Home Fish News Youth Photos Humor Clubs Contact
Your ?? Hunt Trap Calendar Links Web Extras Bios Join us on Facebook
 

CALENDAR

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

Have a Calendar Item (Click Here)

 

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)

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)

JULY 2019

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

AUGUST 2019

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

SEPTEMBER 2019

1 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Squirrels (>2/28/20), Snipe, Rails, Gallinules(>11/9) & Crows (Friday – Monday only)(>3/31/20)

7 - Start of Southern (Catskill) Zone Early Bear Season (>10/22)

14 - Start of Northern Zone Early Bear Season (>10/18)

27 - Start of Northern Zone Deer & Bear Bowhunting Seasons (>10/25)

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

OCTOBER 2019

1 – Falconry Season Opens (>3/31/20)

1 - Start of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Bowhunting Seasons (>11/15)

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

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

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

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.) 

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

5-6 - Western New York Youth Waterfowl Hunt (Saturday-Sunday) Young hunters age 12 to 15 years, possessing a junior hunting license may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, and Canada geese on 2 special days in each zone. Daily bag limits are the maximum allowed during the regular duck season, and 2 per day for Canada geese. Young hunters MUST be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter (including current HIP registration and duck stamp). Adult hunter may not shoot any birds.

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)

6 - Fall Harvest Days #2 at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, 2887 Royce Road, Varysburg, NY. Come celebrate the fall season. Tour theanimal preserve, games for kids and all kinds of seasonal events. (For information call 585-535-4100 or go to Hiddenvalleyadventure.com)

7 - Special Mundinger Lecture 2019 in Room B25, Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. (5:30 pm) When animal populations are impacted by human-caused changes, they are forced to move to new places, modify how they behave, or face extinction. Dr. Ellen D. Ketterson, professor of biology at Indiana University Bloomington, addresses our need as invested citizens to understand animal migration and seasonality in relation to biodiversity. Ketterson will examine the very real implications of our changing world through the lens of the Dark-eyed Junco, a model bird species commonly known as the snowbird. Focusing on the causes and consequences of environmental change helps equip humans to predict future responses and champion the biodiversity that makes our planet so amazing. (For information go to http://www.birds.cornell.edu.)

7, 14, 21 & 28 - The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Fly Tying Classes at the Con Club  located on Mullet Street in Dunkirk, NY. (Turn towards the lake at the Country Fair store.) (6:00 – 7:30 pm) Sessions are free. No sign-up necessary, just show up. All materials and tools provided for free.

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)

8, 15, 22 & 29 - The Children of the Stream Youth Fly-tying Program at the Costello Community Room (P84) in the new addition to the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY. (7:00 – 8:30 pm) This program is in its 19th year of providing weekly free fly tying and fly fishing classes to both youths and adults in our area. You do not need any prior experience to attend these classes, and the course is geared towards ages 12 and older. All tools and material will be provided FREE. (For more information contact Alberto Rey at 716-410-7003 or email alberto@albertorey.com.EET)

9 - Trout Stream Management in New York - Inland Trout Stream Management Public Meeting at Gillette Road Middle School, 6150 South Bay Road, Cicero, NY. (6:30 – 8:30 pm) DEC is developing a new plan for inland trout stream management based on updated scientific information and the desires expressed by trout anglers. Prior to completing the draft plan, DEC fisheries managers would like to meet with trout stream anglers to explain the proposed approach, answer questions, and solicit feedback.

12 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Southern Tier Local Chapter Youth Pheasant Hunt at Molyneaux Tree Farm, 219 Shreder Road, Endicott, NY. (9:00 am) (For more information contact Larry Shutts 607-642-8609) 

12 - Rod & Gun Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Lyons Road (Route 14N), Geneva, NY (9:15 am) over 400 guns •  shotguns • rifles • handguns • knives • ammo • scopes • gun safes • hunting & fishing items • reloading & accessories  (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.com)

12 - Natural Products Workshop Part 1: Green Cleaning at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn to make natural cleaning products for your home and how to select safer products for cleaning your body. Make your own natural cleaner to take home. Materials fee: $5/$3 for Friends members. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

12 - Birding 101: Class #9 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn how to identify the different raptors (birds of prey) found in Reinstein Woods. For adults and children ages 8 and older.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

