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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)

OCTOBER 2017

1 - Start of Hunting Season for Snow Geese (>4/15/18) in the Western Zone

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)

JANUARY 2018

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

FEBRUARY 2018

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

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)

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)

APRIL 2018

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

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

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) 

19 - Southern Tier Friends of NRA Event at the Kalurah Temple, 625 Dickson Street, Endicott NY (5:30 pm) (Cost: $35.00) (For information call Jay W. Langton at 607-862-4692 or email: jwlangton@stny.rr.com)

19 - Derby Hill Field Trip at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Spring hawk migration peaks in April, and the Derby Hill Bird Observatory is the best place around to catch it. Hundreds of raptors fly overhead each day on their way north around Lake Ontario, surely a sight to see! Meet at Baltimore Woods at 9am to carpool, or meet the group at 10am at Derby Hill. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. Program for adults. (Cost: $6 for members; $9 for public.) (For information call 315- 673-1350 or email info@baltimorewoods.org)

19 - Phragmites Strike Team Training at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (5:30 pm) Volunteers are needed to help control Phragmites australis

(common reed), an invasive plant. Team members will learn monitoring protocols and removal techniques, and assist in the spring and summer. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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)  

20 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (7:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/8:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129)

20 - Wyoming County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse Sage Road, Warsaw, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information contact Nick Jennings  585-993-0145  moc.oohay@12sgninnej.kcin) 

21 - Cattaraugus County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 10491 Route 240, West Valley, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Chris Deperro  716-570-6798  moc.oohay@orrepedsirhc) 

21 - Steuben County Coon Hunters, Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 4082 Depot Street, Cameron, NY (5:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Roger Barney at 607-695-9024  ten.sehguh@yenrab_jr)

21 - First Annual Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show at the Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center, 30 Lake Shore Dr E, Dunkirk, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) (For information call 716-366-3000 ext. 420 or email mpatton@observertoday.com.)

21 - Southtowns Walleye Club Fundraiser at the Club, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY. (4:00 – 6:00 pm) This event is for the benefit the New York State Conservation Council. (For information and tickets contact Dan at 716-655-0975.)

21 - Bison City Rod & Gun Flea Market at the Club, 511 Ohio St, Buffalo, NY (8:00 am – 1:30 pm) Admission free, Tables are free on a first come basis, Setup will begin at 7 AM. Bring your old, used or new sporting equipment to sell. Due to NY Safe Act, no guns may be displayed or sold. Loading equipment and components may be sold (powder, shot, primers, brass and bullets), live ammo may be sold: shotgun, pistol and rifle. (For information call: Fred Langdon or Willie Sieber at 716- 260-3240)

21 - Pruning Shrubs and Trees with Confidence HB172 at the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier,

60 Morgan Road, Binghamton, NY (9:00 am – 12:30 pm) No need to fear the shear! Ever wonder if your pruning has encouraged or discouraged the flowering or growth of your favorite shrub? This training offers classroom and hands-on instruction on making proper pruning cuts, technique development, proper equipment selections, and practical applications for pruning three different types of woody shrubs: tree form shrubs, spreading shrubs, and conifers for your gardening goals. Participants will practice what they have learned by pruning specimen plants in the Story Garden under the supervision of the instructor. Participants will also take home a variety of woody stems that can be forced for indoor bloom and have the option to buy a quality hand pruner. Come dressed for the weather. (Cost: $50.00) (For information/register call 607-778-5012.)

21 - Boating Safety Course by U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, NY (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski. (For information/register call Martin Laufer at 390-7727 or mdl29@msn.com)

21 - Whitetails Unlimited – Stonybrook Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Dansville Fire Department, 11 Franklin Street, Dansville, NY Deadline for ticket sales 4–17-18. (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 call Shannon Griese at 585-739-1779 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

21 - 22nd Annual Niagara Frontier Friends of the NRA Banquet at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew, NY (5:00 pm) (Cost: $50.00) Half of the proceeds raised comes back into the area for grant programs involved with the shooting sports. (For information call Georgina Grosofsky at 716-866-7656 or email friendsofnrageorgina@gmail.com)

21 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Tri-County Chapter Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Ramada Inn, 2310 N. Triphammer Road, 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 at 607-533-4707)

21 – Earth Day Celebration at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm) It’s Earth Day! Come celebrate at a fun and educational event, including info booths on home energy, recycling, crafts, guided nature walks, live animal shows, and a special live performance of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. Program for ages 3 and up. Free to the public. (For information call 315- 673-1350 or email info@baltimorewoods.org)

21 - Woods Walk: Spring Wildflowers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (11:00 am) Join a guided nature walk to search for the early wildflowers of spring. (For information call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21 - Birding 101: Class #4 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Who’s in the pond? And who’s hiding in the reeds? Learn about local

ducks and wetland birds. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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

21-22 - New York State Arms Collectors Syracuse Gun Show, New York State Fairgrounds Expo Center, 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse. (9:00 am-5:00 pm Saturday/ 9:00 am-3:00 pm Sunday) (For information call 607-748-1010 or go to http://www.syracusegunshow.com/)

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)

24 - A public information session to provide information on the completed habitat management plans for Conesus Inlet Wildlife Management Area (WMA), in the Town of Conesus, Livingston County, and Honeoye Creek WMA, in the Town of Richmond, Ontario County at the DEC Region 8 Headquarters, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, NY. (6:30 – 8:00 pm) The habitat management plan for Conesus Inlet WMA can be found on DEC's website. The habitat management plan for Honeoye Creek WMA can be found on DEC's website. (For more information about this event please call 585-226-5383.)

25 - CNY Wildfowlers Assoc. Banquet at Traditions at the Links, Syracuse, NY. (6:00 pm) (For information call Ron Falkowski 315-440-8201.)

