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‘Bass U’ will hold classes at Niagara Falls Conference and Events Center

The Niagara Falls Conference and Events Center has been added to the Bass University’s fishing educational class schedule for 2014.

Six top professional bass anglers will instruct classes Jan. 25 and 26 on the newest techniques, tips and gear selection for more effective fish finding and catching.

Pete Gluszek, co-founder of Bass University and an instructor, sees the areas as “home to world class smallmouth and largemouth fishing” for U.S. and Canadian anglers in the region. Mike Iaconelli and four other pros will conduct classes at the Niagara Falls event center.

Classes are limited to 175 and a 25-percent discount is offered for registrations made by Sept. 30. For details, go to

Permit news

A special permit is required for hunting small game during the opening day of pheasant season on Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area in the Town of Collins (Erie County), and Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area in the Town of Farmersville (Cattaraugus County).

Hunters interested in entering the DEC permit lottery for these Multiple Use Areas can mail one standard size post card that includes the hunter’s name, address, telephone number, 2013-14 license back tag number, preferred time of hunt (sunrise to noon or 1:00 p.m. to sunset), and the management area desired in order of preference. Post cards must be received by Oct. 1.

Small game hunting on all other days will remain sunrise to sunset with no permit required.

Forward postcards to: NYSDEC, Bureau of Wildlife, 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14203.

Researching raptors

Photographers will have a field day with nine species of raptors, including a bald eagle, hawks, owls and falcons, during a “Feathers in the Fall – Photography Session” at Braddock Bay Park on Oct. 13.

Braddock Bay Raptor Research will offer two 2-hour sessions at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served before or after photo session in the park at 199 East Manitou Road in Greece.

For details and registration information, call (585) BOP-LIVE (367-5483) or go to

Trapper tags

Starting Oct. 1, trappers can be issued permits to set traps in Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). Special open-season dates, numbers of trap tags and harvesting are set for the two WMAs.

For registration details, appear in person at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge headquarters on Casey Road from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during the week or write to: NYSDEC Bureau of Wildlife, 1101 Casey Road, Basom, NY 14013.