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Scattershot: Outdoors news & notes

Devil’s Hole stairs close July 17

It was announced this week by New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation that the stairs leading into the Niagara Gorge at Devil’s Hole State Park will be closed starting July 17 until spring of 2018 so that they can replace the stone stairs/trail. One of the most popular fishing areas in the gorge, Devil’s Hole is a congregation point for many fish species. Alternative access can be gained through the New York Power Authority’s South Access Road, where a fishing platform and a stairs to the shoreline are available from April 1 to Dec. 1. Other access points include the stairs at Whirlpool State Park, the Suspension Bridge Stairs (under the Whirlpool Bridge), the Great Gorge Railway Trail (that begins at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center) and the elevator at the Schoellkopf Site (adjacent to the Discovery Center). A copy of the Niagara Gorge Trail Map is available at:

The project, which includes the removal and reconstruction of a portion of the stairs and trail, is estimated at $645,500. For more information on this project call 278-1764.

Memorial Shoot at wood and brook

Clay-busters will be gathering for some bird-breaking action when the Second Annual Memorial Trap Shoot will be held July 29 at Wood and Brook Sportsman’s Club, Crittenden. This is a 100-bird shoot and the contest is limited to 100 shooters so get signed up early. Shooting will begin at 9 a.m. and cost is $40 per shooter. In addition to the shooting action, entry fee also includes a barbecue dinner and open bar that starts at 4 p.m. Cost is $20 if you just want to attend dinner and drinks. For more information or to obtain your tickets, contact Brian Kilianski at 392-5370.

Sunset Bay Shootout

The next walleye tournament on the Lake Erie fishing calendar will be the SeventhAnnual Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout set for July 21 for Big Fish Friday and July 22 for the Main Event – a six-walleye contest for the largest total weight overall. Entry fee is $500 per team and a “team” can consist of two to five members. Fishing starts at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start. Weigh-in will take place at Cabana Sam’s Sunset Bay Grill starting at 5 p.m. For more information check out or call Bob Rustowicz at 830-6394 or Capt. Don Ruppert at 498-7770. Last year’s winner was the Ice Breaker Team with a six-fish total of 46.03 pounds.

King to speak at dinner

Tom King, executive director of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and NRA Board Member, will be the keynote speaker for the Upstate New York PVF Dinner on August 17. King has been a champion of the shooting sports in the state and a protector of Second Amendment rights. The dinner will be held at the Lockport Town and Country Club, 717 East Ave., Lockport, starting at 5:30 p.m. Seating is limited and deadline to register is Aug. 8. If you have any questions or you would like to secure a seat, contact Brenda Leder at (518) 272-2654. Advance ticket sales only.

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