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JANUARY 2019

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

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)

MAY 2019

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

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

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)

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

JUNE 2019  

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

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

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

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

29-7/28 - 10th Annual Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Summer Derby. Grand prize is $10,000 for biggest salmon. Weekly prizes for the divisions, $30,000 overall. (For more information, call 888-REEL-2-IN or visit http://www.loc.org/.)

JULY 2019

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

1-31 -  Celebrate Canandaigua Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, home to the smallest island in the Finger Lakes! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

1-8/31 – New York State Summer Classic: This is a statewide tournament event that allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state using any legal angling method (in boats, from shore & piers, etc.) any time of day for a period of two months. It features 10 categories of fish to go after with an overall cash payout based on the number of anglers that enter. Anglers can bring fish in to any of the 60+ weigh-in locations across the state based on where they are fishing, and there is a protocol for fishing after hours. The event website has a map of the weigh-in locations, online leader boards, tournament announcements, and any other information regarding the event including registration. The event concludes with a sportsman show and awards ceremony to be held at the Batavia Downs Casino Resort, where all Top-3 placing anglers will be housed overnight as part of their awards package. Door prizes and giveaways will be handed out at the awards ceremony that all anglers are encouraged to attend! (For information call Tim Thomas at 585-330-0494 or go to www.NYSsummerclassic.com.)

3-14 - 29th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby. The Erie Canal is spotlighted for this family-oriented fishing competition offering up more than $8,000 in prizes. Eligible waters include from the Niagara River to the Main Street Bridge in Albion (Route 98) – 50 miles of waters. For more information visit www.eriecanalderby.com.

3-14 - 29th Annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby. The Erie Canal is spotlighted for this family-oriented fishing competition offering up more than $8,000 in prizes. Eligible waters include from the Niagara River to the Main Street Bridge in Albion (Route 98) – 50 miles of waters. For more information visit www.eriecanalderby.com.

6 - 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: $150 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)

6 – Beginner Kayaking with Kelly at Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island, NY. Class times start at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for one hour. (For information/register call 716-282-5154.)

6 – Woods Walk: The Secret Life of Trees at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (11:00 am) No registration required. (For information call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

8-12 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camps - Hunter Education and Waterfowl Summer Camp at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Hunter and Waterfowl Summer Camp participants will learn from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers and Audubon educators to earn their hunter safety and waterfowl education certificates through hands-on learning and outdoor experiences. Activities will include canoeing, target practice at a local shooting range, nest box monitoring, and dog demonstrations. Participants will be given the course manuals and workbooks prior to camp. (For ages 11 – 15) (Cost: $150) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma to download the summer camp registration forms.)

9 – Birds of Prey Presentation at the Niagara Musky Association monthly meeting (date changed this month) at the Eldredge Club, 17 Broad Street, Tonawanda, NY. (7:00 pm) Guest speaker will be Hawk Creek Wildlife Center with live birds of prey.

9 – Second Amendment for Ever monthly meeting at the Wilson Conservation Club, Route 425, Wilson, NY. (7:00 pm)

10 – Safe Harbor Open Bass League one-day contest out of Safe Harbor Marina, Buffalo, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm)  ($40.00 for one or two-person teams.) Best 3 fish. (Pay at the launch.)

11-12 - Invasive Species Curriculum at the Finger Lakes Institute, 601 South Main Street Geneva, NY (Thur. 8:30 am – Fri. 3:00 pm) Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, insects and diseases that threaten our environment, health and economy and are a major ecological threat in the Finger Lakes region and throughout NYS. Due to a lack of predators, invasive species populations grow quickly and outcompete our native species for resources, disrupting food webs and even endangering some species. It is crucial that students have a basic understanding of invasive species and the importance of environmental stewardship. Teachers will learn the history of invasive species and participate in hands-on identification of high priority aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in this two-day workshop. Additionally, participants will receive in-depth training on the new invasive species curriculum developed in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for grades 6-8, but can be scaled up or down for different grade levels. This workshop is free and open to educators. The two-day training will include: 12 hours CTLE credits/An introduction to invasive species/How to utilize iMapInvasives, an invasive species database and student-friendly app/Review a two-week unit on invasive species/Field ID guides, lesson plans and activity guides and other resources. Lunch will be provided both days of training. Please plan for outdoor field work on land and water both days. This training is part of the 2019 New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week. (Cost: Free) (For information call the NYSDEC Avon Office 585-226-2466)

12-13 – New York State Trappers Association Biggest Little Rondy in NY at Nichols Pond, Canastota, NY. (For information call Bill Swagler 606-222-8554 or Ken Hellijas  518-231-0266.)

