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Fall Great Outdoor Days at Cabela’s

If you are looking to gear up for fall hunting and fishing, look no further than the Fall Great Outdoor Days at Cabela’s Cheektowaga Aug. 12 and 13, as well as Aug. 19-20. There are plenty of seminars going on, such as an introduction to game cameras, wildlife identification and choosing a backpack. Pro staffer Gerry Rightmyer will be on hand from the Forever Wild Outdoors TV Show both days; Capt. Joe Fonzi will be there on Sunday talking fall fishing.

The weekend of August 19-20, seminars include early season archery for whitetails with Rightmyer, backcountry first aid, hunting big game with broadheads and pellet grilling. Fonzi will be talking salmon on Sunday only.

If conservation, shooting, fishing and other sportsman’s clubs want to find out how you can be supported by Cabela’s, this is a great time to stop in and meet the staff. They are also looking for some volunteers with the kids’ archery range and Daisy BB Gun Pellet Range. For more information contact Kyle Crosby at 341-2625.

Women's outdoors event Sept. 9

If you are a lady, young girl or senior woman between the ages of 12 and 100 looking to expand your knowledge of the outdoors, the biggest event of the season is just around the corner. On Sept. 9, the 8th Annual Women Conquering Outdoor Adventures will be held at the North Forest Rod and Gun Club in Lockport. The entire day is spent on educating females in outdoor topics of interest. Instruction is given by local experts, many times by ladies themselves.

This year, some of the classroom instruction (with hands-on component when applicable) includes archery (both compound and crossbow), air pistol, basic shotgun, basic rifle, kayaking, outdoor digital photography and more. You can select four sessions.

For more information contact Colleen Gaskill at 628-9023 or Kathy Kristy at 696-2434. Cost to attend is $65, which includes lunch. Deadline to register is Sept. 1.

DEC needs turkey survey cooperators

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is looking for assistance this month to help locate wild turkeys around the state. The entire month of August is devoted to sighting summer turkeys with the help of the general public, a task that started back in 1996. This is an invaluable service because it assists wildlife managers and biologists with some critical information. Primarily, it helps DEC estimate the number of wild turkey poults to hen statewide. So many factors come into play every spring when it comes to nesting success such as weather, predation and habitat conditions.

If you would like to be part of this statewide turkey troop, download a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form along with instructions and a data sheet at You can also pick up survey cards from any regional office. Participants can also submit observations online.


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