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)

27 – ARBOR DAY in New York State

27 - Concealed Carry Class - Legal Heat at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 37+ 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. (For information go to  https://mylegalheat.com/cabelasor call 877-252-1055 ) (This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet.) (DO NOT BRING FIREARMS OR AMMUNITON INTO THE CLASSROOM.)

27 - Home School Nature Series:  Who’s Hiding Under those Logs?  at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Who’s hiding under that log?  Why are vernal pools important for reptiles and amphibians?  Homeschooled children ages 5-12 will find answers to these questions while exploring our wetland woods to see who lives in this unique habitat. Plan on getting dirty, so long pants and muck boots are recommended.  (Fee: $8/child.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

28 - Derby Hill Hawk Watch Trip, meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Visit Lake Ontario for the spectacular spring raptor migration and leave the driving to us. Travel in the Montezuma Audubon Center van to witness thousands of broad-winged hawks, red-tailed hawks, bald eagles and many more! If weather conditions do not cooperate, the program will be moved to Friday, April 25. This program is offered in cooperation with the Onondaga Audubon Society. Pack a lunch. (Fee: $18.00/child, $25.00/adult) Space is limited for all programs and pre-paid registration is required. (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

28 - Girl Scout Outdoor Art Maker at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Daisy Scouts will explore the outdoors and use natural objects to make different kinds of art projects. From a blue sky to a bird’s song, nature can give you lots of ideas for art. Please be prepared to go outside and dress for the weather.  All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $7/Scout) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

28 - NY BASS Nation - Take a Soldier Fishing at Oneida Shores Park 9400 Bartell Road • Brewerton, NY (8:30 am – 1:00 pm) The event provides a soldier assigned to the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) at Fort Drum an opportunity to enjoy a day of free fishing on Oneida Lake. Over 100 boat captains volunteer to take out 170 soldiers on the water annually. The soldiers will be paired two to a boat with the volunteer captains for a half day of fishing. When they will return to Oneida Shores for the official weigh-in. After the weigh-in, all participants will be treated to a free, BBQ-style luncheon, followed by awards and prizes for the biggest fish caught in several categories: bowfin, carp, catfish, drum and panfish (perch, bluegill and rock bass). (For information call 315-408-7622)

28 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Lyons Road (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)

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 - Outdoor Skills Workshop For Women at the Dewitt Fish and Game Club, Woodchuck Hill Road, Dewitt, NY  Introductory classes include archery, rifle, shotgun, fishing, camping, map and compass and many more. This is a free event but pre-registration is required as space is limited and it fills quickly. Offered by Women in Nature (WIN), and the Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. (For more information or to register, go to http://www.federationofsportsmen.com/wp/)

28 - Pompey Rod & Gun Club Show at the Club, Swift Road, Pompey, NY (9:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For more info call Robert Fallert 315-656-8810.)

28 - Western New York Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet at the Bartlett Country Club, Olean, NY. (4:00 pm) (For information contact Calvin J. Clark at 585-567-8991.)

28 - Cabela’s Ladies’ Day Out at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) - ** The Perfect Bow - Stop by the Archery Range to find a new bow with a perfect fit. Plus, test your archery skills in the range for a chance to win a cool prize! ** Handgun Basics - Maybe you're on the fence about owning a handgun, or perhaps you're weighing your options and looking for the perfect fit. We'll break down the basics and help you find your perfect match. ** Work Sharp Demo - Having a sharp knife saves you time. We'll show you how to properly sharpen a knife, whether it's a serrated or a regular blade, a hunting knife or one of your kitchen knives. Pick up on common sharpening practices along with other maintenance tips. Plus, thanks to our friends at Work Sharp, join us for a chance to win a new Work Sharp sharpener. ** Casting Perfection - Our professional Outfitters will show you everything you need to know from equipment to the proper techniques to get you casting in no time. (For information call 716-608-4770)

28 - Whitetails Unlimited – Broome County Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Knights of Columbus, 136 Park Avenue, Binghamton, NY. Deadline for ticket sales 4–25-18. (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 607-279-0227 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

28 - Spring Wild Edibles: The Hunt for the Wild Leek at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY (10:30 am – 12:30 pm) Join us as we celebrate spring by foraging for and cooking with early, wild, edible plants. Learn how to identify, ethically harvest, and prepare a wild treat with campfire cooking. Meet in the lower parking lot. Program for ages 10 and up. (Cost: $6 for members; $9 for public.) (For information call 315- 673-1350 or email info@baltimorewoods.org)

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)

29-30 - Greater Wellsville Trout Derby, Genesee River. (For information/register go online to www.Trout-Derby.com.)

 

MAY 2018

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

2 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - Lake Erie Work Group at the Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Rd, Lackawanna, NY (1:00 – 4:15 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA).  Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding.  RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070)

3 -  Great Lakes Action Agenda - SW Lake Ontario Work Group at the Tinker Nature Park, Hansen Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, Pittsford, NY (9:00 am – 12:15 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA).  Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding.  RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Shannon Dougherty, Shannon.Dougherty@dec.ny.gov, 716-851-7070)

3 – Fly Fishing for Bass at the Monroe County Powder Mill Park Fish Hatchery, 115 Park Rd, Pittsford, NY (7:00 pm) The presentation by Kirk Klingensmith (President of Twin Tiers Five Rivers chapter of Fly Fishers International) is intended to overview bass fly fishing – for both smallmouth and largemouth. His advice will be helpful to our local waters – but will also introduce to some exceptional watersheds in the Twin Tiers regions. Kirk will cover bass behavior, techniques, fly selection, and successful approaches. (For information call Jeff Jakubowski 585-413-7087)

3 -  The Bird Banding Project at Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, PO Box 133, Marcellus, NY (10:00 – 11:00 am)  Alison Kocek, one of our bird banders, will share the results of last year’s banding efforts, this year’s plans, and insights into how bird banding efforts help scientists and land managers help the birds. This program will include an indoor presentation and an easy walk outside. Program for adults. ($6.00 for members; $9.00 for public.) (For information call 315-673-1350 or email  info@baltimorewoods.org)

4 – End of 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)

4 - End 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.

