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Outdoors notebook: Proposals still open for debate

Three major proposals for changes in wildlife regulations are up for consideration and public comment until June 29.

The Department of Environmental Conservation seeks input from hunters and outdoors folk on turkey and deer hunting and on fisher trapping.

Weather and other factors have been cited as an affect on wild turkey populations statewide. The DEC is proposing to limit the fall turkey hunting season to two weeks and allow for a bag limit of only one bird of either sex during the fall season.

An early-season antlerless harvest change will not affect hunts in Western New York, but studies have shown that many Wildlife Management Units in central and Western New York must be increased. Units of note are 8A, 8C, 8F, 8G, 8H, 8N, 9A and 9F. Also, DMAP permits will be issued during September and the permit duration will be extended from one to three years.

For trappers, the fisher season in Adirondack areas will be reduced from 46 to 22 days, but a season will be open in western areas of the state. A nine-day, one-fisher limit season is proposed for selected areas of Central/Western New York, with a special permit for trapping fisher.

Language in defining body-gripping traps, distances from beaver dens and off-set trigger rigs to void otter trapping will be refined and changed. For detailed specifics of these proposed changes and instructions on submitting comments, visit dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.

Youth field day

The Greater Rochester/Southern Tier Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association holds it Youth Field Day Event June 27 for youths ages 12 to 18 at the J. Warren Cutler Scout Reservation in Naples.

A $5 pre-registration fee is required; registrations must be postmarked by Wednesday and the event is capped at 125 entrants. For registration details, visit the branch’s Facebook page at: facebook.com/GRSTQDMA.

Funky nest contest

Cornell Lab of Ornithology, as part of a Celebrate Urban Birds Project, offers a Funky Nests in Funky Places Contest. The free competition offers prizes for photos, videos, stories, poems or artwork on strange, weird, unusual sites where birds have made and occupy a nest.

Entries must be submitted by June 30. For entry details, visit Funky/Nests.org.

Canadaway clean-up

Volunteers are being sought for the 10th Annual Canadaway Creek Conservation Project set for 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

The project begins with instructions of stream aspects followed with clean-up that includes invasive species removal and tree planting activities.

Alberto Rey, SUNY professor, coordinates to project. For details on this event, visit albertorey.com.

Pro-Am Slam

Charter captains and crews compete in the Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament each year for the past 30 years, and teams often repeat rankings within the top 10. But Capt. Vince Pierleoni and Team Thrillseeker found a way to finish at the top slot for the second straight year and take a $23,000 prize.

The team of wife Stephanie Pierleoni, Nick Glosser of Amherst and Phil Mills of New Hampshire headed past Oak Orchard Point to find big fish for the Pro-Am contest held out of Wilson and Olcott Harbor both weekends.

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