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The Buffalo Orienteering Club's season this year offers events for competitive racers, and beginners looking to learn the basics of using a map and compass. It features an adventure run and hike, trail runs in county parks, guided hikes, and traditional orienteering meets. Look for the Aug. 26 Ellicottville Adventure Run and Hike in the hills overlooking the Holiday …

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Definition: camping (ˈkampiNG) The activity spending a vacation living in a camp, tent, or camper. Camping is an outdoor activity that can have a huge effect on your life. At the top of the list, it’s a fantastic family bonding experience. It brings people together. It also encourages a sense of responsibility. Everyone should have a job to do as you pull it all…

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Perhaps the best way to describe a "Gran Fondo" to a Western New York cyclist is to invoke the Ride for Roswell. The popular event has never been billed as a Gran Fondo, but that's exactly what it is. The Italian term, loosely translated as "Big Ride," is used in the United States to describe one-day event rides. Most have different distances and degrees of difficulty t…

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From Michael Slomba My daughter, Rhianna Slomba, a sixth-grader at JFK Middle School in Cheektowaga, just turned 12 this past January and was excited to go on her very first hunt after taking her safety course. We went to Rushford on April 22 and nothing! Not even a cluck. So we went to property I lease in Perrysburg on that Sunday. As we were walking in at 5:30 a.m…

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May 5 – Lewiston Smelt Festival, Lewiston Landing starting at 5 p.m. Niagara River Anglers will be cooking up smelt. Free to attend. May 5 – Opening day of the Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby. For a list of weigh stations and registration points visit www.loc.org. May 6 – Opening day, walleye, Northern pike, pickerel and inland tiger musky seasons.…

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LOC Derby is on, starts Friday Interested in a contest that offers pretty decent odds at winning $15,000 for catching the biggest salmon? Look no further than the Spring Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Trout and Salmon Derby set for May 5-14. Start by checking out the website at www.loc.org. The first thing you need to do is analyze the leaderboards for the past spring cont…

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Rain, rain and more rain does not make for a good fishing report. To make matters worse, the area is in the media spotlight all week as we feature the outstanding spring fisheries for smallmouth bass on Lake Erie, the trout and other warm water fish in the lower Niagara River, and spring salmon and trout on Lake Ontario. All three can be outstanding in their own right, but…

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The Lake Ontario Counties Spring Trout and Salmon Derby (www.loc.org) kicks off Friday (yes, it’s still on!) and runs through May 14 – 10 days of fishing fun with anglers competing for over $44,000 in prizes and a grand prize of $15,000 for the biggest salmon overall. Over 3,000 fishermen will be hitting the lake wherever their boats will take them for the spring event sin…

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The two Great Lakes and the Niagara River’s waterfalls get most of the attention. Now another natural gem needs looking after. Cattaraugus Creek may not be as world famous as some other bodies of water around here, but anglers, hikers, kayakers and bird watchers head there for recreation in breathtaking scenery. The 550-square-mile watershed: • Offers a creek c…

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April 27 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs will hold its annual monthly meeting at West Falls Conservation Club, 55 Bridge Street, West Falls, starting at 7 p.m. April 28-30 – Bird of Prey Days with the Braddocks Bay Raptor Research Center, including a wide variety of activities. For more information go to www.bbrr.org. April 29 – Orvis Buffalo will be gi…

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More on Lake Ontario high-water levels As water levels continue to rise on Lake Ontario, county officials along the lake shore are expressing concern for boaters who may encounter debris floating on the lake. They are also asking boaters to respect a 500-foot no wake zone along the shoreline. This should not deter you from fishing any one of the many fishing events that…

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Kings are starting to hit more readily in Lake Ontario; trout are still in the river below Niagara Falls and picking up; and Lake Erie perch have been cooperating nicely as a few more launch ramps have added docks or opened for business to make things easier for Great Lakes access. High water levels on Lake Ontario continue to be a concern for shoreline home owners and mar…

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Like prospectors seeking a golden treasure, Western New York anglers are seeking a different kind of bounty as the waters of Lake Erie slowly warm – the tasty yellow perch. There may be fish that fight better like the mighty Chinook salmon on Lake Ontario or the feisty muskellunge in the Niagara River, but when it comes to a scrumptious meal, it’s tough to beat a fresh …

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April 19 – Local shooting clubs will participate in a commemorative “Shot Heard ‘round the World” at public ranges. For more information check out www.shotheardroundtheworldday.com. April 19 – 20th Annual Enviro-Fair Celebration at the Tuscarora Health and Community Center, 5226 Walmore Road, Lewiston from 5 -8 p.m. For more information call 297-9982. April 20 – Sout…

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Lyme Disease presentation April 25 at WNY TU Lyme disease is a very real danger in Western New York. To find out more about this tick-borne threat, attend the next general meeting of the WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the Donovan Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga on April 25 at 7:30 p.m.  The presentation will be given by Sheri Voss, representing WNY Lyme – a group…