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Markham to Speak at TU, Tree Planting

WNY Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly meeting at Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga on at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Guest speaker will be DEC fisheries biologist Jim Markham, who will present information on the ongoing steelhead otolith study on Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Creeks, steelhead migration study results, the steelhead management plan and fish passage projects.

On Sept. 24, the Oatka Creek Tree and Shrub planting takes place. The Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District, in conjunction with Trout Unlimited, will be partnering to plant trees and shrubs starting at 9 a.m. Their goal is to plant 800 trees and shrubs.  Volunteers are needed. Grab a shovel and meet at Rock Glen Baptist Church, 4311 NY-19 in Silver Springs. Contact Megan Boberg at 585-786-3675 for more info.

Youth Trapping Camp Set for Allegany County

The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that the agency will hold three Youth Trapping Camps across the state Oct. 7-10 and one of those locations will be in Caneadea, Allegany County. The other two locations will be at Winthrope in St. Lawrence County and Livingston Manor in Sullivan County. These special camps are for boys and girls ages 12 to 14 who want to learn how to trap, want to learn more about trapping or simply earn their trapper education certificate. Cost is $40. Postmark your application as soon as possible. For more information and to get the camp registration form, go to or contact Tim Strough at 315-783-0079.

Pheasant Hunt Lottery in State Parks

LUSS, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 13:  A pheasant has an afternoon stroll during the second round of The Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond Golf Club on July 13, 2007 in Luss, Scotland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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The Niagara Frontier Parks Commission has announced its annual lottery details for the upcoming pheasant hunting season in three area state parks – Golden Hill, Wilson Tuscarora and Joseph Davis. While the pheasant season

runs from Oct. 15 through Dec. 31 this year, a lottery is held for the first three Saturdays of the season because of the potential of a high volume of hunters. The drawing will be for Oct. 15, 22 and 29 this year. There will be two separate hunts each day – sunrise to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to sunset. In addition, these special permits will also be required for the youth pheasant hunt set for Oct. 8-9. New this year is that a second junior hunter will be allowed on a permit. Entries must be received by noon on Oct. 3, the day the lottery drawing will take place.

To participate in the lottery, write your name, address, and phone number; email, hunting back tag number and what date, time of day (morning or afternoon) and park you want to hunt. Put all of the information on a 3x5 card or a post card and mail to the park you’d like to hunt in. Only one card per envelope; only one permit per hunter per day will be issued. Contact information is:

Golden Hill – Renee Campbell, 9691 Lower Lake Rd., Barker, NY 14012; Phone: 795-3885.

Wilson Tuscarora – Dave Giambra, 3371 Lake Rd., Wilson, NY 14172; Phone: 751-6361.

Joseph Davis – Josh Brodie, 1 Maintenance Ave., Youngstown, NY 14174; Phone: 745-7273.

N.Y. Writers Group Honors Members

The New York State Outdoor Writers Association held its annual conference in Chautauqua County at Peek-N-Peak Resort and honored some of its own at the group’s awards banquet. Steve Piatt of Waverly, editor with NY Outdoor News, was honored with the Pass It On Award for his unselfish dedication to promoting youth hunting and fishing, actually practicing what he preaches. Every year for the special deer and turkey youth hunts, Piatt takes out a junior hunter who is need of a mentor.

Also recognized was Bill Hilts, Jr. of Lockport who received the M. Paul Keesler New York Outdoor Citizen Award, presented to an individual or organization that effectively has raised the public’s awareness of outdoor recreational opportunities and conservation issues in New York State. Hilts was recognized for his work with Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, as well as his writing and other media efforts. The award was named after Keesler, former editor of NY Sportsman Magazine and a long-time member of NYSOWA.

Boston Valley CS Pistol League Starting

Boston Valley Conservation Society, 9624 Zimmerman Road, Boston, will be kicking off its Fall Bull's-eye Pistol League on Thursday, Sept. 29 and running for 10 consecutive weeks. They will be shooting .22 caliber and centerfire slow, timed and rapid bull's-eye pistol according to Cliff Fauling (337-3555). There are three relays each night, with the first starting at 6 p.m. The league is always looking for new shooters. Give Cliff a call if you have any questions or you are interested in participating.


Celebrating National Hunting and Fishing Day

The Fishing Beat (Sept. 21)

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