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As executive director of the Niagara River Greenway Commission, Gregory D. Stevens is dedicated to improving and expanding Western New York's burgeoning trail system. So what does it feel like when the region's trail system receives a $50 million gift? "If your passion is healthy outdoor living and the restoration and improvement of the Niagara River Waterfront, this…

As hunting seasons slowly grab hold of anglers (big game archery season is on, pheasant season opens Saturday and waterfowl seasons up on Oct. 27), there are less people fishing … so there are more fish to catch. The cold weather could be that trigger that really turns things on in the streams. Lake Erie and tributaries Action is the lake is still good to very good i…

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“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” That Charles Dickens quote from "A Tale of Two Cities" is most appropriate when evaluating the status of Lake Ontario’s salmonid fishery. After coming off the best open-lake salmon fishing for catch rates since creel census records began in 1985, fishermen were hoping for huge numbers of staging fish off the rivers …

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Oct. 17 – Start of Capt. Bob’s Outdoors trout and panfish derby through Dec. 22. Categories include steelhead, brown trout, rudd, perch and salmon. Shop is located at 10295 Main St., Clarence. Call 407-3021 for more information. Oct. 18 – Southtowns Walleye Association general membership meeting at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg starting at 7:30 p.m. Guest speakers wi…

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Pheasant stocking set for Oct. 20 opener With opening day for pheasant hunting set to take place Saturday for the western part of the state, it’s important to note that thousands of adult birds will be stocked in the area. Some 30,000 adult birds raised at the Reynolds game farm in Ithaca will be planted around the state. Here in Department of Environmental Conservatio…

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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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Buffalo News outdoors writer Bill Hilts Jr. recently won five awards from the New York State Outdoor Writers Association in its annual writing and photography contest. Hilts won first place for a column that appeared in October and marked the state writers group’s 50th anniversary. He tied for third place in the newspaper column category for an April 2017 column, "Catch…

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As we drifted a strong current in Shinnecock Bay, bouncing jigs along the bottom, a small school of albacore started jumping near our boat chasing baitfish. Our host for the morning and one of the conference organizers, Chris Paparo of Calverton, became extremely animated. “Cast your bait beyond the leaping fish and reel your jig in as fast as you can along the surface,…

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Walleye action continues in Lake Erie and there are some decent perch schools available if you can brave the weather and find them. Tributary trout is slowly improving when the rains aren’t putting a damper on things. Lake Ontario salmon action is going strong in the streams and rivers, as well as in the lake. Lake Erie and tributaries Steve Brzuszkiewicz of Marilla keep…

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Capt. Bob’s fall derby starts Oct. 17 Capt. Bob’s Outdoors, 10295 Main St., Clarence, will start its popular fall trout and panfish derby on Oct. 17, running through Dec. 22. Entry fee is $20. Stop into the shop or call 407-3021 to register. All contestants must be registered at least two days prior to weighing in a catch. Species categories include steelhead, brown tro…

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Oct. 11 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs monthly meeting at Hawkeye Bowmen, 13300 Clinton St, Alden. The board meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. with the general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 – Tonawandas Sportsmen’s Club, 5657 Killian Road, Pendleton, will hold its monthly membership meeting starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 12 – Lottery waterfowl blind drawing…

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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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New York has a long and strong tradition in hunting, an outdoor heritage passed down from generation to generation. The next two weekends will afford plenty of opportunities for junior hunters to spend time in the woods and fields or on the water with a licensed mentor to learn good hunting habits from veteran outdoors ambassadors. “Kids are the future of hunting and ke…

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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.