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(NYSDEC Sportsmen Education Courses are not included here but can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html

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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)

MARCH 2018

16 - Start of Catch and Release (Artificial Lures Only) Season for Black Bass in all Finger Lakes except Cayuga, Otisco, Owasco and Skaneateles Lakes. (>6/16/18)

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)

 

MAY 2018

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)

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)

 

JUNE 2018

1-8/5 - Legacy Exhibit at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, 311 Curtis Street, Jamestown, NY (Tue-Sat 10:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 1:00-%;00 pm) The summer “Legacy Exhibit” provides exclusive original works from the Peterson Collection, along with significant artifacts and memorabilia that highlight Roger Tory Peterson’s life and work. (Cost: Adults: $12, Seniors/Military: $10, Children & Students: $8, Family: $30, RTPI Donors: $5 Discount.) (For information call 716-665-2473; National: 800-758-6841. Email: info@rtpi.org Website: rtpi.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 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

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

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 – Community Paddle at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road,  Branchport, NY (10:00 am – 2:00 pm) Have you ever wanted to try a kayak or canoe out for the first time? Curious to see what Sugar Creek is all about? Interested in learning more about the FLM&A? Stop down for our Community Paddle Day to speak with staff and volunteers while enjoying some time out on the water! Kayaks, canoes, oars, and life jackets for children and adults are available to use at the museum. Or bring your own! (Cost: Free) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

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 - Outdoor Basics: Learn from the experts! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 1:00–2:00 pm – Kid’s Fishing Event FREE photo download of kids with their catch of the day; FREE First Fish Certificate - Get a certificate for catching your very first fish!; FREE Gone Fishing sign to the first 100 to participate in the Catch and Release pond each day; FREE Kids' Craft - Decorate a fish.  While supplies last; FREE Fishing 101 booklet!  While supplies last; Selecting the proper rod and reel setup. 2:00-3:00pm Fishing Seminar - Seasonal Strategies: How To Fish In Every Season. 3:00-4:00 PM - Fishing Seminar – How To Fish Jigs - The Most Versatile Fishing Lure. (For information call 716-608-4770)

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).

10 - Outdoor Basics: Learn from the experts! at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 1:00-2:00 pm - Kayak Fishing: how to set up your kayak for fishing success.  2:00-3:00 pm - Fishing Checklist: what you need to fish local waters. (For information call 716-608-4770)

14 – Start of Registration for September 7-9 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop in Cortland, NY. This is a program designed to teach outdoor skills to women ages 18 and older. More than 40 different courses will be offered including shooting, hunting, fishing, archery, camping, kayaking and map and compass. The registration fee for this workshop is $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.)

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.)

16 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

16 - Nature in a Nutshell and Nuts & Bolts of Photography at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road,  Branchport, NY (9:30 am – 2:30 pm) Morning (9:30am-noon): Nature in a Nutshell- Wildlife Photography, taught by John Adamski. Learn the basic skills of what it takes to be a successful wildlife photographer. What lens to use, the best time of day to photograph various wildlife species, and creating blinds within nature are just a few of the topics to be discussed and learned with this program. (Cost: $20.00) Afternoon (noon-2:30pm): The Nuts & Bolts of Photography, taught by Bob Oswald and Larry Heins. Learn all aspects of digital photography including f-stops, shutter speeds, camera settings, post production, as well as landscape, macro and telephoto lenses. (Cost $20.00) (Full Day $30.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

16 - FREE Fishing Seminars at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. 1:00-2:00 pm - Electronics: how to set up your boat for fishing success. 1:00-4:00 pm – Kids’ Fishing Event - FREE Catch & Release Pond, FREE photo download of kids with their catch of the day, FREE First Fish Certificate - Get a certificate for catching your very first fish!, FREE Gone Fishing sign to the first 100 to participate in the Catch and Release pond each day, FREE Kids' Craft - Decorate a fish.  While supplies last, FREE Fishing 101 booklet!  While supplies last. 2:00-3:00 pm - Take Kids Fishing; how, where, and what you need. (For information call 716-608-4770) 

