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CHECK EVENT IN ADVANCE. SOME ARE BEING CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS-19 CONCERNS.

MAY 2019

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

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

JUNE 2019  

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

JULY 2019

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

AUGUST 2019

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

SEPTEMBER 2019

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

OCTOBER 2019

1 – Falconry Season Opens (>3/31/20)

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

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

16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Trout in Salmon Creek (Cayuga County), East Branch Owego Creek, East and West Branchs Tioughnioga River and the Otselic River (Cortland County), Salmon Creek Above Ludlow Falls & West Branch Owego Creek (Tompkins County), Spring Creek except Caledonia State Fish Hatchery Property, Hatchery Property - 8:00 am B 4:00 pm (Livingston County), Oatka Creek from Bowerman Road Upstream to Union Street and from the Wheatland Center Road Upstream to the Mouth of Spring Creek, and Spring Creek (Monroe County), East Koy & Wiscoy Creeksand Chenunda Creek (Allegany County), Lime Lake Outlet, McKinstry, Elm Creek, Elton Creek, Mansfield Creek, (Cattaraugus County), Hosmer Brook and Cattaraugus Creek upstream of Springville Dam (Erie County), Clear Creek from the mouth to the Wyoming-Cattaraugus County line, Wiscoy Creek 0.5 mile upstream and downstream from the East Hillside Road bridge, East Koy Creek, Chenunda Creek, Cattaraugus Creek upstream of Springville Dam, Clear Creek (Ellington), Fenton Brook and Oatka Creek (Wyoming County) (>3/31/20)

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

NOVEMBER 2019

 

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

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

DECEMBER 2019

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

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

JANUARY 2020

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

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

MARCH 2020

1 - Start of Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on North McMillan Creek and Conesus Inlet WMA from Conesus Lake South to the Dam (Livingston County) except the canal west of the inlet and that portion of the north of the canal. (>5/3)

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

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

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

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

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

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

14 - Whitetails Unlimited Western New York Deer Camp at the Willows, 177 Savage Road, Holland, NY. The deadline ticket date is March 11. Tickets may be ordered online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com or by phone - 1-800-274-5471. (Cost $45.00/$35.00 Spouse/$30.00 youth.) Everyone goes home with a Deer Camp Tour 2017 Shirt! (For information contact Bill Bailey at 413-244-2304 between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

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

14 - Montezuma Migration Birding Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 – 11:30 am) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that stop here during the spring and fall migrations. Enjoy a leisurely ride in our van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hot spots where thousands of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and other raptors are a possibility too. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. Pre-paid reservations required.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

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

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

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

15 - Deadline for removing Ice Shanties from all waters.

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

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

15 - Close of Finger Lakes Bass Season.

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

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

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

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

16 - Fishing Ban (No Fishing) on Otselic River from mouth to Whitney Point Reservoir Dam, Susquehanna River in Binghamton between Rock Bottom Dam and Exchange Street Bridge, Susquehanna River in the towns of Union and Vestal from the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad bridge downstream to Murphy's Island, Tioughnioga River from New York Route 26 bridge to US Route 11 bridge, Little Choconut Creek from mouth to Goudey Station Building (Broome County), Dutch Hollow Brook from Owasco Lake upstream to the Route 38A bridge (Cayuga County), Scriba Creek from mouth upstream to Fish Hatchery Dam (Oswego County) (>5/31)

19 - Spring Migration Birding Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:30 pm) Celebrate the first day of spring and explore the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area. Enjoy a leisurely ride in our van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hot spots where thousands of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Northern Harriers, and other birds are a possibility too. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. Pre-paid reservations required.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

19 - NYSDEC Electro Shocking of Naples Creek – Crew starts just north of the Village of Naples, Ontario County, at the Route 245 bridge. (9:00 am) The sampling is conducted to aid in the ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the opening day fishing forecast. (For information call 585-226-5324)

20 – NYSDEC Electro Shocking of Cold Brook (Keuka Inlet) – Crew starts in the hamlet of Pleasant Valley, Steuben County. (10:00 am) The sampling is conducted to aid in the ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the opening day fishing forecast. (For information call 585-226-5324)

21 - Whitetails Unlimited – Broome County Chapter Hunters Night Out at the Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY. Deadline for ticket sales – March 14. (Cost: Adult - $50.00/Spouse - $30.00/Youth - $30.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Adam Hall at, 607-279-0227 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

21 – South Western NY Friends of NRA Banquet at the Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca, NY (4:30 pm) (Cost: $50.00) (For information contact Ray Patchkofsky 585-307-9824 or email raymondpatchkofsky@yahoo.com)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29 - End of Hunting Season for Coyotes

