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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…

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“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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”    – Vince Lombardi The name Rob Oram and the “Eye” Con fishing team are recognizable around Lake Erie fishing circles. They won two walleye tournaments just last month out of Dunki…

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Some of the nicest weather of the year arrived on the Niagara Frontier the past week, but the weather could have some negative effects on the fishing action around the area. The lower Niagara River water temperatures have risen 3 degrees since last week’s report and that could hurt the salmon run moving forward. Warmer temperatures could also affect the pier fishing off …

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NHF Day celebrations in Erie, Niagara counties It’s that time of year again – National Hunting and Fishing Day will be celebrated around the country on Saturday, Sept. 23. First recognized back in 1971, this is a day that pays homage to the sportsmen and women who have done so much to preserve and protect our natural resources. This year, the National Honorary Chair…

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Mike Rzucidlo of Niagara Falls is an angling gladiator. His battlefield is the Niagara River, especially in the gorge below Niagara Falls. His weapons are fishing rods, some modified by him to the specifications he has encountered through four decades of combat. His projectiles are lures that are also made by him – spinners and jigs (although he does purchase some hard b…