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PROPOSED ARCHER'S TRAVELING LEAGUE ZEROES IN ON WOULD-BE BOWHUNTERS

Archers looking for action next spring should consider the new Traveling Bowhunter League proposed up by Bert Bulger of the West Falls Conservation Club and John Peters of Evans Rod & Gun Club.

They have outlined costs, fees, scoring, equipment, team set-up and a provision for archers who do not belong to clubs to get on a team.

They propose using three-dimensional targets, shooting from tree stands and blinds to simulate field conditions. Clubs may find the proposed league a way to raise funds and interest newcomers to bowhunting, too.

An organizational meeting has been set for 1 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Evans Rod & Gun Club. If you need to know more before then, call Peters at 892-4606 or Bulger at 648-5873.

Returning a favor

Three million chinook salmon eggs have been airlifted to Michigan from New York.

The Department of Environmental Conservation says the New York eggs will be used to help counteract the decline of Lake Michigan salmon now being ravaged by disease.

"This is just returning a favor to Michigan," said Commissioner Thomas C. Jorling. "Between 1967 and 1983, New York received six million chinook eggs annually from Michigan to initiate our chinook stocking program."

The eggs for Michigan came from the Salmon River hatchery, where an additional 6.5 million coho and chinook eggs are being nurtured for our own programs. Pennsylvania received 1.6 million coho and 250,000 chinook eggs, while New Hampshire, Illinois and Wisconsin each got 800,000 chinook eggs.

Club news

Ice fishing is the topic at the Southtowns Walleye Association meeting 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Ice fishing expert Charlie Flessel; survival maven Brian Schmitt, inventor of "the ice pack," and Erie County helicopter rescue chief Capt. Kevin Caffery will be featured speakers. The club meets at the Newton Abbott Fire Hall, 3426 Abbott Road, Orchard Park. . . . Bison City will elect officers at the 8 p.m. general meeting Wednesday.

Hiking/nature

A "hike" to see the "Festival of Lights" followed by a dinner in a Niagara Falls restaurant is on the agenda for the Foothills Trail Club Saturday. Call Elma Bowen (297-5520) for details. Sunday, the club will hike or ski Como Park. Call leader Gerda Mansell (683-7249) about the soup supper afterward.

Shooting sports

Mike Lao is the Western New York Practical Pistol League champion. This combat shooting club ranks competitors on average scores. Class winners: A-Robert Elliott; B-Peter Grotsch; C-Neil Mooney; D-Lee Daigler. Judith Graham was high lady, Ed Fraser, high revolver, and Michael Hargreaves Sr., high tactical shooter.
-- MICHAEL LEVY
NOTE: Send items 15 days in advance to Outdoors Notebook, c/o Michael Levy, The Buffalo News, One News Plaza, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, N.Y. 14240.

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