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Spring turkey season opens May 1 and other upcoming events

May 1-31 – Spring turkey season for upstate New York. Limit is two bearded birds per season but only one per day. One-half hour before sunrise to noon. Contact for more information.

May 1 – Deadline for public comment on proposed updates to hunting/fishing plans at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. For info go to:

May 1 – Cold Weather Boating Law requiring everyone in a boat 21 feet in length or less to wear a PFD ends (NYS Nav. Law Section 40.1(e)).

May 2 – Opening day for walleye, northern pike, pickerel and tiger musky seasons in New York State.

May 9 – Global Big Day for the birds. Log on to to see how you can participate.

May 9 - Migratory Bird Day with the theme "Birds Connect our World."

May 15 – Deadline extended for applications, 17th annual Environmental Excellence Awards Program to recognize businesses, institutions, municipalities and organizations for outstanding commitments to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability. For an application and requirements:


April 25 – Spring Gun Raffle, Three-F Club, Lewiston has been changed to Sept. 26 at the club, 904 Swann Road. Current tickets sold will remain eligible.

May 16 – Wilson Harbor Invitational Salmon Tournament  is now June 6. Check for details.

June 14 – 25th annual Hunting Heritage Banquet of the Niagara County Gobblers Chapter of NWTF at Youngstown Volunteer Fire Co. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Dinner at 5 p.m. Call Pam or Herb Lederhouse at 791-3151 for details.


May 2 – Alden Rod and Gun Club Gun Raffle Fundraiser is canceled, but the drawing will take place May 2. Check for a list of winners.

May 7 – Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association monthly meeting “At the Dock” with Capt. Mike Johannes in Wilson Harbor is canceled.

May 8-17 – Spring Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby has been canceled. Check for details on the summer and fall events.

May 16 – About Boating Safety Class at Fort Niagara, Youngstown has been canceled. Contact Martin Laufer at 390-7727 for when scheduling will resume.

May 16 – Bow Bending Believers 16th annual Sportsmen’s Dinner and Seminar to be held at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 1211 Ridge Road, Medina, has been canceled. Call 585-765-2839 for more info.

May 16 – Ray’s Kids Day, held at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center in Cheektowaga and operated by the Lake Erie Chapter of Fly Fishers International has been canceled. For more information, contact Dave Rosner at 675-4766,

May 16 – Safe Harbor Open Bass league has canceled three early season tournaments, including May 23 and June 6.

May 23 – Southtowns Walleye Association’s spring perch contest has been canceled.

June 5-6 – Lake Ontario Pro-Am Salmon Team Tournament out of Wilson and Olcott. Will be rescheduled for June 4-5, 2021.

June 28-July 3 – New York State Trout Waters Youth Camp 2020 hosted by Trout Unlimited in the Catskills has been canceled. For more information, contact Mike Walchko at 518-231-3276.

July 16-26 – 30th annual Stephen Harrington Memorial Erie Canal Fishing Derby. Rescheduled for July 15-25, 2021.

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