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Scattershot: Outdoors news & notes

Special Fly Tying Event March 15

A unique and special fly tying event will take place on March 15 designed to encourage participation in the sport of fly fishing, create a networking platform and educate people on not only tying some popular flies but also learning how to use them. The demonstration will take place at the Orvis store in the Eastern Hills Mall, 4545 Transit Road in Williamsville. Members of the Eastern Waters Council (EWC) of Fly Fishers International will be on hand to show off their expertise including: Sam Decker, EWC president, certified casting instructor and guide; Craig Buckbee, EWC director, master certified casting instructor and guide; Rodney Priddle , EWC director of communications and certified casting instructor. The Council is comprised of New York, New Jersey and Ontario Province. The demonstration will begin at 6 p.m., offering attendees a wide variety of educational options. A projection video will be played so that everyone can see the details of the tying. The evening is co-sponsored by Orvis Eastern Hills Mall and the Lake Erie Chapter of the Federation of Fly Fishers International. For more information call 276-7200 or 675-4766.

Last Call for Trees, Shrubs; Turnbull Opens

With spring in the air, and buds popping on trees, it’s not too late to order your trees and shrubs from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservation Tree and Shrub Seedling Program. Orders must be received by March 17. The program offers 37 species of seedlings including evergreens, hardwood trees and conservation shrubs. For order forms and more information check out or call 652-8480 Ext. 5.

Another option is the Turnbull Garden Center in North Collins. Kim Turnbull sends word that the popular Bare Root Barn opens on March 13. There are a wide variety of plants that are perfect for attracting deer and turkey. Check out or call 337-2248

Turkey Permit Applications Open for Iroquois

The Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, located in Genesee and Orleans counties, has announced that applications will now be accepted through March 31 for a spring turkey hunting permit. A total of 75 turkey hunting permits are available, split between two sessions – May 1-15 (50 permits) and May 16-31 (25 permits). This is a lottery drawing. It all starts with hunters filling out the Big/Upland Game Hunt Application form (Form 3-2356). Forms can be requested in person, through email (, by phone (585-948-5445) or through the website ( A $5 non-refundable processing fee must accompany the application, which must be turned in by 4 p.m. on March 31.

Alsheimer Talking Deer March 10

One of the foremost experts on whitetail deer – Charlie Alsheimer of Bath – will be the featured speaker at the Bow Bending Believers Annual Dinner and Deer Seminar on March 10. Alsheimer has written six books on deer and co-authored another. He is recognized as one of the top wildlife photographers in the world and is a long-time field editor with Deer and Deer Hunting Magazine. His talks are both educational and inspirational. Dinner (chili cheese dogs) is at 5:30 p.m.; deer seminar at 7 p.m. The event will be held at the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina. Tickets are $5. Contact Merle Fredericks at 585-765-2839 on how you can get tickets. They are moving fast!

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