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

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

31 - Falconry Season Closes

31 – Close of Crow Hunting Season

APRIL 2020

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

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

1 - 58th Annual Naples Creek Rainbow Trout Derby. CANCELLED Entry is by pre-registration only - registration sites are Sutton’s Sporting Goods, Main Street, Naples, NY (During business hours) and the Derby Headquarters - Naples Fire Hall, Vine St (3/31/19 – 5:00 - 10:00 pm, 4/01/20 - 4 am to sunrise) (Entry Fees - $8 Ages 16-64, $5 under 16, $5 ages 65 and over) Enter fish at Derby Headquarters, Naples Fire Hall, Vine Street, Naples, NY (For additional information contact Joyce Doran 585-374-2782 or go to https://www.facebook.com/naplestroutderby) 

1 - 17th Annual Riedman Foundation Opening Day Trout Derby (POSTPONED) at the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park, 154 Park Road, Pittsford, NY (Register at Powder Horn Lodge – 6:30 am/Fishing 7:00 am – Noon) All ages are welcome to join in the fun at the Opening Day Trout Derby to benefit the Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park. Again this year, the contestant weighing in the largest brown trout will be recognized with the Bank of America Angler Award, a $500 prize. There will also be "largest catch" prizes awarded in three age categories. Entry is only $5 per angler age eight and older. Fishing will take place in designated areas of Irondequoit Creek within the boundaries of Powder Mills Park. The derby weigh station is at Powder Horn Lodge. Prizes will be awarded at noon. Entry forms can be downloaded at www.fishpowdermill.org. (For information call Ron Mitchell 585-586-1670 or email info@fishpowdermill.org.)

3 - Whitetails Unlimited – Cortland County Chapter Banquet at the, Elks Lodge #748, Cortland, NY. (5:30 pm)Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Bill Bailey 413-244-2304.)

3-5 - 8th Annual Niagara County Bullhead Tournament sponsored by the Wilson Conservation Club. (4/3 5:00 pm – 4/5 1:00 pm) The contest is simple. Best two bullheads based on total weight will win the top prizes. Tiebreaker is total length for those two fish. You may only fish in Niagara County waters. The weigh-in will take place at the club, located at 2934 Wilson Cambria Road, Wilson, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Awards to follow. Register at CMC Auto Repair in Wilson or the Slippery Sinker in Olcott. You can also register through PayPal. (For more information contact Eric at 716-628-6078.)

4 - 13th Annual Trout Derby, 2020 headquarted at the Phelps Fire Hall, 77 Ontario Street, Phelps, NY (Sunrise – 12:30 pm) The fishing area for the derby is Canandaigua Outlet & Flint Creek. Weigh-In: BY 12:45pm, At Headquarters: Phelps Fire Hall. (Entry fee: Adults $10 / 15 & Under $5 (Due by 4/2/20 @ 5:00 PM. The fee includes: Entry to the derby and a chance to win a Lake Ontario Fishing Charter (donated by Scream'n Reel Charters) (For information contact Michael Vienna? 585-752-0863.)

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

4 – Brighton-Henrietta-Pittsford Ducks Unlimited 40 Annual Dinner at the Eagle Vale Country Club, 4344 Nine Mile Point Road, Fairport, NY (6:00 pm) (Cost: $90 Single $145 Couple) (For information contact Conor Vandemark  518-570-5832  conorvan@buffalo.edu or Carol Wahl  585-733-0280  dwahl2@frontier.com.)

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

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

4-5 Tri-County Trout Derby headquarted at the Arcade Fire Department, 145 North St, Arcade, NY (Fishing starts 5:00 am both days.) (Entry Fee: Adult Registration – $20/After March 16 – $30/Child Registration (12 and under)  $20) Register at Arcade Area Chamber of Commerce Office, Machias Outdoors, Pioneer Motorsport or on line. Registration Pick-Up Friday, April 3rd, 2:00 – 7:00 pm at Pioneer Motorsport, 12220 Route 16, Chaffee, NY. Prizes: Trophy ($750); Rainbow Trout ($500); Cast-Off ($400); Bobber ($250); Jig ($200); and Lunker ($100). (For information cal 585-492-5103 or email office@arcadechamber.org.)