12-8/30 - Nature Storytime at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY. (10:00 – 11:30 am) Each Friday from July 12 – August 30, children will meet with Miss Gayle at the Refuge Visitor Center on her eagle nest storytime mat, where she will read a nature-themed children’s story.  The group will do a related craft and then head outside (weather-permitting) to explore nature first-hand.  Topics will include things like birds (nesting, waterfowl, birds of prey), wildflowers and pollinators (bees, butterflies, bats), dragonflies, turtles, fox and other mammals.  Nature Storytime is designed for ages pre-K – 3rd grade. Parents are required to stay with their children during these programs.  Please come prepared with sunscreen, insect repellent, and sturdy shoes.  There is no fee for either program. (To pre-register, please call (315) 568-5987.  For more information, email andrea_vanbeusichem@fws.gov)

13 – 24th Annual Kids Fishing Derby at Chestnut Ridge Park, 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road, Orchard Park, NY sponsored by Southtowns Walleye Association of (8:00 – 11:00 am) Awards will follow. (For information call Dennis Stroberl at 716-861-5687.)  

13 – Safe Harbor Open Bass League one-day contest out of Safe Harbor Marina, Buffalo, NY (6:00 – 9:00 pm)  ($60.00 for one or two-person teams.) Best 5 fish. (Pay at the launch.)

13 - Empire State Native Pollinator Workshop at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (10:00 am – 4:30 pm) Join scientists from the New York Natural Heritage Program for a volunteer training on how to survey for a variety of at-risk pollinator species. The goal of the survey is to determine the conservation status of a wide array of native insect pollinators in non-agricultural habitats. We will target native bees, flies, beetles, and butterfly/moth species. Please bring a lunch and be prepared to go outside. (Fee: FREE) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

14 - 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: $150 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)

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

15-19 -  Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camps - Bowhunter and Trapper Summer Camp at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)Bowhunter and Trapper Summer Camp participants will learn from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers and Audubon educators to earn their bowhunter and trapper education certificates through hands-on learning and outdoor experiences. Activities will include trail camera monitoring, a trip to Heritage Outdoor Sports for target practice, canoeing around muskrat habitats, and field dressing lessons. Campers will be given the course manuals and workbooks prior to camp. (For ages 11 – 15) (Cost: $150) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma to download the summer camp registration forms.)

16-19 –Explore Archery (Sea1) at the Veterans Memorial Park, Softball Field #1, 595 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 or a beginner archer looking for an introductory program – sign up. You’ll learn important skills like range safety and proper shooting form. For ages 8 and up.(Cost: Resident $40.00/Non-resident $50.00.) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

17 - Birding and Boating on Cayuga Lake, meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (6:00 - 8:30 pm) What better way to enjoy a summer sunset than a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle. Join us to explore the birds, other wildlife and their habitats at the north end of Cayuga Lake. This is a great opportunity to see Bald Eagles and Osprey that are nesting in the area. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. (Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

19 - Registration Deadline for DEC Falconry, Wildlife Rehabilitator And Leashed Tracking Dog Examinations Scheduled for August 9: Examinations will run from 10:00 am to noon at most DEC regional offices across the state. The list of DEC Regional offices can be found on the DEC website. Exam Registration Forms can be found on the DEC website. There is no charge to take any of the written exams. To apply for any of these exams, visit the DEC Special Licenses Unit and complete an exam registration form. Completed forms can be sent by mail, fax or email to: NYS DEC Special Licenses Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4752, Fax: 518-402-8925, Email: SpecialLicenses@dec.ny.gov.   