12 - Bushcraft Workshop - Fire Workshop I: All About Fire at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) Bushcraft at Cumming Nature Center is a combination of wilderness skills, wildcrafting, and creative nature awareness. These programs teach participants the skills and knowledge to thrive in nature. The origin of the phrase "bushcraft" comes from skills used in the bush country of Australia. From cooking a meal to warming our toes on a frosty day, the hearth has been a welcome addition to homes across the ages. Join us for a day focused around the resource that makes us human—fire! Learn how to build and light a fire from local materials with a variety of methods during an action-packed day of stories, games, and even a challenge or two! Spend an afternoon among the trees learning to understand fire, including how to start one with a single match, general fire safety, the chemistry of flame, and the many natural materials humans have used as fuel for fire throughout history. Alex Szuba, experienced primitive skills and Forest School educator, will be the instructor and guide for this three hour, fire-filled day. Space is limited to 15 participants, so don’t wait to sign up! Appropriate for: Families, Children 8 or older.  Adults are welcome to stay, but may drop their child off after filling out appropriate paperwork. (Cost: $25/person - Adults accompanying a child do not have to pay.) (For information call 585-374-6160.) 

12 - Bushcraft Workshop - Fire Workshop II: Methods of Fire at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (12:30 – 3:30 pm) Fire as a tool, in history, and even in the rain. If either of these topics peak your interest, then this is an opportunity for you and your family! Join us in the forest of Cumming Nature Center for an afternoon honing your fire skills and learning more advanced methods like using flint and steel, fire by friction, and how to light a fire in wet weather. In addition, we will also use fire as a tool to create a bowl as a group project, cook a tasty treat, and learn how the use of fire has changed throughout human history. There are a total of 20 spots available for this three-hour program led by Alex Szuba, a wilderness skills instructor and nature educator with a passion for fire skills. Appropriate for: This program has been built with families in mind. Children under the age of 12 must come accompanied by an adult, and children 12 and up may be signed in and dropped off at the start of the program by filling out a medical release form. (Cost: $25/person - Adults accompanying a child do not have to pay.) (For information call 585-374-6160.)

12 - Make Your Own Leather Pouch at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (12:30 – 3:30 pm) Make a pouch for storing tinder, medicine, or special treasures using leather materials.  Participants will work with leather to create a drawstring pouch, sewing with sinew or leather cord, and personalizing with bones, beads, and more. Appropriate for:  ages 8 and up. (Cost: $25/person - Adults accompanying a child do not have to pay.) (For information call 585-374-6160.)

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)

12-13  - Western New York Youth Pheasant Hunt Weekend

12-14 - Youth Firearms Deer Hunt Weekend

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.)

14 -  Birds Take Flight Over The Border Wall: Linking Winter Events to Migration Timing and Speed in a Migratory Passerine at the Cayuga Bird Club Meeting, at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology auditorium,   (7:30 – 9:00 pm) Given technological limitations in tracking most of the world’s migratory animals, our knowledge of the ecology of migration itself is severely limited. It is known that the quality of non-breeding habitats can result in seasonal interactions, or carryover effects, whereby individual survival or performance are impacted in subsequent breeding seasons. However, an understanding of how events during breeding and non-breeding periods directly influence events during migration is still lacking. Bryant's research seeks to tackle these knowledge gaps, making use of a long-term demographic study of American Redstart (25+ years) on the non-breeding grounds in Jamaica with a proposed large-scale automated radio telemetry array spanning across the Caribbean and through Florida, overlapping the migratory route of this population of redstarts. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and there will be cookies and conversation starting at 7:15. Bird club business begins at 7:30 p.m. followed by the presentation. All are welcome. (For information go to http://www.birds.cornell.edu.)

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)

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

16 - Trout Stream Management in New York - Inland Trout Stream Management Public Meeting at the Avoca Central School Auditorium, 7 Oliver Street, Avoca, NY. (6:30 – 8:30 pm) DEC is developing a new plan for inland trout stream management based on updated scientific information and the desires expressed by trout anglers. Prior to completing the draft plan, DEC fisheries managers would like to meet with trout stream anglers to explain the proposed approach, answer questions, and solicit feedback.

