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The baying of a beagle hot on the trail of a cottontail rabbit is music to the ears of any die-hard small game bunny hunter. “Rabbit hunting is my life,” said Rick Giermata of Hamburg. “I love chasing them this time of year. It’s been a passion of mine for over 40 years now.” It was 13 years ago when Giermata decided to honor retired Buffalo schoolteacher Frank Privi…

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More than 2oo seminars set for Niagara Fishing Expo No matter your level of fishing proficiency, the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo would like to share some angling knowledge by the numbers. Set for Jan. 17-19 at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, the show offers more than 200 free seminars (with the cost of admission) with the help of more than 100 …

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After high winds and rain that rocked everyone’s world last weekend, it’s only appropriate that the seventh annual Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo is this weekend at the Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, located at 101 Old Falls St. Check out niagarafishingexpo.com for details. Don’t let a little snow keep you away. Lake Erie and tributaries Thankfully,…

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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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Jan. 10 – Ten X Shooting Club youth rifle shooting program for ages 9 through 20. New and first-time shooters should arrive at 6 p.m. Shooting begins at 6:30 p.m. Membership is not required. Cost is $3 per night, but no shooter is turned away. Call Matt Giansante at 622-0705 for more information. Jan. 11 – Gorgeous Gulls at Artpark State Park with naturalist Tom Kerr fr…

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As the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation ramps up its efforts to celebrate its 50th anniversary in the Empire State this year, it’s only appropriate that the agency start on an impressive note by offering something that’s never been tried – an open house at a sport show. On Jan. 18, DEC will give access to the leaders of many of New York’s key fishing res…

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Fishing will take a huge hit this week with more winds and 1-2 inches of rain in the forecast. If that happens, your best bet is to visit www.niagarafishingexpo.com and see which seminars you can attend next weekend and which vendor booths pique your interest. Lake Erie and tributaries The main lake is still 38 degrees with another warm spell in the forecast. However, wi…

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Bay Rat Lures to aid Niagara pen projects Bay Rat Lures has announced that it will sell a new lure designed specifically for spring salmon and trout fishing starting next weekend at the Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo. The lure, designed with the help of Joe Yaeger, president of the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association, will benefit three Niagara County salm…

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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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To see what the future may hold, you must sometimes look to the past for guidance. An excellent case in point is Lake Erie’s spectacular walleye fishery. We know the fishing was better than good in 2019. It was great. “I was a little surprised to see the 2019 catch rate down slightly from 2018,” said Dr. Jason Robinson, Lake Erie Unit Leader for the state’s Department o…

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The Fishing Beat for Jan. 1, 2020 It’s a new year and a new decade. Jan. 1 kicks off new seasons like lake trout season in the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario. It’s also the beginning of limit changes like the reduction of walleye from 3 to 1 in the lower Niagara River. For all motorized boaters out there, Jan. 1, 2020 is the trigger date for Brianna’s Law, a new l…

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More Fly Fishing Education at Niagara Fishing Expo If you want to learn more about fly fishing, especially with a focus on the waters in Western New York, you’ll want to mark Jan. 17-19, 2020 on your calendar. The Greater Niagara Fishing and Outdoor Expo will once again be living up to its new “Teaching Fishing” branding by expanding its offering on the fly at the Confe…

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BN Outdoor Calendar for Jan. 1, 2020 Jan. 1 – First Day Hike at Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew starting at 11 a.m. Call 683-5959 for details. Jan. 1 – First Day Hike at area state parks. In Erie County, hike Evangola State Park from 9-11 a.m.; and Knox Farm State Park from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 549-1050 to register for the hi…