19 - Bats of Montezuma at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (8:00 – 10:00 pm) Join us as we welcome NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Wildlife Biologists who will lead an informative presentation about these fascinating flying mammals. Once dusk falls, we’ll use special equipment outside to hear bats echolocate as they search for prey. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome. Bug spray and a flashlight are recommended. (Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.) (*RAINDATE July 26) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

20 - Montezuma Heritage Park Birding Walk at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) If you are interested in Erie Canal history and the birds that call the Montezuma Wetlands Complex their home, this is the program for you. Join a local historian and Audubon staff for a leisurely walk to explore the Town of Montezuma trails and search for newly fledged birds, native wildflowers, and learn about the economic impact the canal system had on upstate NY. Directions will be provided upon registration. (Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

20 - Photo Safari for Kids at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (2:00 – 4:00 pm) Do you have a digital camera, tablet or mobile phone? Would you like to learn how to use it to take creative photos? This program is focused on kids ages 8 and up and will start with a brief introduction to basic photography. Then we will head outside for an easy 1-mile stroll through forests, around wetlands, and through grasslands to photograph wildflowers, butterflies, and birds; perfect subjects for new photographers. At the conclusion of the program, we will view the photos on the big screen. Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. (Fee: $8/child. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

19-20 - 9th Annual Sunset Bay Walleye SHOOTOUT. 100% cash back tournament. This is a 1-day tourney with optional Big-Fish Friday derby.  $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 716-435-4137 or go to https://walleyeshootout.com/.)

20 - 16th Annual Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association King Salmon Tournament, Olcott, NY. (6:00 am – 3:00 pm) This event offers 100 cash pay back. All participants must be LOTSA members. (For information/register (Deadline July 17 at 6:00 pm) go to www.lotsa.org.)

20 - Kayak Lessons (Beginner & Intermediate) at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Learn Beginning or Intermediate kayaking skills on beautiful Sugar Creek, while also learning a bit about the cultural and natural history of the area. Beginning kayaking skills, taught by Debbie Lyon, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Program Director, include safe entry and exit, equipment, forward, reverse, sweeps and draw strokes. Intermediate Kayaking taught by Pat Atkinson, NYS Outdoor Guide & FLM&A Educator, will include refining all of the above skills, plus the sculling draw stroke and basic rescue. This course is for those who are already comfortable in a kayak and are ready to expand and polish their skills. Registration fee includes equipment rental. Children under the ages of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

22-26 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camps - Fisheries Camp at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)Fisheries Camp participants will learn from New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Biologists about safe fishing practices through hands-on and fun experiences while fishing for trout, panfish, bass and more around the Finger Lakes Region. Activities will include a trip to Powder Mills Park, canoeing around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, invasive species management projects, fly fishing demonstrations and a trip to Savannah Dhu. (For ages 11 – 15) (Cost: $150) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma to download the summer camp registration forms.)

23, 30, 8/6 & 8/13 Explore Archery (Sea2 & Sea3) at the Veterans Memorial Park, Softball Field #1, 595 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 or a beginner archer looking for an introductory program – sign up. You’ll learn important skills like range safety and proper shooting form. For ages 8 and up.(Cost: Resident $40.00/Non-resident $50.00.) (For information call 585-359-2540.)

24 - Montezuma Birding Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (6:00 – 8:30 pm) The summer is full of young birds learning about life outside their nests. Join us as we look for raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds and observe how dedicated parents prepare their young for the fall migration. We will explore Montezuma’s birding hotspots where dozens of species can be seen and heard. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

25 – Nature Explorers Program Series - Insects and Other Crawly Friends at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY. (6:00 – 7:30 pm) Join our guides on a frog and toad watch as you explore habitats around our Visitor Center and Seneca Trail.  Follow our guides along the Seneca Trail on a BUG HUNT! Look high and low – even under logs – for insects and other crawling creatures.  Learn about insect camouflage! Use an insect net to catch one from the fields.  Take a closer look at your discovery in our magnifying bug boxes.  Craft: Make a stick bug! Led by Librarian and The Lodge Nature Store Manager, Gayle James, and retired Science Teacher and Volunteer, Mary Jo Doyle, Nature Explorers is for children and families of various ages.  Earn a nature badge when you participate in each program.  Attend all three and become eligible for a prize! Parents are required to stay with their children during these programs.  Please come prepared with sunscreen, insect repellent, and sturdy shoes.  There is no fee for either program. (To pre-register, please call (315) 568-5987.  For more information, email andrea_vanbeusichem@fws.gov)

27 - Birding and Boating at Montezuma meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (1:30 – 4:00 pm) Join us for a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the waterways around the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. This is a unique to explore Montezuma’s birds and their habitats and to try canoeing/kayaking for the first time. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. (Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

28 - Chautauqua Lake Summer Bass Team OPEN at Chautauqua Lake, Long Point State Park, 4459, Route 430 Bemus Point, NY. (For information contact Mike Russo at 716- 640-6915.)

