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MAY 2017

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

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

 

JUNE 2017

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

 

JULY 2017

 

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

 

AUGUST 2017

 

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

SEPTEMBER 2017

1 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Squirrels (>2/28/15), & Crows (Friday – Monday only)(>3/31/18)

OCTOBER 2017

1 – Falconry Season Opens (>3/31/18)

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

1 - Start of Hunting Season for Snow Geese (>4/15/17) in the Western Zone

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

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

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

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

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

NOVEMBER 2017

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

26 - Start of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 2 - in Western Zone (>1/15/18)

JANUARY 2018

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

1 - Walleye regulations change on the lower Niagara River from three to one fish for a daily limit. (> 3/15)

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

1-2/28 – NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament through Feb. 28. Seven species categories. Open water or through the ice. (For information go to www.nyswinterclassic.com.)

2-3/15 – Capt. Bob’s Outdoors Winter Fishing Derby (Entry fee is $20) 8 species divisions. (For information call 716-407-3021)

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

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

14 - 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 Mark Machaler at 607-207-7958.) 

18 - Cayuga Lake Birding Van Tour meeting at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (2:00 – 5:00 pm) Cayuga Lake is an Audubon designated Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that use the lake during winter and migration seasons. Hop in the Montezuma Audubon Center van for an excursion to the northern part of the lake where up to 30 species of ducks, geese and swans can be seen. Bald Eagles and Snowy Owls are a possibility too! Participants are encouraged to bring their camera. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15.00/adult.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

19-21 - The 5th Annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center, Niagara Falls, NY. (For information go to niagarafishingexpo.com.) Some 70 speakers will be dishing out over 120 seminars and the Main Event hall is sold out with top quality fishing and fishing related exhibitors. Three days of education covering a wide spectrum of angling knowledge. Rick Hajecki, Greg Amiel, Dan Keating, Mark McClutchey, Jake Romanack, Jason Coslow, Frank Campbell, Dan Colville, Tim Thomas, Matt Yablonsky, Lance Valentine … the list is a long one. (Check it all out at www.niagarafishingexpo.com.) You won’t want to miss this one. Bring a friend 

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

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lakeshore Longbeards Chapter Dinner at The Kosciuszko Club, 252 Nevins Street, Dunkirk, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Scott Dibble  716-595-3897   svdibble@yahoo.com )

20 – Cattaraugus County Trappers Association Fur Auction at the Hinsdale Volunteer Fire Department, Hinsdale, NY (For information call Brian Davis at 716-945-4223.)

20 - Woods Walk: Winter Tree ID at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (1:00 pm) Learn how to identify local trees after they lose their leaves. No registration required.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

20 - Birding 101: Class #1 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Join us for a bird identification adventure! Learn to identify common birds and how to properly use binoculars. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

20 - Educator Workshop: Project Wet at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (9:00 am – 12:30 pm) Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) helps teachers use water to teach English language arts, science, math and more! Participants receive a standards-based interdisciplinary curriculum guide that includes

lessons covering water’s physical and chemical properties, cultural connections to water and water resource management. For formal and

non-formal educators of students in grades K to 12. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

20 - Owl Prowl at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (3:30 – 5:30 pm) Get up close to live owls during an indoor presentation by KrittrKris! You’ll find out what adaptations these birds have that allow them to survive during the winter season and be successful hunters of the night. Then, join the Montezuma Audubon Center staff to search for Snowy Owls and the endangered Short-eared Owls in the grasslands around Montezuma. It will be a real hoot! (Fee: $6/child, $8/adult, $25/family.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

20 – Big Game Appetizers at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 2:00 pm) Come check out some great big game appetizers with Cabela's.  We'll show you how to prepare and serve some great ideas that will have your football party food tasting better than ever! (For information call 716-608-4770)

20-21 - Niagara Frontier - Akron Gun Show at the Newstead Fire Hall, 5691 Cummings Road, Akron, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm /Sun 9:00 am - 3:00pm) 85 tables. (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)

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

21 - 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)

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

26-28 – Runnings New York Sportsman’s Expo in the Horticulture Building at the New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY (Fri - Noon to 7:00 pm/Sat – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm/Sun – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) This year's show will include more than 40 new exhibits, including outfitters from across the globe  . The schedule also includes seminars, a kids' trout pond and more. (Admission: $10 ages 13-64; $5 for children 6 – 12; 5 and under no charge. Seniors are $7 and Military/Fire and Police are $7 with ID) (For information go to http://www.newyorksportsmansexpo.com/)