16 - 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)

16 - Intro To Forest Bathing at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Discover the latest--and oldest--in health trends. This walk will focus on the sights, sounds and smells of the forest to induce relaxation and ease stress. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

16 - Birding 101: Class #6 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Which woodpecker am I? Learn how to identify the different woodpeckers found in Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

16-17 - Bird Carving at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. Carve and painting a life size, American Robin or Baltimore Oriole in an antique smooth style. The instructor, Robin Salsbury, will be providing all the materials including wood, paint, wire for legs, and glass eyes as well as knives and paint brushes. For over 20 years, Robin has carved numerous birds, generally preferring native species. His repertoire includes ducks, geese, shorebirds, songbirds, and even a life-size Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. (For information call 585-374-6160)

6/16- 8/13 - Birds in Art at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. Hosting the Birds in Art exhibit is a milestone in the exciting new upward trajectory that the nature center is on. It represents the spirit of craft and design, and its relationship with the natural world.  Experiences like Wooden Bird Carving and Birds in Culinary Art offer the opportunity to hone a handcraft either in the studio or in the kitchen deepening the connection to the exhibit elements that highlight both the birds of exotic locations but also the birds of the farmyard. (For information call 585-374-6160)

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)

17 - Fishing Seminars: Selecting The Proper Rod And Reel Setup at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (1:00 – 2:00 pm) (For information call 716-608-4770) 

20 - Lake Erie and Niagara River Fisheries Update at Woodlawn Beach State Park's Lodge, S-3580 Lakeshore Road Blasdell, NY (6:30 – 9:30 pm) The meeting will begin with an informal discussion and poster exhibits. The meeting will be followed by a series of presentations on Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River fisheries topics, including an opportunity for angler input on a variety fisheries management activities. The meeting will conclude with questions and an open discussion. This seminar is sponsored by DEC's Lake Erie Fisheries Unit and Region 9 Fisheries offices. Anyone interested is welcome to attend this free event and registration is not required. (For information call 716-851-7000.)

20 - Birdwatching Walk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (6:30 pm) Take a guided walk to search for seasonal birds. Bring binoculars if you have them. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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)

21 - Success Strategies for Hiking & Camping with Kids at Keuka Lake State Park, 3560 Pepper Road, Keuka Park, NY (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Join us at Keuka Lake State Park and learn tips from L.L. Bean expert staff to ensure your entire family has a great time outdoors. From first-timers to experienced campers, we can help you make the most of your time outside and have a great camping experience. This clinic will be held outdoors at Keuka Lake State Park, so please wear appropriate clothing. (Cost: Free) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.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 - 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 - The Olcott Kids Fishing Derby out of the Town of Newfane Marina (Niagara County) (8:00 am to noon.) Kids age 4 to 15 are eligible. (Call the marina at 716-778-5462  for information.)

23 - A Kids Fishing Contest on Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Held in conjunction with a summer bash. After fishing, try your hand at kayaking with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper at 12:30 p.m. (For information call 716-286-4840)

23 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.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 – The 25th Annual Lew Meade Memorial Youth Fishing Tournament on Cassadaga Lake. (7:00 – 11:00 am) Hosted by the Cassadaga Lakes Association, this event is open to the public for age groups 7 years old and under, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16 years old. Fishing will be from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Trophies will be presented in each age group and for boys and girls. In addition, first place winners will receive their own kayaks. (For information call Steve Wickmark at 716-595-2900.)

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

23 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner and Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road,  Branchport, NY (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes.

