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Scattershots (Feb. 20)

Ice Breaker Antique Tackle Show set for March 2

Old fishing tackle will be the focus of the 30th annual Antique Fishing Tackle Show from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 2 It will be held at the Elks Lodge, 6791 N. Canal Street, Lockport. Cost is $5 for adults. Spouses and kids under 16 are free.

If you would like to have an exhibit at the show, contact Dan Bedford at 713-9410. Table rentals are $15 if paid before Sunday, $20 after. Tables can be set up starting at 9:30 a.m. on the day of the show. This is one of the longest running tackle shows in the state. You are encouraged to bring any old fishing tackle to help determine if it has value.

WNY Rural Landowner Workshop to held on March 2

Cornell Cooperative Extension Allegany County will host the 27th annual Rural Landowner Workshop at Pioneer Central School in Yorkshire on March 2 with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. There is a fee depending on when you register. For more information, call Lynn Bliven at 585-268-7644 ext. 18.

The opening session will focus on Woodlot Regeneration, giving strategies on how to grow trees and limit deer impacts. The second session at 10:30 a.m. will offer one of three options on management of beech trees, birds and invasive species or black bears and citizen science. After lunch, three more concurrent sessions will be held at 12:45 p.m.: Intro to site-weed management, native fish restoration in New York involving Cisco and are you growing your best timber? The final concurrent session starting at 1:55 p.m. will offer sessions on the invasive spotted lantern fly, establishing a successful wildlife food plot, and a presentation on a national “Land as your Legacy” program.

Details for March goose hunt in area parks set

If you are looking to utilize waterfowl blinds at Beaver Island State Park for the special March 1-10 Canada goose season, hunters should be aware that the process will be for call-in only. There are specific times and dates for different parts of the 10-day season. Hunters must call 773-3271 from 9 a.m. to noon. If you would like to hunt March 1-4, you must call on Feb. 27. To hunt March 5-6, the call-in date is March 4. Call-in is March 6 for March 7-8 and March 8 for March 9-10. If you have questions, call 773-3271 during regular business hours.

If you want to hunt Fort Niagara, Joseph Davis, Wilson-Tuscarora or Golden Hill state parks, there will be lottery drawings on Feb. 28 and March 7 at the Fort Niagara State Park maintenance building starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information on these areas, call 745-7273.

To be eligible for hunting in state parks, you must have a current hunting license, a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp, a Harvest Information Program number, and a New York State Waterfowl Identification Course card. A dog or boat for retrieval is required to hunt.

The Fishing Beat (Feb. 20)

Oswego County coyote wins $2,000

Ed Wright of Pennellville, hunting in Oswego County, took top honors with a 50.6-pound coyote as the Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs of Sullivan County held its 12th annual statewide three-day coyote hunt last weekend. Wright took home a check for $2,000 for bringing in the largest animal overall, plus $200 for the largest taken on Sunday, plus $80 for bringing in a coyote. A total of 652 hunters participated, transporting 76 coyotes to the scales. Participants won a total of $9,390.

Runner-up for the hunt was Cody Fronckowiak of Fleischmanns with a 50.15-pound Greene County coyote. He earned $500 for second place, $200 for the largest coyote on Saturday, and $80 for bringing a coyote into the check-in location.

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