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EARLY SIGHTINGS SUGGEST AN ABUNDANCE OF TURKEYS

Fall turkey numbers could be on the rise.

When turkey hunting season opens in Western New York at sunrise on Oct. 22, area hunters could find an increased number of hens and gobblers -- both legal during fall hunting -- this year.

Tom Jurczak, senior wildlife biologist at Department of Environmental Conservation's Olean Office, pleased with spring turkey harvest following a bad winter, is optimistic.

"August brood surveys showed a 50 percent increase in sighting reports," Jurczak said. Given a continuation in good forage sources, he anticipates a good fall hunt.

Fall hunters here can take one bird, either a tom or hen, during the fall season, which goes from Oct. 22 to Nov. 4 in northwestern counties and until Nov. 18 in Southern Tier counties. Check page 15 of the current "Regulations Guide" for regional area dates.

Shooting/hunting times

The Owen-Bartel Road area of the Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area remains open to target shooting from noon until sunset daily.

The John White Wildlife Management Area will be designated as a public hunting and trapping area at certain times during fall seasons. This area will allow for youth hunts in October, trapping after Nov. 1 and a special area for hunters with disability or mobility impairment. Call DEC Region 8 at 226-5333.

Place those trout orders

The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District in East Aurora is taking orders for rainbow, brook and brown trout for stocking in spring-fed ponds that remain below 72 degrees during warmer months.

These trout can be ordered until Sept. 27 for pick-up on Oct. 5 behind the ECSWCD district office, 50 Commerce Way, East Aurora.

For more details, call 652-8480.

e-mail: wille@pce.net

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