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Outdoors Notebook: Pheasant hunt for youths sets date

Kids ages 12 to 15 accompanied by a parent or mentor can enjoy a day of learning and field outings during the Fin, Feather and Fur Conservation Society’s Youth Conservation Mentor Hunt set for Sept. 19 on club grounds in Youngstown.

The day begins with seminars on turkey calling, dog training, conservation ethics, archery, safe gun handling, and skeet and trap shooting. After instructions and lunch, each youth is taken on a guided pheasant hunt on club fields.

To apply, youths must have completed a certification course and obtained a current New York State hunting license. A $35 fee includes a lunch for each youth and accompanying adult.

Only a few reservations remain open. For details, call Dave Whitt at 754-2133.

Back tag purge

State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) has announced State Senate passage of legislation to eliminate mandatory wearing of a back tag while hunting in New York.

New York is one of only two states that require back tags, and tag wearing is inconsistent statewide. Hunters in the Northern Zone and Catskill Park do not need to wear a hunting tag, while those afield in other areas have to display a back tag at all times.

Hunter and anglers know that while actively engaged in hunting and fishing one must have in possession a current license for these pursuits.

The back-tag bill is part of a package of environmental-related legislation; Gallivan urges hunters to contact Assembly representatives and ask their support of back-tag legislation.

Stream aides sought

Water quality improvements have led to better habitat for aquatic life and wildlife dependent on the state’s water bodies.

Checking on the status of waters calls for many monitors to gather information on how and where things flow and go. The Department of Environmental Conservation is conducting a WAVE (Water Assessment by Volunteer Evaluators) Program this summer and is seeking interested volunteers to assist in this effort.

Training sessions will be offered to those willing to serve as citizen monitors, coaching and coordinating their own team or those who would like to help as WAVE participants. Sessions rotate throughout 17 major drainage basins. In Western New York two sessions are scheduled: Jamestown in Chautauqua County, May 28, and Salamanca in Cattaraugus County, June 11.

For more information and registration details, email WAVE Coordinator Alene Onion at:

Fish poaching

A Clovis, N.M., man got cooked by game officials for poaching more than 160 times his limit of trout.

On April, 17, Bounchanh Bounsombath, 63, agreed to pay $8,110 in civil penalties as a plea agreement after Game and Fish officers cited him for possessing more than 1,600 trout.

New Mexico Game and Fish Officers received tips that Bounsombath was exceeding the daily limit of trout in 2013 and he was arrested in May 2014 after conservation officers obtained a search warrant and seized the excess number of bagged fish.

Officers found the hoard of salted and dried fish bagged in freezers; New Mexico regulations allow for a five-trout daily limit and a 10-trout possession count.

Along with his fine, Bounsombath was placed on supervisory probation for five years.