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Border-crossing rules in spotlight

An arrest and fine of a young boater in St. Lawrence River waters prompted much discussion of procedures for fishing international border waters.

On May 30, Roy M. Anderson, 22, a seasonal resident of the Thousand Islands with a non-resident Ontario fishing license, was stopped by Canadian Customs and made to pay a penalty.

That incident, and reports in a Watertown and regional paper, prompted area anglers to question proper procedures. A call to the Canada Border Services Agency resulted in some basic assessments of procedures. For decades, area fishermen have crossed into Canadian waters along Lake Erie, the Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

Most fishermen understood that to go ashore, anchor in a port, or take any passengers on board, one must contact Canada Customs. But, in fact, agency spokesman Chris Kealey stated that a U.S. vessel can travel through Canadian waters "in transit" from one U.S. port to another. But if that vessel stops to go ashore, anchor, or even fish with a current province license, that boater must first report to Canada officials through the Can Pass system.

Kealey notes that this reporting system has been in place for at least 25 years as a matter of government security.

State and U.S. legislators question this, but,for now, the reporting procedure is in place with possible fines that could be $25,000.

For a New York State resident to legally fish in Ontario waters, according to this regulation, one must call (888) CAN PASS (226-7277) before each fishing trip.

Some U.S. officials believe this formal procedure, if enforced to the letter, could be damaging to tourism across New York State. To view the Canadian rules on fishing border waters, go to cbsa.gc.ca.

> Samantha scores

Samantha Salazar, a senior at West Seneca West High School, has turned in top scores in shooting competitions and gained wide knowledge of shooting sports and firearms facts.

Salazar, a participant in the NRA Youth Education Summit in Washington in 2010, was recognized by the NRA and Friends of NRA with a $1,250 scholarship for her efforts as a shooter and volunteer on arranging and assisting in firearms/shooting education programs.

Her credentials scored in the top 10 of 45 youths chosen for the NRA summit. She received her award during Scholarship Awards Night at her high school.

> Turkey take

DEC officials confirmed New York's spring turkey harvest this past season saw declines similar to those seen in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Ohio. Preliminary totals for the New York spring wild turkey season dropped 17 percent this past season.

Numbers were down in every county in Western New York's Region 9. DEC officials attribute the decrease to poor production as a result of poor weather conditions seen during key periods of bird survival during the last two seasons.

The Youth Hunt, held the weekend before the May 1 statewide opener, saw a 37 percent decline. Young hunters endured bitter cold winds and rain both days.

Exact harvest figures should be posted later this summer on the DEC website.

> Archery for kids

Tri-County Kingdom Archers will hold its Fifth Annual Youth Archery Camp at Pioneer Christian Fellowship, 303 Route 39 West in Arcade, Aug. 5 and 6. This free weekend of fun, fellowship and outdoors learning is open to all youths ages 11-16.

The camp provides assistance in archery skills and completion of a state bowhunter certification when instruction is finished.

For more details and registration information, call 474-5703 or e-mail: bjheckathorn@yahoo.com.

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