Legalization of crossbow use during gun seasons in New York and proposed legislation to grant the Department of Environmental Conservation control of season setting makes the third annual Crossbow Demonstration Day at Wilson Conservation Club on Saturday an even more desired destination.
Reps from seven major crossbow makers will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the club at 2934 Wilson Cambria Road (Route 425) in Wilson. Visitors can check out the function of crossbows manufactured by Darton, Excalibur, Horton, Kodabow Parker, Scorpio and TenPoint.
Along with shared information from field and range experts from these companies, visitors have the chance to try out models of interest on ranges set up on club grounds behind the clubhouse.
DEC officials will be there to discuss seasons, current regulations, and other related crossbow topics.
For more specifics on this gathering and directions to the club, call Chris Schotz at 731-1641, Bill Hilts Jr. at 731-9984 or Stan Culverwell at 751-6267.
> Dragon boats float
As part of Hope Chest Buffalo Niagara, a Dragon Boat Festival will set sail throughout the day June 16 at Gallagher Beach in the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority Boat Harbor.
A fundraiser for cancer programs, the Dragon Boat Festival pits teams of 21 paddlers (plus three alternates) in Men's, Women's, and Breast Cancer Survivors and Mixed-Team Divisions.
Ad-sponsor submissions were due May 14, but Hope Chest organizers seek corporate and individual sponsors and participants to contribute funds and efforts in this program. For more details on the Dragon Boat Program, go to hopechestbuffalo.org and download the Dragon Boat flyer.
> Children on the fly
Educators and serious fly-angling fisher folk have an opportunity to participate in an advanced SAREP Youth Fly Fishing instruction program during a "Children in the Streams" conference at Fredonia June 25-28.
Individuals will be trained in all aspects of instruction leading to the formation of youth fly fishing programs in their community, school, organization or company project programs.
Alberto Ray coordinates the conference and all aspects of the instruction program. For more details, go to albertorey.com/s-a-r-e-p- youth-fly-fishing-program.