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Outdoors calendar: South Zone crossbow season begins and more

Outdoors calendar: South Zone crossbow season begins and more

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Lake Erie tributary steelhead

Danny Colville of Colville Outfitters in Hamburg caught this steelhead in a Lake Erie tributary. 

Through Nov. 14 – Expanded water releases begin for 18 Mile, Oak Orchard, Johnson, Sandy and Salmon tributaries.

Through Nov. 20 – South Zone crossbow season opens for big game.

Nov. 8 – West Central Canada goose season closes.

Nov. 8 – Tim Wittek Memorial Musky Tournament hosted by the Niagara Musky Association. Call Scott Kitchen at 939-0006 to register or for more information. You must be a member.

Nov. 8 – Final day to comment on a new holiday deer hunt proposal slated for Dec. 26 to Jan. 1. This would be for archery and muzzleloader (including crossbow) in the Southern Zone only. Comment at

Nov. 10 – Virtual Public Information Session on Habitat Management Plan for Northern Montezuma WMA at 6:30 p.m. To register call 585-226-5383.

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Free Fishing Day in New York State.

Nov. 11 -Veterans Day Free Waterfowl Hunting Day for veterans only.

Nov. 12 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs monthly meeting to be held at the clubhouse of Southtowns Walleye Association, 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, starting at 7 p.m. Board of Directors meeting at 6:30 p.m.  

Nov. 12 – Managing Woody Invasive Species in Fall and Winter from 2 to 3 p.m. online through the WNY PRISM’s webinar series. For more info contact

Nov. 14 – Buckhorn Island Birding with the Buffalo Audubon Society from 9 a.m. to noon along the Niagara River. Meet at the Woods Creek kayak launch. Preregistration is required by calling 585-457-3228.

Nov. 14 – Final day, woodcock hunting season.

Nov. 14 – North Forest Ladies Shoot N’ Hoot event starting at 2 p.m. at 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport. Shotgun shooting and pistol shooting. Guest speaker Jim Emmick with Firearms Training of WNY. Preregister with Colleen Gaskill at 628-9023.

Nov. 14 - Free Waterfowl Hunting Day for veterans only.

Nov. 16 – Niagara County Fisheries Development Board monthly meeting starting at 6 p.m. Location to be determined. For more info call Chairman Bob Cinelli at 860-9774.

Nov. 19 – Emerging Aquatic Threats in WNY from 2-3 p.m. Join Finger Lakes PRISM’s Hydrilla Project Manager Kathryn Monacelli on pressing concerns. For more info contact

Nov. 20 – Final day, Southern Zone Early Archery season and Crossbow season.

Nov. 21 – Opening Day, Southern Zone regular big game season.

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