chautauqua Lake Chapter Dinner at the Frewsburg American Legion Post 556, 9 Meadow Lane, Frewsburg, 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 Patrick Hoover 716-489-6933)

19 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Grand Slam Gobblers Chapter Dinner at the Wolcott Elks Club, 6161 w. Port Bay Road, Wolcott, 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 Chris Reed   jmc604@hotmail.com)

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Summer Slam Chapter Dinner at the Hornell American Legion Post #440, 72 Seneca Street, Hornell, NY. 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 Mike Valentine 607-281-5322   mvalentine@stny.rr.com)

31 - Close of Spring Turkey Hunting Season

 

JUNE 2018

1 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Salmon River Strutters Chapter Dinner at the Elms Golf Club, 2 Country Club Lane, Sandy Creek, NY. 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) 

3 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Seneca Lake Chapter Dinner at the Seneca Lake Duck Hunters Club, Route 14, Dresden, NY. (4:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Dale Lane  315-374-0017   dalejmt@yahoo.com)

9 - 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)

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

17 - 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)

23-24 - FREE FISHING DAYS in New York State. No license required so it’s the perfect time to introduce someone to the sport or invite friends or family from out of state.

JULY 2018

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

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

AUGUST 2018

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

16 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Guns & ZomBBQ at Turkey Trot Acres, 188 Tubbs Hill Road, Candor, NY (2:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Andrew Munson  amunson@stny.rr.com  607-722-0572)

SEPTEMBER 2018

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

1 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Squirrels , Snipe, Rails, Gallinules& Crows (Friday – Monday only)(>3/31/18)

22 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Enchanted Mountain Chapter Dinner at the Bartlett Country Club, 32 Euclid Avenue, Olean, NY. 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 )

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

30 – Close of Frog & Snapping Turtle Seasons

OCTOBER 2018

13-14 - 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 call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)

17-19 - St. Mary’s Archer’s Club Catch and Release Fly Fishing Derby - For fishermen of all ages this great event features fantastic tributary fishing on the World Famous Oak Orchard River by the St. Mary’s Archer’s Club. Entry fee includes parking and meals. (For information  contact John Denniston at 585-682-3067.)