{FOR SPOTLIGHT STORY}A whitetailed deer walks through the Tifft Nature Preserve Monday, August 20, 2012. {Mark Mulville / Buffalo News}
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DEC Lake Ontario meeting

An important meeting is being held by the Department of Environmental Conservation at 6:30 p.m. Monday Sept. 19 at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport to discuss plans for next year. If you are a Lake Ontario drifter, troller or tributary fisherman, you’ll want to attend this meeting. Members of DEC will be discussing what their proposed stocking plans are for 2017 when it comes to salmon and trout plants, based on recent forage base assessments. This is your opportunity to listen to the proposal and voice your concerns.

Muzzleloader shoot

Alabama Hunt Club, 1837 Lewiston Road, Basom, will hold its Public Fall Shoot Sept. 17-18, rain or shine. The Shoot focuses on muzzleloading matches involving percussion, flint, rifle, pistol, smoothbore, musket, off-hand, X-Sticks, inline muzzleloaders and bench matches. For the inline end of things, you may shoot sabots, conicals and any powder designed for inline shooting for several inline-only matches out to 200 yards. Times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Registration fee is $10 plus $1 per target. Junior shooters 16 and under are free. Any questions contact Sammy DiSalvo at 585-297-7747.

Harvest shoot set

Double T Archery Club, 1120 N. French Rd., Amherst, will hold its annual Harvest Shoot Sept. 17-18 on its club grounds starting with 7 a.m. registration. This is a great way to get into shape for the upcoming archery season. A total of 36 3-D targets have been set up under natural conditions. For more information check out www.DoubleTArchery.org or call Linda at 957-8887.

State forest owners uncover hidden land values

The Niagara Frontier Chapter of New York Forest Owners Association is sponsoring a unique outdoor presentation that will show landowners about the hidden value of their lands. Attendees will be given a tour of the 220-acre Linderman woodlands in Clarksville. Professional Forester Bruce Robinson will lead a walk through the woods, revealing woodlot management activities as well as other topics of interest to any woodland owner. RSVP to Bob Glidden at rkglidden@verizon.net.

‘Sparky’ fundraiser

Friends and family of Capt. Mark “Sparky” McGranahan of Tonawanda will be throwing him a fund raiser on Sept. 18 to help battle medical costs associated with recent cancer treatments, which have been a success. The benefit will be held on Sept. 18 at the Third Warders Social Club, 147 12th Ave. North Tonawanda from 2-7 p.m. Donation is $25.

Sea Grant presentation

New York Sea Grant Specialist Helen Domske will be giving a presentation at the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, 4968 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg on Sept. 21 at 7 pm. Entitled “Lake Erie: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” Domske will look at the early history of the lake, what it’s like today and where we appear to be headed – discussing invasive species, the fishery and the ecology of the lake. Admission into the Center is free.

State duck-calling contest The Niagara River Chapter of Ducks Unlimited is looking for duck callers to compete in the area’s Second Annual Duck Calling Contest on Sept. 24. This contest is the only sanctioned event in the state. The winner will go on to compete in the 81st Annual World Championship Duck Call Contest in Stuttgart, Ark., in November. Entry fee and flight will be paid for. The area contest will be held in conjunction with the New York Power Authority’s 31st Annual Wildlife Festival in honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day. To sign up, phone Ron at 773-1385.

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