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Preserve big-game hunting options plentiful

Preserve hunts can be a bargain for game sought and a means of introducing young or rookie hunters to the enjoyment of a game harvest.

Recent legislation has reduced hunt options at New York State hunting preserves. Operators will have to discontinue boar hunts. “We were told we have to remove all boars by March 15, 2015,” said Pete Smith at Creekside Outdoors in Forestville.

Creekside, the most involved big-game hunting preserve in Western New York, is one of less than 20 hunting preserves across the state that offers hunts for game animals such as whitetail deer, fallow deer, elk, rams and several species of sheep.

“Our boar hunts are still available, but we will be featuring more sheep hunts,” said Pete Smith, who operates Creekside with wife Tania. The Smiths can provide hunts for mouflon, Corsican, white Dahl, desert and black Hawaiian sheep at their 300-acre fenced preserve.

News of the boar-hunt ban has hunters panicking. As the big-game seasons for deer and bear wind down, hunting preserves will still have boar hunts and a wide selection of deer- and sheep-family species to hunt.

“We’ve put together a $200 package for either whitetail or fallow deer does this month,” Smith said. Creekside also provides immediate skinning and quartering with other processing options. Given the cost of travel to hunt sites, possible access fees and other license and permit charges, a basic game-preserve hunt would be a bargain for new hunters or anyone who enjoys game meat.

“They don’t even need a big-game license. The only stipulation is that young hunters have to be at least 12 years of age to fire a gun,” Smith said of Creekside hunts.

Smith guides hunt parties on all outings. Stands and hunt sites often include a youth with a parent and grandparent along for the experience. Safety is a prime concern and Smith sees to it that each shooter is set up to handle and properly use a rifle or shotgun while in pursuit of a targeted game animal on the preserve.

“Winter hunts continue until sometime in March and these special prices would be a good holiday present for a hunt scheduled anytime after New Year’s,” Smith said.

For hunt booking arrangements, call the Smiths at 680-2635 or email: The Creekside Outdoors website is


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