5 - Finger Lakes Friends of NRA Banquet at the Harbor Hotel, 16 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY (3:00 pm) (Cost: $50.00) (For information contact Kayla West 607-351-1382 flfriendsnra@gmail.com)

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

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

15 - End of Dog Training Seasons

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

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

18-19 - New York State Arms Collectors Association Gun Show at the NYS Fairgrounds Expo Center, 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse , NY (Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 9 am-3 pm) 1,000 tables. (Admission: $7.00/seniors $5.00/children under 12 free) (For information contact Sandy Ackerman Klinger, 346 Paul Street, Endicott, NY 13760, 607-748-1010 email sandynysac@yahoo.com)

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

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

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

11 Franklin Street, Dansville, NY. (Cost: Adult - $45.00/Spouse/Youth - $25.00) Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Tricia Griese, 845-447-4543 or go to http://www.whitetailsunlimited.com/events/banquets/)

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

25-26 - Greater Wellsville Trout Derby, Genesee River. (TIMES - Headquarters Opens at 12 pm, Friday April 24/Saturday Fishing 6 am to 7 pm/Sunday Fishing 6 am to 5 pm) (Registration Sites: Wellsville Town Clerk Office - 156 N. Main St., Wellsville Chamber of Commerce - 114 N. Main St., Strope Outdoor Supply - 5 William St. Addison NY. Over $25,000 money and 475 tagged fish. (FEES - If you register before April 1st the fee is $15, after April 1st the fee is $20) (For information/register go online to www.Trout-Derby.com or call 585-596-9274.)

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

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

30 - Southern Tier Friends of NRA Event at the Double Tree by Hilton, 225 Water Street, Binghamton, NY (5:30 pm) (Cost: $45.00) (For information call Michael Langton at 607-427-0123 or email  Mike@danowfastening.com)

MAY 2020

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

2 - Whitetails Unlimited - Lake Ontario Chapter Banquet at the Palmyra VFW Post 6778, 4306 Route 31, Palmyra, NY. Through our Grassroots Program, WTU provides grants to local projects and activities that advance our mission. Proceeds from this event will benefit youth conservation and training event. (For information call Jim Cavallaro, 315-573-3330.)

8–17 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Spring Trout and Salmon Derby. This premier spring kick-off classic, offering a $15,000 Grand Prize for the largest salmon caught overall, also sports over $44,000 in cash and prizes overall. (For information, call (888) REEL-2-IN or visit http://www.loc.org/.)

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

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

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

16 – Niagara Frontier Friends of NRA Banquet at Salvatore's Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road,
Depew, NY (5:00 pm) (Cost: $50.00) (For information contact Georgina Grosofsky 716-866-7656  or email friendsofnrageorgina@gmail.com)

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

31 - Close of Spring Turkey Hunting Season

JUNE 2020

4 - 19th Annual Don Johannes Memorial Big Fish Contest and 14th Annual Pete DeAngelo Memorial Three-Fish Contest. This is a precursor to the Pro-Am tournaments to get the teams warmed up for the fishing action. You don’t have to be in the pro-am to fish, though. Sign up at The Slippery Sinker, The Boat Doctors or The Gas Shack in Wilson. $100 per boat. 100 percent cash pay out. (For information call 716-778-0713.)

5 - Greater Lewiston Smelt Festival, at Academy Park, 890 Center Street, Lewiston, NY. (near Niagara Falls). (5:00 – 10:00 pm) Lewiston celebrates one of its natural resources; the Smelt! Enjoy free smelt samples (donations are welcome as they help support programs supported by the Niagara River Anglers) and live music! New this year, a smelt eating contest! Hosted by the Niagara River Anglers and the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce. Food and Beverage available for purchase. This event is free to the public. (For information call 716-754-9500 or go to www.niagarariverregion.com)

5–6 - 36th Annual Skip Hartman Memorial Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament. Back to a two day event with a third day set aside for weather challenges. Over $40,000 in cash and prizes last year. 100 percent payback of entry fees! (For information call 877-FALLS US or log onto the tournament website at http://www.lakeontarioproam.net/.)

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

13 - 23st Annual Genesee Valley Chapter Of The Adirondack Mountain Club Outdoor Expo at Mendon Ponds- Hundred Acre Pond parking lot, Mendon, NY (Monroe County) (9:30 am – 3:30 pm) Demonstrations, discussions and activities will be offered all day on a wide variety of outdoor related topics. More than 60 workshops on various aspects of outdoor activities. Attendees also view and inspect outdoor gear and try out canoes and kayaks on the Hundred Acre Pond. ADK, other local outdoor clubs, and local outdoor retailers present all of the events. (For information call 585-224-0912 or email Chair@adk-gvc.org)

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

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

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

27 - The 2020 Monroe County Offshore Classic at the Port of Rochester. The event is put on by the Genesee Charter Boat Association. It benefits Dream Factory of Rochester NY. The main event is a 5 fish box (only 5 fish can be in the cooler and only 1 fish can be a lake trout) will be weighed at 10 points per fish and 1 point per lb. Prizes for largest of each 4 species; king salmon, brown trout, steelhead and lake trout. Anglers can sign up at Mitchel's Bait and Tackle, 4531 Lake Avenue, Rochester, NY; South Bay Boat and Tackle, 4531 Lake Ave, Rochester NY and B-E Fishing Tackle Inc. 6275 Dean Parkway, Ontario NY. (Entry Fee:  $200 per boat with cash payouts) (For information and volunteer inquiries contact Larry at captlarry@bullseyecharter.com.) 