4 - Central NY Friends of NRA Event at the Barbagallos Restaurant, 6344 East Molloy Road, E. Syracuse, NY (5:30 pm) (Cost: $45.00) (For information call James Middleton at 315-695-3981 or email: jmiddlet@twcny.rr.com)

4 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (7:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129) 

4 - Greater Lewiston Smelt Festival, at the Waterfront in Lewiston, N Y (near Niagara Falls). (5:00 pm) The highlight is the Friday night Smelt Dip and Fry conducted by the Niagara River Anglers Association on the waterfront starting at 6 p.m. Live music. This event is free to the public. (For more info check out www.niagarariverregion.com)

5 - Start of Statewide Fishing Season for Northern Pike, Pickerel, Tiger Muskellunge, and Walleye (>3/15/19)

5 - Start of Fishing Season for Muskellunge in the Susquehanna River (Tioga County), the Chemung River and Tributaries and Tioga River (Chemung County) (>3/15/19)

5 - Steuben County Coon Hunters, Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 4082 Depot Street, Cameron, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Roger Barney at 607-695-9024  ten.sehguh@yenrab_jr)

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)

5 - Greater Rochester Southern Tier QDMA Banquet at the Double Tree, E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY. (4:30 pm) (For information call David Perotto 585-410-5551.)

5 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s 12th Annual Wildlife Festival at the Montezuma Audubon Center, Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) KrittrKris & Feathered Friends, Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and Wildlife Rockstars will deliver animal programs throughout the day featuring owls, hawks, falcons, and mammals. Festival goers can get up close to these amazing animals, learn about their wild characteristics, and take a selfie! Another highlight of the festival will be the Wild Zone featuring fun for all ages. Everyone will love getting a bird’s eye view while climbing the 24 foot rock wall that offers different skill levels, from novice to expert, and provides a thrilling challenge. The professional magician and good-natured dean of green, Professor GreenPockets, will entertain audiences during the “Performing Bug Show” and “Magic of the Forest,” fun and enjoyable shows that promote habitat conservation, birds and other wildlife, and the protection of endangered species. Children will also enjoy jumping in the huge bounce house, making nature crafts and stained glass art, building a bluebird box, playing nature games and winning prizes! Wildlife enthusiasts can also fish their way to the backyard bass game and then fly over to see the dragons in the pond!  (Festival admission is $5/person, $20/family.) (For information call 315-365-3588, visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org.)

5 - Annual Wildlife Festival at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 3:00 pm) Join us for our largest event of the year which will feature a great lineup of family-friendly activities including food trucks, a 24’ tall rock wall, animal presentations, live music, nature-based magic shows, a bounce house, local art vendors, conservation exhibitors, a native plant sale, bird box building, guided birdwatching walks and canoeing excursions. (Cost: $5.00/$20.00 family)(For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

5 - Earth Day In May / I Love My Park Day at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) Keep the Earth Day spirit alive by caring for Reinstein Woods’ trails on I Love My Park Day. Scout groups and other organizations welcome.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

5-6 - Oneida Lake Walleye Derby, sponsored by the Chittenango Lions Club. For more info go to www.Lionswalleyederby.org.

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

8 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - NE Lake Ontario Work Group at the Redwood Hill Preserve Trailside Learning Center, 44379 Stine Road, Redwood, NY (1:00 - 4:15 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA).  Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding.  RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Emily Sheridan, Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov, 315-785-2382.)

9 - Great Lakes Action Agenda - SE Lake Ontario Work Group at the Fair Haven State Park, Sabin Hall, 14985 State Park Rd, Sterling, NY (10:00 am - 1:30 pm) NYSDEC invites you to join other regional stakeholders in a basinwide partnership to advance ecosystem-based management (EBM) opportunities for New York's Great Lakes basin, as identified in the state's interim Great Lakes Action Agenda (GLAA).  Meeting objectives include: Share updates on Great Lakes funding, mapping tools and partner efforts. Report on implementation progress of work group priorities and EBM Demonstration Areas. Facilitate focused planning discussions to identify collaborative projects in anticipation of upcoming grant funding.  RSVP to greatlakes@dec.ny.gov at least one week in advance of the meeting you plan to attend. (Questions or comments contact Emily Sheridan, Emily.Sheridan@dec.ny.gov, 315-785-2382)

10 - Home School Nature Series:  Pond Life at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Who are these small aquatic critters and why are they in our ponds? Children ages 5-12 will use dip nests to search our ponds for marsh macroinvertebrates, tadpoles, and other pond critters while learning about their importance to wetland habitats and how we can assess the health of the habitat based on who lives there. Bring your water boots and be prepared to have fun and get wet! (Fee: $8/child.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

10 - Montezuma Birdwatching Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (5:00 - 8:00 pm)  The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with migratory songbirds, marsh birds, and other wildlife this time of year. Join us for an evening van tour through the Montezuma's marshes, forests and grasslands to explore the abundant wildlife as they prepare for their nocturnal activities. Bring your camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats and wildlife. Binoculars and field guides provided. (Fee: $8.00/child, $15.00/adult.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.oLarg)

11-20 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Spring Trout and Salmon Derby 2018. 1st of 3 LOC Derbies offering over $30,000 in cash and prizes with a grand prize of $15,000 for the largest overall Salmon caught. (For more information call 888-733-5246 or visit their website at www.loc.org.)