Intermediate kayaking skills, taught by Dan Murn, professional Kayaking Coach based out of Fairport, NY, include setting up seating position for comfort and effect using the whole body, refining strokes in each phase, the catch, pull, recovery and exit, reading moving water to get to your destination, and finding a landmark to focus on, such as a tree, island, bridge, boat dock, etc. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (Cost: $20.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

23 - 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 Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Chris Deperro 716-570-6798 moc.oohay@orrepedsirhc) 

23 - Chemung County Coon Hunters Association Inc Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Rumsey Hill Road, Van Etten, NY. (3:00pm – Coonhound Water Race - $18.00/5:00pm - Coonhound Event Field Trial - $18.00/7:00pm – Coonhound Bench Show – $20.00/9:00pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $25.00) (For information call Larry Morley 607-387-9803)

23 - Stories In The Woods: Pollinators at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Celebrate National Pollinator Week by enjoying a pollinator-themed nature story, followed by a guided walk to look for local pollinators. For children ages 3 to 7. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

23 - BACKYARD BEEKEEPING at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (11:30 am) Join a local beekeeper to learn tips on how to start your own bee hive. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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 WEEKEND 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.

23-24 - Hooked on the Tonawandas out of Gateway Harbor in North Tonawanda. (Call 716-628-1247 for information.)

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.)

27 - Wetland Band at Great Baehre Swamp in Amherst, NY. (10:30 am) Search for frogs, turtles and birds along the boardwalk and use instruments to recreate the sounds of the swamp. For children ages 3 to 12. (For information/register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

28 - Hiking & Camping Hacks at Keuka Lake State Park, 3560 Pepper Road, Keuka Park, NY (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Hacks are creative solutions to real world problems. L.L. Bean experts will teach you about useful camping and hiking hacks when things don't go as planned. Learn tips and tricks to help you be better prepared for your next adventure. This clinic will be held outdoors at Keuka Lake State Park, so please wear appropriate clothing. (Cost: Free) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

29 - Strawberry Moon Evening Paddle at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm) Celebrate June’s second full moon with a paddle and bonfire. Led by FLM&A's NYS Outdoor Guides and Educators, this evening paddle will take guests out onto the waters of Keuka Lake, through wetlands, and back up Sugar Creek. Attendees will end their evening with a strawberry dessert and a bonfire. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration fee includes equipment rental. (Cost: $30.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

30 - Fly Fishing 101 at Orvis Buffalo Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY (8:00 – 11:00 am) Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages. Fly Fishing 101 will provide you with free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging. Each participant will receive special offers on the essential equipment needed to get started. (For information/register contact Drew Nisbet - Orvis-Buffalo, 716-276-7200  retail-buffalostr056@orvis.com)

30 - Monroe County Offshore Classic. Visit Monroe County Offshore Classic on Facebook.com for details

(Contact: Matt French 585-737-9364 or Rick Hijecki 585-704-7996)

30 - Red Wiggler Worm Composting at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn how to make a large indoor or outdoor worm composting system and how to use your compost. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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.)

2-6 - Explorer Camp: Habitats are Homes at the Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd Ithaca, NY   (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) Campers will enjoy a guided immersion into a different habitat each day on our 100 acre property. Programs and activities will focus on the specific communities of life within land and aquatic settings, and discuss how each can provide for the needs of its inhabitants. By viewing the habitat as a home, campers will learn that, despite the many differences in each, all exhibit fundamental characteristics necessary for the survival of the life they support. For ages 5 – 12 years. (Cost: $250.00) (For information/register call 315- 673-1350)

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) 

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

7 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 13461 Phipps Road, Albion, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $15.00/9:00 pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)  

7 - Southern Tier Cha Inc. Coonhound Event at the clubhouse at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville NY (5:00 pm – Coonhound Event Bench Show–Poor Boy - $10.00/6:30 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial-Poor Boy - $10.00/6:30 pm –Coonhound Event Water Race - $10.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Kevin Noody at 716-679-8783 or email moc.oohay@ydoonnivek)

7 - Living Landscapes: Birds & Butterflies at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) The right plants can make a yard come alive with birds and butterflies. Explore what you can do to attract these animals to your yard. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)  

