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Scattershots (Dec. 18, 2019)

January deer hunting in CNY

The regular Southern Zone big-game seasons may be closed, but there are some opportunities to put a tag on a whitetail deer. In Tompkins County, there is a special area called the Deer Management Focus Area, offering hunters nearly 60,000 acres of land from which to hunt. It was created in 2012 to help control the deer populations in the Ithaca area that have been overpopulated. To qualify for this hunt, hunters must register with the DMFA program. They can download a permit, carcass tags and a hunting activity log from There also is a printable map.

For this January season, hunters may take up to two antlerless deer per day using any hunting implement that is legal during any other deer season at the site where they are hunting. Hunters must carry a DMFA permit and carcass tags. They also must record their deer hunting activity on the log provided. It must be submitted to the Department of Environmental Conservation by Feb. 7.

Sporting clays shoot Dec. 28 in Lockport

North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, will host its annual “Home for the Holidays” Sporting Clays Shoot on Dec. 28. This is a 75-bird shoot using a European start. Cost is $25 for the shoot with a $10 Lewis option available.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and shooting starts at 9 a.m. The last squad out is at 2 p.m. For more information, contact John Butcher at 628-2211 or call the clubhouse at 438-2009.

Trappers to hold free fur handling seminar Dec. 28

The Erie County Trappers Association will hold a free fur handling seminar from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Collins Conservation Club, 2633 Conger Road, Collins. This is a great way to learn better techniques for preparing pelts, including pelting, fleshing, stretching, drying and sizing for beaver, muskrat, mink, raccoon, fox and coyote.

Trap supplies and fur hats will be for sale. A fur buyer will be available after the demonstration. There are kids’ games and prizes. The kitchen will be open. Call Patti at 337-2556 for more information.

Registration open for Southtowns Walleye Outfitters Fair

Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY has scheduled its popular 2020 Outfitters Fair for Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its clubhouse located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. While it’s still a long way off, the important thing to note is that the club started accepting reservations for tables as of Dec. 15 and they usually go fast. Tables are just $25 each and there are a limited number available.

With free entry and free parking, hosted by a club with more than 1,000 members, it makes sense to secure your spot early to sell your new and used hunting and fishing equipment. No guns or ammunition are allowed for this event. If you have any questions, call 796-5372 or 864-2938.

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