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Our country will recognize the efforts of hunters and fishermen with National Hunting and Fishing Day on Sept. 28. This will be the 48th year that this special day honors the outdoor ranks of sportsmen and sportswomen, a proclamation that began when it was designated by Congress in 1972. For the national recognition, country music superstars Luke Bryan and Chris Janson …

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Oliver, CF win big in lower river challenge Mike Oliver of Amherst was crowned the grand champion as another popular Lower Niagara Sport Fishing Challenge was held Sept. 12-13 out of Lewiston. The big winner, though, was the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This year’s tournament raised more than $90,000, bringing the event’s overall total to more than $1 million. Oliver, w…

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It’s turning to fall and leaves are starting to color. That’s a sure sign for salmon and trout to begin their autumn migration, but it’s been a slow start. Let’s hope for a cool rain soon to help trigger that action. Lake Erie and tributaries There's a good walleye bite continuing off Cattaraugus Creek in 73 to 80 feet of water, according to Steve Brzuszkiewicz of Marill…

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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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Sept. 12 – Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association monthly meeting starting at 7 p.m. at the North Amherst Fire Company, 2200 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst. Agenda includes a season wrap-up roundtable with member captains. Sept. 12 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs monthly meeting starting at 7 p.m. at the Springville Field and Stream, 8900 Chaise Road, Sp…

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A few more salmon are starting to show up in the lower Niagara River and off the piers in Olcott, but it’s still early in the run. The walleye action is still hot in Lake Erie and the perch are starting to show up, too. Could the New York Power Authority fishing platform be ready for use on Saturday? Lake Erie Rich Davenport of Tonawanda says walleye action is still hot …

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Reelin’ for a Cure announces donation Organizers for the Reelin’ for a Cure all-women trout and salmon tournament held out of Wilson and Olcott in August made a $13,300 donation on Tuesday night to this year's benefactor. Stephanie Pierleoni and Renee Boyd presented Patty Murray and Hope for Two with a check from the fishing fundraiser. Hope for Two focuses on the plig…

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For 17-year-old Nick Sanderson of Williamsville, it’s a dream come true. Earlier this month, he found out that a largemouth bass he caught in a Clarence neighborhood pond qualified him for the inaugural Big Bass Junior Championship, representing the State of New York at a Priest River/Lake Pend Oreille fishing resort in Idaho. The road to the Gem State wasn’t an easy on…

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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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3-F youth mentor hunt Sept. 14 has openings The Three-F Conservation Club, 904 Swann Road, Lewiston, has plenty of openings for its Youth Mentor Pheasant Hunt set for Sept. 14 on club grounds. The day is more than just a hunt. It’s an extensive day of outdoor education that includes a seminar on turkey calling, conservation ethics, dog handling, archery, safe gun handling…

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Capt. Codey Allen of West Seneca is $25,500 richer after the Lake Ontario Counties Fall Salmon and Trout Derby came to a close on Labor Day. He can finally breathe a sigh of relief after waiting 17 days to see if his big salmon was going to earn the top prize. The fish story started on August 16, the first day of the Fall LOC Derby. After working in the morning, he deci…

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It’s September. Where did the summer go? The Fall LOC Derby is now in the books and check out this week’s outdoor column to see where the winners can from and how they did it. Walleye action in Lake Erie is still going strong. Take advantage while you can. Lake Erie Steve Brzuszkiewicz of Marilla says fishing out of Cattaraugus Creek is still good, however action has mov…

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Walleye fishing in the New York waters of Lake Erie has been nothing short of phenomenal. As we approach Labor Day and the autumn season, many of the walleyes arrived on the local fishing scene from Ohio in the spring and spent much of the summer here. Now they are ready to begin their trek back to the Buckeye State. Only a small percentage of fish travel this far east …

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By Joe Famiglietti Special to The News I have been an avid bowhunter for 52 years and am always looking for offseason ways to practice in order to be successful during the regular big game seasons. This year I am turning 70, and my family treated me to a summer hunting trip to the Tioga Ranch in Tioga, Pa. I had been working on my equipment all spring in preparati…

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Aug. 28 – Safe Harbor Open Bass League one-day contest out of Safe Harbor Marina, Buffalo, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $40 for one or two person teams. Best three fish. Pay at the launch. Aug. 30 – Summer Night Hike and Campfire from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Beaver Meadow Audubon Preserve in North Java. Preregistration required. Cost is $5. Call 585-457-3228. Aug. 30 – "F…