12 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

12 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Phipps Road, Albion, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm Coonhound Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)

12 - Whitetails Unlimited – Lake Ontario Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Palmyra VFW Post 6778,
4306 Route 31, Palmyra, NY Deadline for ticket sales 5-5-18. (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 call
Jim Cavallaro at 315-573-3330 or Pat Hall at 315-664-0195 or Bob Weller at 315-247-3662 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

12 - Extreme Raptors at the Waterman Conservation Education Center, 403 Hilton Road,Apalachin, NY

(10:00 am, 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm) Amazing Aerial Extravaganza! Jonathan Wood’s entourage now includes raptors from every habitat on the planet including Arctic, Desert, Rainforest, Wetlands, Prairie, Woodlands and Tundra. The majority of these birds dwell in North American environs, yet some exotic species originate in Europe, Africa, Asia, Iceland and South America. They range in size from small falcons and owls weighing 2-3 ounces to majestic eagles with 7 and 8 foot wingspans. Recent additions include the endangered Aplomado falcon and Crested Caracara. Call our center or see our website to reserve your seats! (Cost $13 for members $15 non members children 6-12 half price under 5 is free) (RSVP Required call:607-625-2221 or book online: https://www.watermancenter.org/upcoming-events)

12 - Girl Scout Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Girl Scouts of all ages will learn about the importance of invasive species control, land management, and the birds that benefit from these activities. Girl Scouts will also help improve our forest habitats by removing Japanese Honeysuckle.  Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for getting dirty, and if possible, bring work gloves. All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $5/Scout) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

12 - Red Wiggler Worm Composting: Class #2 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Bring your starter kit back to see how your worms are composting, and construct a larger bin to transfer your worms and compost. (Materials $25, Friends of Reinstein Woods members $20.) (Class #3 = June 30) (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

12 - Warblers For Beginners at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Join us as we learn about and look for migrating warblers, the butterflies of the bird world. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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

16 - Citizen Science Training: Hummingbirds At Home at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (1:00 pm) Become a volunteer and learn how to count hummingbirds sipping nectar at feeders and flowers. For adults only.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

17 - Wildflowers in May at Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, PO Box 133, Marcellus, NY (10:00 – 11:00 am) Every spring Baltimore Woods turns into a wonderland of spring wildflowers. Join us on a peaceful stroll through the Faust Garden and Harrison Trail to admire these fleeting beauties and ponder the ephemeral nature of spring and ourselves. Program for adults. This will be an easy walk along flat trails. Please call for accessibility information. ($6.00 for members; $9.00 for public.) (For information call 315-673-1350 or email  info@baltimorewoods.org)

19 - Boating Safety Course by U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, NY (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski. (For information/register call Martin Laufer at 390-7727 or mdl29@msn.com)

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)

19 - Whitetails Unlimited – Clifton Springs Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Phelps Hotel, 90 Main Street, Phelps, NY Deadline for ticket sales 5-16-18. (Cost: Adult - $50.00/Spouse - $35.00/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 call Rich Morano 585-705-9235 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

19 - Cattaraugus County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 10491 Route 240, West Valley, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound  Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Chris Deperro  716-570-6798  moc.oohay@orrepedsirhc) 

19 - Warblers and Wine Van Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (11:00 am - 2:00 pm) Join us for our first trip to Thorpe Vineyard, located along the Lake Ontario shoreline in Wolcott. During the tour, guests will sample award winning wines at the winery and walk around nearby Chimney Bluffs State Park to search for Warblers including the Cerulean, American Redstart, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue and nearly two dozen other Warbler species. Must be 21+ to participate. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (Fee: $20/adult, includes wine tasting.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

19 - Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium Spring 2018 Open House at 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Have you been wondering what is happening at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium? Join Museum staff, volunteers, and trustees to find out! Tour the Finger Lakes Museum campus and explore the wetlands by land and water on mini guided wetland walks and mini guided eco-paddles from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Visual highlights will show our achievements and future plans. (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.)

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

20 - Erie County Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club, 511 Ohio Street, Buffalo, NY (2:00 – 5:00 pm) (For information call Dave Barus  716-597—4081)

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)

20 - Birding By Ear at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (9:00 am) Who’s that singing deep in the forest or way up in the trees? Learn to

identify local birds by their calls and songs. For adults only.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

24 - Concealed Carry Class - Legal Heat at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (5:00 - 9:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 37+ 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. (For information go to  https://mylegalheat.com/cabelasor call 877-252-1055 ) (This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet.) (DO NOT BRING FIREARMS OR AMMUNITON INTO THE CLASSROOM.)

25 - Whitney Point Sportsman Association Coonhound Event at the club on NY Route 206, Whitney Point, NY (7:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $12.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Ralph Canniff at 607-240-1129)

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

26 - Birding 101: Class #5 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn why some birds stay just for the summer and which to look for

during the summer. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

26 - Boy Scout Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will learn about the importance of invasive species control, land management, and the birds that benefit from these activities. Scouts will also help improve our forest habitats by removing Japanese Honeysuckle. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for getting dirty, and if possible, bring work gloves. All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone.  (Fee: $5/Scout) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

26 - Howland’s Island Van Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (8:00 - 11:00 am) Spring songbird migration and breeding season is underway so join us for an early morning tour behind the locked gates of Howland’s Island. We’ll drive onto the island and make stops along the way listening and looking for migrants like the Warbling Vireo, Scarlet Tanager, and nearly two dozen Warbler species. We’ll also highlight the 10,000 year cultural and natural history of this unique island habitat PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child; $15/adult. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

