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Outdoors notebook: Safe boating stressed this week

Safe Boating Week began Saturday and goes to Friday as a national event.

First on the National Safe Boating Council advice list is to always wear a life jacket/vest while boating. New York State requires all aboard a vessel wear a personal flotation device November to May 1; however, the North American Safe Boating Campaign (Wear It!) unites the efforts of a wide variety of boating safety advocates stressing PFD wearing by all whenever afloat.

U.S. Coast Guard statistics show that 85 percent of those who drowned in boating accidents reported in 2012 were not wearing life jackets.

Boaters can share stories and get additional information at safeboatingcampaign.com or at twitter.com/BoatingCampaign and facebook.com/SafeBoatCampaign.

Crappie contest

Chautauqua Lake Bassmasters presents its Chautauqua Lake Crappie Team Tournament 2014 event out of the Lakewood Boat Launch on Saturday, with payouts to the top three teams and the Biggest Crappie Pot.

Registrations begin at 5 a.m. and the competition goes from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. For pre-registration details, check with Randy Christ at 640-4603 or go to chaut-lakemassmasters.com.

Crossbow demo

August seems a long way away for planning on crossbow options, but with the new regulations and array of hunting possibilities now open, Wilson Conservation Club’s Crossbow Demonstration Day on Aug. 9 might be worth a calendar marking.

The demo, free and open to all, goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on club grounds at 2934 Wilson Cambria Road, Wilson 14172. For more details, contact Chris Schotz at 731-1641, Bill Hilts Sr. at 731-9984, or Rich Culverwell at 946-6882.

New scope chapter

A new chapter of SCOPE (Shooter Committee on Political Education) is forming in Livingston County.

A meeting and election of officers will be held at 7 p.m. on June 9 at Conesus Sportsmen’s Club, 5883 Stonehill Road, Lakeville.

For more details, check with John Frew at (585) 755-3534 or email: trapmanjfrew@yahoo.com

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