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Scattershot: Outdoors news & notes

Expo Offers Lower Niagara Trout Trip “Lesson”

The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo, slated for Jan. 20-22 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, will be offering something brand new this year – a unique 3½- to 4-hour on-water educational fishing lesson on the Lower Niagara River at a cost of just $100 per person. The Expo has a lineup of local charter captains that will take up to three people out each morning starting Jan. 19 and running through Jan. 24. Sign up three people for a boat or sign up as an individual to mix with another person or persons. Special in-depth instructions will be given to those who sign up and participate. As an added incentive to register early, Capt. Frank Campbell of Niagara Region Charters has put together a special classroom session for Saturday, Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. which includes a packet of goodies from Pautzke, Buck Knives and Yakima, valued at $25. While attending the Saturday afternoon session is not required, space is limited to the first 20 anglers who register for the outdoor experience, starting in the order you register for the lower river fishing adventure. First come, first served! Check out to register.

Evans R&G Hosts Winter Trap League

Evans Rod and Gun Club will be hosting a Winter Trap League starting on Jan. 7. The league will run through April 15. Official shoot dates will be  from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Food and beverages will be served both days. Trap fields will be opened to all shooters. For more information on how you can sign up for the league, call Ed Scheuer at 200-3334 or the club at 549-0333.

Coyote Contest Feb. 10-12

The Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County will once again be hosting its 10th annual Coyote Hunt Contest, set for Feb. 10-12 across New York State and five select counties of Pennsylvania. Entry fee is $35 and must be postmarked by Jan. 30. Late entry until Feb. 7 is $40. Weigh station is located at White Sulphur Spring Fire House in White Sulphur Springs. The contest is based on overall weight and the largest coyote overall will receive $2,000. Other cash prizes are also available. Download an application from or call Jack or Kay at 845-482-4987.

NRAA Steelhead Contest Set

The Niagara River Anglers Association has announced that its annual Roger Tobey Memorial Steelhead Contest will be held on Feb. 4 from sunrise to 2 p.m. Tournament boundaries include Lake Ontario and its tributaries, as well as the Lower Niagara River. Fish can be caught from boat or shore. Sign up at Lewiston Landing at the launch ramp starting at 5:30 a.m. Awards ceremony and after party will be held at Lewiston No. 1 Fire Hall, 145-6th Street, Lewiston starting at 3 p.m. Cost is $20 for entry plus $20 for NRAA membership. An optional $5 cost is available for anyone looking to compete for the biggest brown trout. For more information check out or call Paul Jackson at 731-4780. Entry forms should also be available at Creek Road Bait and Tackle in Lewiston and The Slippery Sinker in Olcott.

North Forest 5 Stand League Starts

Want to shoot in the winter and be protected from the elements? North Forest Rod and Gun Club will be opening up a 5 Stand Winter League at its Lockport grounds starting Jan. 7 and running for 10 weeks. The unique thing about this shooting sport is that the 5 Stand range is enclosed for the clay busters! League participants will need to shoot 50 targets weekly, but you can shoot ahead or behind. Cost is $6 for 25 targets and league fee is $25. Three-person teams will be selected at the end of the league based on averages. Shooting times include Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday with selected times each day. To find out more information call Kevin Gaskill at 628-1375.


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