7-8 - Bird Carving at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. Carve and painting a life size, American Robin or Baltimore Oriole in an antique smooth style. The instructor, Robin Salsbury, will be providing all the materials including wood, paint, wire for legs, and glass eyes as well as knives and paint brushes. For over 20 years, Robin has carved numerous birds, generally preferring native species. His repertoire includes ducks, geese, shorebirds, songbirds, and even a life-size Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. (For information call 585-374-6160)

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)

12 - Jewels Of The Sky at Billy Wilson Park, Amherst, NY. (10:00 am) On this guided walk we will search for ebony jewelwings and tiger swallowtails as well as other dragonflies and butterflies in flight. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

12 - Invasive Plants Work Day at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Help remove invasive plants from Reinstein Woods and learn alternative

native species to plant instead. For adults and children 12 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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 - The 3rd Annual Onondaga Cup & Lake Fest at Willow Bay (Northeast end of Onondaga Lake Park), Liverpool, NY (9:00 am – 6:00 pm) Athletes will compete in a nostalgic regatta – master & juniors rowers in a USRowing Registered Regatta, plus corporate teams, individual kayakers and paddle-boarders and new to the event Dragon Board races. Live mermaids, on-water entertainment, cooking competitions, live music, a kids zone with rides, yoga, barre & hit exercise classes, a “Crew-Fest”- craft beer tasting event, entertainers and more, all in a free, relaxed, shady, lakeside venue. (For information go to http://www.onondagalakefest.com/#Competition)

14 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop Shotgun Course at Sunset Farms Sporting Clays, 492 N. Knight Rd. Delanson NY. (Noon – 4:30 pm) (BOW) shotgun instructors are offering an intermediate level, one-day shotgun course for those women who already have some experience shooting a shotgun and want to learn more and get better at shooting at stationary and moving targets. Come to this course to find out what a choke does, how to select appropriate ammo, and how to find the right shotgun for you. You will also get the opportunity to shoot at a variety of targets on a sporting clay course. You can take this class if you have taken the shotgun class at a BOW workshop, you are comfortable shooting a shotgun, and/or you have hunted with a shotgun. (Cost: $35.00) (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.)

14 - 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 (Regional Qualifying Event) - $20.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt (Regional Qualifying Event) - $30.00) (For information call Chris Deperro 716-570-6798 moc.oohay@orrepedsirhc) 

14 - Citizen Science Training: The Search For Monarchs at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn how to search for and record monarchs at Reinstein Woods or in your own backyard. For adults and children ages 12 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

14 - ALIENS! at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:00 pm) Are there visitors from outer space in Reinstein Woods? No, just plants

and animals that have been introduced from other parts of the world. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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.)

16-20 - Archery Camp: Session Two at the Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd Ithaca, NY   (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) Not only will campers in this program receive one-on-one shooting instruction from a certified archery instructor, but they will also explore the evolution of the sport through its history, from early humans that flint knapped stone points for hunting, to the modern equipment and practices observed in the Olympics. Campers will learn safe shooting habits, bow and arrow building basics, and proper technique with both traditional recurve and modern compound bows. For ages 12 - 14 years. (Cost: $300.00) (For information/register call 315- 673-1350)

17 - Going Batty! at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (8:00 pm) Bats are amazing animals but are often misunderstood. Separate fact

from fiction, and learn about the only true flying mammals. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

19 - Intro to Campfire Cooking at Keuka Lake State Park, 3560 Pepper Road, Keuka Park, NY (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Learn to cook easy and delicious campfire meals and keep campers well fed and happy! Taught by L.L. Bean expert guides. This clinic will be held outdoors at Keuka Lake State Park, so please wear appropriate clothing. Join the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium staff for this exciting L.L Bean partner clinic (Cost: Free) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

19 - Creek Critters at Amherst State Park, 390 Mill St, Amherst, NY (10:30 am) Discover what amazing animals are lurking underwater along Ellicott Creek. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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 - Steuben County Coon Hunters, Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 4082 Depot Street, Cameron, NY (6:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $13.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $13.00) (For information call Roger Barney at 607-695-9024 ten.sehguh@yenrab_jr)

