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Scattershots for August 15, 2018

Elliott Honored by NYCOA

Will Elliott of Pavilion, long time outdoor writer for the Buffalo News and NY Outdoor News who passed away unexpectedly on July 1, was honored posthumously by the New York Conservation Officers Association (NYCOA) at its August 7 meeting in Lake Placid. Accepting the special recognition was his wife, Jean and daughter, Dawn Oefelein of Virginia.

Elliott was cited for his 30 years of outdoor writing in the Buffalo News, as well as other publications such as NY Outdoor News. Retired DEC Law Enforcement Captain Gary Bobseine commended Elliott for “his dedication to outdoor ethics and his strong support for the mission of DEC’s conservation officers throughout this many years of writing.”

NYCOA President Lieutenant Liza Bobseine also expressed her sincere appreciation for his many years of support to the sporting public and the mission of NYCOA.

Erie County Weigh Station Announced for Fish Odyssey

The Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby will be starting up August 18 and carry through August 26. Weigh stations are offered in the counties of Niagara, Erie and Orleans counties, as well as registration points. The Erie County weigh station this year is Gander Outdoors, 880 Young Street, Tonawanda from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday through Saturday. Sunday, August 26 the scales will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a complete list, head to You can also register online.

This is a great event for the kids. Junior anglers ages 15 and under can register for free as part of a special Youth Division. Species of fish include panfish, bass, carp, salmon, trout and walleye for the kids.

For the adults, species categories are salmon, walleye, smallmouth bass, carp, lake trout and brown/rainbow trout. Entry fee is $20 for the week. Grand prize ($3,000) is determined through a drawing of all first place winners in the Adult Division. Each species category recognizes the top 3 places.

$25,000 Grand Prize for Fall LOC Derby

The Fall Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby will be starting on August 17 and continuing through Labor Day, Sept. 3. The big incentive for anglers competing in the 18-day contest is the $25,000 Grand Prize for the largest salmon.

Overall there is nearly $70,000 in guaranteed cash in the derby, including daily prizes of $1,000 for the largest salmon ($500), brown trout ($250) and rainbow/steelhead ($250). Weigh stations and registration outlets are available from Niagara to Jefferson counties. For a complete rundown of information, check out

Spaces filling fast for Youth Pheasant Hunts

There are still a few openings for a couple youth pheasant hunts that are planned for September 15 on two opposite sides of Niagara County. One is at the Three-F Club, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston. It’s a full day of outdoor knowledge, from skeet shooting and outdoor ethics to game calling and archery. The day ends with a pheasant hunt on the club grounds. Cost is $35. Contact Dale Shank at 791-3809 if you are interested.

Pheasants Forever Chapter 29 is sponsoring a youth hunt the same day at Tails and Feathers Hunt Club, located on Hatter Road in Newfane. Contact Dave Kelly at 609-2100. With both hunts you must have a valid hunting license.

Sept. 1 Deadline for Pheasant Hunt Program

September 1 is the deadline for submitting an application to participate in the state’s sponsored pheasant hunt program. Every year, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) raises 30,000 adult pheasants at its Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca to stock around the Empire State to support fall hunting opportunities. In addition, DEC will also raise an additional 2,000 birds to be used for sponsored hunts for youth, women, veterans and people with disabilities.

If you would like to participate in the sponsored pheasant hunt program, program requirements and application can be found at or by contacting the state’s regional offices. Region 9 can be contacted through 372-0645.

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