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Scattershot: Outdoors news and notes

Outdoor forum discusses science of climate change

WGRZ’s next “2 the Outdoors” Forum will focus on the Science of Climate Change. The presentation will take place on Aug. 2 at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd., Buffalo, starting at 7:30 p.m. This 10th environmental forum will review the history of the research that’s been collected and what the implications mean heading into the future. Keynote speakers will be Ryan McPherson with the UB department of sustainability, H. David Sheets, with Canisius College physics department, and Jack Kanack, weather consultant for “The Doctor of Weather.” Call Terry Belke at 548-7659 for more information.

KVD Wins BASS Elite in 1000 Isles

KVD did it again. If you are a bass fisherman (or woman) who follows the Bass Angler Sportsman Society (BASS or Bassmasters for short), you will know exactly who and what we are talking about. KVD – Kevin Van Dam from Kalamazoo, Mich., – fished in his 300th BASS event last weekend on the St. Lawrence River out of Waddington. He won his 24th tournament series event in style, amassing a total of 90 pounds, 3 ounces of bass in four days of fishing. And his winnings now total over $6.2 million, the most ever in the sport. Yes, he’s a living legend who continues to amaze every time he’s on the water.

For this particular contest, held July 20-23, KVD mixed it up every day to catch his fish. Early on, it was drop-shotting with a chartreuse Strike King Dream Shot in strong current. He ended up catching 24 pounds of fish to lead the pack day one. He never looked back. As each day passed, he incorporated several different jerk baits and a wacky-rigged Strike King Ocho. The final day, he used a secret “spybait” to target suspended bass because of the winds. He brought in 23 pounds, 13 ounces of smallmouth to cap off his victory with an exclamation point. His final weight was one of the highest ever recorded by an Elite Series angler with smallmouth bass. Guess the high water levels in the river haven’t affected the fishing all that much.

3-D archery shoot at Evans

Calling all bow benders: If you want to start getting that shooting eye ready for the upcoming archery hunting seasons, the Evans Rod and Gun Club will be hosting 3-D archery shoots every Wednesday from Aug. 2 through Sept. 27. Arrows will be flying from 4 p.m. until dark at the club located at 864 Cain Road, Angola. A total of 15 targets will be available for scoring. Food and beverages are also being served. For more information call Jerry Gorski at 866-5072.

Catfish stocked in Hyde Park Lake

Some 2,500 channel catfish were stocked into Hyde Park Lake in Niagara Falls last week, thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. The lake, located in the second-largest municipal park in the state (after New York City’s Central Park), offers near-perfect conditions for catfish. City Mayor Paul Dyster was quick to point out that this thinking is long term. “What we’re doing here is starting to work on creating a more sustainable sportfish population and a more balanced ecology.”

The catfish were 6 to 8-inches long and purchased from Hickling’s Fish Farm in Edmeston. Catch and release is encouraged the first year or two, allowing the fish to grow.

Pennsylvania elk lottery deadline

Time is running out for hunters looking to take a chance on Pennsylvania’s annual elk license drawing. The deadline to enter is July 31. If selected, you will have the opportunity to hunt world-class elk in the Keystone State this fall. The drawing, set to take place Aug. 19 in Benezette, Pa., will choose 118 elk licenses for 2017 – 25 for antlered elk and 93 for antlerless elk. You are not required to have a license until the actual hunt. Cost to enter the drawing is $10.90, which is a non-refundable application fee. If you are not selected for this year, a bonus point will be issued to increase your odds next year and so on. For more information contact

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