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Scattershot: Outdoors news & notes

Deer Search offers scholarship

Deer Search of Western New York has announced that they will be offering a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving high school student who will be attending college in 2017-18. This year’s memorial scholarship will be awarded in honor of Greg Delio of East Otto, a member who passed away earlier this year. To apply for the scholarship – given to help enhance wildlife appreciation and environmental awareness – students must be:

  • A high school student attending college 2017-18
  • Have a valid hunting license
  • Application or parent/guardian must be a member in good standing of a sportsmen’s club that belongs to that county’s Sportsmen’s/Conservation Club Federation
  • Include a letter of recommendation from a non-family member (teacher, employer, etc.)
  • Include an essay of 100 words or less that states their college, field of study and why they should be considered for this college
  • Proof of college acceptance

Deadline for applying is Jan. 1, 2017. Applications should be sent to Deer Search of WNY, P.O. Box 251, Lancaster, NY 14086. Please include your contact information such as email and phone number. If you have any questions, email Eric Vail at

Fur-handling seminar Dec. 31

The Erie County Trappers Association will be holding a free Fur Handling Seminar at Collins Conservation Club, 2633 Conger Road, Collins on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Instruction will be given on teaching better techniques for preparing pelts, such as pelting, fleshing, stretching, drying and sizing. Trapping supplies will be available for purchase; fur hats will also be for sale. Kids games and prizes will also be part of the fun. For more information contact Patti at 337-2556 or Hoot at 532-2457.


Fly fishers meeting set; beginner  class sign-up begins

The Lake Erie Chapter of the International Federation of Fly Fishers will be holding its next meeting on Dec. 15 at the American Legion Post #735, Legion Drive, West Seneca. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the installation of officers.

The group also announced that they will be holding their second annual adult beginner fly-tying class at the Charles Burchfield Nature and Art Center in West Seneca starting Feb. 21 and running every Tuesday through March 28. Last year’s class was a sellout. Lab fee is $30. You can download an application from or call 675-4766.

DEC summer camp registration opens Jan. 25

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that it will be opening up registration for its popular Summer Camp Program for youngsters ages 11 to 17 on Jan. 25, 2017, starting at 10 a.m. Applications will be submitted through the online summer camp website at It’s a perfect way to introduce children to nature and outdoor activities – fishing, bird watching, archery, canoeing, hiking, camping and hunter-safety education --  to name but a few. There are seven one-week sessions to choose from at four camp locations. The closest camp to Western New York is Camp Rushford in Allegany County, but there are also locations Franklin, Sullivan and Warren counties. Every year, many local sportsman’s clubs and county federations sponsor kids to camp. One week of camp is $350. Contact the DEC website for more information.

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