AUGUST 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Seneca Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, at 617 feet, the deepest lake in NY! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

2 - Birding and Boating on the Seneca River meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (6:00 - 8:30 pm) What better way to enjoy a summer sunset than a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds, other wildlife and their habitats near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. We will paddle along the Seneca River to explore a variety of songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors like Bald Eagles and Osprey. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. (Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child). PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

2-4 - The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye Tournament. (For information contact Zen Olow at 716-640-2776.) (LOC) Fall derby is Aug. 16 – Sept. 2. Innovative Outdoors Walleye Derby is August 22-23. Contact Capt. Jim Steel at 983-7867.

3 – Ely Fagan American Legion Post 1151 Kids Fishing Derby at Martin Road Park at the Buyck Pavillon, 1344 Martin Road, Henrietta, NY. (7:00 – 10:30 am) Bring the kids and enjoy the sport of fishing! Awards and free lunch provided. Bring your own rods and bait. Register by July 6. (Ages 4 – 14 years) (For information and to register go to parksandrecreation.henrietta.org.)

3 - Montezuma Paddle Dip & Wine Sip meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (1:00 - 4:00 pm) What better way to enjoy a summer afternoon than a relaxing canoe/kayak paddle to explore the birds, other wildlife and their habitats near the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. We will launch boats into the Seneca River to explore a variety of songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors like Bald Eagles and Osprey. Afterwards, quench your thirst with a refreshing wine tasting at Montezuma Winery and keep the souvenir glass. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee:  $50/couple with canoe rental, $35/person with single kayak rental, $25/person without rental. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

3 - 2019 Paddle Keuka 5K Race & Sponsorships at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. (9:00 am – Noon) Paddle your way across Keuka Lake and back as this exciting event returns for the 4th year! All proceeds benefit the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium. Pre-registration for the race will end at 9pm on Thursday, August 1, 2019. RACE CATEGORIES: Please indicate which category you will be participating in when registering. Recreational: boats up to 17 feet in length. This category is for fun, and is open to the novice paddler and less experienced racer. If your boat is primarily used for recreation (not racing), this is the category for you. Unlimited: racing boats in excess of 17 feet in length. This category is for the more experienced racer. *Race start time may be adjusted in case of inclement weather. Must be 17 years old to participate. (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

3-18 - Orleans County Rotary Derby - This long time favorite offers a $4,000 Grand Prize and over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Lake Ontario waters from the Niagara River to the Genesee River are the eligible waters for this Trout and Salmon Derby. (For information call 585-589-9881 or go to www.orleanscountyfishingderby.com)

5-9 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camps - Montezuma Unplugged Camp at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Montezuma Unplugged Camp participants will leave their electronics at home and explore the Montezuma Wetlands Complex’s habitats and wildlife through hiking, canoeing, navigating and other outdoor activities. Audubon educators will lead participants around the 50,000-acre Complex and various habitats including forests, marshes, swamps, grasslands, streams and rivers. (For ages 11 – 15) (Cost: $150) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma to download the summer camp registration forms.)

8 - 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 David Dentico 315-986-1717 or email ddentico@aol.com)

9 - Montezuma Moth Night at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (7:00 – 9:30 pm) Join us as we welcome Dr. Meena Madhav Haribal, semi-retired Chemical Ecologist from Cornell University who studies the behaviors and interactions between different organisms based on their chemistry. Dr. Haribal will lead an informative indoor presentation about the unique characteristics of moths and set up equipment outside to attract Montezuma’s moths so you can see them up close. This is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome. Bug spray, a flashlight and camera are recommended. (Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.) (RAINDATE 8/16/19) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

9-11 – Cattaraugus County Trappers Association Annual Sportsmen’s Rendezvous at the Cattauagus County Fair Grounds, Route 353, , NY Trapping demos, trapping supplies, gun dealers and much more. (For information call Kevin Parker at 716-474-7251.)

9-11 - Women's Adirondack Weekend at the Adirondack Ecological Center, ESF Newcomb Campus. Items covered include: Learn the history, ecology and wildlife of the Adirondacks; Learn wilderness safety, ethics and how to row a historic guide boat; Hike to a fire tower (suitable for beginners) and enjoy educational programs and much more! Build confidence, have fun, and connect with the wilderness on this all-women, Adirondack adventure! (Cost: $190.) Registration includes lodging and meals for the weekend. Lodging is dormitory style. Limited space available, please register early. Minimum age 18. No experience needed. (Contact e-mail Ro Woodard of NY Outdoors-Women for registration and information.

