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Kids get a jump on duck hunt

Early goose season, Sept. 1-25, gets young hunters involved, but the statewide duck season offers the greater variety of hunting and shooting experiences.

Duck season in Western New York starts for most species on Oct. 24, but Youth Hunt days and preparations for hunts keep kids and instructing adults busy well before the opener.

Youths ages 12-15 have a three-day program in Wyoming County that will prepare for the hunt Oct. 4 and give these young hunters two days of supervised duck hunting on Oct. 10 and 11.

The program provides volunteer guides, boats, decoys, ammo for the hunt and on the trap range, and even a lunch during the Oct. 4 learning sessions.

A number of individuals and clubs assist in this Region 9 Youth Waterfowl Hunting program all three days. For registration details, check with Environmental Conservation Officer Scott Marshall at 537-2464.

Work on the Tim Noga Memorial Blind at East Colvin Marsh in the Montezuma State Wildlife Management Area should be completed for the Youth Days hunts.

Noga, avid hunter and tireless sponsor of youth hunting activities, envisioned a blind site where hunters and wildlife watchers could enjoy wetland habitat and habitants.

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Invasive species forum

Bugs, grubs, fleas, and all sorts of foreign fish species will be the focus of an Aquatic Invasive Species in New York's environmental forum in the Center for Performing Arts Screening Room at the University at Buffalo North Campus on Friday.

A biological session goes from 1:30 to 3 p.m. followed by a policy session from 3 to 5 p.m. Experts working in governmental and university aquatic invader programs will present sessions which are free to the public.

Off-campus guests must obtain a parking pass. For details on parking and the program, call 645-3610 or send an e-mail to sgbuffalo@cornell.edu.

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Pheasant fest

Tonawanda Sportsmen's Club in Pendleton will be the site of a Pheasants Forever Youth Day on Saturday. Kids accompanied by an adult can enjoy a day of learning and field experiences on TSC club grounds at 5657 Killian Road.

For registration and event details, call Dave Kern (433-3547) or Bill Snyder (839-5456).

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