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Outdoors notebook: Dove hunters still waiting for a chance

Mourning dove hunting legalization in New York State remains a mournful issue.

Pennsylvania upland bird hunters enjoyed an expanded season this past fall, with a season increase from 70 to 90 days. The state’s Game Commission responded to a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service survey of the Eastern Management Unit that showed easternmost states held a population of 95 million doves, well above the required base holding population of 35.5 million birds for the 27-state area.

At the start of the 2014 hunting season, Ontario legalized dove hunting in the Canadian province.

Dove-hunt supporters such as Fred Neff of Baldwinsville have been appealing to the public and lobbying legislators for decades in an attempt to enact a law to open dove hunting in New York State. Neff points out that New York, one of only eight states that bans mourning dove hunting, has populations in the central sections of upstate New York comparable or in excess of Pennsylvania’s dove numbers.

Currently, a website is gathering names of persons interested in this effort. To view the petition appeal, visit

Summer archers

Summer archery leagues are setting up shoots and seeking individual and team shooters to join weekly competitions that help archers hone skills and stay in shape for fall hunting seasons.

The 2015 Niagara Frontier 3-D Summer League shoots Tuesdays, with sign-ups at 3 to 6 p.m., and it goes from June 2 to a banquet on September 15. For details on the nearest participating club, check with Charlie Burt at North Forest Rod & Gun Club (417-2544); Jim Hoffmann at the 3-F club (799-9719); Mike Hertel at Wilson Conservation Club (583-4145); or Mike Martin at LaSalle Sportsman Club (583-2561).

Grousing about

While hunters are out and listening for turkeys this spring season, the Department of Environmental Conservation encourages those afield to also check for sounds of grouse and participate in a spring Ruffed Grouse Drumming Survey to assess numbers and distribution of this upland bird across the state.

Grouse often inhabit the same brushy fields and wood edges that are home to wild turkeys; their drumming sequences may sound like a distant, departing helicopter or a choked-out chainsaw.

For more details on assisting in this survey, call (518) 402-8886 or visit

Outdoor cooking contest

Outdoor News publications are holding a Camp Chef Contest, inviting readers to submit receipts for grilling wild game and fish. The winner will receive a SmokePro DLX Pellet Grill from Camp Chef.

Details are given in the “Taste of the Wild” feature in New York Outdoor News or visit

Ducks chapter honored

The Genesee County Chapter of Ducks Unlimited will be recognized nationally during the Ducks Unlimited 78th annual National Convention in Milwaukee on May 30 as a President’s Elite chapter.

The Genesee chapter joins a select group of chapters that have raised more than $100,000 for DU’s habitat conservation projects. For more details and the listing of President’s Elite chapters, visit