26 - Treefrogs and Peepers! at Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, PO Box 133, Marcellus, NY (8:00 – 10:00 pm) Treefrogs and spring peepers are perhaps the most elusive frogs ever. However, evenings in late May can be the perfect times to observe them at Philips Pond - especially if there’s a little rain. Join us for a night hike to the  pond to enjoy the treefrog-peeper chorus and try to spot a few of these fascinating frogs. For ages 5 and up. This will be a night hike that includes one steep trail, bring a flashlight. ($6.00 for members; $9.00 for public.) (For information call 315-673-1350 or email  info@baltimorewoods.org)

26-28 – 54th Annual National Lake Trout Derby On Seneca Lake. Fishing will be from 6:00 am Saturday to noon Monday, and participants can take their catches to one of three weigh stations – in Geneva, Sampson State Park in Romulus and Watkins Glen. The derby is open to adults and youth 5 and older. The main prizes will be: Grand Prise - $7,500; 1st place lake trout:$3,000 and 1st place brown, rainbow and llS: $1,500. (For information call 315-789-5520.

30-7/29 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Trout and Salmon Derby - Grand prize will be $12,500 for the biggest Salmon. (For information go to www.loc.org or call 888-733-5246.)

31 - Close of Spring Turkey Hunting Season

31 - Wild Edibles Walk at Baltimore Woods, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, PO Box 133, Marcellus, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Join us as we ramble around Baltimore Woods searching for wild edible plants. Learn how to identify and harvest food from the wild; we will emphasize ways to do it safely and ethically. Program for adults. Meet at the lower parking lot. ($6.00 for members; $9.00 for public.) (For information call 315-673-1350 or email  info@baltimorewoods.org)

31 - State Concealed Carry Firearm Permit & Gun Law Class at Bass Pro Shops, 1579 Clark St Rd Auburn, NY (5:00 pm) This course encompass the laws of all 50 States and are updated frequently. It also *Qualify you to obtain two of the most widely-accepted permits in the country, The Utah and Arizona non-resident permits, which allow you to conceal carry in 37t states in addition to your home-state permit.
*Provide required paperwork to obtain all permits for which you have just qualified. (For information call 315-258-2700)
 

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) 

2 – 17th Annual Fishing Derby at Perinton Park, 99 O’Connor Road, Fairport, NY (9:00 – 11:00 am) Boys and girls, grab a fishing pole, bring your favorite bait, and join us in Perinton Park for a fishing derby! This 'kids only' catch and release tournament will feature fishing, prize giveaways, and food for participants. Ask asn adult to accompany you for a 'reely' fun morning of fishing. This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. (Cost: $8.00)

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

2 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N Main Street, Canastota, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

2 - Crusoe Creek Paddle meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (6:00 - 8:00 pm) Join us for the first paddle of the season to explore Crusoe Creek and Crusoe Lake, Wayne County’s only natural lake. We’ll search for secretive wetland birds like the Green Heron, Great Blue Heron, American Bittern and Bald Eagle, and enjoy the cacophony of singing frogs while paddling the tranquil waters. Tandem canoes, solo kayaks, paddles, and PFDs will be provided or you can rent them from us. (Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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)

7- Home School Nature Series:  Leaping with Frogs  at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Spring is here and Montezuma’s frogs are flourishing. Homeschooled children ages 5 to 12 will use dip nets to explore our frogs and learn how these amphibians survive and serve as a critical part of the ecosystem. Students will explore our pond so water boots are recommended. (Fee: $8/child.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

7 - Montezuma Birdwatching Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 - 4:00 pm) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is teeming with migratory songbirds, marsh birds, and other wildlife this time of year. Hop in the Audubon van for a tour through Montezuma's marshes, forests and grasslands to explore the abundant wildlife. Bring your camera to capture images of the beautiful habitats that we are working hard to conserve. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

9 - Erie County Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at Tifft Farms, 1200 Fuhrmann Boulevard, Buffalo, New York  (For information call Joe McAdams 716-570-3436)

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)

9 - Boating Safety Course by U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, NY (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski. (For information/register call Martin Laufer at 390-7727 or mdl29@msn.com)

9 – Great Lakes Experience at Memorial Park, Dunkirk, NY (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)

9 - 21st Annual Genesee Valley Chapter Of The Adirondack Mountain Club Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds- Hundred Acre Pond parking lot, Mendon, NY (Monroe County) (9:30 am – 3:30 pm) Demonstrations, discussions and activities will be offered all day on a wide variety of outdoor related topics. More than 70 workshops on various aspects of outdoor activities. Attendees also view and inspect outdoor gear and try out canoes and kayaks on the Hundred Acre Pond. ADK, other local outdoor clubs, and local outdoor retailers present all of the events. (For information call 585-224-0912 or go to adk-gvc.org/expo)

9 - Birding and Bogging Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) Join us in the Audubon van for our first trip to Zurich Bog to explore this unique ecosystem. We’ll meet up with a naturalist who will highlight the flora and fauna of this wetland habitat that is unlike anything else in Wayne County. Wear your boots and be prepared for a 1-mile hike. We’ll stop at a couple birding hotspots at Montezuma to search for songbirds, marsh birds and raptors as well. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child; $15/adult.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

9-10 - Cortland Gun Show at the Ramada Cortland Hotel and Conference Center, 2 River Street,
Cortland, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 2:00 pm) ((Admission - $8.00/12 and under – Free/Seniors - $7.00) All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. (For information call Martin Tretola  516-221-7380)

9-17 - 34th Annual Southtowns Walleye Association Walleye Tournament. 9-day/1-fish, tournament, the single biggest fish wins. Cash awards for the top 200 places, the top 10 places win big money, with the top prize as much as $8,000 in cash plus prizes. On-line application at www.southtownswalleye.org. Boat field is not limited, $35 entry fee, Calcutta options. (For information call  Rob Kroh 585-356-3696 or Jim Skoczylas 716-796-5372).

