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Crash claimed 2 who loved outdoors

So many lives were touched and altered by the crash of Continental Flight 3407.

Two men on that flight shared a love for outdoors pursuits. Darren Tolsma of Lancaster had a lifelong involvement in waterfowl hunting. He and fellow Depew High School graduate Dennis Landhal spent hours in blinds and looked forward to enjoying those outings in the future with their children.

Pendleton resident David Borner also planned to spend more quality time outdoors with his children. David's brother, Richard Borner, assistant hatchery manager at the DEC Randolph Hatchery, recalled the pride David took this past spring season when his son, Michael, got his first wild turkey.

They will be remembered in so many homes for the good things they shared with family and friends while out of doors.

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Taking it EZ

Fishing records are made to be broken. A recent walleye catch resulted in a state record. West Amherst angler Chuck Booker has set dozens of records for trout and salmon catches in many line classes kept by the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis.

Booker's 50-inch Chinook salmon took top slot for eight-pound test on a fly rod this past year. Anglers often vaguely refer to generic baits when asked about their favored lures, but Booker makes book on EZ Eggs, an artificial roe bait produced in Olympia, Wash.

The company sent him a prototype finished in emerald green, which accounted for his latest record-class fish. Single or cluster eggs float, retain scents while not spewing oils, hold together through many long casts while attracting trout and salmon. To check out the all egg options, go to ezeggs.com.

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Slicing knives

A fear of excessive government control of one's devices is not the exclusive domain of gun owners. Knife owners and users have been placed on alert with a recent bill proposal of Hawaii State Sen. Les Ihara. Hawaii Senate Bill 126 would ban "the manufacturing, transfer, sale, possession or transportation of folding knives suitable for carrying in the pocket."

Doug Ritter, an official at Knife Rights, wrote, "You're not paranoid if they really are trying to get you." The "they" was a "by request" group that filed a complaint with Sen. Ihara, who noted filing the bill was "just a courtesy . . . " The senator added, "I did not support the bill, and do not expect it to reach the floor for a vote."

Ritter sees the bill as a testing-waters move to see how far this kind of bill would progress. To check out this and other anti-knife efforts, go to KnifeRights.org.

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Caliber count

A series of gun-control bills have been introduced to modify possession and sale requirements for gun owners and dealers in New York State. But the most confusing read in the current list has to do with designating "assault weapons" under the umbrella of specific calibers.

About a decade back, a .50-caliber ban was introduced that supposedly excluded antique and muzzleloader firearms. Turned out, the right or wrong judge could have excluded those devices as possible assault weapons if that proposed bill became law.

Hunters' flintlock and percussion rifles, rarely used in assaults, robberies, and killings, might be included in this next round of legislative volleys at gun owners and users.

The New York State Conservation Council (NYSCC) has a detailed listing of proposed gun- and hunting-related legislation being proposed. For specific bill phrasings, check them out at nyscc.com.

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