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

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

27 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Wyoming County Gobblers Chapter Dinner at the Alexander Recreation Hall, 10505 Main Street, Alexander, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Marc Kern  585-815-9549  marckern@twc.com) (585) 815-9549

27 - Wild Game for the Big Game at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) Have you heard of “living off the land”, “sustainable living” or the “locavore movement”?  Growing, raising, and hunting your own food is not only cost effective, but leads to a healthier life.  Do you want to get involved but not sure how? Join us for this new program that will be led by Montezuma’s wildlife biologists and NYSDEC environmental conservation officers. The morning session will highlight the proper way to harvest and store wild game. The afternoon session will showcase the proper cooking techniques to ensure the tastiest meals. This program will provide new and seasoned wild game chefs with fun recipes to serve at your Super Bowl party to score a touchdown!  Lunch will be a locavore potluck, so please bring a small dish to pass.  Space is limited. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  (Fee: $15/child, $20/adult.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

27-28 – Powersports Open House at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Store, 2003 Walden Avenue, Cheektowaga, NY. (11:00 am – 2:00 pm) Visit our Powersports Open House in the Boat Showroom!  Our full service team and Powersports staff will be available to show you the brand new 2018 models, the best gear to upgrade your boat, answer any questions you may have and more! Make sure you enter to win the drawing for this weekend's grand prize giveaway including 2 Yeti Ramblers, a Cabela's Boundary Waters Roll-Top Dry Bag and an Ecoxgear Sol Jam Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker!  (Entry box located in the Boat Showroom during this Sat & Sun weekend during store hours). (For information call 716-608-4770)

28 - Learn To Cross-Country Ski at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Learn the basics of cross-country skiing before going on a short guided

ski tour. Ski rental $8.00/person; Friends of Reinstein members $5.00/person. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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

FEBRUARY 2018

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

3 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Niagara Frontier Chapter Dinner at Banchetti’s Banquet Facility, 550 N. French Road, Amherst, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Albert Gai  716-937-3271  tilliesg2001@yahoo.com)

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

3 - Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series – Bird Banding with Dr. John Van Niel at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Dr. Van Niel, a Professor of Environmental Conservation at Finger Lakes Community College, will demonstrate how to safely capture and handle songbirds, explain the scientific reasons for placing bands on birds and what information researchers can obtain from a bird "in the hand". Don’t forget to bring your camera as this will be a great experience to see birds up close and personal! (Fee: $5/child, $8/adult, $25/family, free for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

3 - Learn To Cross-Country Ski at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Learn the basics of cross-country skiing before going on a short guided

ski tour. Ski rental $8.00/person; Friends of Reinstein members $5.00/person. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

3-4 - S-VE Sportsman’s Club Sportsman Days at the Spencer-Van Etten High School, S-VE High School, 16 Darts Cross Road, Spencer, NY (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) Sponsored by the Spencer-Van Etten High School Sportsman’s Club. From hunting with dogs to hunting with guides. Artists, taxidermists, wood carvers, archery shops, fishing experts and guides. Archery range and fly casting area for kids. Free venison samples. Youth 3D archery tournament. Youth game calling contest. National Guard, seminars, Book Signing, DEC officers and Cornell deer researchers. Bring your deer mounts to hang in our “hall of Horns”. Food and drinks available for sale by our student council. Free! (For information call Doug 607-589-6512 or email @ cheveefann@aol.com)

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

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

8 - Home School Nature Series – Winter Duck Banding at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:30 – 11:30 am) Montezuma is an Audubon Important Bird Area for thousands of wintering ducks including the American Black Duck.  Homeschooled children ages 5-12 are invited to join Montezuma’s wildlife biologists to band ducks and gather data that helps scientists learn more about winter waterfowl populations, health, and distribution. Be prepared to spend this session onsite at a designated banding area so bring winter hats, gloves, scarves, jackets and snow pants! **Please note** This program is a weather dependent event.  In case of unfavorable weather, the students will be given a guided van tour by a Montezuma wildlife biologist. All students must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone. (Fee: $8/student.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

9 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Cohocton Valley Chapter Dinner at the Friends Of Howard Building, Hopkins Road, Hornell, NY. (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Jim Mcglynn 607-776-6263 elkmcg@wildblue.net) 