15 - Close of Special Season on Lake Erie and Tribs for Black Bass

15 - Close of Statewide and Finger Lakes Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass

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

15 - Montezuma Birding Van Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (8:00 - 11:00 am) Leave the driving to us as we explore the Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area to look and listen for nesting songbirds, marsh birds and raptors. Birders of all levels will improve their visual and audio identification skills of warblers, vireos, bitterns, as well as Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Osprey, and more! PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child; $15/adult.) (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

16 - Start of Finger Lakes Black Bass (Largemouth & Smallmouth) Fishing Season (3/15/19)

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

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

16 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at Lake Neatahwantha, Town of Granby, Oswego County (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

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)

21 - Summer Solstice Celebration Paddle meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (5:30 – 8:00 pm) Celebrate the longest day of the year with us! We’ll paddle a 2-mile section of the Seneca River around Howland’s Island and enjoy the sights and sounds of the first day of summer. We’ll search for nesting birds, basking turtles, soaring dragonflies, and singing frogs. Tandem canoes, solo kayaks, paddles, and life jackets are available to rent or bring your own. Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

22 - Concealed Carry Class - Legal Heat at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY (5:00 - 9:00 pm) Cabela’s has partnered with Legal Heat, the Nation’s Leading Firearms Training Firm to provide concealed carry classes to meet the qualifying requirements and documentation to obtain the Utah and Arizona concealed carry permits in a fun, informative, non-intimidating class. These permits will allow combined carry reciprocity in approximately 37+ 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. (For information go to  https://mylegalheat.com/cabelasor call 877-252-1055 ) (This class may qualify you for the NY permit in several NY counties but has not been formally approved by any NY counties yet.) (DO NOT BRING FIREARMS OR AMMUNITON INTO THE CLASSROOM.)

23-24 - FREE FISHING WEEKEND in New York State. No license required.

23 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

23 – 2nd Annual WNY Heroes – Military Veterans Walleye Fun Fish Day at Dunkirk Harbor.  (Date is tentative.) (For information call Captain Jim Steel, 716-481-5348)

23 - Erie County Teach-Me-To-Fish Event at Chestnut Ridge Park Orchard Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY (For information call Joe McAdams 716-570-3436)

23 - Muskies Inc #69 Tournament at Chautauqua Lake. (7:00 am - 3:30 pm) (For information call Clint Nicholson at 585-330-4087.)

23 - Birds and Brews meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 4:00 pm) Are you looking for a fun and unique event on Father’s Day? Join us in the Audubon van for a tour of four birding hotspots at the Montezuma Wetlands Complex with a stop at Fleur de Lis Brew Works to enjoy craft beers. Expect to walk about 2-miles while searching for warblers, vireos, orioles, flycatchers, herons and raptors. This is a family friendly event; non-alcoholic root beer is available for kids. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (Fee: $15/child, $25/adult, includes beer tasting fee.)

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.

26-29 - Explore Archery at the Henrietta Veterans Memorial Park, Lacrosse Fields (Near Bushman Cabin), off Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY (9:30 – 10:45 am) Explore Archery is fun and a perfect fit for archers of any age or ability wanting to get involved in the sport of target archery. If you are new to the sport of archery or a beginner archer looking for an introductory program to sign up for, Explore Archery has what you need to get started! You’ll learn important skills like range safety and proper shooting form, play exciting games and earn achievement awards. (For ages 8 & up.) (Cost: Res -$40.00/Non Res - $50.00) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

JULY 2018

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

1-6 – New York State Trout Unlimited Youth Camp at the Land of the Vikings Lodge near the West Branch of the Delaware River. Applicants must be 13 years of age by May 15 and applications must be postmarked by that date. The camp offers youths the opportunity to learn about trout ecology, stream conservation and trout fishing. (For information call Ronald Urban at 845-339-5938 or email ronsgonefishing@aol.com.)

6 – Registration deadline for August 4 - Kids Fishing Derby at Martin Road Park/Buyck Pavilion, 1344 Martin Road, Henrietta, NY (7:00 – 10:30 am) The derby is sponsored by the Ely Fagan-American Legion Post 1151. Bring the kids and enjoy the sport of fishing! Awards and free lunch provided, but please bring your own pole and bait. For ages 4 – 14 years. (Please register online at parksandre. For information call 585-359-2540.)

6-7 - 14th NY Trappers Forum Summer Fur Rondy at Nichols Pond County Park, Town of Fenner, NY. (Approximately 5 miles south of Canastota, NY.) (8:00 am) Numerous trapping and outdoor demonstrations, trapping supplies, a trapper training course, raffles, contests and much, much more. (Cost: Free) (For information contact Tim Evans at 315-247-0285   chuckeytim@gmail.com or Steve Wratten at 315-824-2415/315-750-5652)  

9-13 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camp - Hunter Safety / Waterfowl ID at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily) Youth will earn their hunter safety and waterfowl ID certificates while learning how to be a safe, ethical, and responsible sportsman during hands-on learning and outdoor experiences! Waterfowl ID is required to hunt waterfowl at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. This camp will be taught as a home study course to maximize our time in the field. Campers will be given the course manual and workbook prior to camp. Ages: 11-15. (Fee: $150) (For information/register contact: Chris Lajewski, Center Director, 315-365-3588, montezuma@audubon.org)

14 - Boating Safety Course by U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 at the Fort Niagara Officer’s Club, Youngstown, NY (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) This is a required class for anyone born after May 1, 1996 if you want to operate a boat or jet ski. (For information/register call Martin Laufer at 390-7727 or mdl29@msn.com)

14-15 - Lake Erie Big Dawg Walleye Tournament centered at Chadwick Bay Marina, Dunkirk Harbor, New York. This is a 1-day tourney, 5 fish/day, with an optional Big-Fish Friday derby. Unlimited boat field, 2 - 5 anglers per boat, $500 entry fee, 100% payback, 6AM take-off. (For information contact Mark Mohr 716-998-9871 or go to https://www.rayzorsbigdawg.com/.)

