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Outdoors Notebook: Chestnut Ridge hike, weekly bass tourneys and more

Hiking along a mapped course can be an enjoyable venture, taking hikers through new, interesting discoveries along trails and pathways.

The Buffalo Orienteering Club is about to begin a Thursday evening guided map hike program. Starting July 7, experienced club members will conduct these sessions, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino main parking lot at 6121 Chestnut Ridge Road in Orchard Park.

Anyone fit enough to hike for about an hour and a half is welcome to join with club members orienteering to find marked locations along and off trails around Chestnut Ridge Park.

A $7 fee includes the club’s Map Hike Map, which can be used later to explore the park’s trails and develop a better feel for orienteering with a map. For more information about this and other Orienteering Club activities, call 479-9439 or visit

Outdoors scholars

The WNY Chapter of Safari Club International presented three $2,000 scholarships checks during its monthly meeting on June 1.

Ryan Johnson of Brocton High School, Tessa Whiteside of Cuba-Rushford Central School and Spencer King of Newfield High School were selected for these scholarships.

“These three outstanding students were selected from a field of more than 50 qualified candidates due to their exemplary performance, active involvement in conservation efforts and future goals of improving the well-being and ongoing support of our wildlife,” said Safari Club International president Gerry Reese.

Details on Safari Club chapter activities can be found at

Back tag to the fore

Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R, C, I – Elma, has sponsored a bill that would eliminate the requirement that hunters display and wear back tags while hunting in New York State.

New York is one of just two states that continue to require a back-tag license display while hunting. The Senate passed this bill in 2015, but it died in the Assembly. The measure is currently in this year’s Assembly for consideration.

Weekly bass tourneys

The WNY Chapter of Bassmasters and Safe Harbor Marina are jointly sponsoring a Wednesday Night Open Bass Tournament Series starting Wednesday.

The 100-percent payout goes to one- or two-angler teams competing in one boat for a $40 fee each tourney. Competition goes from 6 to 9 p.m., and weigh-ins begin at 9:15 p.m. Future dates are set for July 13 and 27, and August 3, 17 and 31.

For details, check with Keith Pease at 818-7350 or Scott Callen at 481-4434.

Educators’ institute

The DEC and Friends of Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve are accepting registrations of grades K to 12 educators for a Summer Teacher Institute to be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 3 and 4.

Registrations are due by July 20. For more details and a registration form, call 683-5959.