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Scattershot: Outdoors news & notes

DEC angler outreach event set for June 27

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that its annual angler outreach event for Lake Erie and the Upper Niagara River will take place on June 27 at the Woodlawn Beach State Park Lodge from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This free seminar will allow for an informal discussion with fisheries biologists who manage the resources. There will be a series of presentations on a variety of fisheries topics. Included in the evening’s program will be information on management and assessment activities for steelhead, walleye and muskellunge in the Upper Niagara River and Lake Erie. Sturgeon studies will also be discussed, a program that is currently underway in Buffalo Harbor and eastern Lake Erie. If you have any questions, contact the Lake Erie Fisheries Unit Leader Don Einhouse at 366-0228.

Great Lakes Experience Festival June 17

Want to find out more about the agency responsibilities of the Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office? Head down to Dunkirk to attend the Great Lakes Experience and Outdoor Festival on June 17 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., to be held on the lands directly adjacent to the Clarion Hotel along Route 5. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s office (located in the headquarters of the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama) will have a variety of displays with a focus on the environment, ecology, science and fish.

Statewide Summer Classic Tournament kicks off June 17

Tim Thomas of Ontario, N.Y., has announced the start of the inaugural New York State Summer Classic Fishing Tournament on June 17 and running through August 31. This is the perfect encore to the New York State Winter Classic Tournament he held last January and February. A total of 10 fish species (pike, lake trout, pickerel, walleye, carp, bass, yellow perch, catfish, crappie and panfish) and 55 weigh-in locations around the state are available. Registration is $25 for adults; $5 for kids. Go to for more information. Catch these fish anywhere within the Empire State boundaries. Prize structure is based on the number of anglers entered in the contest.

New lottery for BOW program

Registration is now open for the ultimate Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshop that will once again be held at Silver Bay YMCA on Lake George September 15-17. Due to the popularity of this program, there will be a lottery deadline of June 19 (postmarked). Only 125 women will be registered, with everyone else put on a waiting list based on when the registration application was received. Four sessions will take place over the three days and ladies have the option of choosing from activities such as crossbow, shotgun, rifle, muzzleloading, tree identification, outdoor survival skills, turkey hunting, big game hunting, fly fishing, lake fishing, hiking, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddleboard, archery, birding, field dressing and more. Go onto the DEC website at to learn more about the BOW program or call Kelly Stang at 518-402-8862. If you want to attend with a friend (up to four), submit your applications together. You can even obtain a hunter education or trapper education certification during the 3-day workshop. Send in your application before the June 19 postmark deadline.

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