Register online for hunter safety classes
If you are interested in taking advantage of New York’s wide variety of big and small game hunting opportunities, you must first take – and pass – a hunter safety training class before you can purchase a hunting license. Hunter education is a mandatory requirement, giving attendees a foundation of outdoor knowledge that includes firearms safety, hunting information and responsible, ethical practices when afield. To find out where the closest Hunter Education Course is near you, visit the website https://register-ed.com/program/new_york/165.
You must register for the class online and also complete the homework before attending the course. If you do not complete the homework, you cannot complete the course. Students must be at least 11 years of age to take a class (the minimum age for a license is 12 years of age). All students under 16 years of age must also bring a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. Don’t wait until the last minute to sign up. These classes fill up quickly and are limited in number. For more information on general Hunter Education, check out http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/92267.html.
Gander Outdoors grand opening Saturday
It came as a shock to many when Gander Mountain closed its doors in Tonawanda. It didn’t take long for new owners to arrive on the scene with the intent of giving customers a total outdoor experience with a new and improved Gander Outdoors. The store is one of 60 that will be re-opening around the country. The grand opening is set for Saturday with the doors open at 9 a.m. and a ribbon-cutting ceremony slated for noon. The store is located at 880 Young Street in Tonawanda.
There are several activities and contests going on throughout the day, including a kid’s fishing pond being operated by the Niagara River Anglers Association. Some vendor booths and tables also will be on display throughout the day. If you would like to find out more information on how you can set up a display table, contact Patricia Beutel at 315-767-7754.
Erie Canal Fishing Derby remembers founder
On July 4, the 28th annual Erie Canal Fishing Derby will mean much more than just a fishing contest in this recreational waterway. This year, the family-oriented derby will be remembering and paying tribute to its founder Stephen C. Harrington, who passed away last fall unexpectedly. It has been renamed the Stephen Harrington Memorial event, and it will be held through July 15 on the banks of the Erie Canal from Albion to the Niagara River this year.
Nothing has changed as far as the rules, as Steve’s wife Lynn and other family members will be picking up the reins to keep the fun competition going. There will be plenty of prizes and there are seven species divisions to choose from - bass, sheepshead, northern pike, bullhead, walleye, carp and catfish. Grand Prize is a boat, motor and trailer from Brobeil Marine, determined through a drawing of all first-place anglers in the adult division. Visit www.eriecanalderby.com for more information.
CF Greater Niagara Celebrity BassEye set
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is getting ready to host the 17th Annual Redbone Fishing Tournament called the Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge. Thanks to Bob Rich Jr. and his large group of dedicated supporters, this event has become a model of success for fund raising in the fishing community and the Redbone circuit. In 17 years, literally millions of dollars have been raised to support CF and the best thing is that people are seeing their efforts truly making a difference through research.
The event kicks off Thursday night with a great celebration of food, music, local celebrities, a silent auction, a live auction and much more at Rich’s Atrium. Tickets are still available at 204-2535.
On Friday, it’s the fishing end of things as anglers compete to become Grand Champion Angler. Everything is run out of Safe Harbor Marina where the awards lunch and ceremony will follow. Check out www.BassEye.org for details. We will have a recap for you next week.