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

15 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Salmon River Strutters & Leatherstocking Chapters’ Woman in the Outdoors Event at the Leather Stocking Club, 4860 St Route 104, New Haven, NY.  (For more information contact Michael Cali  315-342-1645 or email macfir116@gmail.com)

15 - Beyond BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. Weather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

16-20 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camp - Bow Safety / Trapper Safety at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily) Campers will learn the necessary safety techniques and responsibilities when using a bow and arrow to pursue deer and as a trapper when setting traps to catch wild game. This camp will be taught as a home study course to maximize our time in the field. Campers will be given the course manual and workbook prior to camp. Ages: 11-15. (Fee: $150) (For information/register contact: Chris Lajewski, Center Director, 315-365-3588, montezuma@audubon.org)

16-20 - Tinker Nature Camp at Tinker Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY. (9:30 am – 12:00 pm) Participants will have fun with a different nature topic each day! Topics include: exploring nature, investigating birds, life at the pond and nature play. (For 3rd – 6th graders.) (Cost: Res -$45.00/Non Res - $55.00) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

20-22 - The 2018 Crosman All-American Field Target Championship at the Rochester Brooks Gun Club, 962 Honeoye Falls #6 Road, Rush, NY. Dedicated air gun competitors from around the globe can now register for the three-day competition which features multiple shooting matches including the main two-day rifle event. There are five divisions and classes for competitors, Open, Hunter, WFTF, Freestyle and Pistol. In addition to the main rifle event, this year will also feature a pistol match, the Quigley Bucket Match and the Pyramyd Air Gunslinger match. For more details and wanting to register can do so online by visiting  https://www.crosman.com/caaftc. Participants can also download and mail-in the registration form if they choose http://www.crosman.com/connect/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/FTC-2018-Registration-Form-1.pdf.

21 -  8th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye SHOOTOUT. 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby (July 20, 2018).  $500 entry fee, teams of 2 to 5 anglers per boat, 6-fish bag weigh-in, 7AM – 3:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. weigh-in at Cabana Sam’s.  Up to $100,000 in cash and prize awards. (For information contact Don Ruppert 716-416-3709 or go to https://walleyeshootout.com/.)

21/22 – 36th Annual Wine Country Classic Boat Show & Regatta at Keuka Lake - Depot Park, Hammondsport, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 1:00 pm) This show offers you the opportunity to some of the finest classic boats and cars, Fiberglassics to "Woodie" cars! The Wine Country Classic Boats is a chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). (For information call 315-521-2626 or go to http://www.winecountryclassicboats.com/)

21/22 – 36th Annual Wine Country Classic Boat Show & Regatta at Keuka Lake - Depot Park, Hammondsport, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 1:00 pm) This show offers you the opportunity to some of the finest classic boats and cars, Fiberglassics to "Woodie" cars! The Wine Country Classic Boats is a chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). (For information call 315-521-2626 or go to http://www.winecountryclassicboats.com/)

22 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. We

ather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled.  (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

23-27 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camp - Fisheries at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily) Young anglers will learn safe fishing practices and how to catch “the big one” from wildlife biologists while casting for trout, panfish, salmon, bass, carp and more around Montezuma and the Finger Lakes Region. Ages: 11-15. (Fee: $150) (For information/register contact: Chris Lajewski, Center Director, 315-365-3588, montezuma@audubon.org)

23-27 - Tinker Nature Camp at Tinker Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY. (1:00 3:30 pm) Participants will have fun with a different nature topic each day! Topics include: exploring nature, investigating birds, life at the pond and nature play. (For 3rd – 6th graders.) (Cost: Res -$45.00/Non Res - $55.00) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

26-28 - 2018? ?Costa? ?FLW? ?Series? ?Northern Division? ?Bass? ?Fishing? ?Tournament on Lake ?Erie; Buffalo, NY; Safe Harbor Marina & Buffalo Harbor State Park; (6:30AM Launch-2:30PM Retrieve and weigh-in.) Forecast is 100-175 boats, 2 anglers per boat; open to public to watch or compete (must be an FLW member to compete).

28 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at Lake Neatahwantha, Town of Granby, Oswego County (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

28 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. We

ather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled. (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

29 - BOW - Women’s Guided Fishing Trip on Lake Ontario from the Oswego Marina, Oswego, NY (5:30 am or 1:30 pm) Enjoy a 6 hour guided fishing trip for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout and Steelhead aboard a 28’ Baha Cruiser. All fishing equipment is provided. No fishing experience necessary. The boat has an enclosed bathroom with plumbing! Open to women age 18 or over. Bring your valid NYS fishing license. These fishing trips sold out last year, so reserve your spot early. (Fee: $140 per person) Pre-registration is required. We

ather cancellations are at the Captain's discretion and money will either be refunded or the charter will be rescheduled.  (Contact Captain Dave Wilson at 315-481-5716 or email captaindavewilson@yahoo.com for information and/or preregistration)

30-8/3 – Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camp - Wildlife Exploration at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily) Campers will explore the Montezuma Wetlands Complex’s habitats and mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians during hiking, canoeing, wildlife management, and other outdoor activities. Ages: 11-15. (Fee: $150) (For information/register contact: Chris Lajewski, Center Director, 315-365-3588, montezuma@audubon.org)