9-11 - Women's Adirondack Weekend at the Adirondack Ecological Center, ESF Newcomb Campus. Items covered include: Learn the history, ecology and wildlife of the Adirondacks; Learn wilderness safety, ethics and how to row a historic guide boat; Hike to a fire tower (suitable for beginners) and enjoy educational programs and much more! Build confidence, have fun, and connect with the wilderness on this all-women, Adirondack adventure! (Cost: $190.) Registration includes lodging and meals for the weekend. Lodging is dormitory style. Limited space available, please register early. Minimum age 18. No experience needed. (Contact e-mail Ro Woodard of NY Outdoors-Women for registration and information.

10 - Annual Flea Market and Chicken BBQ at The Sandy Pond Sportsmen's Association, 3201 Co Route 15, Pulaski, NY. (Flea Market – 8:00 am/BBQ – Noon). (For information call 315-387-6310.)

11 - 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: $150 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)

11 - Chautauqua Bassmasters Tournament No. 3 on Chautauqua Lake/Long Point State Park. (For information contact Mike Russo at 716-640-6915.)

12-16 - Montezuma Audubon Center’s Summer Camps - Nature Camp at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) Nature Camp will let kids be kids while exploring the wonders of nature through a variety of nature games, crafts, and activities.  Campers will catch frogs, search for signs of mammal activity in the forest, and discover birds that live in the grassland and wetland. (For ages 6 - 10) (Cost: $150) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma to download the summer camp registration forms.)

14 - Montezuma Sunset Birding Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (6:00 - 8:30 pm) The autumn bird migration has begun and Montezuma is a unique ecosystem where millions of migratory birds can be seen. Join us in our van to explore several birding hotspots where shorebirds, marsh birds, songbirds and raptors rest during their long and impressive journey. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

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

16 - 4th Annual Reelin’ for a Cure Tournament, ladies day only event, Olcott Harbor.
This 4th annual ladies event will once again be held out of Olcott. It’s a great way to celebrate life and pay tribute to cancer survivors. Last year over $10,000 was raised for Look Good, Feel Better as 21 teams also competed for cash prizes. (Call Stephanie at (716) 481-6388 and also log onto the event’s Facebook page.)

16-9/2 - Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Fall Trout and Salmon Derby 2019. Over $66,000 in cash prizes including a $25,000 Grand Prize for the largest trout or salmon caught during this 18-day event. Help anglers celebrate the return of the mighty king salmon on Lake Ontario!  Sign up in local tackle shops or call (888) REEL-2-IN.  You can also visit http://www.loc.org/ to register.

17 - National Wild Turkey Federation - Lakeshore Longbeards Chapter JAKES Day Youth Event at the Westfield Fish & Game Club, Ogden Road, Westfield, NY.

17 - Kayaks and Canoes on Cayuga Lake meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (12:00 – 3:00 pm) Join us for a 1-hour paddle on the tranquil waters of Cayuga Lake to experience the late summer bird migration. No experience is necessary and instructions will be provided. Following the paddle, we will visit the Buttonwood Grove Winery tasting room for wine and cheese pairings.  Then, Daena Ford from Braddock Bay Raptor Research will lead a birds of prey presentation featuring hawks and owls. The event will run rain or shine. If it rains, the paddle will become a guided birding hike at the winery. Fee: $50/couple with canoe rental, $35/person with solo kayak rental, $20/person without rental. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

17-25 - 43rd Annual Greater Niagara “Fall Classic” Derby – 2019: A Fish Odyssey The journey continues with another great event set for 2019 – 43 years of derbies! Last year, over $14,000 in cash and prizes were handed out to winning anglers at the Olcott Fire Hall on awards night. Species categories included salmon, rainbow/brown trout, lake trout, smallmouth bass, carp and walleye. All have a chance to win the Grand Prize. Kids are FREE in a special youth division. (For more information, call (877) FALLS US or visit www.fishodyssey.net.) 

