The Department of Environmental Conservation announced a special "Youth Only" pheasant hunting weekend is scheduled for Oct. 12-13.
This hunt ocurs one week prior to the regular pheasant hunting season and provides junior hunters (ages 12-15 years old) the opportunity to hunt pheasants with a licensed adult companion when fewer hunters are afield. The regular pheasant season opens Oct. 19.
As required under existing law, junior hunters must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter during the youth pheasant hunt. Accompanying adults will NOT be allowed to possess a firearm or take a pheasant during the special season. Junior hunters are allowed to take two birds per day, as allowed during the regular season. Consult the regulations book page 45 for boundary descriptions. All other pheasant hunting regulations remain in effect.
The DEC estimates that approximately 770 adult roosters and hens have been stocked in Region 9 prior to this weekend at the following counties/sites: Allegany-County - Hanging Bog WMA along New Hudson Road and Birdsall at Keeney Swamp WMA Route 15B off North Parking area.
Cattaraugus County: Conewango Swamp WMA Between Route 241 and Conewango Creek - Red House Allegany State Park, Wolf Run Road (Free Permit necessary from the Administration Building). Township of Farmersville at Harwood Lake Multiple Use Area. (No special permit required for the youth hunt weekend). South Valley - Allegheny Reservoir WMA at the vicinity of Bone Run off Onoville Road.
Chautauqua County: Township of Sherman at Alder Bottom Wildlife Management Area off Idora Road and Route 76.
Erie County: Township of Collions at Zoar Valley Multiple Use area, south of Vail and Unger Road and Button Road. No special permit required for the Youth Hunt.
All the stocked birds were provided from the DEC Reynolds Game Farm.
For information about other areas, contact the DEC's Buffalo Office at 851-7010 or the DEC's Allegany office at 372-0645. For questions about hunting pheasants in Allegany State Park, call 354-9121. For additional information on pheasant hunting, consult the DEC's website at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8363.html.
Additional pheasants are raised and released through the DEC's Day Old Pheasant Chick Program. This year more than 41,000 pheasants were distributed statewide through this program. Anyone interested in raising and releasing pheasants to expand next year's hunting opportunities should contact the DEC 's Reynolds Game Farm at (607) 273-2768.
New Sporting licenses (fishing ) went into effect Oct. 1.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host the last Trapping Training Course in the area on Oct. 17-18 from 6 to 10 p.m. both days. No pre-registration required, just show up on Thursday, Oct. 17.
The next scheduled meeting of the Southtowns Walleye Association of W.N.Y. Inc. will be Thursday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. The club, located at 5895 Southwestern Boulevard, Hamburg will feature guest speaker "Tommy "O" Owczarczak with a documentary on Fishing Nome Alaska for Artic Grayling. Note that inside the latest issue of the newsletter is an announcement of the change of the 2014 tournament which will be an eight-day event running from Saturday, June 7 to Saturday, June 14. (No second Sunday). The tournament fee has also increased from $25 up to $35.
The Lakes Shore Longbeards, our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at Liberty Vineyards, located on Route 20 in Sheridan. Regional Director Marty Huber will be in attendance with the 2014 banquet features booklet. The committee will plan events for the upcoming year, including the membership/fundraiser banquet. The meetings are always open to the public.
Bow season opened Oct. 1 in Western New York. The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will continue its non-perishable food collection "Hunters Helping the Hungry" during the Big Game hunting season. Club members are reminded to bring their canned goods to the club for donation to be distributed during the Christmas holiday season.
Free fly-tying and fly-fishing classes have resumed on Monday evenings at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, from 6-8 p.m. Fly tyers at all stages are invited to attend, from beginners to expert. The Monday night tyers will provide fly tying vises and all materials for anyone who would like to learn how to tie a fly or how to start fly fishing. Ken Hollander and Willie Fedrick, along with guest tyers, will provide the know how, in a safe, enjoyable facility located at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, on Mullet Street, in Dunkirk. Note: Participants will get to keep what they tie and will receive one-on-one attention. No registration required, so just show up!
The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, on Route 5, in Hamburg, will feature guest speaker Cameron Daboin, founder of the Greater Western New York Paranormal Society speaking on "Paranormal Activity" at 7 p.m., on Oct. 24. The event is open to the public and is free.
There will be a gun show at the Frewsburg Firemen's Rec Hall, 25 Hazzard St., Frewsburg, on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. Call 569-6810 for more information.
There is also a gun raffle today at the Frewsburg Legion Post 556 starting at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.
The 48th annual Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) banquet will be held Oct. 11, at Lucarelli's Banquet Center, which is located at 1830 Abbott Road, in Lackawanna. For more information on SCOPE, and other events, go to scopeny.org/events.html.
The Ellery Rod & Gun Club located on Pancake Hill Road off Dutch Hollow Road will host "Turkey Shoots" on Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. These events will start at 9 a.m. Breakfast will also be served from 8 a.m. until noon. Slugs and shot will be provided for slug shoots and "lucky shot" events.
The Evans Rod & Gun Club will host their annual "Sighting-in Day" on Saturday, Nov. 2. from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and those interested can use the opportunity to sight-in their deer slugs, rifles, handguns and Muzzleloaders. The club has a covered firing line with concrete shooting benches. Targets are provided at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards. NRA certified Range Safety Officers and experienced shooters will be in attendance to provide assistance. There is a $5 fee per gun. Refreshments will also be available.
If your club is hosting a shooting event or training course (turkey shoot, etc.) drop a line and I will be glad to place an announcement in the calendar.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.