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NOTEBOOK / Wild turkey hunters hit grand slam

For serious wild turkey hunters a grand slam serves as a major accomplishment.

Mark Grieco of Clarence Center returned from Florida in March after completing a third and fourth grand slam while hunting with partner Mark Andriaccio of Sherman, who logged his own first grand slam there.

A true grand slam for turkey hunters consists of four species: One Osceola found in Florida wilds south of Orlando, one Merriam’s turkey hunted in many western states, one Rio Grand turkey from Texas and Oklahoma, and one eastern strain of turkey. The eastern strain ranges from north of Orlando, east of the Mississippi River and throughout the northeast.

Grieco took Andriaccio on the last leg of their slam to hunt with guide Ken Mayes in the Ona area south of Orlando and Tampa March 17-19. Grieco uses Knight & Hale calls and said, “The hunting was so good we both got birds the first day.” He then went out and took his second Osceola to complete his fourth grand slam. Grieco and Andriaccio now look forward to the May 1 New York State opener for hunts on their property in Chautauqua County.

Lake Erie lore

Expert presenters will share Lake Erie fishery findings and facts during a “State of Lake Erie Meeting” on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Southtowns Walleye Association Clubhouse on 5895 Southwestern Blvd. in Hamburg.

DEC Lake Erie Unit Leader Don Einhouse will discuss the status of the lake’s popular fish species. Other speakers will focus on lake sturgeon studies, fish health and an update on toxic algae blooms.

For details and directions, call Helen Domske with NY Sea Grant at 645-3610.

Tree and seedling extension

Lingering winterlike conditions have prompted Genesee County Soil & Water Conservation District officials to extend the orders deadline to April 18 for trees, shrubs and seedlings. For details on ordering, call 585-343-2362 or go to

Miller nurseries closed

For decades, area gardeners and tree growers have visited or made mail-order purchases from Miller Nurseries on West Lake Road overlooking Canandaigua Lake. This past winter Stark Bros., a national company, purchased Miller and word was that the facility would be open under the Stark name with expert Miller personnel providing product and service this spring.

However, family member Skip Miller said during the Naples Derby on Tuesday that the nursery is completely closed. “Right now, the buildings store boats and all doors are locked; many will be disappointed when they pull up to the front door this spring,” Miller said.


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