21 - Boy Scout Merit Badge: Geology at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (7:00 – 9:00 pm) All Boy Scouts are invited to complete the requirements for the Geology Merit Badge with regional geologist, Fred Hayes. Scouts should be prepared to go outside to explore the glacial terrane. All scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. Fee: $8/Scout. Pre-requisites/pre-registration is required. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

22 - Nature Explorers Program Series - Are you a Butterfly? at the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3395 U.S. Route 20 East, Seneca Falls, NY. (6:00 – 7:30 pm) Take a walk with our guides to the refuge’s Monarch Waystation – a special habitat created with butterflies in mind!  Learn the difference between butterflies and moths.  Help our guides catch a butterfly or moth for closer observation in our magnifying bug box.  Craft: Create a butterfly life cycle! Led by Librarian and The Lodge Nature Store Manager, Gayle James, and retired Science Teacher and Volunteer, Mary Jo Doyle, Nature Explorers is for children and families of various ages.  Earn a nature badge when you participate in each program.  Attend all three and become eligible for a prize! Parents are required to stay with their children during these programs.  Please come prepared with sunscreen, insect repellent, and sturdy shoes.  There is no fee for either program. (To pre-register, please call (315) 568-5987.  For more information, email andrea_vanbeusichem@fws.gov)

23-24 - 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 www.innovative-outdoors.com.) 

24 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Guns N Lobsters 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 call Pete Clare 607-659-7849)

28 - Northern Montezuma Birding Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (9:30 am - Noon) Leave the driving to us as we explore the Northern part of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. Join us in the Audubon van to explore several locations where shorebirds, waterfowl and songbird species can be seen and heard including Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, and Osprey. We’ll also highlight the 10,000-year cultural history of this unique area. Binoculars and bird guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

30 - Cayuga Lake Sunset Paddle meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (5:00 – 7:30 pm) What better way to enjoy the end of the summer than a relaxing paddle to explore the birds, other wildlife and their habitats at the north end of Cayuga Lake. This is a great opportunity to see migratory songbirds, marsh birds and raptors like Bald Eagles and Osprey. Bring your own canoe/kayak or rent a boat from us. Fee: $10/child without rental, $15/adult without rental, $25/solo kayak rental, $40/canoe rental (maximum 2 adults plus 1 child).PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

SEPTEMBER 2019

1 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Squirrels (>2/28/19), Snipe, Rails, Gallinules(>11/9) & Crows (Friday – Monday only)(>3/31/19)

1-30 -  Celebrate Skaneateles Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake where some lake residents still receive mail via boat! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

5 - Montezuma’s Bird Migration Van Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (10:00 am – 12:30 pm) The Montezuma Wetlands Complex is Audubon’s first globally significant Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of birds that stop here during the spring and fall migrations. Enjoy a leisurely ride in the Audubon van for an excursion to Montezuma’s birding hot spots where a variety of waterfowl, songbirds, raptors and shorebirds can be seen. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides are provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

5-8 - Walleye Fishing Education Weekend with Lance Valentine on Lake Erie at Dunkirk Harbor. A Fishing Education Weekend is a 4-day event combining workshops, seminars, on the water information sharing, meals, friendship and more in a family friendly environment designed to help anglers learn new techniques, new waters, learn hard core fishing information and make new friends. The seminars will focus on walleye but many techniques can be used for lake trout. A limited number of spots available for "non boaters". The registration fee is $425 and includes: Three Days of Classroom Education, on-the-water instruction & sharing of information/Three nights of Lodging at the Econo Lodge, Fredonia, NY/Three nights of Catered Dinner/Three mornings of Catered Breakfast/Boat launch or dock fees at Holiday Harbor at Chadwick Bay Marina. (For more info contact Jim Steel at 716-481-5348 or go to www.innovative-outdoors.com.)

6-7 - 23rd Annual Montezuma Muckrace at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (7:00 pm – 7:00 pm) This Big Day competition begins Sept. 6 at 7:00 p.m. and runs for 24 hours. Teams will compete to see who can see the most species within the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. The complex includes the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, the Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area and the Montezuma Audubon Center. The higher purpose behind the fun is to raise $10,000 for the Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. There are six categories in which to compete:  Competitive, Low-carbon (no cars used), Recreational, Family/Mentor, Collegiate and Photo. Visit http://www.friendsofmontezuma.org to register or sponsor a team. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

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

13 - Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign, and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Come meet Janet Pesaturo, founder of Winterberry Wildlife, and a Massachusetts naturalist. Janet will present her first book, Camera Trapping Guide and how she uses trail cameras and tracking skills to study animal behavior to provide data to local conservation organizations. She has a master’s degree in conservation biology and a level III CyberTracker certificate in Track & Sign. After her presentation, Janet will have her book available for purchase and for signing. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

13-14 – Oswego County Trappers 20th Annual Convention at Camp Zerbe, Williamstown, NY. (For information call Everett Cooper at 315-436-5370 or Bruce Hyde at 315-591-3525.)

