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Important deadlines arrive soon for hunters.

Applications must be in the mail by Friday for 1999 Deer Management Permits, the so-called "doe" permits. For details, call 1-888-HELP-DMP.

Waterfowlers have until Sept. 15 to enter the random lottery for blinds at Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management areas during the first day, first Saturday and first Sunday this season. For details, call 948-5182.

As of Sept. 1 all waterfowlers need a new HIP (Harvest Information Program) number, to hunt the 1999 seasons. To obtain the number, call 1-888-4 ASK HIP.

Squirrel and Canada Goose hunters need only a current (1998-1999) New York State license; all NYS sporting licenses renew on Oct. 1.

Deer and turkey show

The AgriCenter at the Erie County Fairgrounds will be a great place to do some deer and turkey scouting during the New York Deer & Turkey Sportsmen Show Friday through Sunday.

This will be a deer hunter's delight. The Department of Environmental Conservation booth will display the famed Roosevelt Lucky whitetail buck. Other mounts include the biggest 1998 New York State buck, which was taken in Chautauqua County; the largest New York State buck taken with a bow, also a Boone and Crockett record book buck; plus many other record heads. Pete Bogulski, show coordinator, said, "This may be the largest exhibit of record-book bucks ever shown in Western New York." Bring your deer head or rack for scoring by officials from the New York Big Buck Club.

Len Rusin, a wildlife artist from North Tonawanda, will display his award-winning drawings and canvases. They include the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters 2000 calendar front cover loon painting, his otter painting, "Snow king & Queen," featured in "Wildlife Art" edited by Alan Singer, the Seaway Trail Journey magazine back-cover print, "The Wakening," and many others.

On Sunday, the Niagara Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a nationally sanctioned turkey calling contest. Registration starts at noon. Callers compete for trophies in categories for Amateur, Junior, Resident, Open, Natural Voice and Owl Hooting Contests. The Open Contest also pays cash to the top three callers. Winners will compete in the national finals held at Nashville. For more details, call David Laubish (634-8188).

Bogulski also promises many hunting and fishing products from national and area vendors offered at discount prices for this show. Doors open Friday, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Get banned

"Banned!", a powerful video which shows in less than 15 minutes the effect government gun confiscation has had in England and Australia, is available from the National Rifle Association, 1-888-564-6672, ext. 101.

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