9-11 - Coyote Hunt Contest! sponsored by the Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County, Inc. The Grand Prize of $2,000 will be awarded for the overall heaviest coyote, $200 Daily Prize for the heaviest coyote each day, an extra $100 prize for the Junior Hunter age 12 to 15 years old and an extra $100 for the Female Hunter weighing in the heaviest coyote. $100 each will be awarded for all the other coyotes weighed in during the 3-day Hunt Contest. This contest is for coyotes hunted & taken only in New York State. The early registration entry fee is $35.00. Besides the cash prizes, the entry fee includes a free banquet dinner and a free $5.00 three gun raffle ticket. Everyone wishing to participate in the hunt or attend the dinner pays the same price at time of registration. For registration and all the rules of the 3-day Coyote Hunt Contest call Linda 845-482-4985 or Jack  845-482-4987. (For any further information and application download go to www.sullivancountysportsmensfederationny.com)

10 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Catharine Valley Long Spurs Chapter Dinner at the Watkins Glen Community Center, Route 414, Watkins Glen, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Wally Wasson  607-546-4859   wasson3970@aol.com)

10 – Winter Wonderland at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (12:00 - 4:00 pm) Visitors can discover a variety of outdoor activities during the event Ice-fishing demonstrations will take place throughout the afternoon and visitors will be able to try snowshoes and cross-county skis in a demonstration area, weather permitting. Snowshoe rentals will also be available for those who wish to explore the trails of the preserve. Children can celebrate winter with snowshoeing and a snowball target toss regardless of the weather. Families will enjoy new activities such as strolling a Story-Boardwalk and transforming into human birdfeeders for an intimate experience with local birds. Kids can express their creative side in the snow art area and make crafts indoors. The Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team will be on hand to will be on hand to talk about winter rescue and DEC Forest Rangers will demonstrate flat ice rescue techniques on a frozen lake at 1 p.m. The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry will offer brief winter nature walks throughout the day. Visitors can learn about the late-winter activity of maple sugaring with Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village. After enjoying outdoor activities, families can warm up inside the education center with hot drinks and snacks sold by Friends of Reinstein Woods. The SPCA Wildlife Department will present informative talks on wild animal rehabilitation at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to bring used alkaline batteries to be recycled in a hands-on demonstration by The Coalition of Positively Charged People. There will also be door prizes, costumed characters, exhibits and more. The event will take place regardless of snow conditions, and additional activities featuring nature experiences will be added in case of warm weather. (For information call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov) 

10 - 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)

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

15 - Deadline for removing Ice Shanties from all waters.

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

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

15 - Close of Finger Lakes Bass Season.

15 - End of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Weasel, Skunk, Opossum, Raccoon & Fox.

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

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

15 - 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 Mark Machaler at 607-207-7958.) 

15 - Montezuma Raptor Tour from the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (3:00 – 5:00 pm) Raptors have invaded the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and now is a great time to see them! Hop in the Montezuma Audubon Center van for an excursion to Montezuma’s premier birding locations to encounter snowy owls, short-eared owls, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks and more! Participants are encouraged to bring their camera. Binoculars and field guides will be provided.  (Fee: $8/child; $15.00/adult) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

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

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

17 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Cayuga County Longbeards Chapter Dinner at the Union Springs Hose & Engine Co., Cayuga Street (Route 90), Union Springs, NY. (5:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Jason Barnes  315-406-4763   frontenacfowlers@yahoo.com) 

17 - Birding 101: Class #2 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Join us for a bird identification adventure! Learn to identify common birds and how to properly use binoculars. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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

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

17-25 – Animal Week at the Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY (11:00 am – 3:00 pm) Explore and discover the amazing world of the animal kingdom. From insects to mammals and beyond, join us to learn about how creatures have many ways of surviving in different environments. Get hands-on while learning about amazing animals big and small. (For information visit RMSC.org.)

18 - 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)

19-23 – Forest School Immersion at the Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (9:00 am – 3:30 pm) Forest School recognizes the intrinsic relationship between humans and nature and provides children with unstructured play, hands-on projects, and outdoor skills development. (For ages 4 – 12.) (For information visit RMSC.org.)

