Fall officially arrives Saturday, but a major fall hunting show opens at 11 a.m. Friday.
The New York Deer & Turkey Sportsmen's Show takes over the International Agri-Center Building on the Erie County Fair Grounds Friday (11 a.m.-9 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m.-9 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m.- 6 p.m.) with displays and activities for outdoors sportsmen and women of all ages.
Christian Bowhunters will conduct an Indoor 3-D Fall Classic, the largest indoor 3-D archery contest held in the Northeast, offering more than $5,000 in prizes. Archers can qualify all three days of the show until 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Final competition begins at 2 p.m. This event not only provides open competition for seasoned archers, but it also gives young or beginning archers a forum at which they can watch and ask questions of well-equipped, experienced archers.
This Indoor 3-D Fall Classic also has divisions for youth, women and traditional shooters with either fixed pins or movable sights.
On Sunday the show presents a National Wild Turkey Federation-sanctioned turkey calling contest at noon. Contestants can sign up daily during the show until 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
Also on Sunday, there is free admission for owners entering the Full Circle Houndsmen Beagle Club's Bench Show.
Hunters, archers and gunners unfamiliar -- and possibly still skeptical -- about crossbows have a chance to see experts from Horton Crossbows demonstrate this hunting device throughout the show. Chris McCann, a representative for Horton and Realtree, will present seminars.
Seminars will be offered every hour. Jim Monteleone, co-host of an outdoors talk show Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. on Radio 107.7 FM and an outdoors writer and photographer for Sportsmen's Digest, will share deer and turkey hunting tips during his talks.
Kevin Kishel with Kishel's Quality Animal Scents will offer advice about scents to attract game animals. His seminars deal with predator hunting and trapping, but ask him about cover and attracting odors for deer.
Game calling subtleties will become clearer when Tom Hicks and Harry Blodgett with Blodgett Game Calls explain and demonstrate whitetail deer strategies. Craig Robbins, New York Outdoor Times editor, will show hunters proper placement of tree stands. Rob Marotta, with Pete Rickards and Scotch Game Calls, will cover all aspects of whitetail deer hunting.
Anglers can get a line on fall trout and salmon fishing from Nick Pionessa, expert fly-tying demonstrator and fisherman, from Oak Orchard Fly Shop.
Anyone interested in shooting dynamics can check out firearms basics -- without blasting gunpowder -- during free practice shooting at a computerized interactive target shooting system booth. Certified instructors will assist with shooting tips and basic information.
Many area sporting clubs and product manufacturers will have demonstration booths. Pete Bogulski, show promoter, said, "We will have a truckload sale on camouflage gear that will surprise even the most experienced buyer of camo clothes."
For more information about the show, call 947-4251 or 510-6700 or e-mail: email@example.com.
Hunting and Fishing Day
Several sites around Western New York will offer free displays and activities during National Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday. NH&F Day provides the public with positive views of real people who participate in sport hunting and fishing.
Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs at Wood 'n Brook, 13721 Genesee St., Crittenden (a half-mile east of Crittenden Road), 9 a.m.-4 p.m., offers free admission and parking with many free door prizes, especially for kids. Call 633-7973.
New York State Power Authority's NH&F Day Wildlife Festival activities switch back to the Niagara Power Vista and surrounding grounds all day Saturday. Sporting clubs will present demonstrations of archery, bird banding, trapping and interactive workshops on many aspects of hunting and fishing. Niagara River Anglers Association members maintain a pond where kids can experience fishing first-hand.
A National Wild Turkey Federation-sanctioned turkey calling competition will be held at 1 p.m. during the festival. For details, call 286-6661 or 992-2917.
Avon Headquarters of DEC's Region 8 celebrates its 28th Annual NH&F Day event with presentations on the grounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Attendance here can go from 10,000 to 20,000 people during the two days of about 70 displays of hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, fish and wildlife management and all aspects of outdoors interest. For details, call 226-2466.
The Lake Plains Waterfowl Association's New York State Duck Calling Championship will be held during the 15th Annual Waterfowl & Wildlife Art Festival at North Greece. Entry fee is $20 for adults and $5 for youths under age 18. For details, call 377-5993.