16 - Pruning Workshop at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue. Rochester NY (7:30 am 3:30 pm) Join the Western Finger Lakes ReLeaf Committee for a Pruning Workshop with Guy Meilleur of Historic Tree Care and the Veteran Tree Network. This comprehensive and in-depth full-day workshop will provide pruning training for green industry professionals and municipal employees. The morning will cover National and International tree pruning standards. Structural pruning from Pediatrics to Geriatrics, as well as Storm Damage and Hollow Tree Regeneration. Outside we will inspect and assess trees and develop specifications together. The afternoon will cover the most recent A300 and BMP updates to pruning in the industry as well as additional outdoor pruning presentations. This presentation has recently been given by Guy in both Germany and Estonia. (For more information and to register, please download the workshop brochure from the Urban and Community Forestry Program Activities page: https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/30859.html)

17 - Trout Stream Management in New York - Inland Trout Stream Management Public Meeting at the Concord Town Hall, 86 Franklin Street, Springville, NY. (6:30 – 8:30 pm) DEC is developing a new plan for inland trout stream management based on updated scientific information and the desires expressed by trout anglers. Prior to completing the draft plan, DEC fisheries managers would like to meet with trout stream anglers to explain the proposed approach, answer questions, and solicit feedback.

17 - Educator Workshop: Project Wild at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (4:00 – 7:00 pm) Project WILD is an award-winning program to help teachers use wildlife to teach a variety of subjects, including math, English language arts, and more. Participants receive a guide with more than 100 lesson plans. 3 CTLE Hours provided. For educators of students in grades K to 12..  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

18 - End of Northern Zone Early Bear Season

19 - Start of Pheasant Hunting Season in Western New York (>12/31 north or >2/29/18 south)

19 - Start of Southern Zone Turkey Hunting Season (>11/1)

19 – Start of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 1 - in Western Zone (>11/10)

19 - National Wild Turkey Federation – Southern Tier Local Chapter Women in the Outdoors Pheasant Hunt at Molyneaux Tree Farm, 219 Shreder Road, Endicott, NY. (9:00 am) (For more information contact Larry Shutts 607-642-8609) 

19 - Autumn Colors at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Fall foliage is a blaze of color, from flaming oranges and reds to subtle yellows. Enjoy the beauty of autumn’s trees on this guided walk. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

19 - Happy Owl-ween at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (6:00 - 8:00 pm) We are happy to welcome back Jean Soprano, of Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation, who will have live owls on display during her presentation about the silent hunters of the night. Then, join our staff for a hike through the forest and grassland to explore the night sights and sounds. (Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

23 – Public Meeting on the Clean-up of the Lower Genesee River Contamination at the Central Library, 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY -- Kusler-Cox (Rundel) Auditorium (5:00 – 8:00 pm) DEC invites the public to the meeting to learn about a proposal to address contamination of the lower Genesee River related to discharges from Kodak operations in Rochester. Public comments also are welcome at the meeting, and during a public comment period that runs through November 15, 2019. Project documents can be reviewed at the Maplewood Public Library, 1111 Dewey Avenue, Rochester, NY. (For information go to

htts://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/NYSDEC/bulletins/26339ff)

23 - Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:30 - 4:00 pm) The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to learn how to identify dozens of duck, goose and swan species based on their calls and plumage. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

25 - End of Northern Zone Deer & Bear Bowhunting and Crossbow Seasons

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)

25 – Start of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Bobcat (Southern portion of Western New York (>11/15)

25 - Start Of Trapping Season for Fisher (>10/30)

25 - Mysteries of the Night at Eshelman at the Eshelman Property, 1420 Yubadam Road, Portville, NY. (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Join us for a star lit stroll around the Eshelman property as we listen for our night time neighbors and learn about their nocturnal habits and habitats. Following the walk, we will have a spooktacular camp fire with s’mores and ghost stories being shared by master story teller Jim Piatt. Please dress for evening temperatures, wear comfortable footwear, bring a flashlight and a camp chair. This program is great for families as well as for adults who are young at heart. (Fee: Free for members, $5 for non-members and free for children 13 and under. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.) Register here or contact the office at 716-933-0187. This event will be canceled in the event of rain. If the weather appears questionable, look for a cancellation notice on the top of our website home page.

