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The sunrise was beautiful. That was the first thing we noticed as we laid in a ditch awaiting the first flight of birds to take to the air. It was the waterfowl opener for ducks and geese and we were prepared for the latter. However, with plenty of ducks around in area waters, we didn’t rule out the bonus option of a mallard, pintail or whatever. It had happened before. …

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Waterfowl band reporting online only With the opening of the regular duck and goose seasons this Saturday in the Western Zone, waterfowl hunters are reminded that if you harvest a banded bird, please report it online to https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBL/bblretrv/ at the National Bird Banding Laboratory. There is no longer a toll-free number associated with the reporting of …

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The leaves are starting to fly and more and more hunting seasons are falling into place. Tough decisions need to be made. Salmon fishing in the Niagara River is becoming more of a challenge but Lake Ontario tributaries are still seeing good numbers of fish including some trout. Lake Erie tributaries, while lacking in salmon (although a few are being caught), are seeing ple…

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Max, a feisty 6-year-old golden retriever, started to work the grassy fields at Joseph Davis State Park almost immediately. As soon as he saw his caretaker/man-friend (Joel Spring of Ransomville) put on his khaki hunting pants, the dog was like a child on Christmas morning. He really couldn’t be any more excited. The funny thing was, it had been less than 24 hours since …

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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  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 …

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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…

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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…