27–28 - New York State's Free Fishing Weekend. During Free Fishing Weekend anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State and no fishing license is required! All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

27–7/26 - 11th Annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Derby. Grand prize is $10,000 for biggest salmon. Weekly prizes for the divisions ($1,000 for salmon and $500 for trout), $30,000 overall. (For information call 888-REEL-2-IN or go to http://www.loc.org/.)

JULY 2020

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

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

16–26 (tentative) - 30th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby. The Erie Canal is spotlighted for this family-oriented fishing competition offering up more than $8,000 in prizes. (Bass is included.)Eligible waters include from the Niagara River to the Main Street Bridge in Albion (Route 98) – 50 miles of waters. (For more information visit their website http://www.eriecanalderby.com/.) (Bass is included.)

17 - The 9th Annual Curt Meddaugh Memorial Fishing Derby to remember an important LOTSA member. Free for anyone registered in the Saturday event. (For information visit http://www.lotsa1.org/.)

18 - 17th Annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Assn. King Salmon Tournament. (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) This event offers 100 percent cash pay back. All participants must be LOTSA members. Deadline to register is July 15 at 6 p.m. (For information visit http://www.lotsa1.org/.)

 

AUGUST 2020

1–15 - Orleans County Rotary Derby. Fish Lake Ontario and tributaries from the Niagara River to the Genesee River for salmon and trout. Olcott does have a weigh station in this local derby, located at The Boat Doctors. (For information call 585-589-9881.)

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

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

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

21 -  Reelin’ for a Cure Tournament (one day Ladies-Only event). This 5th annual ladies event will once again be held out of Wilson and Olcott. It’s a great way to celebrate life and pay tribute to cancer survivors. Last year, over $13,000 was raised for the Hope for Two group as 36 teams also competed for cash prizes. (For information call Stephanie at 716-481-6388.)

21–9/7 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby. Over $70,000 in cash and prizes including a $25,000 Grand Prize for the largest trout or salmon caught during this 18-day event. Help anglers celebrate the return of the mighty king salmon on Lake Ontario!  Sign up in local tackle shops or call (888) REEL-2-IN. (For information/register visit www.loc.org.)

22–30 - 44th Annual Greater Niagara “Fall Classic” Derby – 2020: A Fish Odyssey. The journey continues with another great event set for 2020 – 44 years of derbies! Last year, over $14,000 in cash and prizes were handed out to winning anglers at the Newfane Community Center on awards night. Species categories included salmon, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, carp and walleye. All have a chance to win the Grand Prize. Kids are FREE in a special youth division. (For information call 877-FALLS US or visit http://www.fishodyssey.net/.)

SEPTEMBER 2020

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

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

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

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

26 - National Hunting & Fishing Day

26 -  New York State's Free Fishing Day. During the Free Fishing Day anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State and no fishing license is required! All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

26-27 - 35th Annual NYPA Wildlife Festival in Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at the New York Power Authority’s Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road (adjacent to Niagara University), Lewiston, NY (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) Catch a fish at the Niagara River Anglers fishing pond or shoot pellet guns at the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Club’s shooting trailer. A variety of conservation exhibitors will also be on hand, including NYS Department of Environmental Conservation divisions, NYS Parks Interpretive Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, plus clubs to include sportsmen, trappers, and boy and girl scouts to name a few. Loads of fun for the whole family! Kids fishing contest for youngsters age 15 and under in the public waters of Niagara County. Two ages classes. Weigh in will be at the Wildlife Festival between noon and 2 p.m. both days. Awards on Sunday at 3 p.m. Largest fish caught out of the NYPA reservoir and from the NYPA fishing platform will also receive a prize. Over 10,000 attended in 2019.  (For information call 866-697-2386 or visit their website at www.nypa.gov.)

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

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

OCTOBER 2020

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

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

10-12 - Youth Firearms Deer Hunt Weekend

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

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

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

NOVEMBER 2020

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

11 - New York State's Free Fishing Day. During the Free Fishing Day anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State and no fishing license is required! All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

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

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

DECEMBER 2020

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

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

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

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

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

JANUARY 2021

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