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Will Elliott


Hunters are gearing up for the start of the early/nuisance goose season on Thursday, and serious small-game hunters will be out seeking all three subspecies of squirrels: gray, black and fox.Goose hunts begin a half hour before sunrise; squirrel hunters have to wait until sunrise to start. Goose numbers look good; early scouting shows even better odds for a squirrel Brunsw…

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If you like Pokémon Go quests, you’ll love going on pursuits with Buffalo Orienteering Club folks who have designed interesting trail-search outings around Western New York.Hikers and runners can exercise as well as develop site-location skills as they orient their way through checkpoints the club’s coordinators have set up along timed courses.Walkers and runners of all ag…

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When area anglers think of Charter Captain Joe Fonzi of Thumbs Up Charters, catch references usually include, trout, salmon, walleye, perch and the occasional bass.In a three-week series of Thousand Island-based fishing competitions, Fonzi went two for three in major bass contests. Fonzi wrote, “My trip started out disappointing with a bad first day at the FLW Costa series…

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A Charity for Children fishing contest on the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario Monday and Tuesday showed the solid presence of the river’s bass fishery and the lake’s salmon prospects.The benefit event for the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of WNY brought together sponsors and volunteer charter captains to catch fish and help raise…

There will be one less booth open in the Conservation Building during the Wyoming County Fair at Pike Aug. 13 to 20.Gerald J. “Jerry” Brown, 91, died Monday in Warsaw after a decades-long career as a fish hatchery operator, an active member of fish and wildlife organizations, an avid fly angler and a willing teacher of outdoors pursuits to young and old alike.Following his…

Anchor Marine was the scene for a new kind of competition in the Bassmaster Elite Series.Called a Classic Brackets contest, the four-day event pitted eight qualifying Elite competitors in a daily, two-angler, head-to-head, weigh-in match out the Anchor Marine docks on Grand Island. Entrants were confined to the upper Niagara River waters of the east river and New York Stat…

Sporting Clay shooting offers shooters the closest version of actual field-hunt shots taken with a shotgun aimed at clay targets.North Forest Rod & Gun Club in Lockport begins a Sporting Clays League on Saturday, July 23, shooting 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. The league encourages youths and ladies to participate. Youth partic…

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The Department of Environmental Conservation has established a Bald and Golden Eagle Conservation Plan to protect statewide habitat areas for these raptors. Human disturbances of nesting areas can result in predation of nests, nest abandonment or cause young eaglets to fall from or leave nests prematurely.The program includes maintaining at least 200 breeding pairs statewi…

Competition anglers saw different seas while fishing tournaments on Lake Erie in June. The Southtowns Walleye Association Tournament held June 11 to 19 saw some days with ocean-like rollers while the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation BassEye Challenge on June 24 had farm-pond calm for much of the day. Both tourneys resulted in nice numbers and sizes caught.Southtowns tourneyOn av…

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Hiking along a mapped course can be an enjoyable venture, taking hikers through new, interesting discoveries along trails and pathways. The Buffalo Orienteering Club is about to begin a Thursday evening guided map hike program. Starting July 7, experienced club members will conduct these sessions, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Chestnut Ridge Park Casino main parking lot at 61…

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It’s that time of the year when wildlife agencies caution about feeding bears and not disturbing wildlife. Bears can menace campsites and bird-feeder areas, but the more heart-rending reports of wildlife watching are sightings and encounters with newborn whitetail deer in the wilds.Quality Deer Management Association experts have provided a list of five of the most popula…

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The Department of Environmental Conservation has begun a homework requirement before youths and others can attend in-class instruction for the completion of a hunting or trapping certification course.These free courses are provided through the DEC’s Sportsmen Education Program with offices in each region. Acting Commission Basin Seggos noted, “Establishing a new homework p…

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A Penn Dixie Nature Cruise on the Miss Buffalo boards at 8:30 a.m. on June 12 for a three-hour tour of Lake Erie and the upper Niagara River from 9 a.m. to noon. Tour guides share interesting information about the waters and land features seen in and around Buffalo Harbor. Guides this year include retired Penn Dixie executive director and professional geologist Jerry Baste…

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To celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, Saturday to June 12, two events are set at three sites.Area fishing expert Tom Marks will conduct a free fishing seminar that includes participant activities starting at 10 a.m. on Friday in the Wal Mart store in Fredonia at 10401 Bennett Road. Marks then travels to the Hamburg Wal Mart for an afternoon session from 2 to 4 p.…

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The Department of Environmental Conservation is attempting to standardize and simplify fish and game laws wherever possible. However, wild bird, beast and fish populations change with weather and environmental conditions each year and hunters and anglers see differing numbers and sizes of fish and game across the state.DEC officials have proposed a series of hunting and tr…