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Scattershots for Dec. 20, 2017

WNY 3-D Archery League Starts Jan. 7

The Western New York 3-D Archery League will be starting up on Jan. 7, involving four area conservation clubs: Glen Coe, West Falls, Evans and Collins. All shoots will take place on Sunday and run for 12 weeks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Teams of 3 to 6 members are invited to participate and you do not have to belong to any club. Walk-ons are welcome.

There are individual classes as well. A Woman’s Class will allow target to 35 yards maximum, Youth Class (13-16) will have a 35-yard maximum for targets, Bear Class (for 11-14 year olds) will be 25 yards maximum, Cub Class (age 12) will have a maximum at 20 yards, and a Long Bow/Recurve Class will have a 25 yard maximum. Crossbows are no longer available as a class. For more information contact Ike Loretto at 803-9096.

Late Waterfowl Seasons Open Dec. 26

Mother Nature will not be kind for the opening of the late waterfowl seasons in Western New York on Dec. 26. Forecasts are pushing wind chills into the single digits. Western Zone duck hunters will be allowed to chase a variety of birds, while Canada goose hunters in the South and West-Central areas will also be able to “get down” on these popular birds. The late season continues through Jan. 14.

The Niagara River is always a popular area this time of year because there is always open water there. In the upper Niagara River, public blinds are available through drawings every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Beaver Island State Park clubhouse. This includes blinds at the state park, West River Parkway, Strawberry Island and Motor Island. Take note that the drawing for Dec. 25 (a Monday) will take place on Dec. 22 and there will be a drawing on Jan. 1, 2018. If you have any questions call the park at 773-3271 during regular business hours.

In the lower river and along Lake Ontario, blinds are available at Joseph Davis, Fort Niagara, Wilson-Tuscarora and Golden Hill State Parks. Drawings will take place each Thursday at the Fort Niagara State Park maintenance building starting at 6:30 p.m. Drawing dates are Dec. 21, 28, Jan. 4 and 11. Call 745-7273 if you have any questions during regular business hours. To be eligible for these lottery drawings, you must have a current license, a Federal duck stamp, a Harvest Information Program (HIP) number, you must have successfully completed a Waterfowl ID class and you must have a dog or a boat for retrievals.

Home for the Holidays Shoot at North Forest

Shooting sports enthusiasts will be gathering at the North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport on Dec. 23 as they stage a Home for the Holidays Sporting Clays Shoot. It promises to be a day of fun for clay busters, a 50 bird event with European Start. The 50 bird shoot is $15 with a Lewis option of $20. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and shooting begins at 9 a.m. Last squad out will be at 2 p.m.

Food will be available along with some games of chance. Funds will be raised for the club’s Youth Program. To register for the shoot or to find out more information contact Bryan Meahl at 628-6238 or call the clubhouse at 438-2009.

Fishing Birthday Party is Reel Fun

Capt. Bob’s Outdoors in Clarence is offering a unique idea for a birthday party – a Fishing Birthday Party. With Christmas just around the corner, a gift certificate for a birthday party or a guided family fishing outing could be a great stocking stuffer.

For a fishing birthday party (or a guided family fishing outing), all of the bait and tackle is provided along with proper instruction for a 2.5 hour gathering. Invite up to 10 guests to fish a private pond or a favorite body of water. The birthday boy or girl receives a fully-rigged rod and reel combo, too. Stop in and see Hawk, 10295 Main Street, Clarence or call 407-3021.

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