Hunters and all others interested in the outdoors have several opportunities to visit area deer farms to see the animals and learn how fresh scents are taken each season as deer attractants. These deer farm operators will hold open houses:
Whitetail Scents Deer Farm, Brant-Angola Road and Cain Road, Brant, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through next Sunday. Call 992-3930 or 549-0966.
Deerfield Deer Farm, Versailles Plank Road, Angola, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 18-19, Oct. 9-10. Call 947-3197.
Buckeye Scents, 4102 Willow Road, Wilson, 8 a.m. to dusk, weekends starting Oct. 2 until Nov. 21. Call 751-9602 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Two archery leagues completed their summer 3-D shooting competition and honored their top teams and individual shooters:
During the awards banquet held at LaSalle Sportsmen's Club in Niagara Falls, the Tuesday Night Summer 3-D Archery League presented trophies to the top five teams, in order: LaSalle Sportsmen's, Leo's, Johnson's I, Buckeye Scents I, and A. K.'s Appliance. High Average for the summer went to Tim Young with 148. Bill Bondar shot a 144 to take the Top Gun prize.
The final shoot-off, completed at Allied Sportsmen's Club in Alden, resulted in several awards given to teams and individuals in the WNY Big Ten 3-D Summer League. Buckeye Scents took overall IBO team honors and also placed four of the top five shooters in the IBO Top Gun (individual) competition. Top Gun winners, in order: Mike Martin, Roy Hryckowian, and Joe Grisanti. The Durrett Taxidermy team took first in the Expert Hunter Class and top three individual shooters are: Dave Smith, Mike Matala and Pat Nash. Allied I led all teams in the Hunter Class and the top three shooters in that class are: Dave Pawlowski, Ted Martin and Bear Kelly. Cub Division winner is Joe Kelly, 12; Youth Division winner is Douglas Rukavina, 14. Highest overall totals for league shooting: IBO, Hryckowian; Expert Hunter, Hank Baker; and Hunter, Gerry Zalinski.
Basic fishing class
Lake Erie Trout & Salmon Association and trained SAREP (Sport Fishing & Aquatic Resources Education Program) instructors will be offering a free class on fishing basics for parents and kids on alternate Mondays at the 4-H Training Center, Route 78 north of Lockport.
Students learn fish identification, tackle use, baiting techniques, safety and ethics plus many other aspects of sport fishing. All materials -- rods, reels, etc. -- will be provided during instruction. Classes begin Sept. 20 and continue until Dec. 6. To register or find out more about the program, call Bob Fishlock (683-3301).
Department of Environmental Conservation officials at Albany announced last week the John White Game Farm will be closed at the end of production this year.
"Starting in 2000, all pheasants will be raised at the Richard E. Reynolds Game Farm at Ithaca," said Mike Murphy, DEC wildlife biologist and coordinator of the state's pheasant program.
The two farms now produce 25,000 adult, 15,000 young (5-8 week old), and 60,000 day-old pheasants each year. During construction in 2000, production will be fewer birds, but full production from the Reynolds Farm will be restored by 2001, Murphy said.