21 - Southern Tier Cha Inc. Coonhound Event at the clubhouse at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville NY (5:00 pm – Coonhound Event Bench Show–Poor Boy - $10.00/6:30 pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial-Poor Boy - $10.00/6:30 pm –Coonhound Event Water Race - $10.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Kevin Noody at 716-679-8783 or email moc.oohay@ydoonnivek)

21 - Family Nature Quest: Caterpillar Crawl at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Discover the hiding spots of caterpillars in the forest and fields. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

21 - Birding 101: Class #7 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Search for sparrows in the woods, and learn about the eight species that visit here. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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 - Intro to Timber Framing Workshop at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (7/23 8:00 am – 7/27 4:00 pm) WITH ROB HUGHES ($50 discount offered to participants who sign up for both the Intro and Advanced Workshops.)

PURPOSE: This workshop is designed to provide an intensive timber framing experience for beginners while building a structure to be used for shelter and staging for future campus programs. Although no previous experience is required, participants are expected to fully embrace both the “learning” and the “doing.” Our program is designed to develop specific skills in a particular sequence that builds anticipation and confidence. This will be an active learning process and students can expect to walk away with a deeper appreciation for the craft and the ability to take the next step and design and build a frame of their own.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

All hand and power tools will be provided. All you need to bring is eye and hearing protection, a handful of pencils (carpenter style or normal school pencils), a utility knife, and perhaps a tool apron. You may choose to bring a notebook or journal to record things you might forget, but your instructor(s) will continue to provide feedback via email/phone after the course is over. Students are also encouraged to bring their own water bottle or energy drinks daily. Hydration and electrolyte balance will become more important than you might think. Lunch will be provided by the Finger Lakes Museum.

HOW YOU SHOULD DRESS:

Late July in the Finger Lakes can get quite warm so dress accordingly. Shorts are fine, but we will be creating an enormous amount of sawdust that will get in your shoes. Close-toed shoes are highly recommended, but you do not need work boots. We are looking for a balance of comfort and safety.

SAFETY:

We will be using a wide range of hand and power tools, most of which you are unlikely to have any past experience with. Your instructors will go over safe use of all tools (probably to the point of being annoying) and all students must not hesitate to ask for clarification as often as necessary. Of particular concern are afternoons when fatigue sets in and there is a tendency to become complacent. Perhaps the greatest thing you can do to increase safety is to listen to your body. Staying hydrated and properly nourished will be important. All students will need to complete a “Release of All Claims” form prior to using any tools.

DAILY WORK SCHEDULE:

Given the large amount of joinery we will do in one short week, our days will be quite full. To avoid the heat, we will begin each day at 8:00 am, breaking for a 45 minute lunch around noon. During our lunch break, instructors will lead discussions about various cultural and historical aspects of Timber Framing and this time will also serve as question and answer sessions. Our workday will end at 4:00, but your instructor will be on site till 5:00 (depending on our production rate, students may be asked to continue beyond 4:00 whenever possible). Our target for raising the frame will be Friday afternoon, but that may be pushed to Saturday if the weather (or productivity) necessitate the extra day. (Cost: $300) (For information/register contact Rob Hughes 585-683-2097 bigbeamsrob@gmail.com  or

rhughes@wccsk12.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.)

25 - Birdwatching Walk at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (6:30 pm) Take a guided walk to search for seasonal birds. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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).

27 - 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)

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)

28 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner and Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes.

Intermediate kayaking skills, taught by Dan Murn, professional Kayaking Coach based out of Fairport, NY, include setting up seating position for comfort and effect using the whole body, refining strokes in each phase, the catch, pull, recovery and exit, reading moving water to get to your destination, and finding a landmark to focus on, such as a tree, island, bridge, boat dock, etc. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (Cost: $20.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

28 - Summer Wildflowers at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Search for seasonal wildflowers, and learn their uses and folklore.