31, 8/7, 8/14 & 8/21 -  Explore Archery at the Henrietta Veterans Memorial Park, Lacrosse Fields (Near Bushman Cabin), off Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY (9:30 – 10:45 am or 11:00 am – 12:14 pm) Explore Archery is fun and a perfect fit for archers of any age or ability wanting to get involved in the sport of target archery. If you are new to the sport of archery or a beginner archer looking for an introductory program to sign up for, Explore Archery has what you need to get started! You’ll learn important skills like range safety and proper shooting form, play exciting games and earn achievement awards. (For ages 8 & up.) (Cost: Res -$40.00/Non Res - $50.00) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

 

AUGUST 2018

3-5 - The Northern Chautauqua County Conservation Club 14th Annual Walleye Derby in the New York waters of Lake Erie. Limited to 100 boat field, 3-day tourney, top 3 fish weighed each day, 2 to 4 anglers per boat, $100 entry fee, cash prizes, tackle & gear drawings. (For information call  Zen Olaw 716-640-2776.)

6-10 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camp - Paddling at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily) Paddlers of all skill levels will create their own adventures with the help of our trained educators to discover Montezuma’s rivers, streams and wetlands while learning to paddle canoes and kayaks. Ages: 11-15. Ages: 11-15. (Fee: $150) (For information/register contact: Chris Lajewski, Center Director, 315-365-3588, montezuma@audubon.org)

2, 9 & 16 - Beekeeping Basics at Tinker Nature Center, 1525 Calkins Road, Henrietta, NY. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Tinker Park welcomes the next generation of beekeepers and educates them in the importance of bees. Be inspired to take part in bee preservation. Topics covered, include: identify problems, pests, managing population growth and proper tool use. All protective gear will be provided. Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes. (For ages 11 – 14 years.) (Cost: Res -$45.00/Non Res - $55.00) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

9 - Lake Ontario Friends of NRA Event at the Eagle Vale Golf Club, 4344 Nine Mile Pt Road, Fairport, NY (5:00 pm) (Cost: $50.00) (For information call Ed Stevens at 585-342-9168 or by email  ed@numzaan.com)

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)

17-9/3 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby - Grand prize for the biggest Salmon. (For information go to www.loc.org or call 888-733-5246.)

20-24 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camp – Junior Nature at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily) Young naturalists will explore the wonders of nature through a variety of outdoor games, fun crafts and unique activities. Campers will catch frogs in the pond, search for signs of mammal activity in the forest, and discover the birds, butterflies and dragonflies in the grassland and wetland. Ages: 11-15. Ages: 6 - 10. (Fee: $150) (For information/register contact: Chris Lajewski, Center Director, 315-365-3588, montezuma@audubon.org)

25 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

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

25 - Yates County SCOPE Political Education, Pig Roast at Firemen’s Field, Penn Yan, NY. (3:00 – 6:00 pm) (For information call Bill, 585-554-6868. )

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)

8 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at Lake Neatahwantha, Town of Granby, Oswego County (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) Also carp fishing classes included. All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

15-16 - The 2018 Batavia Gun and Sportsman Show at the Quality Inn & Suites, 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: $6.00/under 12 free w/adult) (For information contact Kurt Baumgaertner 716 430-3133 kurtab@protonmail.com)

15-16 - Syracuse Gun Show at New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd, Syracuse, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) Hosted by New York State Arms Collectors Association. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. 1,000 tables. (Cost: $7.00/Seniors $5.00/Children 12 and under free with parent) (For information call Sandy Ackerman at 607-748-1010 or email sandynysac@yahoo.com or go to http://www.syracusegunshow.com)

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

22 - National Hunting & Fishing Day

22 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at the Oneida Lake Hatchery, Hatchery Road (off NY Route 49),
Constantia, NY (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

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

29 - National Hunting & Fishing Day - Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma New York (For information call Rich Davenport 716-510-7952)

29-30 - American Bass Association (ABA) 2018 Championship Tournament at Mayville Lakeside Park boat access on Chautauqua Lake. Additional details in planning.

30 - End of Bow Fishing for Carp Season

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

30 – Close of Frog & Snapping Turtle Seasons

OCTOBER 2018

6-7 - Cortland Gun Show at the Ramada Cortland Hotel and Conference Center, 2 River Street,
Cortland, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 2:00 pm) ((Admission - $8.00/12 and under – Free/Seniors - $7.00) All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. (For information call Martin Tretola  516-221-7380)

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

13 - FREE Kids Fishing Classes at Lake Neatahwantha, Town of Granby, Oswego County (11:00 am – 1:00 pm) All bait and tackle provided FREE. (For information email mmcgrath2@twcny.com or srybaak@yahoo.com.)

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)

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

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

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

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.)

NOVEMBER 2018

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

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

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

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

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

DECEMBER 2018

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

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

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

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

JANUARY 2019

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

FEBRUARY 2019

16-17 - FREE FISHING WEEKEND in New York State. No license required.

MARCH 2019

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. (>5/4)

15 - Deadline for removing Ice Shanties from all waters.

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

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

15 - Close of Finger Lakes Bass Season.

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

16 - Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on Otselic River from mouth to Whitney Point Reservoir Dam, Susquehanna River in Binghamton between Rock Bottom Dam and Exchange Street Bridge, Susquehanna River in the towns of Union and Vestal from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad bridge downstream to Murphy's Island, Tioughnioga River from New York Route 26 bridge to US Route 11 bridge, Little Choconut Creek from mouth to Goudey Station Building (Broome County), Dutch Hollow Brook from Owasco Lake upstream to the Route 38A bridge (Cayuga County), Scriba Creek from mouth upstream to Fish Hatchery Dam (Oswego County) (>5/4)

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)

APRIL 2019

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

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

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