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Bison City teach to fish program set for May 19

The Bison City Rod and Gun Club, located at 511 Ohio Street in Buffalo, will host its annual Jimmy Griffin Memorial Teach-Me-To-Fish program on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. It’s an entertaining program for kids of any age and their parents or guardians. This free program includes lunch and free use of the club’s fishing gear if needed.

Eight learning stations are set up to help students learn about fishing, catching, knot tying, casting live bait and artificial baits, conservation, catch and release, and why it is important as we step into a green future. Kids will fish from the new Bison City pier at the Buffalo River to learn about catching fish and what to do. The Erie County Sheriff’s Harbor Patrol Boat will be dockside and everyone will have a chance to tour the 32-foot long boat. At the end of the event, kids turn in their registration cards and dozens of fishing rods/reels are given away by random raffle. For those who do not win a rod/reel, there is the tackle treasure chest.  Everyone goes home with a fishing prize. For more information, contact chairman Dave Barus at 597-4081. Pre-registration is not required, fishing gear is provided free and no bait is required. On-site registration opens at 1:30 p.m.

DEC to hold angler outreach meeting May 22

Lake Erie and the upper Niagara River will be the focus of an angler outreach session through the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation on May 22 at Woodlawn Beach State Park’s Lodge in Blasdell. The free public meeting will run from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Biologists from DEC’s Region 9 and the Lake Erie Unit will provide important updates on the status of the lake fishery, as well as the upper Niagara River. The meeting will begin with an informal discussion, followed by a series of presentations on Lake Erie and upper Niagara River fisheries topics, and will include opportunities for discussion on a variety of fisheries management activities. Other key topics include the lake’s acoustic telemetry studies, the Cattaraugus Creek fish passage project, the status of the forage and prey base and habitat updates on work in the upper River.

The Alabama Hunt Club in Basom will host its annual Spring Public Shoot for black powder enthusiasts this weekend. (Photo by Bill Hilts, Jr.)

Alabama Hunt Club hosts public muzzleloader matches

The Alabama Hunt Club, located at 1857 Lewiston Road in Basom, will host its annual Public Spring Shoot this weekend. Traditional and inline muzzleloader matches are available. On Saturday, the shooting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, the action will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants may shoot any projectile and any powder designed for muzzleloader shooting. Many traditional and inline matches will take place from 25 to 200 yards, shooting either offhand or bench. Registration fee is $10 plus $1 per target. Prize money is based on number of participants. For more information, contact Sam DiSalvo at 585-297-7747 or John Szumigala at 714-5514

25th annual Youth Archery Camp slated for Aug. 2-4

The deadline is approaching for youths ages 12 to 15 to apply for the 25th annual Youth Archery Camp slated for Aug. 2-4 at the Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road, Elma. The camp is designed to provide up to 30 kids an opportunity to experience bowhunting and outdoor camping while attempting to achieve a state Bowhunter Education Certification. The application and essay must be received by May 31. Residents of Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Wyoming and Allegany counties are eligible. Junior hunters who have earned their bowhunter education certificate need not apply.

The camp is free. Applicants are selected based on the content of an essay submitted with the application. Essays should be no longer than two pages and the content should address the questions: 1. Why do you want to attend the camp? 2. How do sportsmen assist the DEC in managing wildlife populations and why is this important? If selected, applicants should bring their own archery equipment if they have it. Otherwise, equipment will be provided.  For more information, contact Jerry Barber at

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