For adults and children ages 10 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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 - Clymer Coonhunters Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on 8067 Route 474, Clymer, NY (9:00 pm – Coonhound Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Chester Bricker at 716-355-6442)

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.)

4 - Orleans County Houndsmen And Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on 13461 Phipps Road, Albion, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $15.00/8:00 pm -  Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $20.00) (For information call Ed Roggen at 585-948-9483)

4 - 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)

4 - Ribbit, Slither, Croak! at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Discover snakes, turtles, frogs and salamanders as we explore the ponds and forests at Reinstein Woods. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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 - Basic Map & Compass Navigation at Keuka Lake State Park, 3560 Pepper Road, Keuka Park, NY (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Even with modern technology, the best foundation for navigation know-how is still having map and compass skills. Come learn how to stay on course with L.L. Bean experts. This clinic will be held outdoors at Keuka Lake State Park, so please wear appropriate clothing. (Cost: Free) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

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)

10 - Wyoming County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse Sage Road, Warsaw, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information Doug Robinson 585-322-5628) 

13-17 - Explorer Camp: Wild About Wildlife at the Cayuga Nature Center, 1420 Taughannock Blvd Ithaca, NY   (8:30 am – 5:00 pm) Campers will explore the secretive lives of our local wildlife. Programs and activities will look at the biology and behavior of these animals, and how they interact within their environment. We will comb our woods and fields in a quest for animal signs for clues about diet and movement, and engage in games to explore the factors that control populations, and take a look at our skull collection to better understand the physical differences between predator and prey anatomy. For ages 5 – 12 years. (Cost: $250.00) (For information/register call 315- 673-1350)

13 – 18 - Advanced Timber Framing Workshop at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (8/13 8:00 am – 8/18 4:00 pm) WITH ROB HUGHES ($50 discount offered to participants who sign up for both the Intro and Advanced Workshops.) This advanced workshop is designed to provide an intensive timber framing experience while building a timber-frame pavilion to be used for shelter and future museum programs. Previous experience in the Intro to Timber Framing is preferred. Participants are expected to fully embrace both the “learning” and the “doing.” Our program is designed to develop specific skills in a particular sequence that builds anticipation and confidence. This will be an active learning process and students can expect to walk away with a deeper appreciation for the craft and the ability to take the next step and design and build a frame of their own.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

All hand and power tools will be provided. All you need to bring is eye and hearing protection, a handful of pencils (carpenter style or normal school pencils), a utility knife, and perhaps a tool apron. You may choose to bring a notebook or journal to record things you might forget, but your instructor(s) will continue to provide feedback via email/phone after the course is over. Students are also encouraged to bring their own water bottle or energy drinks daily. Hydration and electrolyte balance will become more important than you might think. Lunch will be provided by the Finger Lakes Museum.

HOW YOU SHOULD DRESS:

Mid-August in the Finger Lakes can get quite warm so dress accordingly. Shorts are fine, but we will be creating an enormous amount of sawdust that will get in your shoes. Close-toed shoes are highly recommended, but you do not need work boots. We are looking for a balance of comfort and safety. The pavilion will be raised at the end of the week in the Townsend Grady Wildlife Preserve Wetlands, across the street from the Finger Lakes Museum, which will most likely be buggy.

SAFETY:

We will be using a wide range of hand and power tools, most of which you are unlikely to have any past experience with. Your instructors will go over safe use of all tools (probably to the point of being annoying) and all students must not hesitate to ask for clarification as often as necessary. Of particular concern are afternoons when fatigue sets in and there is a tendency to become complacent. Perhaps the greatest thing you can do to increase safety is to listen to your body. Staying hydrated and properly nourished will be important. All students will need to complete a “Release of All Claims” form prior to using any tools.

