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AUTUMN MEANS A TIME OF RENEWAL - FOR SMALL AND BIG GAME LICENSES

The more the fall season changes, the more open seasons hunters have to enjoy.

But first, make sure to renew that small and big game license before heading to a favorite field or woodlot Monday morning. New York State sporting licenses expire at midnight Sept. 30 each year, and this year hunters in the Western New York region must have a new license in hand on Monday, when seasons open for coyote, ruffed grouse and cottontail rabbit. Woodcock season starts Saturday, continuing until Nov. 4 throughout most of the state. Pheasant hunters hit the fields Oct. 15 for the Western Zone opener.

Area turkey hunters have to wait until Oct. 22, but much of the Adirondacks (DEC Regions 5 and 6) opens on Monday. Western Zone waterfowlers hit blinds Oct. 20 for most species of ducks and snow geese. Canada goose season reopens Oct. 27.

Archery deer season opened Saturday in Pennsylvania. That state will offer a new muzzleloader season, flintlock only, Oct. 13-20, excluding Sunday. Area archers start Oct. 15, but bow hunters willing to travel to Northern Zone counties of Regions 5-6 have a season that has been open since Sept. 27.

Most trapping seasons open Oct. 25; mink and muskrat traps become legal Nov. 25 for Western Zone fur seekers.

Scent centers

- Whitetail Scents Deer Farm's Open House goes from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. today at the corner of Brant-Angola Road and Cain Road in Brant. Owner Dale John shows visitors around this deer farm throughout the day and returns Saturday at 2 p.m. to present a free deer hunting seminar on Saturday. John will discuss stages of the rut, scrapes (natural and mock), eliminating human scent and deer lure uses. To learn more about this deer farm, call 992-3930, 912-0608 or 549-1979.

- Killbuck Scents holds an open house noon until 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at Creekside Whitetail Ranch, 10105 Creek Road, Forestville. Pete and Tania Smith, proprietors, will take visitors on a tour of the ranch's scent collection facility. This deer and wild game ranch also includes a Dart Video archery range and taxidermy studio. For more information, call (888) 965-2146 or visit their Web site, www.killbuck.com.

- Kishel's Animal Scent Seminar - Kevin Kishel, expert scent collector with products designed for both hunters and trappers, will present a program on scent uses and functions starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Leo's Archery Range, 25 Pine St., East Aurora. Drop by the range to sign up for this free seminar. For more details, call 655-3884.

- Northern Whitetails Scents at 4106 Quarry Road in Warsaw provide farm tours and visits by appointment. Bob and Pati Vicanti maintain a clean, highly efficient scent extraction operation. For complete details and directions, call 786-0539 or (800) 683-3002.

e-mail: wille@pce.net