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Scattershot: National Hunting and Fishing Day and other outdoors notes

NHF Day celebrations in Erie, Niagara counties

It’s that time of year again – National Hunting and Fishing Day will be celebrated around the country on Saturday, Sept. 23. First recognized back in 1971, this is a day that pays homage to the sportsmen and women who have done so much to preserve and protect our natural resources. This year, the National Honorary Chairman is Richard Childress, chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing.

Here in New York State, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that Saturday (NHF Day) is also a free fishing day for resident and non-resident anglers – a new “free” day to take advantage of the Empire State’s angling resources. Hopefully it will encourage more involvement in fishing in the future. Remember that you do have to abide by the fishing regulations wherever you wet a line.

In Erie County, the 46th Annual National Hunting and Fishing Day Celebration will be at the Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Yes, you read that right – 46 years! The Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs jumped on board Day One and recognized the importance of reaching out to the general public versus preaching to the choir. There will be plenty of fishing and hunting tips, shooting, wildlife and more. This will be great fun for the whole family. It’s for one day only. Call Rich Davenport at 510-7952 for more info. The day is free to the public.

In Niagara County, one of the biggest celebrations in the state is the New York Power Authority’s 32nd Annual Wildlife Festival, set for Sept. 23-24 at the NYPA Visitors Center (5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, adjacent to Niagara University) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Last year, over 10,000 visitors came to celebrate during the festival, an event co-sponsored by the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs. There are exhibits and displays from several of the clubs around the county. The Niagara River Anglers Association runs its fishing pond and the Federation operates its shooting trailer. There are archery and crossbow stations, as well as other hands-on activities. Carmen Presti and The Primate Sanctuary will be back with a couple of stage shows each day. The Buffalo Zoomobile will also be attracting scores of kids. Nickel City Reptiles, Hawk Creek Wildlife Center, K-9 Dog Trainers, Sky Hunters (birds of prey) and more are all part of the festivities. Call 286-6661 for more information. The day is free to public.

Rey to speak at fly fishers meeting

Local guide Alberto Rey, an Orvis pro staffer and a professor with SUNY Fredonia, will be the guest speaker for the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International meeting on Sept. 21 starting at 7 p.m. The group meets at the American Legion Post No. 735 on Legion Drive (off Union Road), West Seneca. Rey is also the founder of the “Children in the Stream” Fly Fishing Program, a unique way to educate people of all ages about the art of fly fishing. Rey will be giving a slide presentation on steelhead fishing in “Steelhead Alley.” The group kicks off the meeting at 6 p.m. by offering some fly tying tips. The public is invited to attend. For more information contact 675-4766.

Brauer’s perch contest Oct. 7

If you like to fish and have a good time, the seventh annual Richard Brauer/DB Charity Gala and Perch Tournament will be held on Oct. 7. Entry fee is $10 and it also includes a perch dinner on Oct. 8 starting at 3 p.m. Brauer’s is located at 6612 Campbell Blvd., Pendleton. If you are just looking for a good time without the fishing, cost for the dinner is $10. There will be live music as part of the festivities. Proceeds will  benefit Mason’s Mission Foundation, to make a portion of the area playground handicapped accessible. Stop in to Brauer’s to sign up for the contest or the dinner.

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