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Scattershot: Outdoors news & notes

Chautauqua Federation announces license winners

Zen Olow, president of the Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen’s, announced the winners of the group’s Lifetime Sporting Licenses through random drawings that took place earlier this month at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club. Winners were hand-picked by Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas. The winners were:

Birth to 4 year old – Madalynn Horan of Sinclairville and Kaden Paoletta of Fredonia.

5 to 11 years old – Angelina Gennock of Dunkirk, Abbagail Woollett of Ripley, Cole Rizzo of Fredonia, Robbie Bellardo of Jamestown, Kenickie Waterman of Kennedy and Zachariah Graham of Ashville.

Ages 12 to 18 – Madison Dissell of Dunkirk, Samuel Reuben of Forestville, Grace Sunday of Brocton, Reagan Bates of Sherman and Thomas Stokes of Fredonia.

Hats off to the 21 clubs, businesses and groups in Chautauqua County that helped to make this happen. In the last four years, a total of 41 lifetime licenses have been handed out to kids and young adults up to 18 years of age .

Wood & Brook trap league starting

Wood & Brook Sportsman’s Club, located at 13712 Genesee St. in Crittenden, will be starting up a spring trap league (yes, spring!) starting March 14. Shooting for the league can take place any Tuesday or Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m.,Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The league will run through May 21. For more information contact Jim Curtis at 685-2167.

The club offers open skeet shooting every Tuesday from 6-10 p.m. Instructions are available for trap and skeet shooting. The trap league is also open to the public. Shooting sports like these are lots of fun. Give them a try!

WNY Sport and Travel Expo

Another sure sign that the seasons are changing is more than just how the weather has been treating us. On March 9, the Western NY Sport and Travel Expo will be held at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. This four day show is a big one and it usually means that spring is just around the corner. Some of the highlights this year include fishing speakers Capt. Ryan Shea with Brookdog Fishing Company, Lake Erie walleye experts Capt. Jim Steel (Innovative Outdoors) and Capt. Jim Skoczylas (Ultimate Outdoors), Capt. Lucas Falkner of Make the Turn Charters on Lake Ontario and pro bass Mike DelVisco. In the hunting arena, it’s Deadly Passion TV show host Melissa Bachman, long-range shooting expert Bob Hart and deer guide and caller Tom Richardson leading the way. Jim Beverly is back with his retrievers, too. Check out the website and look for the WNY Sport and Travel Expo.

Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot set

The North Forest Rod and Gun Club of Lockport offers a ladies shooting program called Shoot N’ Hoot. It gets women (and young ladies 12 to 17) familiar with the various shooting disciplines and focuses on firearms safety. On March 11, the next “shoot” will take place at Wolcott Guns, 3052 Walden Ave., Depew for some air pistol and .22 rifle shooting. A safety talk will begin at 12:30 p.m.; shooting from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $25 for adults; $20 for youth shooters. All ammunition will be provided. NRA-certified  instructors will be on hand. If you hold a pistol permit and own a gun, bring it along for some practice. You can also rent one from Wolcott Guns for a nominal fee if you have a permit but no gun. Guns up to .45 caliber arellowed (no magnums). This is a great way to get someone started in the shooting sports. Ear and eye protection are mandatory and will be provided if you do not have any. If you have any questions or you are interested in giving it a try, call Colleen Gaskill at 628-9023. Payment and registration is by March 8.

Crossbow support sought

The NY Crossbow Coalition is encouraging supporters of crossbows to respond to the most recent round of legislation that will allow crossbows to be considered archery equipment. The current legislation being proposed mirrors last year’s proposed bills. In the Assembly it’s A479 (Gunther) and in the Senate it’s S1386 (Gallivan). Both of these bills are now in the Environmental Conservation Committees in both houses. It’s time to move forward. Stop in and visit at the NYCC at the Hamburg sport expo March 9-12 or visit the group’s website at for more information. Write a letter of support and join the group – both helpful in expanding the use of crossbows in the Empire State.

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