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BN Outdoor Calendar for May 1, 2019 May 1 – NYS Spring Turkey Season opens through May 31. For regulations check www.dec.ny.gov. May 3 – Lewiston Smelt Festival at Academy Park, Lewiston starting at 5 p.m. Live music. Smelt eating contest. Smelt fry by the Niagara River Anglers Association. www.niagarariverregion.com May 4 – I Love My Park Day across NYS. Here’s a…

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By Dave Woodworth II Dave “Woody” Woodworth was the longest running president in the history of the Southtowns Walleye Association of Western New York, holding office for 12 years (2005-2017). He also held a position on the board of directors and was a member of the tournament, walleye restoration and outdoor expo committees. He was integral in managing the club’s purch…

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The bearded gobbler was slowly making its way into the hunting area, previously scouted by Mike Mettler of Niagara Falls. Mettler was accompanied by 13-year-old Tyler Hutcheson of the Town of Niagara, hunting in Cherry Creek, Chautauqua County. They were hoping for a repeat performance they had experienced during the spring youth turkey hunt in 2018, when the junior hunter…

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The ice boom removal began Monday. How fast the ice chunks will dissipate will be up to Mother Nature based on wind direction, temperatures and precipitation. As the ice flows through the Niagara River and into Lake Ontario, be careful as you negotiate the frozen chunks. Fishing is still good! Lake Erie and tributaries “It's been good in the streams when fishable,” repor…

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Scoby Dam project the topic for TU meeting If you’d like to learn more about the Scoby Dam Fish Passage Project on Cattaraugus Creek and its current status, you should attend the WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited monthly meeting Tuesday, April 30, at The Orvis Shop, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville. The regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. and the guest speaker will be …

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Domske honored at State of Lake Erie meeting New York Sea Grant Coastal education specialist Helen Domske was honored at the State of Lake Erie gathering held in Hamburg last Thursday at the Southtowns Walleye Association clubhouse. Domske, who was awarded the 2017 Henry J. Kord Conservation Award for her significant contributions to the conservation of Western New York’s…

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The ice boom is still in place, tributary fishing had been good until the streams were blown out with rain and Lake Ontario proper is slowly turning up the action as waters continue to warm. Lake Erie and tributaries For the most part, all major tributaries are blown out. According to Nicholas Sagnibene of Ellicottville, some upper reaches of the inland tributaries will …

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The Lake Erie fishing forecast for 2019 calls for more of the same as last year – plenty of fish and superb fishing. That was the message that was handed out at N.Y. Sea Grant’s State of Lake Erie meeting held last Thursday at the Southtowns Walleye Association’s clubhouse in Hamburg. For Lake Erie, the number one preferred target is walleye. Last year’s catch rate brok…

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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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2 the Outdoors Environmental Forum April 17 Ever wonder what the future holds for our natural resources? The next 2 the Outdoors Environmental Forum will explore the future of our planet through the eyes of three young environmental stewards with the theme “Our Mother’s Future: Youth and the Environment.” The forum will be held on April 17 at Tifft Nature Preserve, 1200…

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Bullheads were hitting, some salmon have been caught and the ice boom probably will be in place for at least another week. In the meantime, recognize that walleye season is closed in New York. Some casters in the Tonawanda Creek system have been targeting big females filled with eggs. It is illegal to target a species that’s out of season. Lake Erie and tributaries The S…

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On a day when more than 40 volunteers gathered in Olcott to assemble and float net pens at the Town of Newfane Marina on Saturday morning, many of them a few hours later accepted prestigious awards from the Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs at its annual awards banquet in Lockport. Past and present fisheries ambassadors were recognized as well as others in…

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“Things aren’t always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.”  -- Phaedrus Some major waterfowl changes are going to be happening in the Atlantic Flyway, of which New York belongs, starting this year. I've written about the reduction in daily limits for Canada goose because of the decreased numbers of the Atlantic population of Canada geese as well as the red…

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State of Lake Erie meeting April 11 New York Sea Grant’s annual state of Lake Erie meeting, held in conjunction with the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY, will be April 11 at the Southtowns Walleye club house, located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This popular public even…