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Oct. 18 – Environmental Forum sponsored by WGRZ entitled “What happens when animals are injured?” Three  wildlife rehabilitators will present. The presentation will held at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo starting at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-20 –St. Mary’s Archers Club Catch and Release Fly Fishing Derby on the Oak Orchard River Oct. 19 – So…

NY releases DU license plates Score one for the ducks. It has been more than a year since legislation was passed and signed by the governor to allow for Ducks Unlimited (DU) license plates. Supporters of wetlands conservation and waterfowl in New York can now order these special license plates through the Department of Motor Vehicles. DU is the world’s leader in water…

It’s been a topsy-turvy fall with the combination of warmer temperatures, high winds and a few impressive rainfalls thrown in. We seem to be getting that rain all at once, though. Rain isn’t in the forecast until next week now. We will have to take what we can get. Lake Erie and tributaries In the lake, it’s been a tough bite. Perch are scattered, walleye have …

The iconic names of the late legendary fly fisherman Lee Wulff, whitetail deer mogul Peter Fiduccia and acclaimed big-game hunter Jim Zumbo have several things in common. The three are all members of New York’s oldest outdoor media organization – NYSOWA. These are just three of many, and it all started with a writer from Sanborn in Niagara County. A group of dedicat…

  In less than three weeks, serious (and not so serious) archery big game hunters will need to make every effort to spend as much time in the woods as possible – the “rut” will be on. The “rut” is when bucks (male whitetail deer, preferably with antlers) throw caution to the wind and seek out receptive does – wherever they may be. It’s the perfect …

Lake Ontario Burt Dam and 18 Mile Creek saw a huge amount of salmon and trout show up overnight Monday according to Scott Scheffler, manager of Fisherman’s Park. While the water was a bit high from all the rain, conditions should be good by the time you read this report – unless we receive large rain amounts Wednesday. There’s plenty of fish in the system for angl…

WGRZ’s Environmental Forum Oct. 18 WGRZ has announced that the next installment in the station’s 2 the Outdoor Environmental Forums will answer the question” “What happens when animals are injured?” The Forum will be held on Oct. 18 at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo starting at 7:30 p.m. Keynote speakers are Judy Seiler and Marianne Hites …

Oct. 11-20 – Crossbow season opens in the Northern Zone. Oct. 14-20 – Muzzleloader season in the Northern Zone. Oct. 14 – Spey Casting on the water Demo. Meet at Orvis Buffalo at 9:45 a.m. and caravan over to the creek for a demonstration on spey fishing. Bring your own waders and gear for some tips. Register in advance by calling 276-7200 or go online at https…

October has arrived and summer is still holding on in the weather department. However, on the calendar, many sportsmen are already shifting gear to big and small game hunting – giving diehard fishermen and women a little more room to maneuver when it comes to casting or drifting. Lake Erie and tributaries Water temperatures are slowly coming back down again. The st…

Ten X Club Receives Youth Program Grant The Ten X Shooting Club of Lancaster is taking aim at establishing a new youth shooting program. Thanks to a grant of more than $3,000 from the NRA Foundation, the club will be developing a new program for the benefit of the next generation. “Our goal is simple,” said Matt Giansante, Youth Shooting Program Coordinator with …

Oct. 5 - Public meeting on trout stream management to provide an overview of the state’s approach. The meeting is from 6:30-9 p.m. at the DEC Region 9 sub-office at 182 East Union St., Allegany. Oct. 5 – Hickory Woods Hike at Knox Farm State Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 549-1050 to register for the activity. Oct. 7-9 – Youth big game hunt weekend for firearm…

“Lake Ontario still offers a world class fishery for salmon and trout, producing the largest Chinook salmon in the Great Lakes. We want to keep it that way.” Those were the words of Steven LaPan, Great Lakes Section Head with the Bureau of Fisheries for the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation as he explained to everyone in attendance at Lockport’s C…

Blue pike once were considered the most popular fish in Western New York. They could be caught seemingly at will in Lake Erie, the Niagara River and Lake Ontario with the best places being in the Eastern Basin of Lake Erie and on the Niagara Bar off Fort Niagara in Lake Ontario. While scientists have confirmed that the DNA samples on record were virtually identical to tha…

A record wave of heat slammed into Western New York waters and warmed things up a bit for a couple of weeks. While it may have impacted salmon returns off Lake Ontario a bit, it hasn’t done anything to affect the excellent fishing on Lake Erie. The tributaries, well that’s another story. We need a cool rain and some cooler temperatures. They may be coming. Lake Erie…

Youth hunt weekends fast approaching It’s that time of year again for junior hunters to take center stage – with a licensed mentor of course. Three youth hunts are available in the next few weeks, giving them the opportunity to have the fields and forests to themselves as they pursue both big and small game. Youth Big Game Hunt Weekend Oct. 7-9 – Junior hunter…