Hunting licenses, permits available
Hunting licenses for the 2019-20 season are available for purchase at license-issuing agents around the state, online through the Department of Environmental Conservation website or via phone (866-933-2257), the DEC announced. Allow for couple of weeks if you are ordering your license online or through the phone service. Proof of a hunter safety training class (or a previous license) is required.
Big game hunters also can apply for Deer Management Permits, carrying a deadline of Oct. 1. Early selection does not increase your chances for obtaining a DMP for a particular unit. To find out your chances of being selected, visit the DEC website or call the DMP Hotline at 866-472-4332 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 1.
Lifetime hunting licenses were being mailed as of Aug. 7. If you do not receive your hunting tags by Aug. 27, visit your nearest license-issuing agent and get your lifetime license replaced for free before Nov. 1. The new hunting regulations guide should be available by Sept. 1.
Women’s hunter ed class set
Women interested in getting involved with hunting will have an opportunity to participate in a women’s-only hunter education class from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Springville Field and Stream, 8900 Chaise Road, Springville. Registration is required by Sept. 1 and is open to all women who have never taken a hunter education class.
Classes are free and attendees will learn firearms safety and hunting ethics. This class certification is required to obtain a hunting license in the state. For information or to register, call 379-6378 or email Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge
Teams of two to five anglers will be plying the waters out of Dunkirk Aug. 23-24 for the Innovative Outdoors Walleye Challenge in the Eastern Basin of Lake Erie. The Friday, Aug. 23 event is an optional Big Fish Friday contest. No lines in the water until 6 a.m. Only nine rods can be used while fishing. You must be in line with your one fish only by 3:30 p.m. at Rookies on the Lake, 19 Lake Shore Drive E., Dunkirk. Weigh-in will start at 3:45 p.m. The mandatory captain’s meeting will take place at 7 p.m. for the Saturday tournament.
The main Walleye Challenge on Saturday, Aug. 24 is based on a team’s best six walleye for the day. Again, up to nine rods can be used for the day. Boat check at Holiday Harbor at Chadwick Bay Marina begins at 5:30 a.m. The fishing will take place from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with weigh-in to follow at 5 p.m. at Rookies on the Lake. The weigh-in will be live-streamed on Facebook. For information, contact Capt. Jim Steel at 481-5348 or visit www.innovative-outdoors.com.
Southtowns Walleye Kids Day
Bring your kids out to the Southtowns Walleye Association’s clubhouse located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15. The free event is open to kids 15 years of age and under. Activities include casting skills, paint your own lure with Bay Rat Lures, making assorted crafts and fish-related fun. The regular meeting of the Southtowns Walleye Association will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Hot dogs and burgers are available for sale. However, sundaes with all the fixings are available for free. RSVP to KidsKorner@southtownswalleye.com or call Amy Plecas at 225-6999 for availability.