20 - Learn To Cross-Country Ski at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Learn the basics of cross-country skiing before going on a short guided

ski tour. Ski rental $8.00/person; Friends of Reinstein members $5.00/person. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

23 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Niagara Falls Thundering Toms Chapter Dinner at the Como Restaurant, 2220 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY. (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.   (For more information contact Kenneth Young  716-798-5158   kenyoung@kenyoungpaving.com)

24 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Twin Tiers Local Chapter Dinner at the Corning Glassworks Union Hall, 100 Civic Center Plaza, Corning, NY (6:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Hugh Jackson  607-359-2301)

24 - Chautauqua County Friends of NRA Banquet at the Samuel Derby Post 556 American Legion, 9 Meadow Lane, Frewsburg, NY (5:00 pm) (Cost: $35.00) (For information contact Charlie Cardinale at 716-267-7875 or email chazcardy@windstream.net)

24 – Birds, Binocs & Beer at Fleur de Lis Brew Works, a new brewery located at 3630 State Route 414 Seneca Falls, NY (1:00 – 4:00 pm)  Join us for this exciting and tasty event! Audubon staff will lead a guided snowshoe hike around the brewery grounds and then we’ll warm up inside the brewery with craft beers and local cheeses. Daena Ford from Braddock Bay Raptor Research will wrap up the event with a “Live Bird of Prey” presentation featuring hawks, owls, and falcons. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (Fee: w/ snowshoe rental: $30/person.  Fee: w/o snowshoe rental: $25/person.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

24-25 - Catteraugus County Sportsman Show at Seneca Allegany Event Center, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) Hosted by York-Penn Shows of New York. All federal, state and local firearm ordinances and laws must be obeyed. 400 tables. (Cost: $8.00) (For information call James Buck at 716-569-6810 or email  topdrake@yahoo.com)

28 - End of Hunting Seasons for Squirrels, Grouse, Cottontail Rabbits, Pheasant (in the Southern Tier Portion of Western New York) & Varying Hare (Snowshoe Rabbit) (in Central and Eastern New York)

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

MARCH 2018

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

1 - National Wild Turkey Federation – The Forest Kings Chapter Dinner at Sean Patrick’s “Emerald Isle”, 3480 Millersport Highway, Amherst, NY. (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Sam Troup  716-631-3500)

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

3 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Country Chapter Dinner at the Clifton Kings Catering, 4031 Routes 5&20, Canandaigua, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Michael Marvin  585-738-8031)

3 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Southern Tier Local Chapter Dinner at the Owego Treadway, Route 17C, Owego, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Andrew Munson  607-722-0572  amunson@stny.rr.com) 

3 - Owl Dissection & Discussion Workshop at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 pm) Please join the Audubon staff for our first public owl dissection and discussion! Learn how we came to be in possession of these federally protected birds and about the management efforts that are occurring in the western U.S. If you’ve ever wanted to see an owl up close and personal, this is your chance! There will be an opportunity for each attendee to explore the internal and external anatomy of their own study owl if they wish, and to dissect a bird while learning all about unique owl adaptations along the way. All children must be accompanied by a parent. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by Feb. 28. (Fee: $10/child; $15/adult, $40/family.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

3-4 - Niagara Frontier – Springville Gun Show at the Springville Vol. Fire Hall, 405 Main St, Springville, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 60 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)

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

9 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Ridge Gobbler Chapter Dinner at the Brockport Elks Club #2100, 4400 Sweden Walker Road, Brockport, NY. (6:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Vickie Sweet 585-739-6976 vsweet1@rochester.rr.com)

9 - Home School Nature Series: Montezuma Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) Spring migration is underway and our marshes, ponds, fields and lakes are teeming with waterfowl. Homeschoolers ages 5-12 will ride in the MAC van and tour the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Students will improve their bird identification skills while viewing massive flocks of Snow Geese, Tundra Swans and other birds during their long journey. (Fee: $8/student.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

10 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Letchworth Chapter Dinner at the J W Jones Hall, 54 Leicester Rd. (Route 36), Caledonia, NY. The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.   (For more information contact David Fanaro   585-202-6794  lakeviewconstruction@hotmail.com)

10 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Cortland Limbhangers Chapter Dinner at the Cortland County Music Park, 1824 State Route 13, Cortland, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Bret Eccleston  607-842-6260   rollingridges@frontiernet.net)

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

10 - Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series – Bird Banding with Dr. Bruce Gilman at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Dr. Gilman, a Professor of Environmental Conservation at Finger Lakes Community College, will walk us through the glacial history of the Finger Lakes Region. Learn about how glacial ice is formed, how drumlins, eskers and Finger Lakes formed, and the megafauna animals that used to call NY home about 10,000 years ago. Dr. Gilman will lead a 1-mile hike around our forest and grassland to showcase the area’s glacial features. (Fee: $5/child, $8/adult, $25/family. *Free for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

10-11 - Niagara Frontier Cheektowaga Gun Show at the Knights of Columbus, 2735 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) 90 tables. (Admission: $5.00/children 12 and under free) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)

11 - The Eastern Lake Ontario Salmon And Trout Association Fleamarket will be held at the Brewerton Fire Hall (on RT11), Brewerton, NY.  (For information call 315 515 8778 and leave a message.)