14 - Montezuma Bird Watching Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (10:00 am – 12:30 pm) The summer is coming to a close and the autumn bird migration is well underway.  Join us as we search for raptors, waterfowl, shorebirds and songbirds and observe how they are preparing for their long and impressive journey. We will explore Montezuma’s birding hotspots where dozens of species can be seen and heard. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. Fee: $8/child, $15/adult. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

14-15 - New York State Arms Collectors Association Gun Show at the NYS Fairgrounds Expo Center, 581 State Fair Boulevard, Syracuse , NY (Sat., 9 am-5 pm; Sun., 9 am-3 pm) 1,000 tables. (Admission: $7.00/seniors $5.00/children under 12 free) (For information contact Sandy Ackerman Klinger, 346 Paul Street, Endicott, NY 13760, 607-748-1010 email sandynysac@yahoo.com)

21 - Native Americans of the Finger Lakes at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (6:00 – 8:00 pm) Archeological enthusiast Christopher M. Cramer will present an overview of the ancient Native American civilization of the Finger Lakes Region, focusing on the stone artifacts left behind. Regionally collected examples of stone tools will be on display, some dating back 10,000 years and more. Attendees will participate in a hands-on activity identifying the various types of artifacts, as well as distinguishing authentic artifacts and modern reproductions. A pair of reading glasses and a headlamp or flashlight are recommended. Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

21-22 - Niagara Frontier - Hamburg Gun Show at the Event Building, Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 S Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am - 3:00pm) 425 tables. NICS background checks available. (Cost: $7.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call Bruce Johnston 716-542-9929 or email nfgshows@aol.com)

22 -  National Wild Turkey Federation – Enchanted Mountain Chapter Dinner at the Bartlett Country Club, 32 Euclid Avenue, Olean, 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 Randy Opferbeck  716 - 373-3322  gobbler648@verizon.net)     

28 - FREE FISHING DAY in New York State. No license required. Anyone can fish the fresh waters of New York State. All other freshwater fishing regulations still apply.

28 - Third Annual Boy Scouts of America Sporting Clays Shoot at the Painted Post Field & Stream Club, 320 Beartown Rd, Painted Post, NY. (For information contact Jim Griffin at 607-292-3227 or via email at frc375ss@gmail.com or Vaughn Neiler at 607-732-0885 or TeamVK@aol.com.)

28 – National Hunting and Fishing Day

28 - 5th Annual Savannah Arts Festival at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY. (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) Fine artists, photographers, sculptors, crafters, quilters, jewelers, wood workers, and other talented people will show and sell their handcrafted creations at this fun, family event. The festival will also feature great food, live music, fine art contests, photography contests, art workshops, sidewalk chalk art, Lego building, the Trashin’ Fashion Runway Show, prizes, and more! Vendor registration forms can be found at http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma. Admission: $5/person, $10/family. (For information/register call (315) 365-3588, email montezuma@audubon.org or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma)

28-29 - 34th Annual NYPA Wildlife Festival in Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at the New York Power Authority’s Power Vista, 5777 Lewiston Road (adjacent to Niagara University), Lewiston, NY (10:00 am – 5:00 pm) Catch a fish at the Niagara River Anglers fishing pond or shoot pellet guns at the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Club’s shooting trailer. A variety of conservation exhibitors will also be on hand, including NYS Department of Environmental Conservation divisions, NYS Parks Interpretive Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, plus clubs to include sportsmen, trappers, and boy and girl scouts to name a few. Loads of fun for the whole family! Kids fishing contest for youngsters age 15 and under in the public waters of Niagara County. Two ages classes. Weigh in will be at the Wildlife Festival between noon and 2 p.m. both days. Awards on Sunday at 3 p.m. Largest fish caught out of the NYPA reservoir and from the NYPA fishing platform will also receive a prize. (For information call 866-697-2386 or visit their website at www.nypa.gov.)

28-29 - The Original Rochester Gun Show at the Roc Dome Arena, 2695 E Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) No children under 10 allowed and no cameras. (Admission: $8.00) (For information call Karen Lusk at 585-226-6211 or go to http://www.esaca.us.)

