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Scattershot: Outdoors news and notes

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Buffalo, Lake Erie Selected for FLW Tourney in 2018

Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) has announced the 2018 Costa FLW Series schedule and Buffalo/Lake Erie has been selected to be one of three tournaments – all in New York – as part of the Northern Division. Dates for the contest will be July 26-28, 2018 and the local host is the Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission. This will be the perfect opportunity to showcase the new-and-improved Safe Harbor and Buffalo Harbor State Park, as well as the area’s world class smallmouth bass fishery. Other tournaments in the Northern Division will be Plattsburgh/Lake Champlain June 21-23 and Clayton/1000 Islands Sept. 6-8.

Four other divisions exist as part of the Costa FLW Series including the Central, Southwestern, Western and Southeastern. The top 40 pros and co-anglers in the final point standing in each Division will be invited to compete in the Costa FLW Series Championship to be held on Lake Guntersville in Alabama. For more information check out

Waterfowl Permit Lottery for WMAs

Sept. 15 is the deadline to submit a permit application to participate in a lottery drawing for a waterfowl permit to hunt opening weekend (Oct. 28-29) on the Tonawanda and Oak Orchard State Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs). To apply for the lottery, hunters must send in a postcard with their name, address and their first three choices in order of preference (Oak Orchard first Saturday, Oak Orchard first Sunday, Tonawanda first Saturday and Tonawanda first Sunday. Applicants must also have completed a Waterfowl ID Class and their course certificate number must be on the postcard. Mail your postcard to NYS Bureau of Wildlife, 1101 Casey Road, Box B, Basom, NY 14013.

Permits are now required for safety reasons. A total of 100 permits will be issued for Tonawanda and 50 for Oak Orchard through a random lottery. Each permitee will be allowed to bring one companion over the age of 18 and an additional companion 18 years of age or younger.

Reelin’ for a Cure Winners Announced

The Second Annual Reelin’ for a Cure Ladies Fishing Tournament was held August 18 out of the ports of Wilson and Olcott on Lake Ontario. After six hours of fishing, the teams assembled at Krull Park in Olcott for weigh in, followed by the awards and lunch at Shultze Vineyards and Winery. First place team in the six fish contest was Capt. Bryan Lukehart’s Just One More Cure, scoring 149.54 points based on 10 points per fish and a point per pound. Second place was the Legacy team led by Capt. Rob Wescott of Rochester with a score of 134.07 points. Third place was the Dipsy Divas, led by Capt. Matt Dunn of Newfane with a score of 125.24 points. Including in their catch was the big fish of the tournament, a 26.09-pound king salmon. All of the teams were comprised of ladies (allowing for a male captain and mate) and the captains or mates were not allowed to reel in any fish. A total of 17 teams competed this year. In the end, the real winner was the Breast Cancer Network of WNY. More than $4,000 was raised to support this organization. The date is set for next year, August 17, 2018. Check the Reelin’ for a Cure Facebook page out to find out how you can participate.

Bowhunters Needed for Sighting Log

The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is looking to recruit bow hunters during the archery season – whether you shoot a vertical bow or a crossbow – and participate in a Bowhunter Sighting Log for 2017. Last year, over 3,800 bowhunters partipated, collecting valuable data for DEC wildlife biologists. More than 186,000 hours were logged last year, recording over 120,000 deer. In addition, 48,000 turkeys, 2,700 ruffed grouse, 2,200 coyotes, almost 1,400 red fox, 1,300 raccoons, 450 fishers, 380 gray fox, 339 black bear, 128 bobcats, 7 river otter and 5 moose were also recorded.

Deadline to sign up is Aug. 31. Send an email to and put “BowLog” in the subject line. Be sure to include your name, address, hunter ID (back tag number) and the county you primarily hunt. Other opportunities also exist for upland bird hunters, turkey hunters and rabbit hunters. Check the DEC website out at


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