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Hunters heard few calls during the opening week of the May wild turkey season, and both sightings and sounds of gobblers have been slim through the first two weeks of legal shooting. A few nice harvests were logged during the preseason Youth Hunt. Pat Hoover, president of the Chautauqua County Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation, took out Jack Hanson, 15, from Chard…

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Walleye season opens Saturday, trout and salmon are moving closer to the Lake Ontario shoreline and major fishing derbies and tourneys welcoming professional/expert and amateur/recreational anglers have begun or are set to start on Ontario waters in May.The LOC (Lake Ontario Counties) Derby begins Friday, with divisions for king salmon, brown trout and lake trout; a walley…

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Even if you do not believe in ghosts, Joel Spring’s new book offers hunters a collection of great fall hunting stories.“The Ghosts of Autumn – A Season of Hunting Stories”, a Skyhorse Publication, offers the reader Spring’s Ransomville-based textual view of the fall hunting season, with insights on the origins of the autumn hunting season seen in caves well before Egyptian…

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Hunters across the state harvested fewer deer than Department of Environmental Conservation projections anticipated. About 15 percent fewer deer were taken overall in 2015 compared with the 2014 harvest numbers. But black bear harvests during the 2015 season were the second largest on record. Issuance of fewer deer management permits, a harsh winter in 2014-15 and a mild w…

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Friday is the official Earth Day, but area groups have planned events through the weekend to celebrate efforts to promote and perform environmental awareness and good deeds each April 22 since its inception in 1970.Area organizations have scheduled events that reach and teach the environment and what we can do to further conservation efforts on this day and throughout the …

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A first-of-its-kind outdoor show opens its doors at 3 p.m. Friday April 15 for three days at the RiverWorks complex on Ganson Street in Buffalo.That’s how promoter Marc Arena describes this comprehensive show that brings together expert exhibitors involved in fishing, hunting, golfing, trapping, boating, trucks, tractors, RV’s, UTV and ATVs, survival skills, skydiving and …

Legislation has been introduced in the state senate and assembly that will basically classify a crossbow as archery hunting gear.Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther (D, Forestburgh) sponsors bill A9623; Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) sponsors bill S7005. These companion bills will mainly classify crossbows as a bow.Features of the bills include eliminating the 20-pound ma…

The annual April Fools Day trout opener has begun for more than a half century with the Naples Creek Rainbow Trout Derby, a fun-based contest that sees different fishing conditions each year.Last year a late freeze drew few ’bows up this popular spawning creek at the south end of Canandaigua Lake. This year, an early thaw and moderate snow-melt runoff has good numbers of m…

Planting season is upon us and coyote hunting presents more challenges than most other pursuits.• Angela England, in her new book “Gardening Like a Ninja,” presents a guide to working edible plants into a flower garden – or putting flowers in a veggie garden. The interesting and unlikely mixes England describes gives vegetable and fruit growers more floral presence to attr…

Maple sap flowed early during this warm winter and the harvest should be good for area syrup processors. One good place to see and enjoy that syrup spread on a pancake would be during a visit to Buffalo Audubon Society’s Annual Maple Harvest Festival at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in Java next weekend.The Center’s popular all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast servings begin a…

Winter arrived late this season and spring is just a week away, but TV programs and even the most sociable media often do not offer a cure for that disconnect from the outdoors. Three publications, a thoroughly updated revision, a good historical novel and a new novel, could beat boredom during idle hours.Ed Van Put, inducted into the Outdoorsman Hall of Fame in 2011, has …

With the start of spring just three weeks away, owners of tillable land or just good growing pots now have thoughts of planting projects and new ground to be covered this coming season. Area Soil and Water Conservation Districts set ordering deadlines for stock in March for pick-up into April. Each year, S&WCDs supply good bare-root trees and shrubs, seed selections, offer…

BIGshot Targets drew archers’ attention with their durability and ease of handling at the 38th Annual 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas Jan. 19-22. Most top features at the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade show are hunting- and firearms-related exhibits. But BIGshot Targets, introduced earlier during the ATA Show in Louisville Jan. 5-7, turned heads with bow manufacturers as …

Hunters saw fewer deer but took some trophy-sized bucks while bear hunters saw and harvested bigger bruins this past season.Official scorings of deer, bear and assorted other big-game animals require a 60-day curing period before scores of “green” measurements can be entered as certified, record-book entries.Niagara Outdoors in North Tonawanda sets aside the first or secon…

Despite a long, cold, snowy winter last year, cottontail rabbits survived and thrived in nice numbers as seen at the weigh station for the ninth Annual Frank Privitere Memorial International Rabbit Hunting Derby on Jan. 30.Canadian teams and individuals dominated this derby in recent years, but this season the top three finishers by weight went to teams hunting Western New…