30 - End of Frog and Turtle Seasons

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

OCTOBER 2019

1-31 -  Celebrate Cayuga Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, 37.9 miles makes this the longest Finger Lake! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

6 - 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 contact Bruce Johnston 716-542-9929 or email guns@nfgshows.com)

8 - RSVP deadline for the 2019 Ed Warnick Memorial Youth Pheasant Hunt (October 12th)at John White WMA located in Basom, Genesee County. This Youth Pheasant Hunt is a day of supervised fun and a hands-on learning experience for Jr. hunters. It is open to all interested and licensed Junior Hunters (ages 12-15). Hunters & Mentors are required to bring a blaze orange hunting hat & vest (license and back tag), their own shotguns, and ammunition. Morning snacks, lunch, stocked male pheasants, and top notch hunting dogs with handlers will be provided. Certified Hunter Education Instructors will provide trained supervision afield. (Event limited to 25 hunters) (For information Frank Phillips 585-226-5457 Frank.Phillips@DEC.NY.gov)

12-13 - 13th Annual Southern Tier Recreation & Sportsman Show at the Steuben County Fairgrounds, Bath, NY (Sat - 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm) Free seminars on bass fishing, NY black bear, fishing from shore, trout streams of NY, river recreation, invasive insects, food plots, women and archery, retriever training and tracking wounded deer. For youth – fishing, archery, turkey calling and petting zoo. (For information call 607-664-2300 or go to www.SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com)

12-13 - 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 contact Bruce Johnston 716-542-9929 or email guns@nfgshows.com)

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

15 – Close of Regular State Seasons for Brook, Brown & Rainbow Trout, Hybrids of these Species and Splake, Lake Trout, Landlocked/Atlantic Salmon and Kokanee Trout

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

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

25 – Start of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Weasel, Skunk, Opossum, Raccoon, Red Fox and Gray Fox (>2/15/20)

25 – Start Of Trapping Seasons for Coyote (>2/15/20)

NOVEMBER 2019

1-30 -  Celebrate Hemlock Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, protected by NYS to be "forever wild"! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

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

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

25 - Start Of Trapping Seasons for Mink and Muskrat (>2/15/20)

30 - End of Statewide Fishing Season for Black Bass

30 - End of Lake Erie and Tributaries and Lake Ontario and Tributaries Muskellunge and Tiger Muskellunge Fishing Season

DECEMBER 2019

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

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

1-31 -  Celebrate Canadice Lake Month at the Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium, 3369 Guyanoga Road, Branchport, NY. The Museum focuses attention on the lake, the highest and smallest Finger Lake! (Free) (For information email mail@fingerlakesmuseum.org.) 

7-8 - 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 Bruce Johnston at 716-542-9929 or email http://nfgshows.com) 

7-8 - 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 Bruce Johnston at 716-542-9929, email guns@nfgshows.com or go to http://nfgshows.com)

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

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

JANUARY 2020

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

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

4-5 - Niagara Frontier - Hamburg Gun Show at the Event Building, Hamburg Fairgrounds, 5820 S Park Avenue, Hamburg, New York (Sat 9:00 am – 4:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am - 3:00pm) 425 tables. NICS background checks available. (Cost: $7.00/children under 12 free when accompanied by a paid adult) (For information call Bruce Johnston 716-542-9929 or email nfgshows@aol.com)

11-12 - The Original Rochester Gun Show at the Roc Dome Arena, 2695 E Henrietta Road, Henrietta, NY (Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm/Sun 9:00 am – 3:00 pm) No children under 10 allowed and no cameras. (Admission: $8.00) (For information call Karen Lusk at 585-226-6211 or go to http://www.esaca.us.)

FEBUARY 2020

8-9 - 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 Bruce Johnston at 716-542-9929 or email http://nfgshows.com) 

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

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

15-16 - FREE FISHING WEEKEND in New York State. No license required.

22 - The Niagara River Anglers Association’s Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest. (Sunrise – 2:00 pm) Tournament boundaries include Lake Ontario and its tributaries, as well as the Lower Niagara River. Fish can be caught from boat or shore. Sign up at Creek Road Bait and Tackle, Lewiston, the Slippery Sinker in Olcott or at the launch ramp in Lewiston the morning of the contest. (For more information check out www.niagarariveranglers.com or call Paul Jackson at 731-4780. Entry forms should also be available at Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston and The Slippery Sinker in Olcott.)

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)

MARCH 2020

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

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) (>5/31)

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

APRIL 2020

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

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

15 - End of Dog Training Seasons

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

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

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