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Outdoors notebook: Teams cut the garlic mustard

Results are in for this year’s Garlic Mustard Challenge held April 14 at Reinstein Woods, Beaver Meadow, Kenneglenn Preserve and the Lewiston Plateau Habitat Area.

Winners were announced for each of the four sites, and the Lewiston area posted the top total for harvesting this invasive weed species. The Mustard Catch-Up team from Hamburg weighed in 901 pounds for its first-place win; the Pants in Socks team members from Tonawanda were runners-up with 301 pounds.

At Reinstein Woods, the first-place team was Team Trouble from Amherst with 229 pounds, and Job Corps of Cassadaga was a close second with 212 pounds.

The Beaver Meadow Nature Center in Java yielded 783.5 pounds for first-place winners East Pembroke Grange, and Olivia’s Mustard from Lancaster was second, hauling in 318.5 pounds.

WNY Land Conservancy’s Kenneglenn Preserve provided the Aurora Women’s Club a total of 170.5 pounds for top honors, with the Bank of America Operations Center of West Seneca team posting 84 pounds.

Good products

Two products saw some field testing this past week, both marketed for more than a decade and each improved in production as their popularity expands.

Fisherman Eyewear has produced polarized sunglasses since 1974 and is best known for its fish-viewing feature while looking for creatures below the water surface. Along with this advantage and its 100 percent UVA/UVB protection, a pair of Fisherman glasses also renders fairly good views of the LED screen on a sonar unit. We noted this feature while perch fishing on Lake Erie last week. To check out these handy lenses for anglers, go to

North American Herb and Spice, famous for its oregano-based health-food products since 1999, has developed an Herbal Bug-X Natural Insect repellent that fends off not only mosquitoes, gnats, and black flies, but also this year’s invasion of deer flies, which arrived around our digs this past week. Check out Bug-X at

Crossbow shot down

Crossbow legislation that would have had the Department of Environmental Conservation regulate hunting seasons for the device passed the New York State Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, but was stalled in committee in the Assembly.

Crossbow supporters such as Rick McDermott of the New York State Crossbow Coalition noted that as with last year’s legislative proposal for DEC control, Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee chairman Robert Sweeney blocked the measure.

This coming big-game season, hunters will not be allowed to use a crossbow in any open hunting season. McDermott wrote, “… this is only a bump in the road. The issue is not over. We will be back in January.”

View this and other crossbow concerns at