The longest continuous fishing contest in Western and Central New York begins at 7 a.m. Thursday.
The 49th Annual Naples Creek Rainbow Trout Derby, the statewide opening date for inland stream trout season, offers anglers a different set of stream conditions each opening-day competition.
Waders and bank walkers have cast lures and baits into waters either high and muddied or low and clear, in weather ranging from snowfall to balmy summer-like sunshine.
The derby, held on Naples Creek waters flowing north into Canandaigua Lake, presents anglers and spectators with spectacular views of spring's emergence.
The contest format offers another attractive feature of this competition. Winners receive trophies and merchandise prizes -- no money awards are given -- in three age divisions for various catches: First limit (three trout) weighed in, largest overall trout, largest caught by man or woman, youth awards, over age 65, and other award categories.
All contestants entering a rainbow trout receive a bottle of wine (for ages 21 and older) or grape juice (under age 20) and they get a merchandise drawing prize Naples area merchants have donated.
Anglers can register Wednesday evening at derby headquarters, the Naples Fire Hall on Vine Street, 5-10 p.m., or Thursday morning, 4-7 a.m., prior to the competition. For more details, call derby coordinator Joyce Doran at (585) 374-2782.
Following hunt regulations in many rural sections of Pennsylvania, New York State has included the use of rifles during big-game seasons in many Southern Tier and other mountainous counties.
Hunters in Wyoming County could be allowed rifle hunting during deer and bear seasons this fall. A Wyoming County Board of Supervisors vote for a one-year trial of rifles passed by a weighted vote of 924-672. Given legislative and gubernatorial approval, hunters could use centerfire rifles in areas more than 500 feet from buildings in that county.
Joe Novoa Jr., 23, scored an 882-31X to finish first in the 2010 Indoor Pistol Sectionals at the Ten-X Shooting Club in Lancaster. Novoa's score out of a possible/perfect 900-60X score (each competitor takes 90 10-point shots in four forms; the X represents bull's-eyes which are present on only 60 of the 90 targets) ranks him in the top 10 for 2010 Indoor National Champion competition, according to Ten-X match coordinator, Russ Rizzo.
Novoa then scored a 293 of 300 to lead Boston Valley Conservation Society to a Master Team win along with shooters Cliff Faulring, Rick Powers, and Paul Korn.
Individual scorers included Bob Henschel, second with an 858-20X, and Pete Vasilion, third with an 849-29X.
>Iroquois youth turkey hunt
Spring wild turkey season opens May 1 and hunters can apply for turkey permits at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge for daily permits, but May 2, a Sunday, is set aside as a special Youth Turkey Hunt Day.
Youths ages 12-17 can register for the free program until April 17 by completing application form 3-2356 and attending a mandatory orientation session, 1-3 p.m. on May 1. Permits will be issued to 25 youths.
For details, call (585) 948-5445.