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After a very good salmon fishing season on Lake Ontario this year, shore casters, pier fishermen and small boat anglers eagerly have been awaiting the return of the mighty king. They are still waiting. So far, the salmon have not shown up in significant numbers, leaving some local charter captains shaking their heads and cancelling their salmon fishing season for this year…

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The cold front coming through this weekend could be the trigger to bring in trout and salmon into the streams off Lake Ontario and steelhead into the Lake Erie tributaries. Keep your fingers crossed! Lake Erie and tributaries Steve Brzuszkiewicz of Marilla got out Saturday between the rains and decided on Cattaraugus Creek instead of Sturgeon Point due to the morning win…

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DEC posts pheasant release sites The Youth Pheasant Hunt is Oct. 12-13. Starting Oct. 19, the regular pheasant hunting season will open for upland bird hunters in Western New York. To help provide incentive, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation will release nearly 4,700 birds in Region 9 through the Reynolds Game Farm in Ithaca. The day-old pheasant chick …

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Submissions can be emailed to outdoors@buffnews.com and should include name, hometown and particulars of the catch. One photo will be selected Catch of the Week and be published on the Thursday Outdoors page.

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“The Mississippi River towns are comely, clean, well-built, are pleasing to the eye, and cheery to the spirit. The Mississippi Valley is as reposeful as a dreamland, nothing worldly about it … nothing to hang a fret or a worry upon.” – Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi Time seemed to stand still when we arrived in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, for the 63rd annual conference of…

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With the exception of the Salmon River in Oswego County, and a few other eastern basin tributaries, salmon hunters are waiting for more action in the way of returns. With the arrival of a few hunting seasons, it should leave many waters with fewer anglers. Lake Erie and tributaries Winds have kept many people off the lake and those that give it a go struggle with the con…

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DEC trapping permit applications available If you would like to obtain a permit for trapping at Tonawanda, Oak Orchard or John White Wildlife Management areas, applications are being accepted through Nov. 30 for the 2019-20 license year. Permit applications can be picked up at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, 1101 Casey Road, Alabama, between 8 a.m. and…

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Submissions can be emailed to outdoors@buffnews.com and should include name, hometown and particulars of the catch. One photo will be selected Catch of the Week and be published on the Thursday Outdoors page.

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Submissions can be emailed to outdoors@buffnews.com and should include name, hometown and particulars of the catch. One photo will be selected Catch of the Week and be published on the Thursday Outdoors page.

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The Southern Zone early big game archery season is set to kick off Oct. 1, and there are still plenty of last-minute details to take care of if you’re anything like the average bow bender. At the top of the list is shooting proficiency. “With the technology that is put into the bows on the market today, most dedicated archers are shooting great from 25 yards on out i…

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It’s a free fishing day in New York State on Saturday. Take advantage of a variety of fishing options and celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day festivities around WNY that same day, too. Lake Erie and tributaries Danny Colville at Colville Outfitters in Hamburg reports that some early trout have been found at the mouth of some of the creeks. The water is high, so th…

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Inland stream meetings set Before releasing a draft trout stream management plan, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced 10 public meetings for this fall. The meetings will allow DEC fisheries managers to meet with stream anglers to explain the proposed approach, answer any questions that anglers may have, and solicit feedback on the pr…

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By Jim Lickfeld, Williamsville This is the 18th year Pennsylvania has had an elk season, but the first with a specific archery season (Sept. 14-28). Previously, the general season lasted six days and any weapon could be used. I have been hunting in Pennsylvania since 1983, and this year I bought a big game license online in July and filled out an application for the …

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Sept. 19 – Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY monthly meeting starting at 7:30 p.m. at its clubhouse located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. Sept. 19 – Let’s Go Birding Together at Times Beach with Buffalo Audubon from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Preregistration required at 585-457-3228. Sept. 19-29 – King of the Piers Tournament being run by Mitchel’s Bait and Tackle i…