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Outdoors Notebook: Getting ready for squirrel and geese

Hunters are gearing up for the start of the early/nuisance goose season on Thursday, and serious small-game hunters will be out seeking all three subspecies of squirrels: gray, black and fox.

Goose hunts begin a half hour before sunrise; squirrel hunters have to wait until sunrise to start. Goose numbers look good; early scouting shows even better odds for a squirrel Brunswick stew.

New this hunting season, youths will be able to hunt bear as well as deer during Youth Firearms seasons. Bow hunters in all open Western New York hunting wildlife management units will be allowed to harvest bucks as well as doe deer beginning opening day, Oct. 1.

The early goose season goes daily until Sept. 25 with a 15-bird daily bag limit set for all of the South and West Central areas that comprise Western New York.

Goose hunters are reminded to renew the Federal Waterfowl Stamp ($25) and obtain a free Harvest Information Program (HIP) number along with a current New York State small-game hunting license before heading out to goose hunt Thursday morning.

A brief, automated phone call results in the issuance of a HIP number. To register, call 888-427-5447.

Successful squirrel hunters can get some extra hunt funds and help in recycling squirrel tails of all species by supplying Sheldon’s Inc. with tails for use on popular Mepps Lures.

Sheldon has conducted this program for more than 50 years, providing hand-tied hair tails for Mepps lure bodies. The company will pay up to 26 cents per well-processed tail; it urges hunters to only take tails from squirrels harvested for consumption. A company official wrote, “We do not advocate harvesting of squirrels solely for their tails.”

For more tail details, call 800-237-9877 or visit

Top gun

Paul Korn of Marilla scored a respectable 273 of a possible 300 in a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Hardball Match competition at the Ten-X Club on Aug. 7. Hardball competitions, a regular bullseye course, call for slow, timed and rapid-fire rounds.

Korn has amassed points in shoots at Clarence Shooting Club, his home club, and during Camp Perry matches to amass enough points to gain CMP Distinguished Pistol Expert ranking; less than 5,000 pistol shooters nationally have established that ranking.

Cooking your moose

When it comes to cooking moose and most other antlered things, Hank Shaw has the right approaches. Receipts are his specialty, shown thoroughly in his previous books: “Hunt, Gather, Cook” and “Duck, Duck Goose.”

His latest effort, “Buck, Buck, Moose,” brings together all his tips and tricks for cooking venison and techniques for preparing the venison of the subtitle’s inclusions: “Elk, Antelope, Moose and other Antlered Animals.”

Deer hunters and cookers who do not hunt other big game will find this Hank Shaw book standard fare for venison done in the oven, on the grill, in a stew pot or by any other game-cooking means. This H&H Books publication ($22.18) is available on Amazon. For a signed copy, email:


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