New York State Trappers Association (NYSTA) has a program set up to help kids get hooked on trapping.
Kids ages 12-15 have an opportunity to learn an extensive range of techniques and insights on trapping during a four-day Youth Trapping Camp at Camp Rushford in Allegany County.
The NYSTA program, first of its kind in New York and throughout the Northeast, provides students with an in-depth look at the history and ethics as well as proper handling of gear and game animals. Kids are shown correct trap handling, disease and biology of furbearer management, and humane treatment of this naturally renewable resource.
Attendees need not obtain a trapping license before arriving at camp.
The camp is set for Oct. 8-11 (Columbus Day weekend), but a registration deadline is July 15. Students can complete the eight-hour trapper certification class during camp.
A $40 fee includes all food and supplies. Training classes are free. Professional and master-grade NYSTA and DEC instructors will assist students. For registration details, call Pat Arnold at (315) 644-4643 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
>Niagara pond stocking
Niagara County Soil and Water Conservation District has set an ordering deadline of Aug. 5 and a pick-up date of Aug. 19 for its 2010 pond stocking program.
Pond owners can purchase quantities of largemouth bass, yellow perch, fathead minnows, Koi fish and daphnia (food chain starters) for placement in established ponds.
For other offerings and transporting details, call 434-4949 or go to niagaraswcd.com.
>New gunsmithing guy
Political and social times have drastically reduced the number of FFL (Federal Firearms Licenses) held in New York and across the country.
Gun shops have seen soaring sales in recent years, but the list of good gunsmiths has gotten shorter and less accessible. Not in Eden.
Adam Henrich serves as president of the newly formed John Henrich Co., a custom gunsmith operation dealing in fine firearms, offering trades and cash for quality used firearms, FFL transfers and a variety of custom gun work.
Open Thursday to Saturday each week at 2686 Green St. in Eden, Henrich can handle all models of rifles and shotguns. He noted, "Required state permits for retail sales and gunsmithing of handguns is in process." For information, call 992-3985.
Buffalo Niagara Riverkeepers is conducting a short survey of anglers on fish consumption, health advisories, and recreational uses of waterways. Complete the survey and receive a sticker. To offer input, e-mail: email@example.com.
Teen Shooting Academy will offer a "Monday Night Ladies Class" on July 12. The academy has established itself as a solid source for youths to learn safe gun handling and accurate shooting skills.
The eight-week courses begin Sept. 13, but the special ladies class will highlight all aspects of shooting sports for young girls in a one-evening session. For details, call Bob Church (592-7211).
Last Sunday, a column on a Project Healing Waters outing near Coudersport, Pa., included reference to signs around a pond at the Austin-Costello Sportsmen's Club that might be a good idea for all area clubs with fishing ponds and an interest in promoting the sport of fishing with young people.
The signs were cited as "No Fishing Under Age 15." Actually, the signs read "No Fishing Over Age 15." In fact, while we were visiting this club for a fly-tying session, one young boy caught two trout that any adult angler might envy.