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Outdoors notebook by Will Elliott: Time for derby fun in Niagara County

Trout and salmon stocking, water quality improvements and good fisheries management all led up to a trout and salmon fishery in Lake Ontario that spawned many a professional and a few fun amateur contests to catch these sizeable, mighty-fighting fish.

The Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament events began 29 years ago as port-based competitions along the New York shoreline between both professional and amateur teams. This year, Niagara County stages a double competition out of Wilson Harbor and Olcott Harbor.

Separate tourneys will be held May 24-25 and May 31-June 1 along with four separate Recreational Open events each of those days; more than $40,000 guaranteed prize money will be paid to winning entrants.

For site information, registration details and entry options, check with Bill Hilts Jr. at 282-8992, Ext. 303, or go to lakeontarioproam.net.

Crossbow Shoot ’N Hoot

This month’s North Forest Ladies Shoot ’N Hoot will feature a crossbow shooting with instructor Chris Schotz.

The program starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Wilson Conservation Club at 2934 Wilson Cambria Road (Route 425) and goes to early evening.

Shooting and socializing will be held rain or shine; registrations must be made by Wednesday. For all event details, check with Colleen Gaskill at 628-9023 or email: cghummingbird7@gmail.com.

Feats of clay crushers

The Orleans County Clay Crushers team, affiliated with the Scholastic Clay Target Program, holds shotgun and pistol shoots at Barre Sportsmen’s Club on Sundays, starting at 12:30 p.m., depending on weather. The shotgun program includes boys and girls ages 12 to high school senior; the pistol program is open to boys and girls ages 14 to high school senior.

All area youths are welcome. Plans are being discussed for other SCTP county program startups. For more information on Orleans County Clay Crusher shooting activities, check with OCCC coach Chris Rice at (585) 590-6282.

Outdoor show weekend

Lake Lane Fishing and Hunting Getaway’s popular Outdoor Show is set for June 7 and 8 at 1339 Windfall Road in Olean.

Bass and trout tournaments open to adults also include free kids derbies both days; a National Wild Turkey Federation Sanctioned Turkey Calling Contest will be staged June 8. Vendors representing fishing and hunting products will have on display gear and can talk services during the show.

Last year, 200 families caught more than 300 fish during the youth derby. For more details and pre-registration information, call 373-2080 or go to lakelanefishingandcampinggetaway.com.

email: odrswill@gmail.com

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