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DEC trapping permit applications available

If you would like to obtain a permit for trapping at Tonawanda, Oak Orchard or John White Wildlife Management areas, applications are being accepted through Nov. 30 for the 2019-20 license year. Permit applications can be picked up at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, 1101 Casey Road, Alabama, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. or by writing the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Bureau of Wildlife, 1101 Casey Road, Box B, Basom, 14013. If you receive a permit, you are required to report your trapping harvest in every WMA you trap.

The Western New York trapping season for fox, raccoon, coyote and other upland furbearing animals is Oct. 25 to Feb. 15, 2020. However, for John White WMA, the upland trapping season will be delayed until Nov. 1. Trapping season for mink, muskrat and beaver in Western New York will run from Nov. 25 to Feb. 15, 2020, with the exception of Oak Orchard, Tonawanda and John White. In those 3 WMAs, the season will be Dec. 7 to Feb. 15. There are other restrictions on those WMAs as far as the number of allowable traps for muskrat and mink. Be sure to understand all of the regulations before you participate. Check for more information.

North Forest ladies to hold Halloween Partner Shoot

The ladies of Shoot N’ Hoot will get into the celebratory spirit on Oct. 12 when they host a Halloween Partner Shoot at the North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport. A safe gun handling briefing will take place at 1 p.m. to kick off things. New shooters are welcome. Ladies are invited to bring a guest along and it can be a father, husband, son, daughter, mother or friend.

It will be an afternoon of shooting games that can include shotgun, .22 rifle or archery. Shotguns and bows are available to use and free ammunition is available for female shooters. Wear a costume if you’d like. A potluck dinner will take place after the shooting activities. Bring a dish to pass. Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for junior shooters ages 12 to 17. Pre-registration required by calling Colleen Gaskill at 628-9023.

Ten X youth shooting program underway

The Ten X Shooting Club of Lancaster has started its youth rifle program for shooters ages 9 through 20. Membership in Ten X is not required and the program runs through May, 2020. Shooting takes place the second and fourth Friday of each month starting 6:30 p.m. at the club’s indoor range located at 853 Ransom Road. There is no requirement to attend all shooting sessions. The fee to participate is $3 per shooter, but if cost is an issue, special arrangements can be made. New and first-time shooters arrive at 6 p.m. for a one-time safety orientation.

Ages 9 and up may shoot air rifles (pellets and BB guns). Ages 12 and up may shoot .22 smallbore rifle. Instruction is provided for both levels by certified instructors and experienced shooters with Ten X. Range officers are present at all times. At least one parent or guardian must remain on-site for the shooting (no drop-offs). Participants shoot for score from bench, prone and standing and receive NRA awards for marksmanship. All equipment is provided, including rifles, hearing and vision protection, ammunition, shooting mats and bags. Smallbore shooters who wish to bring their own rifle may do so, subject to inspection and approval of the range officer. For more information, contact Matt Giansante, youth shooting program coordinator at 622-0705. Visit for a shooting schedule and for information on the club.

Youth deer hunt set for Oct. 12-14

Columbus Day weekend (Oct. 12-14) has been set aside to give junior big game hunters ages 14 and 15 the option to hunt deer and bear for three days, accompanied by a licensed mentor with at least three years of big game experience, on an outdoor stage by themselves. The junior hunter is eligible to take a deer of either sex during this hunt and they can use a deer management permit, a deer management assistance program tag or a regular season tag. This youth hunt is for firearms and a crossbow may not be used.

Remember that the youth mentor must be at least 21 years of age and they may not carry a gun. The junior hunter must hunt from the ground, not using any kind of an elevated stand. Fluorescent orange or pink is required for both the adult mentor and the junior hunter. There must be a shirt or jacket with at least 250 square inches of solid (at least 50 percent solid) of patterned orange or pink or a hat with no less than 50 percent fluorescent orange or pink and visible from all directions. Of course, the youth hunter must be fully licensed for the State of New York for big game. For more information, visit

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