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Out doors notebook: Saturday is date to circle on calendar

Saturday marks several hunting season openers, a closing for some and a change this year.

Turkey hunting in the northern sections of Western New York will close at sunset on Friday, but the southern section will remain open until Nov. 14, the day before the opener of the big-game firearms season for deer and bear. Turkey hunters can take one bird of either sex in these sections during the fall season.

The biggest regulations change is the reintroduction of crossbow hunting for big-game statewide starting at sunrise on Saturday. Archery hunters interested in taking the crossbow afield must read, understand and sign the “Crossbow Certificate of Qualification” form. While afield, crossbow hunters must have either a Hunter Education Certificate of Qualification or a signed copy of this certificate. That form can be found on page 8 of the “New York Hunting and Trapping 2014-15 Official Guide.”

Also on Saturday, waterfowl hunters can add Canada geese to hunts starting a half hour before sunrise in the Western Zone (all of Western New York), with a daily limit of three per day in the northeast section of the Western Zone and five per day in the south and west areas of that zone.

To view a map and read details on New York State waterfowl rules, visit dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28503 and click on a downloadable pdf of the “2014-15 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Seasons and Regulations Guide”.

Scholarship available

Deer Search of WNY is offering a $1,000 scholarship this year in memory of recently deceased member Butch Beverlin. The Beverlin Scholarship will be awarded to a high school student active in outdoors involvements who will be attending college in 2015-2016. Deer Search of WNY must receive applications by Jan. 1, 2015. For details, go to deersearchwny.com and click on “Scholarship Application”.

Shirt sale

Heavier shirts might be sought for the coming cold, but a bright red New York State Rifle and Pistol tee shirt will do much to heat up junior shooting sports programs this fall and coming winter.

NYSRPA donates to Niagara County Federation of Conservation Club programs such as the Mobile Air Rifle Range, to the local Scholastic Clays Shooting Team and to other junior programs across the state.

These tee shirts might make a nice holiday gift or just a gesture of support for youths involved in shooting sports. For more details and ordering info, visit booster.com/nysrpa2.

Gut gloves

Field dressing big game animals can be a gutsy task, especially with all the health/disease warnings about blood and handling internal organs of wild game. Altus Brands has just acquired Uncle Freddie’s Big Game Gut Glove. These reusable, 26-inch gloves protects hands and arms while field dressing deer, bear and other big-game animals.

The gloves can be easily washed through years of use. They provide good gripping and disease protection from blood-born sources and are available in five sizes. For details, visit biggamegutglove.com, email: sales@altusbrands.com or call (213) 421-3810.

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