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ECO’s Nab Salmon Poachers at Burt Dam The big news locally was the announcement last week that three poachers – we can’t call them fishermen – took two enforcement agencies on a wild fish chase around the Burt Dam area of 18 Mile Creek in the Town of Newfane. They were finally caught and brought to justice. In their possession were 69 salmon ranging from 5 to 35 pounds,…

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There are a number of things that the state Department of Environmental Conservation doesn’t have a taste for, and one of them is poached salmon. Three men accused of snagging 69 salmon with an illegal hook and a net at night learned that the hard way after one of them tried to elude authorities by swimming across a creek while another led police on a wild chase in the …

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I Love NY Fishing! That was the theme of a recent sportfishing familiarization tour involving four German dignitaries who shared an interest in what the Empire State had to offer as it related to fish and fishing opportunities. Working with Markly Wilson, director of international marketing for I Love NY, and Lori Solomon, I Love NY project manager, for the trip through…

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The time of year commonly referred to as “the rut” is a bit misunderstood. At least, that’s how Peter Fiduccia of South New Berlin in Chenango County sees it. Fiduccia, known around deer hunting circles as “The Deer Doctor,” is host and senior producer of the Woods N’ Waters TV Series for over 30 years. He is the author of no less than eight books, all on deer. “Don’t g…

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Crossbow season kicks off Nov. 5 Crossbow season in the Southern Zone is finally upon us, opening on Saturday, Nov. 5. While it is still part of the special early archery season, crossbows are not considered archery equipment. To be able to use a crossbow during the archery season, you must purchase a muzzleloader license and use that corresponding tag if successful dur…

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Buffalo News Outdoors Calendar Nov. 2 – Public Information Session on the recently completed Hanging Bog Wildlife Management Area from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Cuba-Rushford Middle/High School Auditorium, 5476 Route 305 North, Cuba. An open house will take place starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 – Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs monthly meeting at Southtowns Wa…

BARKER - A veteran wildlife technician will discuss how the American bald eagle was saved from extinction during a presentation at 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 2 in Barker Central High School, 1628 Quaker Road. Mike Allen, who retired from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, will talk about the resurgence of the eagle from a low point in 1960 when there was onl…

Deputy Sports Editor Keith McShea gave a tour of our new site via Facebook Live at our TBN Sports Facebook page. We've recently launched a new BuffaloNews.com, which includes a new look for our home page but our sports pages as well. It's a format that adapts to both traditional desktop browsers as well as mobile browsers. The new look at our sports, [BN] Blitz and […

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Sometimes the greatest thrill in the field comes from shared experience. Veteran hunter Matt Wesolowski and his sister Alison teamed up to go fall turkey hunting in South Wales. Matt has been there, done that. Alison, however, had never harvested a turkey. Until ... Matt explains: This was our first hunt of the fall season and we had four birds come in to our g…

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Buffalo News Outdoors Calendar Oct. 29 – Fall into Fitness – The Evil Spirit Hike at Devil’s Hole State Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 282-5154 to register. Oct. 29 – Evangola Trail Trek – Animal Investigation at Evangola State Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 549-1050 to register. Oct. 29 – UT-FL-AZ Multi-State Pistol Class at Genesee SCOPE, Batavia starting at 9…

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Water Levels Restored on Salmon River Thanks to recent rains and the fact that the Salmon River Fish Hatchery hit its target for salmon eggs, the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that the Lower Fly Fishing Area of the Salmon River is now open for (fishy) business. Drought conditions in the Salmon River watershed had forced the agency …

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Niagara River There are still some fresh kings being reported in the lower Niagara River. Capt. Ted Keesler of Rivermaster Charters reports that he’s still seeing some new salmon showing up in Devil’s Hole, catching fish this week with clients from Mississippi. He was using small chunks of cured salmon skein on a No. 4 hook and 12-pound test fluorocarbon leader off his …

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Whitetail deer are about to go crazy. Every year at this time, the whitetail deer will be going through a natural breeding phase that triggers urges that will make them a bit love-sick. For the bucks (the males of the species), we simply call it the “rut” – a time that will make them change their habits and cause them do things out of the ordinary to find a receptive doe. …

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The Upper Niagara River, stretching from Lake Erie to the cataracts of Niagara Falls, has a long and storied history when it comes to fish and fishing. Despite its precious past, many times this natural resource doesn’t receive its just due as an angling haven. Most recently, it was in the spotlight of the bass fishing world in July, when Bassmasters held a unique Brack…