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Scattershots for Nov. 20, 2019

Lottery Open for BOW in the SNOW

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) in New York has announced that the program is now accepting applications for its popular BOW in the SNOW set for Feb. 7-9, 2020 in Allegany State Park. Registration for this fun-filled weekend is conducted via lottery drawing and registrations must be postmarked by Dec. 3, 2019. Cost to attend is $240. Partial scholarships are available for those who can demonstrate financial need. Lodging will be in Camp Allegany, a dormitory-style facility with 4 to 5 people in a room. All equipment will be provided if necessary.

There will be plenty of winter activities to choose from. On Saturday, Feb. 8, ladies will have the choice of cross-country skiing, ice fishing, cooking, winter camping and survival, and tree stands and hunting blinds for the first session. The second session offers fat tire biking, trapping, snowshoeing, first aid, and wild game cuts and cooking. Sunday’s session options include cross-country skiing, reading the woods, firearms handling and safety, knots and more, winter camping and survival, and food preservation. For a registration form, click through https://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/administration_pdf/2020bowinthesnow.pdf.

Sagnibene to Speak at TU Meeting

Local guide Nicholas Sagnibene with Adventure Bound on the Fly in Ellicottville will be the featured speaker on Nov. 26 at the monthly meeting of the Western NY Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU). The meeting will be held at The Orvis Store, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville and Sagnibene’s talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. The focus of his presentation will be on “Targeting Trophy Trout in WNY.”

As with most TU meetings, fly tying is held starting at 6 p.m. for interested members and the public. Bring orange or red thread because this month the group will be tying egg flies and sucker spawn. If you are interested in fly fishing, this is a great club to join if you are just getting started or you want to expand your knowledge.

Region 9 Deer Check Up for Opening Weekend

This year’s Southern Zone regular big game season opener kicked into high gear from the start with favorable hunting conditions throughout the region. According to Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Region 9 Big Game Biologist Ryan Rockefeller, the check station in Holland along Route 16 was up considerably with both days combined with approximately 200 deer checked. This was a significant increase from the last couple of years. In 2018, roughly 150 deer were checked, which was also up from 2017.

Rockefeller pointed out that every year there seems to be more and more adult bucks in the harvest, which tends to be supported by DEC’s end-of-the-year harvest summaries. Deer processors in the region were reporting average or slightly below average intake on Saturday, but Sunday more than made up for any shortfalls in most shops. Many nice adult bucks have been taken. Some processors commented on the numbers of bucks being brought in versus does. As hunters fill their buck tags, processors will probably see a shift to more female deer being taken. The regular season continues through Dec. 8.

Changes in Pennsylvania’s Deer Hunting Seasons

Pennsylvania has announced a few important changes that will be taking place for the Commonwealth as hunters prepare for the first Saturday opener on Nov. 30. Traditionally, the opener is the Monday after Thanksgiving. Combined with the first Saturday opener, the season was expanded from 12 to 13 days to allow for a third Saturday. This year the season is Nov. 30 to Dec. 14. There is no Sunday hunting … yet. Legislation could be passed this year that could make that change, but there would not be enough time for it to go into effect in 2019.

Bucks are getting bigger in the Keystone State, too. Wildlife managers point the finger at antler restrictions that were put into place in 2002. Last year, 147,750 bucks were harvested, and 64 percent of those deer were 2 1/2 years or older. Only antlered deer can be taken during the season’s first 6 days. For the remainder of the season, antlered and antlerless seasons run concurrently. For more information on the regulations, contact the Pennsylvania Game Commission website at www.pgc.pa.gov.

Pennsylvania’s 4-day black bear firearms season is set to kick off on Nov. 23. After an archery season that produced 1,540 bruins, this year’s gun hunt could be setting itself up for a record harvest in 2019 if the weather cooperates.

 

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