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Crosman set to introduce airbow

Crosman Corp. is introducing a new firearm called the airbow, and Crosman big-bore air rifles might be seen afield during the 2016 big-game hunting season.

Crosman, an air-rifle maker in Bloomfield southwest of Rochester for some 90 years, has designed what is called a “unique hybrid hunting weapon.”

The Pioneer Airgun model is powerful, delivering a standard arrow shaft with 3,000 pounds per square inch of power at 450 feet per second. During test firings it put groupings of less than 2 inches into targets at 50 yards.

Impaired and disabled shooters unable to draw a conventional bow or cock a crossbow can cock and de-cock the airbow’s cocking lever easily with only two fingers.

Chip Hunnicut, communications manager and active hunter, said, “Airbows will be legal during the firearm season and we’re working to have them open during the archery and crossbow seasons.”

Hunnicut noted that airbows have been used in seven states during firearms seasons with some impressive results. A video of Jim Shockey’s harvest of a 1,800-pound bison illustrates the power and effectiveness of this device.

Branded under Crosman’s Benjamin name, a premier line of hunting firearms, as a Pioneer model, the airbow will be available in the spring.

Details about Benjamin Pioneer airguns will be available online Monday at crosman.com.

A proposed regulation change to Department of Environmental Conservation hunting regulations would allow the use of big-bore air rifles for big-game hunting in certain areas of New York State. The air rifle must use .30-caliber or larger ammunition and deliver a shot at 650 feet per second or faster.

The DEC will accept public comment on this rule change until Feb. 8. To formally submit input by email, write to: wildliferegs@dec.ny.gov and in the subject line enter “air rifle regulations.” By mail, write to: Bryan L. Swift, NYSDEC, Bureau of Wildlife, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754.

Ice jam

Along with a salmon school and a slew of seminars, the Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Jan. 22 to 24 will also present a Northeast Region Ice (Fishing) Jam on Saturday and Sunday of the Expo.

Ice fishing legend Dave Genz and eight other Ice Team professionals will deliver 14 free seminars of interest to novice and well-seasoned hardwater anglers both days.

Seminar content will focus on ice fishing in central and Western New York areas as well as southern Ontario, with an emphasis on Lake Simcoe and Bay of Quinte fishing. For more details on the Expo and these and seminars, visit niagarafishingexpo.com.

Ladies shoot

The popular Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot program at North Forest Rod & Gun Club begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at 6257 Old Niagara Road in Lockport. After an instruction session, participants can enjoy field shooting and other activities for ladies along with junior ladies ages 12-17. Registration deadline is Thursday.

Plans are in place for scheduling the next shoot, set for Feb. 13, at an indoor archery range. For all program details, call 628-9023.

Great show

Through the years the Great American Outdoor Show, held in the Harrisburg, Pa., Farm Show Complex, developed as the largest outdoor show in the state, then in the northeast. With supervision from the National Rifle Association, it has become the largest consumer sports and outdoors show open to the general public.

Set for Feb. 6 to 14, the show offers 650,000 square feet of space for more than 1,100 exhibitors. Celebrity presenters include Melissa Bachman, Shaw Grigsby, and Lee and Tiffany Lakosky among other regional and national outdoors experts.

For show details, visit greatamericanoutdoorshow.org. For exhibitor information, call (866) 343-1805 or email: shows-exhibits@nrahq.org.

Winter derby

Capt. Bob’s Outdoors in Clarence has changed its annual ice fishing derby to a Winter Fishing Derby with catch-and-release options for northern pike and rainbow/steelhead trout entries.

Derby competition begins Saturday and goes to March 20, with divisions for walleye, perch, northern pike, steelhead/rainbow trout, crappie, bluegill/sunfish and rudd. For more details, call 407-3021.

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