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New DEC app aids outdoors enthusiasts

Anglers, hunters and outdoors enthusiasts now have a new app for locating sites and services around New York State. The Department of Environmental Conservation has developed a “New York Fish & Wildlife” app that will give geographic spatial information on county borders and units that apply to regulations, permits and licenses for fishing and hunting species.

Users can access in real-time accurate trail data, user location, sites nearby and amenity locations, including boat ramps, parking, restrooms and more. Other outdoor features include a real-time calendar of events, weather alerts, social networking and photo sharing, possibly life-saving alert features, cacheable map tiles for offline use, and advanced GPS mapping features that include a built-in compass.

Users can download the new app on the Apple App Store or Google Play store, or by going to the Pocket Ranger website.

Safe-boating volunteers

Volunteers are being sought to join the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary on Western New York waters; there is no requirement to own a boat, and no experience in boating needed to join.

USCGA officials offer training in many areas, or experienced boaters can bring their skills to teach others. Applicants must be age 17 or older; a background check is required. For more details, call 366-0899 or email:

Nature cruising

Penn Dixie’s 22nd Nature Cruise and Buffalo Lighthouse Tour will be held June 8, with boarding on the Miss Buffalo beginning at 8:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. departure. The three-hour cruise will have experts speaking on birds, fish, geology, environmental concerns, features along the waterfront, and the Buffalo Lighthouse. After the cruise, participants can climb the lighthouse and view the Buffalo skyline and harbor areas.

This cruise will be held rain or shine. Limited space is available for this event. For more details and registration information, call 627-4560 or visit

Derby data

June 7 will be a busy day for anglers entering competitions and kids participating in a derby and a fun clinic.

Southtowns Walleye Association has set an 8-day competition for its annual Walleye Tournament, from June 7 to 14 this year. A total of $26,000 in payouts goes to the top 200 finishers in this tourney, plus merchandize prizes.

Anglers can enter online or at the association meeting June 5 at 5895 Southwestern Blvd. (Route 20) in Hamburg. For more details, call 649-8202 or go to

The 23rd Annual Youth Fishing Derby at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge will be held at the Ringneck Overlook on Oak Orchard Road starting at 7:30 a.m. June 7. The free event is open to all kids age 17 and younger, with three age-level divisions, For more details, call (585) 948-5445.

East Aurora Fish & Game Club offers kids a free Teach-Me-To-Fish outing on club grounds, 1016 Luther Road, starting a 9 a.m., June 9, with learning stations, fishing encounters, lunch and free prizes. For more information, check with Dave Barus at 625-2256 or 597-4081.


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