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The Department of Environmental Conservation is inviting public input on three issues up until Friday. They are:• Modify regulations to allow junior hunters to take black bear as well as deer with a firearm during the Youth Firearms Deer Hunt on Columbus Day weekend.• Make early muzzleloader deer season this year valid only for antlered deer in Wildlife Management Units 6F…

Hunters will be sparking on Electric Avenue Saturday evening after a rabbit-hunt competition that day.Entrants in the Ninth Annual Frank Privitere Memorial International Rabbit Hunting Derby, hosted by the New Empire Beagle Club, will gather at the Thomas E. Tehan American Legion Post in Blasdell for dinner and awards presentations. Prizes go to hunters weighing in the thr…

The survival and sustenance of freshwater fish species have been diminished by an assortment of invasive species such as Asian carp, cormorants and milfoil. Cormorant predation on local fish populations has occurred for more than two decades. Area anglers now see merganser presence on inland trout streams as a major cause of fish loss. In particular, trout fishers working …

Ice anglers and outdoor ice skaters are seeing a late, slow start to safe, hard surfaces on area water bodies. With ice formation coming in slow and broken stages, the likelihood of breaking through thin ice may increase this winter season. The U.S. Swim School Association has issued a guide to surviving a fall through the ice. When ice breaks below a walker, the associati…

Crosman Corp. is introducing a new firearm called the airbow, and Crosman big-bore air rifles might be seen afield during the 2016 big-game hunting season. Crosman, an air-rifle maker in Bloomfield southwest of Rochester for some 90 years, has designed what is called a “unique hybrid hunting weapon.” The Pioneer Airgun model is powerful, delivering a standard arrow shaft w…

Western New York is home to the newest and oldest of state parks; New York State Parks offers five area sites for informative and enjoyable hikes on New Years Day.A “First Day Big Tree Hike” at Knox Farm State Park visits the park’s largest trees from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “A Buffalo Harbor New Year!” hike from 10 a.m. to noon includes a tour of Buffalo’s historic waterfront f…

The first of four Genesee Valley Trappers Association fur auctions was held on Dec. 13 with the typically slow start for the furbearer season.Coordinator/lot handler Ron Schroder noted, “Today’s auction was a quick, short event. There were only 12 sellers and three buyers ... no one got rich.” Highs for popular species were low: Beaver, $5; coyote, $15.50; deer, $2.75, gra…

Captain Bob’s Outdoors has changed its annual ice-fishing contest to a Winter Fishing Derby. The derby, set for Jan. 2 to March 20, will be open to catches through the ice or from open waters; entries also will feature catch-and-release options for anglers entering the Northern Pike and Rainbow/Steelhead Divisions. This coming season, entrants can take a picture of a pike …

Christopher Cairns, 14, of Kenmore got off to a good start on opening weekend of big-game hunting season. Hunting with dad, David Cairns, on family property in Zoar Valley on Nov. 22, the first Sunday of the big-game season, Christopher took the same hunting blind in which his dad and grandfather hunted during past seasons. He was using a 12-gauge Ithaca Deerslayer shotgun…

Buffalo Nordic Ski Club holds its annual free cross-country skiing workshop from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday in the Wick Center at Daemen College.The workshop brings together club experts, area accessory/gear vendors, clinic providers and sources for useful information about outings and events. Video will show techniques as well as the enjoyable scenes along the way on a cro…

Two lifelong contributors to outdoors interests and pursuits died in October. Hamburg Rod & Gun Club members and a vast circle of family and friends mourned the passing of Philip Denz on Oct. 31. He was a longtime club member and active hunter education instructor for more than 50 years. Denz’s contributions to hunting and shooting sports are extensive. Club officials wrot…

Firearms deer season will begin at sunrise Saturday for all open hunting areas in Western New York, and hunters have options to donate excess meat harvested during the big-game hunting seasons.Venison Donation Coalition, again this year, will make pickups of donated deer left at the Holland Department of Environmental Conservation Deer Check Station before 6 p.m. on both d…

Ron Comstock of Angola loves to hunt deer with his bow, but when friends Mike Isula Sr. and son Mike Isula Jr. of Cherry Creek invited Comstock on an Alaskan moose hunt in the Chugach National Forest area on Kenai Peninsula, he packed for the three-week trip starting Aug. 29.“We rode horseback eight hours to get to camp; the Isulas had hunted there before and were my unoff…

Gone are the days of pheasants in every field, but Joe Leisner of Williamsville and Sandy Wolfinger of Cuba had a good day hunting stocked birds at the Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area early in the season.Brittany spaniels Scout and Stormy found birds for Leisner and Wolfinger. Both took a two-bird limit their first day out. The Department of Environmental Conservation…

Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE), a major gun-rights organization in New York State, presented several awards during its 50th annual awards banquet at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center in Lackawanna Oct. 17.Rob Astorino, 2014 gubernatorial candidate, served as keynote speaker, stressed the need to protect and defend second-amendment rights and introduced a slate …