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 - 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 Mark Machaler at 607-207-7958.) 

15 - Montezuma’s Bird Migration Van Tour from the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (2:00 – 5:00 pm) Raptors have invaded the Montezuma Wetlands Complex and now is a great time to see them! Hop in the Montezuma Audubon Center van for an excursion to Montezuma’s premier birding locations to encounter snowy owls, short-eared owls, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks and more! Participants are encouraged to bring their camera. Binoculars and field guides will be provided.  (Fee: $8/child; $15.00/adult) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

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

16 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Finger Lakes Bucks N’ Beards Chapter Dinner at the Pulteney Fire House, 8891 Brown Road, Pulteney, NY. The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.   (For more information contact Steve Calderwood   607-522-7991eot_tradingpost.yahoo.com)

16-17 – 2018 Ducks Unlimited New York State Convention at the Ramada Inn Lakefront, Geneva, NY. A celebration of the achievements during 2017.

17 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Canisteo Valley Chapter Dinner at the K of C, Main Street, Hornell, NY. (5:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Sean Smith  607-324-6664) 

17-18 – Cub Scouts Camp-In at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (Sat 10:00 am – Sun 12:00 pm) Cub Scouts of all ages are invited to a Montezuma camp-in and complete various badge requirements such as nature exploring, hiking, and bird-watching. Afterwards, Cub Scouts will have access to the Center’s grounds for other Cub Scout activities. On Sunday morning, Cub Scouts will enjoy a guided sunrise nature hike. This camp-in program is ideal for smaller packs that aren’t ready to camp outside.  Pre-paid registration is required. Please pack camping meals.  All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $30/Scout.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

17-18 - 40th 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)

18 - 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)

23 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chemung Valley Ridgerunners Chapter Dinner at the Elmira Holiday Inn Riverview, 760 E. Water Street, Elmira, NY. (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Chad McDonald  607-738-2050  cltcmcdolald24@yahoo.com) 

24 - National Wild Turkey Federation – CrossRoads Limbhangers Chapter Dinner at the Lima Country Club,7470 Chase Road, Lima, NY. (5:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Brian Gottfried  571-334-1496   camomanbg@gmail.com)

24-25 - Girl Scouts Camp-In at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (Sat 10:00 am – Sun 12:00 pm) Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to a Montezuma camp-in and complete various badge requirements such as nature exploring, hiking, and bird-watching. Afterwards, Girl Scouts will have access to the Center’s grounds for other Girl Scout activities. On Sunday morning, Scouts will enjoy a guided sunrise nature hike. This camp-in program is ideal for smaller packs that aren’t ready to camp outside.  Pre-paid registration is required. Please pack camping meals.  All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $30/Scout.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

25 - End of Hunting Season for Coyotes

25 - 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)

25-26 - 40th 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)

28 - Derby Hill Hawk Watch Trip meeting at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Visit Lake Ontario for the spectacular spring raptor migration and leave the driving to us. Travel with other birders in our van to view thousands of Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Turkey Vultures and more! If weather conditions are poor on the 30h, the program will be moved to Thursday, April 1st. This program is sponsored by the Onondaga Audubon Society. Please pack a lunch. (Fee: $18.00/child, $25.00/adult.) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

31 - Falconry Season Closes

31 – Close of Crow Hunting Season

31 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Between-the-Lakes Chapter Dinner at the South Seneca Sportsman’s Club, 6894 Yamell Road, Ovid, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Shane Hayward  607-351-8830  shanehayward9@gmail.com) 

31 - Boy Scout Merit Badge– Bird Study at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 pm) Boy Scouts are invited to complete the requirements for the Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge during our fun and interactive program. As always, please be prepared to go outside. All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $8/scout) (For information or register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

APRIL 2018

5 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Lake Plains Chapter Dinner at the Webster Golf Club, 440 Salt Road, Webster, NY. (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Richard Vendel  585-872-4565) 