26 - Start of Northern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/8)

26 - Start of Canada Goose Seasons - Part 2 - in the South Zone (>1/13/20) of Western New York

26 - Birding 101: Class #10 at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (2:30 pm) Learn which birds will be in the area for the winter season. For adults and children ages 8 and older. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

26 - Nature of Montezuma Lecture Series: Glacial Geology of the Finger Lakes at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) Join Dr. Bruce Gilman, retired Professor of Environmental Conservation at Finger Lakes Community College, as he walks us through the glacial history of the Finger Lakes region. Learn about how glacial ice was formed, how the landscape features (like the Finger Lakes) were formed, and about the megafauna wildlife that used to call NY home about 10,000 years ago. (Fee: $5/child, $8/adult, $25/family. FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

26 - Girl Scouts:  Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am - 1:00 pm) Girl Scouts from Daisies to Ambassadors are invited to participate in various habitat restoration projects around the Center. Scouts will learn about forest, wetland, and grassland conservation while participating in invasive species removal and native vegetation plantings.  Each Scout must have a leader, chaperone, or parent in attendance. (Fee:  $5/Scout.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

31 - Migration Mania Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (3:00 – 5:30 pm) The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour to see dozens of ducks, geese and swans as they settle into Montezuma’s marshes to feed and rest. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

NOVEMBER 2019

1 - Leftover DMPs go on sale. Permits will not be available by phone, mail or the internet only in person at a license issuing agent on a first come/first served basis. 

1 - Close of Turkey Hunting Season

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.) 

2 - Start of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Crossbow Seasons (>11/15)

2 - Start of Canada Goose Seasons - Part 2 - in the West Central (>12/1) of Western New York

2 - Bushcraft Workshop - Fire Workshop III: Friction Fire at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 12:30 – 3:30 pm) Bushcraft at Cumming Nature Center is a combination of wilderness skills, wildcrafting, and creative nature awareness. These programs teach participants the skills and knowledge to thrive in nature. The origin of the phrase "bushcraft" comes from skills used in the bush country of Australia. With a steady breath you bring your bundle of bark and grasses to life. Born from a self-crafted kit, the flame you created grows larger as you feed it bits of dry goldenrod, bark, and twigs --  gifts from the landscape unlocked through wisdom not yet lost to time. 
The Cumming Nature Center will offer a workshop all about fire by friction, Participants will discover the basics of fire, learn what materials to use from the landscape, and construct their own bow drill kit. This hands-on workshop is designed for young people and adults ages 14 and older who will be comfortable using carving tools. Alex Szuba, experienced primitive skills and Forest School educator, is leading this Fire Series. 15 slots available. Come learn a timeless skill that can be used in a survival situation, or to pass on to your family next time you go camping. 
Appropriate for: young people and adults ages 14 and older who will be comfortable using carving tools. (Cost: $40/person - Adults accompanying a child do not have to pay. Includes bow drill kit supplies) (For information call 585-374-6160.) 

2 - Wild Basketry at Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, NY. (10:00 am – 3:30 pm) Join us for a full day of wildcrafting your own basket using materials harvested off the landscape.  Get familiar with spruce roots, bending branches for weaving or even the feel of cattails for coiling as you get to know the landscape.  Work with a guide to transform the plants around you into one-of-a kind baskets. Please pack a lunch and water. 

Appropriate for: ages 12 and up. (Cost: $35/person - Adults accompanying a child do not have to pay.) (For information call 585-374-6160.)

2 - Scouts BSA:  Conservation Day at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) What are invasive species and why do they need to be removed?  All ages of Scouts are invited to learn about invasive species management while participating in various habitat restoration projects throughout the forests and grasslands. Each Scout must have a leader, chaperone, or parent in attendance. (Fee: $5/Scout.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org) 

2 - Guided Nature Walk at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (2:00 – 4:00 pm) Join us for a guided, easy to moderate 1-mile stroll through the forest and grasslands and around the wetlands. Along the way, you will learn about how the Montezuma Wetlands Complex came to be, and we will look and listen for signs of birds and other wildlife. Binoculars will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. (Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

2-3 - Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. Sportsmen’s Show at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, 501 Erie Street, Little Valley, NY. (9:00 am – 4:00 pm/9:00 am - 3:00pm) (For information call Daniel Johnson at 716-938-9749.)

