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Outdoors Notebook: Weather triggers date switch

Nasty weekend weather in early November has prompted Evans Rod & Gun Club Sight-In Shooting Day planners to move the Saturday event to Oct. 3 this year.

Certified range safety officers will be on ranges of 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that Saturday to assist shooters with deer slug, rifles, hand guns and muzzleloaders under covered firing lines. Shooters pay a fee of $5 per gun; refreshments will be available in the clubhouse on Cain Road in the Town of Evans between Routes 5 and 20.

For directions and more details, leave a message at the clubhouse (549-0333).

Pheasant lottery

A permit-lottery drawing will be held Oct. 5 for pheasant hunts at three Niagara Frontier Region of New York State Parks.

Permits will be required for hunts at Golden Hill, Joseph Davis and Wilson Tuscarora on Oct. 10, 11, 17, 24 and 31. Permits are free; hunters must submit separate 3-by-5-inch cards or post cards for each day requested. Cards must be received by noon Oct. 3. For complete details, call Golden Hill State Park at 795-3885, Joseph Davis State Park at 745-7273, and Wilson-Tuscarora State Park at 751-6361.

Youth pheasant hunt

Youths enjoyed a Mentor Hunt at the 3-F Club in Lewiston on Saturday, and the annual Youth Pheasant Hunt, for ages 12 to 15 is set for Oct. 10 to 11 prior to the regular-season opener on Oct. 17.

Look for a detailed column on the 3-F Club event next Sunday. Details on the state’s Youth Hunt can be found at

Deer Search award

Deer Search of WNY will award a $1,000 scholarship honoring Tim Abbey to a high school student attending college in 2016-17 who is a member of club affiliated with a county sportsmen federation.

Applications must be received by Jan. 1, 2016 for presentation at their county’s annual federation banquet. For more details, call 648-4355.

Chestnut harvesting

The New York chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation strives to restore this nearly extinct tree species with an annual effort to harvest chestnut burs at the William H. White Seed Orchard in Zoar Valley.

This year members and volunteers will gather at the Multiple Use Area at 10 a.m. on Oct. 3 to collect bur seeds. Last year collectors brought in 5,500 seeds that were planted in orchards across the state to preserve and increase genetic diversity.

The harvest is on rain or shine and all are welcome to help in this restoration effort. For directions and handling details, check with Bill Snyder at 839-5456 or 481-3838.