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

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

7 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Tri County Chapter Dinner at the Lake Watch, 1642 East Shore Drive, Ithaca, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Scott Wilcox  607-533-4707)

8 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Niagara County Gobblers Chapter Dinner at the Youngstown Vounteer Fire Company, 625 Third Street, Youngstown, NY (3:30 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Pamela Lederhouse  716-791-3151   plederhous@aol.com) 

13 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oak Orchard River Chapter Dinner at the Carlton Fire Department Rec Hall, Route 98, Albion , NY. (5:30 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Robert St John  585-682-4495   st.johnphilosophy@yahoo.com)  

14 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Springville Strutters Chapter Dinner at the St. Aloysius Church Hall, 186 Franklin Street, Springville, NY. (5:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Richard Gerlach  716-857-0586   r905g@yahoo.com)  

15 – End of Dog Training

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

19 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Hardwood Strutters Chapter Dinner at Club 86, Avenue E, Geneva, NY. (5:30 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Scott Mackenzie  315-521-2937  scott.mackenzie30@hotmail.com) 

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

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Genesee Local Chapter Dinner at the Quality Inn & Suites, 8250 Park Road, Batavia, NY. (6:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Terry Young  585-343-8350  tyoung14143@gmail.com)  

21 - 22nd Annual Niagara Frontier Friends of the NRA Banquet at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, 6461 Transit Road, Depew, NY (5:00 pm) (Cost: $45.00) Half of the proceeds raised comes back into the area for grant programs involved with the shooting sports. (For information call Georgina at 716-866-7656 or email friendsofnrageorgina@gmail.com)

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

23 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chautauqua Chapter Dinner at the Lakewood Rod & Gun, 433 E. Terrace Avenue, Lakewood, NY. The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.   (For more information contact Patrick Hoover 716-489-6933)

27 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Oswego River Chapter Dinner at the Oasis at Thunder Island, Route 48. Fulton, NY. A great time to help raise vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Bruce Bailey   315-695-5113   dinlepuss@hotmail.com)

28 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Drumlins Chapter Dinner at Donselaars, Route 31-10257, Clyde, NY. (5:00 pm)The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled. (For more information contact Mark Salerno  315-879-8960   msalerno@marshallfarms.com)

28-29 - Niagara Frontier - Hamburg Gun Show at the Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 S Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York ((9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) 300 tables. NICS background checks available.  (Cost: $7.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (90 Tables) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  nfgshows@aol.com)

 

MAY 2018

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

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

5 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Chautauqua Lake Chapter Dinner at the Frewsburg American Legion Post 556, 9 Meadow Lane, Frewsburg, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.   (For more information contact Patrick Hoover 716-489-6933)

19 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Grand Slam Gobblers Chapter Dinner at the Wolcott Elks Club, 6161 w. Port Bay Road, Wolcott, NY. (5:00 pm) The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Chris Reed   jmc604@hotmail.com)

20 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Summer Slam Chapter Dinner at the Hornell American Legion Post #440, 72 Seneca Street, Hornell, NY. A great time to help raise vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Mike Valentine 607-281-5322   mvalentine@stny.rr.com)

31 - Close of Spring Turkey Hunting Season

 

JUNE 2018

1 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Salmon River Strutters Chapter Dinner at the Elms Golf Club, 2 Country Club Lane, Sandy Creek, NY. The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact William Wilbur   315-440-4351   wwilbur551@aol.com) 

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

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

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

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

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

JULY 2018

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

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

AUGUST 2018

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

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

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

SEPTEMBER 2018

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

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

22 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Enchanted Mountain Chapter Dinner at the Bartlett Country Club, 32 Euclid Avenue, Olean, NY. The NWTF banquets are where you can buy exclusive merchandise and have a great time with friends. All the while, you will be raising vital funds for wild turkey conservation and important programs that introduce the outdoors to women, children and the disabled.  (For more information contact Randy Opferbeck  (716) 373-3322  gobbler648@verizon.net )

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

30 – Close of Frog & Snapping Turtle Seasons

OCTOBER 2018

13-14 - Niagara Frontier – Akron Gun Show at the Newstead Fire Hall, 5691 Cummings Road, Akron, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm /Sun 9:00 am - 3:00pm) 85 tables.(Cost: $5.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call 716-542-9929 or email  guns@nfgshows.com)

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