3 - End of Hunting Season for Brant in the Western Zone New York

9 – Close of Hunting seasons for Snipe, Rails & Gallinules

9 - Family Nature Quest: Animal Signs at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Use your science senses to search for clues left by local wildlife. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

9 - Girl Scout Cadettes Archery Badge at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 am - 12:00 pm OR 12:00 – 3:00 p.m) Archery is an exciting sport that takes strength, focus, good form and practice. Girl Scout Cadettes are invited to Heritage Outdoor Sports (1886 Melvin Hill Rd, Phelps, NY) to learn about archery equipment, the proper way to draw a bow, and how to shoot a bullseye.  Scouts will challenge themselves as they build archery skills and learn how to safely enjoy this fun activity. All Scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone.  PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.  (Fee:  $20/Scout.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

9 - Cayuga Lake Wine and Wings Tour meet at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 p.m) Cayuga Lake is an Audubon Important Bird Area because of the incredible number of waterfowl that use the lake during migration seasons.  Hop in our van for an excursion to the north end of the lake where up to 30 species of ducks, geese and swans can be seen.  During the tour, we will stop at Apple Station Winery for wine tastings and learn how agriculture and wildlife thrive side by side. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. Must be 21+. (Fee: $20/adult, includes wine tasting fees. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

9-10 - 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)

10 – End of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 1 - in Western Zone

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

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

13 - Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 3:30 p.m) The peak of the waterfowl migration is upon us. Join us for a birding van tour around the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to learn how to identify dozens of duck, goose and swan species based on their calls and plumage. Binoculars and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

14 - Close of Woodcock Hunting Season

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

15 – Close of Southern Zone Deer and Bear Bowhunting/Crossbow Seasons

15 - Close of Hunting & Trapping Seasons for Bobcat.

16 - Start of Southern Zone Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Season (>12/8)

16 - Natural Products Workshop Part 2: Personal Care at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:30 am) Learn to make natural personal care products and how to make personal care choices that are better for the environment. Make your own lip balm or deodorant to take home. Materials fee: $5/$3 for Friends members. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

16 - Scouts BSA Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (12:00 – 3:00 p.m) Please be prepared to go outside and dress appropriately for the weather. Pre-requisites/pre-registration is required.  All Scouts must be accompanied by a parent, leader, or chaperone. (Fee: $8/Scout. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

23 - Northern Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (2:00 – 4:30 p.m) As the sun sets on a late autumn day, waterfowl are settling into Montezuma’s marshes and nocturnal raptors are getting ready to begin their dusk hunt. Hop in our van for an excursion to the northern part of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex to look for ducks, geese, swans, and wintering raptors. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

23 - Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (1:30 pm) Learn tips for plant identification while creating a fall-themed centerpiece. Materials fee: $10/$7 for Friends members. (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

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

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

30 - Start of Hunting Seasons for Ducks, Coots and Mergansers – Part 2 - in Western Zone (>1/5/20)

30 - Explore Hidden Gems Of Nature at the Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, NY (Town of Cheektowaga) (10:00 am) Take a virtual walk to local parks and natural areas in this slideshow presentation. For adults and children age 8 and older.  (For information and register call 716-683-5959 or email reinsteinwoods@dec.ny.gov)

30 - Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:30 p.m) Looking to get out of the house after the holiday? Join us on this late autumn day for an excursion to explore the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. We will look for ducks, geese, swans, and wintering raptors. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided, but feel free to bring your own and a camera as well. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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 – End of Canada Goose Season - Part 2 - in the West Central Zone of Western New York

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.) 

