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State of Seneca Lake Fisheries meeting Oct. 2

Seneca Lake, the largest of New York’s Finger Lakes, has had some problems with its fishery the last couple of years. Complaints have been coming in from anglers that the fish just don't seem to be there in the same catchable numbers. Add some recent flooding concerns and it has had fishermen wondering. If you would like to ask some questions of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s fisheries experts, there will be a State of the Fisheries of Seneca Lake Public Meeting from 6:30-9 p.m on Oct. 2.

DEC’s Region 8 Fisheries Management Unit will present recent sampling results and update the public on recent management efforts on the lake involving trout and salmon, warm water fish species, fish regulations, water quality and the Angler Diary Program. The meeting will be held in the Vandervort Room, Scandling Campus center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 300 Pulteney Street, Geneva. There is plenty of parking available.

Free trap shooting clinic at Allied Sportsmen

Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot trap, attempting to break small clay birds flying away from you in a variety of directions? To help educate the public, there will be a free trap shooting clinic on Oct. 7 at the Allied Sportsmen Club, 12846 Clinton St., Alden. Registration is from 9-9:45 a.m.

The session will include free .22 rifle shooting as well as 12 and 20 gauge for trap shooting through 1 p.m. New shooters (including beginners, women, military veterans and youth ages 12 and up) are encouraged to attend. Call Joe Truty for more info at 846-1458.

National Tree Stand Safety Month

With the opening of the Southern Zone early archery season on Oct. 1, it’s important to note that September is Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month across the country. According to the Tree Stand Safety Awareness Foundation, the estimated number of tree stand falls in the U.S. has declined the last several years. However, there’s always room for improvement.

In New York, DEC began to investigate tree stand accidents in 2017. Of the 12 reported incidents last year, six resulted in fatalities – five because a full body harness was not used and one because there was an unattached harness. Every one of them could have been prevented.

  • Read the manufacturers warnings and instructions. Check the straps and chains of the stand and replace worn or missing parts.
  • Use a full body harness with a lifeline and make sure you are connected as soon as you leave the ground.
  • Raise your equipment to your stand via a tether line.
  • Make sure you leave information with someone as to where you will be hunting and what time you plan to return.
  • For more information from DEC, go to www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7860.html

Alabama Hunt Club public shoot

The Alabama Hunt Club, located at 1857 Lewiston Road, Basom, will hold its annual Public Fall Muzzleloader Shoot Sept. 29-30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Traditional and inline muzzleloader matches available.

You may shoot any projectile or any powder designed for muzzleloading shooting. Targets can be set up from 25 yards to 200 yards and you may shoot offhand or bench. Registration fee is $10 plus $1 per target. If you have questions, contact Sam DiSalvo at 585-297-7747 or John Szumigala at 714-5514.

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