Sept. 28 Deadline for Pheasant Lottery in State Parks
Pheasant season in Western New York is still a month away for the regular season, but now is the time to start the planning process – especially if you are hoping to participate in area hunts that include Golden Hill, Joseph Davis and Wilson-Tuscarora State Parks. While the regular season opens on Oct. 20, special permits are needed for the special youth hunt Oct. 13 and 14, opening day on Oct. 20, as well as for the next two Saturdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.
If you want to be part of the lottery drawing, all entries must be received by noon on Sept. 28. There are two hunts each day – from sunrise to 12:30 p.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to sunset. Permits are free and you have the option of naming an additional hunter on the permit. A second hunter can be added on the youth permit. Mail in a separate standard-size 3 by 5 card or postcard for each date and park you would like to hunt. Only one permit will be issued to each hunter per day. Cards should be mailed directly to the park you would like to hunt in: Golden Hill, 9691 Lower Lake Road, Barker, NY 14012; Wilson Tuscarora, 3371 Lake Road, Wilson, NY 14172; Joseph Davis, 1 Maintenance Ave., Youngstown, NY 14174. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, email address, hunting license back tag number, hunt date (with AM or PM hunt)and desired park location. For more information, contact the individual parks directly.
Birds raised by the state will be stocked prior to these special days and once the season is open, the day before will not allow hunting (Oct. 26 and Nov. 2). It’s also important to note that no pheasant hunting can take place in the parks during the regular big game season Nov. 17-Dec. 9.
LOTSA Opens Salmon School Registration
Jan. 19, 2019 is the date for the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association’s (LOTSA) popular Salmon School – a full day of in-depth instruction for diehard salmon trollers looking to up their game by learning from three of the lake’s best captains. The 2019 School will feature Capt. Pete Alex of Vision Quest Sportfishing, Capt. Matt Yablonsky of Wet Net Sportfishing and Capt. Andy Bliss of Cold Steel Sportfishing and Chasin’ Tail Adventures. Once again, the school is held in conjuction with the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo to be held Jan. 18-20, 2019 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls.
Registration is now available through the LOTSA website at www.lotsa1.org. It’s not too early to register for this unique instruction. Last year, the class sold out at its earliest date ever before 2017 ended. Cost to attend is $85 which also includes all three days of the Expo, your LOTSA membership, a hot lunch and beverages for the day. New in 2019 will be a 1 hour meet-and-greet with the captains including free drinks and snacks on Friday night. Don’t miss the boat on this one, sign up early. For information on the Expo check out www.niagarafishingexpo.com.
Fly Fishing Meetings for TU, FFI
It won’t be long before trout (and salmon) will be migrating into Great Lakes tributaries with a bit more consistency. If you are getting the itch to learn a little bit more about fishing these waters on the fly or even learn how to tie some of the more popular fly patterns, there are two different clubs that do a great job, and both will be having monthly meetings in the next week.
On Sept. 20, the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International will be holding its monthly meeting at the American Legion Post #745 on Legion Drive, West Seneca. Fly tying starts at 6 p.m. and right now it looks like a couple members will be showing how to tie some popular steelhead and salmon flies. A business meeting will follow. The public is invited to attend. For more information contact Joan Rosner at 675-4766.
The Western NY Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be gathering on Sept. 25 starting at 6 p.m. with fly tying. Bring black and red thread because they will be tying woolly buggers. At 7:30 p.m., DEC’s James Markham, Senior Aquatic Biologist will be discussing steelhead in the Lake Erie tributaries with updates on studies, issues and other items of interest. The group convenes at the Donovan American Legion Post, 3210 Genesee Street, Cheektowaga.