Department of Environmental Conservation Natural Resources Supervisor Larry Nelson is retiring.
Nelson, after 40 years of organizing and coordinating DEC-related projects from Warrensburg in Region 5 to Hanging Bog in Region 9, officially retires Oct. 29. During his decades he served as a wildlife biologist, wildlife manager and supervisor of -- among other tasks -- Lake Erie access projects at Hanover, Dunkirk, Sturgeon Point and Barcelona Harbor.
He has served in his current position since 1981, supervising fish and wildlife programs as well as projects for forestry, forest rangers, pesticides, minerals, mined lands and environmental protection.
Nelson attributes his longevity to having a talented staff and the ability to support them with the necessary administrative, fiscal and resource needs in the completion of difficult tasks. He is about to experience what his staff calls "his entrance into the relaxing world of retirees!"
Friends and associates interested in attending and contributing to the Oct. 30 toast/roast at The Castle in Olean should contact Steve Mooradian for details on or before Monday. Call 372-0645.
Cattaraugus County Houndsmen Conservation Club holds two coon hound events this month:
An English Sectional, a UKC-sanctioned hunt, begins at 4 p.m. Saturday with a bench show. A two-hour night hunt (a no-kill, dog performance hunt) starts at 8.
A Giant Coon Contest is set for Oct. 25, opening day of raccoon hunting season. Entrants can sign up until 6 p.m. and the weigh-in continues until 3 a.m. Oct. 26. The $12 entry fee includes breakfast.
Both events will start on club grounds, Route 240, 4 1/2 miles south of Route 39 in West Valley. Call Rick Fisher (492-1029) or Eric Blom (567-7175).
Niagara River Anglers Association meets at 7:30 Monday evening at LaSalle Sportsmen Club, Tuscarora and Porter Roads in Niagara Falls, to hear John Meis from Brobeil Marine discuss winterizing outboard and I/O engines.
WNY Outdoor Pistol League meets Sunday morning at Tonawanda Sportsmens Club to plan next year's events. For details, call Dee Galbo (693-0376). The league honors its top shooters at its Awards Banquet Saturday evening at Polish Cadet Hall at Grant and Amherst streets. High averages in the 22-caliber division go to Gerald Ellingson, Elmer Goldpenny, Clifton Faulring, Leslie Dutton, Robert Lorich and Philip Kaczmarek. Center-fire high averages were logged by Andrew Namynanik, David Molnar, Michael Bartlett and Mark Farmer.
Erie County Federation of Sportsmens Clubs meets at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Wood & Brook on Genesee Street in Alden.
Hunter training classes
Arcade Conservation Club preregisters for classes Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call 492-0968.
Rapids Fire Company in Lockport holds classes Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. To preregister, call 542-3922.
Wellsville Rod and Gun Club registers at 6 p.m. during the first session (Oct. 22) and goes from 8 a.m. until completion on Oct. 25 at club grounds on Weidrick Road.
Brian McGray writes from experience when he says, "The No. 1 reason why most trophies are damaged is improper field care!" A taxidermist for more than 20 years, McGray has put together tips for handling future game and fish trophies from the moment of the take until it arrives at the taxidermist.
"Handling Trophy Game: A Field Guide for Hunters and Anglers" first tells how to choose a taxidermist, then describes steps to best preserve mounts of big game, small game, birds and fish. It concludes with the handling of life-sized trophy preparation for everything from small game to extra large game (brown bear, elk, caribou, bison, etc.) To order, send $12.90 to Goose House Publications: Box 2649-NR; Meriden, CT, 06450, or call 1-(800)-929-5844.
Foothills Trail Club meets at 12:30 Saturday for a Sprague Brook Park hike. Call Pam Kaznica (823-2568). Sunday, Pete Ruszczyk (838-5550) leads a Little Rock City hike starting at 10 a.m. Jean Frank leads a Westwood Park Saunter in Lancaster at 10 a.m. Tuesday. For details, call 876-2721.
Buffalo Orienteering holds a meet at Erie County Forest at Sardinia Sunday starting at 11 a.m. For details, call meet director Dave Cady (837-3737).
-- WILL ELLIOTT
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