ECO’s Roger Ward and Nathan Ver Hague show off their “catch” at Burt Dam after nabbing three poachers last week. There were 69 salmon ranging in size from 5 to 35 pounds.

ECO’s Nab Salmon Poachers at Burt Dam

The big news locally was the announcement last week that three poachers – we can’t call them fishermen – took two enforcement agencies on a wild fish chase around the Burt Dam area of 18 Mile Creek in the Town of Newfane. They were finally caught and brought to justice. In their possession were 69 salmon ranging from 5 to 35 pounds, using weighted treble hooks at night to illegally take the fish. They were charged with 32 violations. Yes, 69 fish in one night. If you were wondering why the salmon run has been down a bit when you arrive in the morning, this could very well be one of the reasons. It’s highly unlikely that this is the first time that this type of illegal activity has ever happened. It’s important to police our own ranks. There are 69 fish here that law-abiding citizens can't catch. Call 844-DEC ECOs for any fish and game law infraction. You can remain anonymous.

Gombos Takes First Buck

Twelve-year-old Alexander Gombos of Lake View knocked something off his bucket list at a very early age – taking a nice buck with bow and arrow. Hunting every weekend with his father Andrew, the Junior Pro Staffer of AE Outdoors passed on two small does opening day, holding out for something bigger. He was rewarded with the respectable 8-point buck the morning of Oct. 30. With the deer at 15 yards, the junior archer connected with a perfect shot from his PSE compound bow. He is hooked for life. Congrats!

FFF Meeting Nov. 17

The Lake Erie Chapter of the International Federation of Fly Fishers will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the American Legion Post No. 735 on Legion Drive, West Seneca. Fly-tying begins at 6 p.m.; the business meeting begins at 7 p.m. The program for the evening will be “Fly Fishing for Lake Erie Steelhead” given by Tyler Hageman. For more information on the meeting or the group, contact 675-4766. The meet is open to the public.

Black Bear Dens

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is looking for help from hunters and hikers this winter to locate black bear dens around the state. Bears may be outfitted with a radio collar to help wildlife biologists track bruin activity and relocate bears to monitor and assess cub production, condition and survival. Black bears can den up in some inconspicuous places such as in a rock crevice, tree cavity, under heavy brush or under a fallen tree. Females generally give birth in January or February so even the sound of a squealing cub may give a secretive location away. If you do find one, mark the location as best you can (with GPS coordinates if possible), leave the spot alone and pass it along to the regional wildlife offices in your respective area. Here in Region 9 of Western New York, those offices are in Allegany (372-0645) or Buffalo (851-7010). Do not disturb the area.

 

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