4 - Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 3:30 p.m) Waterfowl have left their breeding grounds and are ready for the long, cold winter. Join us for a birding van tour to see dozens of ducks, geese and swans as they rest, feed, and socialize in Montezuma’s marshes. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

7 - Family-friendly Winter Nature Walk at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 3:30 p.m) Join us for a guided, easy to moderate 1-mile stroll through the forest and grasslands and around the wetlands. Along the way, you will learn about how the Montezuma Wetlands Complex was formed and we will look for winter signs of birds and other wildlife. Afterwards, join us inside for a mug of hot cocoa. Binoculars will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. (Fee: $5/child, $10/adult, $25/family, FREE for Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.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)

8 - End of Northern and Southern Zones Regular Deer and Bear Hunting Seasons

9 - Start of Northern and Southern Zones Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons (>12/15)

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

14 - Wine and Wings Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (1:00 – 3:30 p.m) The holiday season is here and so are the wintering raptors.  Join us as we head out in our van to look for elusive Short-eared Owls, hunting Northern Harriers, soaring Bald Eagles, and more.  During the tour, we will stop at the Montezuma Winery for wine tastings and to learn how vineyards and Important Birds Areas happily exist side by side. Must be 21+. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. (Fee $25/adult, includes tasting fee and a souvenir glass. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

15 - End  of Northern Zone Late Deer and Bear Bowhunting, Crossbow and Muzzleloading Seasons

16 - Christmas Bird Count at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the US, Canada and many countries in the Western Hemisphere, go out over a 24-hour period on one calendar day to count birds.  As the CBC enters its 119th year, join us as we count the birds wintering throughout the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. (For information call Chris Lajewski 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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

19 - Montezuma Birding Van Tour at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (9:00 – 11:30 am) Waterfowl have left their breeding grounds and are ready for the long, cold winter. Join us for a birding van tour to see dozens of ducks, geese and swans as they rest, feed, and socialize in Montezuma’s marshes. Binoculars, a spotting scope, and field guides will be provided. (Fee: $8/child, $15/adult, $40/family. PRE-PAID RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.) (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)31 - Close of Fishing Season for Trout in the Finger Lakes Tributaries

31 - End of Pheasant Hunting Season in Lake Plains Portion of Western New York

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)

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

1 - First Day Snowshoe Hike at the Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY (10:00 am – 12:00 pm) Join us to ring in 2020 by strapping on some snowshoes and taking a leisurely 1-mile hike through snow muffled forests, across restored grasslands and around the frozen marshes to explore hearty winter birds and look for signs of active mammals. *Note- if conditions are not conducive for snowshoeing, we will still hike.  After the hike, you’re invited inside to warm up with a cup of hot cocoa. Fee: FREE! Snowshoes will be available to borrow. (For information/register call 315-365-3588 or e-mail montezuma@audubon.org)

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)

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

11 - Early Gun & Military Auction at Hessney Auction Center, 2741 Route 14N, Geneva, NY (9:15 am) over 200 guns •  shotguns • rifles • handguns •  springfields  • flintlocks • percussion •revolutionary war to post civil war • edged weapons • ammo • indian artifacts •collection of powder horns & shot (For more information call 315-789-9349 or 585-734-6082 or go to www.hessney.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.)

13 – End of Canada Goose Hunting Season - Part 2 - in the South Zone of Western New York

17-19 - The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls. In conjunction with that show, the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s Salmon School set for Jan. 18 is now open for registrations at www.lotsa1.org.

25 - 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 19, 2019. Tickets may be ordered online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com or by phone - 1-800-274-5471. (Cost $45.00/$35.00 spouse/youth) Everyone goes home with a Deer Camp Tour 2018 Shirt! (For information contact Bill Bailey  413-244-2304)

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

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

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.)

22 - 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 February 18, 2019. Tickets may be ordered online at www.whitetailsunlimited.com or by phone - 1-800-274-5471. (Cost $45.00/$35.00 spouse/$30.00 youth.) Everyone goes home with a Deer Camp Tour 2019 Shirt! (For information, call Bill Bailey 413-244-2304)

29 - 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)

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

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

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)

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

29 - End of Hunting Season for Coyotes

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

31 - Falconry Season Closes

31 – Close of Crow Hunting Season

APRIL 2020

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

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

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

15 - End of Dog Training Seasons

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

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

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

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

MAY 2020

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

31 - Close of Spring Turkey Hunting Season

JUNE 2020

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

JULY 2020

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

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

AUGUST 2020

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

SEPTEMBER 2020

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

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

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

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

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

OCTOBER 2020

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

10-12 - Youth Firearms Deer Hunt Weekend

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

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

NOVEMBER 2020

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

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

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

DECEMBER 2020

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

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

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

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

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