DAILY WORK SCHEDULE:

Given the large amount of joinery we will do in one short week, our days will be quite full. To avoid the heat, we will begin each day at 8:00 am, breaking for a 45 minute lunch around noon. During our lunch break, instructors will lead discussions about various cultural and historical aspects of Timber Framing and this time will also serve as question and answer sessions. Our workday will end at 4:00, but your instructor will be on site till 5:00 (depending on our production rate, students may be asked to continue beyond 4:00 whenever possible). Our target for raising the frame will be Friday afternoon, but that may be pushed to Saturday if the weather (or productivity) necessitate the extra day. (Cost: $350) (For information/register contact Rob Hughes 585-683-2097 bigbeamsrob@gmail.com  or

rhughes@wccsk12.org )

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

15 - Educator Workshop: Project Wild at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (1:00 – 4:00 pm) Project WILD is an award-winning program to help K-12 teachers use wildlife to teach a variety of subjects, including math, ELA and more. Participants receive a guide with more than 100 lesson plans. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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)

16 - Apps for the Outdoors at Keuka Lake State Park, 3560 Pepper Road, Keuka Park, NY (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Today's adventurers don't leave home without their phone for a good reason – they're incredibly useful for exploring the outdoors. Join us to discover all the great apps designed to heighten the enjoyment of your favorite outdoor activities. Our experts will showcase the best apps for your adventures, explaining what smartphone platform they use (iPhone and/or Android), and how to quickly evaluate and download them. They'll also show you apps for navigation, weather tracking, speed tracking, photography, video, healthy living, natural history information and much more. This clinic will be held outdoors at Keuka Lake State Park, so please wear appropriate clothing. (Cost: Free) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

17 - 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)

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.)

18 - Chemung County Coon Hunters Association Inc Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Rumsey Hill Road, Van Etten, NY. (2:00pm – Coonhound Event Water Race-Poor Boy - $12.00/4:00 - Coonhound Event Field Trial-Poor Boy - $12.00/6:00pm – Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy – $12.00/8:00pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Larry Morley 607.387.9803 or email moc.oohay@owthsreh)

18 - Birding 101: Class #8 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Why do birds migrate? Learn which species to look for as they prepare for

their long journey south. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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)

23 - Animal Tracking 101 at Keuka Lake State Park, 3560 Pepper Road, Keuka Park, NY (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Ever wonder about the story behind that footprint you’ve seen while hiking? From identifying tracks and track patterns, to looking for chews and rubs, L.L. Bean experts will share tips and techniques to help uncover who’s responsible. This clinic will be held outdoors at Keuka Lake State Park, so please wear appropriate clothing. (Cost: Free) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

23 - Educator Workshop: Getting Little Feet Wet at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 7:00 pm) Getting Little Feet WET contains interactive, hands-on activities for young learners to explore different aspects of water—from water properties to water sounds. Each activity is correlated to respective educational standards. For educators of students ages 3-6.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

24 - Southern Tier Cha Inc. Coonhound Event at the clubhouse at 7359 Rood Road, Sinclairville NY (7:00 pm – Coonhound Event Bench Show-Poor Boy - $10.00/9:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $15.00) (For information call Kevin Noody at 716-679-8783 or email moc.oohay@ydoonnivek)

24-25 - Bioblitz! at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 pm – 4:00 pm) Join field teams led by amateur and professional biologists to try to count as many species as possible within 24 hours at Reinstein Woods. See reinsteinwoods.org for the detailed schedule. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

24-26 - Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Nature Photography Workshop at the Adirondack Education Center, ESF Newcomb Campus, Newcomb, NY. Join professional nature and landscape photographer Kurt Budliger and wildlife photographer and BOW instructor Angie Berchielli for this immersive, weekend photography workshop in the heart of the beautifully photographic Adirondacks. This workshop is designed to help you take your outdoor photography to the next level. Participants will enjoy a mix of classroom slide programs, demonstrations, image critique, image processing lessons, as well as ample opportunities to practice newly acquired skills in the field. 

The cost for this weekend workshop is $500 and includes two nights double occupancy lodging, meals and professional instruction. You will need to bring your own camera and photographic supplies. See flier for workshop details and registration directions(PDF). (For more information contact Kelly Stang at kelly.stang@dec.ny.gov.)

