Iroquois Refuge Lottery
The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge is now accepting applications for the lottery drawing corresponding with the opening two Saturdays of the regular duck season – Oct. 22 and Oct 29. Reservations are required for these two high-traffic days. If you would like to apply, fill out a Waterfowl Lottery Application form (off the refuge website, in the headquarters office, by phone or by email) and make sure they receive it by Sept. 15. Individuals with disabilities and any other person who may need special assistance should contact the refuge offices at 585-948-5445.
Oak Orchard, Tonawanda WMAs Permit Draw for Opening Duck Weekend –
If you want to hunt waterfowl opening weekend in the Tonawanda or Oak Orchard State Wildlife Management Areas, you must apply for a special permit by Sept. 15 … and be successful in the lottery draw. This is only for Oct. 22 and 23. This applies whether you are hunting ducks, geese or both. Under a normal year, 100 permits would be available for Tonawanda; 50 for Oak Orchard. However, due to the drought conditions, permits may need to be reduced. To apply for a permit (good for up to two adults and one companion hunter 18 years of age or younger), send in a postcard with your name, address and your first three choices in order of preference. The options include Oak Orchard first Saturday; Oak Orchard first Sunday; Tonawanda first Saturday; and Tonawanda first Sunday. Duplicate permits will not be issued to anyone who has already received a permit for Iroquois. Applicants must also have completed a Waterfowl Identification Course. The course certificate number must also be on the postcard. Send your postcard to NYS Bureau of Wildlife, 1101 Casey Road, Box B, Basom, N.Y. 14013.

WGRZ Forum Sept. 14
WGRZ will be hosting its seventh Environmental Forum, this one focusing on Fall Migration, at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at Tifft Nature Preserve. Guest speakers will be Jay Burney discussing bird migration;,David O’Donnell elaborating on Monarch butterfly migration and DEC Aquatic Biologist Jim Markham talking salmon and other fish. Contact Terry Belke at terry.belke@wgrz.com. It’s free.

ECCS Archery Shoots
Erie County Conservation Society will be hosting its 3-D Archery Shoots at the club located at 13319 Miller Ave., Chaffee starting at 8 a.m. Shoot days are Sept. 11 and Sept. 18. There will be 30 targets available for shooters. Crossbows are welcome and chronographs are available. For more info call Andy Merkel at 725-9117.

Cabela’s, Gander Offer Special Weekends
Cabela’s, 2003 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga will be holding the store’s Great Outdoor Days Sept. 10-11 featuring a few unique demonstrations. Paul Smiths College will be doing some recruiting by doing some axe throwing and chopping demos, as well as some culinary wild game cooking. There will also be a deer processing demo on Saturday at 11 am.
Gander Mountain, 880 Young Street, Tonawanda will be hosting the store’s NRA Weekend celebration Sept. 10-11. Discounted NRA memberships, “Intro to Firearms Safety” seminars and free cable locks for the first 50 in-store customers are some of the attractions.

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