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Scattershots: Outdoors news and notes

International Fly Fishing Festival March 9

That Joylan Theater (11 West Main St., Springville) will welcome the 2020 International Fly Fishing Film Festival March 9 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. General admission is $15. Refreshments and raffles are also available. The event is designed to benefit the Springville Community Trout Pond Renovation Project.

The film festival features 11 worldwide angling adventures from six to 16 minutes in length from around the world. Pursue giant brook trout in the far north or take a fly-fishing adventure to Nunavik in search of Arctic Char. Call Tyler at 361-7417 for more information.

Keating Salmon School March 14-15 in Rochester

It’s not too late to register for the Capt. Dan Keating Salmon School, set for March 14 and 15 at the Firemen’s Field Pavilion, 3666 Latta Road, Rochester, but seats are filling up. Keating, one of the top salmon captains on the Great Lakes, will be bringing his Michigan-style techniques to New York fishermen from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Cost is $60 for one day or $100 for both days if you register in advance at

The first day of instruction will be the basics, focusing on set-up and boat control, as well as the ABC’s of salmon fishing. The second day will cover advanced tactics and seasonal strategies for salmon and trout. He will teach you how to make your decisions on where and how to fish, adapting to the changing conditions a lake offers. Registration fee includes a goodie bag, lunch and a raffle. A special guest for the school will be Capt. Rob Wescott of Legacy Charters, a full-time captain and a tournament angler who regularly places in the money.

Tentative Duck Season Dates, Canada Goose Input Sought

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation has tentatively set the 2020-2021 duck hunting season dates with the help of Cornell University and the Waterfowl Hunter Task Force groups. They have worked together to implement a new process for selecting duck season dates in the four main hunting zones, receiving input from a greater number of hunters and incorporating recent bird migration trends and abundance statistics in each zone. With no changes being forecasted for the coming year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the DEC intends to follow these dates for ducks (similar to last year).

Western Zone: Oct. 17-Nov. 8 and Nov. 28-Jan. 3;

Northeastern Zone: Oct. 3-25 and Oct. 31-Dec. 6;

Southeastern Zone: Oct. 17-Nov. 29 and Dec. 5-20;

Long Island Zone: Nov. 21-29 and Dec. 12-Jan. 31;

Declines in population levels for Canada geese in the West Central, East Central, Northeast, Lake Champlain and Hudson Valley areas forced reductions in hunting days from 50 days to 30 days in the areas listed above. Look for much of the same this fall and winter, including the daily limit of two birds per day to remain the same. The DEC and the task force groups are seeking input into last year. Send your comments to

Public meeting on Honeoye Inlet WMA Plan

A public information session by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is scheduled for March 9 to provide information on the Honeoye Inlet Wildlife Management Area habitat management plan that was recently completed. The Honeoye Inlet WMA is a 1,977-acre tract of land located immediately south of Honeoye Lake in Ontario and Livingston counties. It offers diverse habitats that accommodate a wide variety of wildlife.

The public session will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Richmond Town Hall, 8690 Main St., Honeoye. The building is wheelchair accessible. The session will begin with an informal open house from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with DEC staff. For more information, call 585-226-5383.

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