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DEC CALLING FOR INPUT ON TURKEY SEASON PROPOSALS

The Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for hunters interested in talking turkey.

The current fall season is on for the same areas as last year in Western New York, with open season going from Oct. 20 until Nov. 16. Tom Jerczak, wildlife biologist at the Olean Office, says the DEC is looking for input, favorable or unfavorable, on two new proposals for coming seasons:

Open smaller management units in Erie County (MU 47) and Niagara County (MU 99) for a two-week, one-bird-limit fall season in future seasons.

Open the spring turkey season on May 1 each season.

The two units would be the first fall season opener in the northern counties; the May 1 opening would eliminate the confusion of the present first-weekday opener and add at least two extra days to the hunt some years.

To offer opinions, write: DEC, 128 South St., Olean, 14760; or call (716) 372-0645.

Coyote classes

Dennis Kirk, expert coyote caller and hunter will be in Niagara County at the Farm and Home Center Oct. 6 and at Frontier Central High School on Oct. 7. Call 751-9397 or 655-0975.

Sportsmens training classes

Trapping classes go from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Hinsdale Fire Dept. Call 557-2523.

Archery certification classes will be offered Sunday at Somerset Conservation Club. Call 765-9206, 765-9633 or 542- 5601.

A three-session Hunter Education class begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the 4-H Building at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Center in Lockport. Call Arch Lowery (433-8273).

Hunter certification classes in Allegheny County will be offered at Almond Rod and Gun starting Saturday. Call 324-1706. Students can sign up in advance at the Canaseraga American Legion Center on West Main Street for classes beginning on Monday. Wellsville Rod and Gun registers at 6:30 Wednesday on Weidrick Road.

Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club offers trapping classes Saturday and bowhunting classes Oct. 1-2. Call 672-5674.

A hunter safety course begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 at Newton-Abbott Fire Hall. To preregister, check with Butch White (627-9861).

Club meetings

Buffalo Audubon Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Buffalo Museum of Science to hear Ron Kleiber, award-winning wildlife artist, discuss and illustrate his techniques and field experiences.

Safari Club's Western & Central New York Chapter meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Michael's Banquet Facility, 4884 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, to hear DEC personnel discuss deer.

Archery

Evans Rod & Gun Club hosts its Bowhunter Festival Sunday on Cain Road between Rts. 5 and 20. Breakfast starts at 7:30 and registration begins at 8. A course of 30 McKenzie targets and a chronograph are on hand for shooters to check arrow speed. Call Bob Mulholland (627-7694).

Hawkeye Bowmen hold a Pat Pietrzykowski Benefit Shoot Oct. 4 on club grounds, beginning with breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Call Dick Glena (542-4136) or Harry Boshart (2907).

Pine Bow Archery Club (south of Nunda) presents its "Hunters' Last Chance Shoot" Oct. 4-5, with 60 3-D targets on varied terrain.

Fall banquets

The Niagara Frontier North Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation holds its fall banquet Saturday at Wright's Corners Fire Hall, 4043 Lake Ave., Lockport. Call Elvin Westmoreland at 433-4387.

The Pheasants Forever fund raiser on Oct. 4 begins at 2:30 p.m. with several outdoor demonstrations and participation events (pointing and flushing dog demos, archery demos, on-stream talks about steelhead and salmon, etc.). The day continues with cocktails at 5:30. Doors open at 2 at New York caterer and Colonial Grove, 1200 Wehrle Drive in Williamsville. Tickets ($35 per person; $50 per couple) include a national membership. Call Bill Snyder (839-5456) or Harry Merrell (735-7187).

Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association vice president, will be the guest speaker at SCOPE's banquet on Oct. 18 at Marigold Manor in Cheektowaga. Call 675-0113.

Rabbit field trial

Northern Chautauqua Beagle Club on Stockton Road in Laona holds a field trial for beagles and all other species of rabbit dog Friday through Monday. Call Rick Giermata (824-2567) or Ralph Dorman (595-3993).

Horse quarters

Horses and owners take residence at Allegany State Park Saturday during the American Quarter Horse Association fund raiser called "Ride 97." Two meals, entertainment and a scenic trail ride are planned. Registration fees for horse and rider are $100, $75 for those without horses. Call Carol A. Schmelz at 694-3488.

Shooting sports

Iroquois Sporter Rifle Association held its awards banquet Sept. 6 and gave individual class awards to Bruce Reilly, Tom Rumley, Rodney Culver, Dave Ziehm, Bud Craft and Julies Soos. Ollie Merrill won the high lady award; Dave Hoover scored as most improved new shooter. Allied Sportsmen of WNY took top team honors.

To join the ISR .22-Caliber, hunting rifle indoor league for the coming season, call Bob Wark (838-4875).

Hiking/nature

Foothills Trail Club takes the Conservation Trail (Reynolds to Getman) in Cowlesville Saturday morning at 9:30. Call Ben Petryscak (828-0282). Sunday, Bob Schultz (649-1262) leads a Boston Forest hike on Rice Hill Road. Tuesday morning at 10, a Fort Niagara Saunter begins. For details, call Elma Bowen (297-5520).

Buffalo Orienteering Club begins registration at 10:30 Sunday morning for a three-course Chestnut Ridge Park event (novice, intermediate and advanced). Call event director Andy Grupp at 741-2865.
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