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. )

25 - Blueberry Moon Evening Paddle at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm) Join us for our last evening paddle of the summer! Led by FLM&A's NYS Outdoor Guides and Educators, this evening paddle will take you to Keuka Lake via Sugar Creek and the Townsend Grady Wildlife Preserve wetlands. End your evening with blueberry desserts and a bonfire. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration fee includes equipment rental. (Cost: $30.00) (For information/register contact 315-595-2200  mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org)

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 (>2/28/19), Snipe, Rails, Gallinules(>11/9) & Crows (Friday – Monday only)(>3/31/19)

7 - 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)  

8 - Wyoming County Houndsmen and Conservation Club Coonhound Event at their clubhouse Sage Road, Warsaw, NY (7:00 pm - Coonhound Bench Show-Poor Boy - $15.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Nite Hunt-Poor Boy - $20.00) (For information contact Doug Robinson 585-322-5628)

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 - Steuben County Coon Hunters, Inc. Coonhound Event at their clubhouse at 4082 Depot Street, Cameron, NY (5:30 pm - Coonhound Bench Show - $20.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $25.00) (For information call Roger Barney at 607-695-9024 ten.sehguh@yenrab_jr)

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)

16 - Women and Girls Instructional Rifle and Pistol Shooting Clinic at the Washington Hollow Rod and Gun Club, Pleasant Valley, NY.  (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) (For information contact Jackie Emslie at 914-475-4901 or via email at  jslie@earthlink.net.)

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 - Chemung County Coon Hunters Association Inc Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Rumsey Hill Road, Van Etten, NY. (2:00pm – Coonhound Event Water Race – $15.00/4:00pm – Coonhound Event Field Trial - $15.00/6:00pm – Coonhound Bench Show – $15.00/8:00pm Coonhound Event Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Larry Morley 607-387-9803  moc.oohay@owthsreh)

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 )

22-23 - Niagara Frontier Gun Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/ Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) (For information call Bruce Johnson 716-542-9929.)

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

28 - Grape Country Coonhunters Association Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Williams Hill Road, Branchport, NY (6:30 pm – Coon Hound Bench Show - $12.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Josh Wood at 315-729-4773)

29 - Grape Country Coonhunters Association Coonhound Event at their clubhouse on Williams Hill Road, Branchport, NY (6:30 pm – Coon Hound Bench Show - $12.00/8:00 pm - Coonhound Nite Hunt - $20.00) (For information call Josh Wood at 315-729-4773)

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

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

1 - Start of Hunting Season for Snow Geese (>4/15/19) in the Western Zone

6 – Start of Hunting Season for Brant (>12/4) in the Western Zone  

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 - Western New York Youth Waterfowl Hunt (Saturday-Sunday) Young hunters age 12 to 15 years, possessing a junior hunting license may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, and Canada geese on 2 special days in each zone. Daily bag limits are the maximum allowed during the regular duck season, and 2 per day for Canada geese. Young hunters MUST be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter (including current HIP registration and duck stamp). Adult hunter may not shoot any birds.

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.)

27 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 1 - in Western Zone (>12/8)

27 - Start of Canada Goose Seasons - Part 2 - in the West Central (>11/26) and South Zones (>11/14) of Western New York

NOVEMBER 2018

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

14 - Close of Woodcock Hunting Season

14 - End of Canada Goose Season – Part 2 - in the South Zone

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

24 - Start of Canada Goose Hunting Season – Part 3 – in the South Zone (1/13/19)

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

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

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

26 - Start of Canada Goose Hunting Seasons – Part 3 – in the West Central Area (>1/13/19)

26 - Start of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 2 - in Western Zone (>1/11/19)

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)

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

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)

1 - Start of Canada Goose Hunting Season – Part 4 – in the South Zone (3/10/19)

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

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)

31 – Close of Crow Hunting Season

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)

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