The Cuba Rod & Gun Club will hold a 75-Bird Trap Shoot / Steak Dinner Sunday, July 13 at its clay target field located on West Keller Hill Road (off Keller Hill Road) in Cuba.
In this competition, each participant will first shoot two rounds (50 targets) of 16-yard trap to determine his handicap yardage for the final round (25 targets).
Cash prizes (,300 added money) will be awarded using the Lewis Class System of scoring. Additionally, the highest scoring woman and highest scoring youth (16 and under) will each receive ,50.
The ,30 admission (pre-registered, ,35 per walk-in on shoot day), includes a dinner consisting of steak, shrimp, salad, salt potatoes, etc. (The dinner is ,10 for non-shooters.)
Sign-up time is 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the day of the shoot.
Various side raffles, drawings, etc. will take place during the shoot, event proceeds to help fund the clubâ€™s youth shooting programs.
Interested shooters are requested to mail pre-registration(name with payment) to Mike Bunce, P.O. Box 175, Hinsdale, NY 14743.
Public hearings slated for statewide open burning ban
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed a regulation change to ban nearly all open burning, and DEC has not only extended the time period for the public to express its views , but is offering conveniently located (to Western New York residents) Public Information meetings and Official Hearings.
The existing regulation bans open burning in cities, villages, and towns with population greater than 20,000.
The proposed rule will ban open burning statewide.
Exceptions include fire training, small cooking and camp fires, ceremonial fires (defined as proper disposal of U.S. Flags by open burning, etc.), and agricultural burning limited to naturally grown products such as vines, branches, leaves, etc.
To garner the publicâ€™s views regarding this change, DEC has announced a series of one hour (4 p.m. - 5 p.m.) public information sessions immediately followed by three-hour (5 p.m. - 8 p.m.) official public hearings.
At the informational sessions, DEC staff members will answer questions concerning the proposed rule. This will be informal and conversation will not be a part of the official hearing.
At the following formal official public hearing, oral statements will be received. These are to be accompanied by written copies.
Public Information sessions / Hearings convenient for Western New Yorkers will be held Aug. 6 at Jamestown Community College, Training Center, Room 117, 10785 Bennett Road (Route 60), Dunkirk and Aug. 7 at the Allegany County Office Building, Legislative Board Chambers, 7 Court Street, Belmont.
The proposed regulation change (Part 215, Open Fires, Part 191, Forest Fire Prevention, and Part 621, Uniform Procedures) can be obtained by writing DEC, 270 Michigan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14203 Att. Larry Sitzman, or viewing DECâ€™s website www.dec.ny.gov.
Tentative 2008-09 waterfowl seasons announced
New York Stateâ€™s DEC has announced tentative 2008-09 Waterfowl Season dates, and they are as follows:
Â SEPTEMBER GOOSE SEASON: Northeastern, Southeastern, and Western Zones , Sept. 1 - 25; Lake Champlain Zone , Sept. 2 - 30; and Long Island Zone, Sept. 2 - 30.
The September goose season daily bag limit is 8, with the exception of the Lake Champlain Zone which is 5.
Â YOUTH WATERFOWL WEEKENDS: Northeastern and Southeastern Zones, Sept. 20 - 21; Lake Champlain Zone, Sept. 27-28; Western Zone, Oct. 11-12; and Long Island Zone, Nov. 8-9.
Â REGULAR DUCK HUNTING SEASONS: Northeastern Zone, Oct. 4-13 and Oct. 25-Dec.13; Southeastern Zone, Oct. 11-19 and Nov. 8 - Dec.28; Western Zone, Oct 25 - Dec. 7 and Dec. 27 - Jan. 11; and Long Island Zone, Nov. 27 - Jan. 25.
It is anticipated that bag limits will be 6 per day(same as last year), although changes for a few species may occur.
Â REGULAR FALL CANADA GOOSE SEASON: In upstate New York, including the Lake Champlain Zone, Oct. 25; Long Island, Nov.7.
Although these dates are tentative, it expected they will conform with federal regulations which are established in late summer.
DEC announces tentative dates to help waterfowl hunters plan vacations, etc. to pursue this sport.
As soon as final federal waterfowl hunting regulations are known, final dates, regulations, etc. will be posted on DECâ€™s website www.dec.ny.gov.
Ike Bobseine top shooter at Olean high power rifle match
Junior Rifleman Ike Bobseine walked away high scorer (778 - 26X) at the June 29 Olean High Power Rifle Match.
Rounding out the top five were Tyler Fitzpatrick, 757 - 18X; Scott Gibbs, 754 - 18X (using a .308 bolt action rifle); Jeff Mitchell, 726 - 15X; and Gene Dunn, 703 - 7X.
High Power shoots consist of 88 rounds fired: eight sighter rounds plus twenty rounds in each of four rapid and slow fire stages.
The 2008 High Power Rifle League is held at the Olean Rod & Gun Club located 1.25 miles up Wyman Road, off Steam Valley Road.
For additional information, call (716) 373-2357.
Bugs, Snakes, and Deer at Reinstein Woods
Regardless of age, if you have an interest in nature, the Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve offers workshops, seminars, guided trail hikes, etc. guaranteed to be enjoyable and increase understanding of our natural environment.
The following programs are available July 9 to July 19:
Â KNEE-HIGH NATURALISTS. July 9,23, August 13 and 27, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. daily. This is for children ages 3 - 5 and their caregivers. Each indoor session features stories, games, crafts, etc., and ends with a snack. The materials fee for the four-part series is ,10 per child.
Â POND LIFE. July 11, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Each child is given a net to scoop up aquatic insects from the Preserveâ€™s ponds. This program is for children 6 - 12. A parent / guardian must attend.
Â BUG-NANZA. July 15, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Children ages 6 - 12 and their caregivers will search fields and woods looking under logs, use sweep nets in the tall grass, etc. looking for insects. Each youth will present his favorite insect to the group. Field guides aid youth in learning the life cycle of their â€œbug.â€ A materials fee of ,1 per youth will be collected.
Â BUCK FULL MOON WALK. July 18, 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Bring binoculars and join the Preserveâ€™s naturalist on the trails searching for buck under the moonlight.
Â COLD-BLOODED CREATURES. July 19, 10:30 a.m. - noon. Participants will search for snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, etc. in the Preserveâ€™s marshes and wetlands with the resident naturalist.
Unless noted, these programs are free, however, pre-registration (716-683-5959) is required.
The Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve is located at 93 Honorine Drive, Depew.
Today: State Line Coonhunters Association meeting, Inavale Grange Hall, 1 p.m.
Today: Rushford Lake Conservation Club meeting, noon
Monday: Olean Rod & Gun Club meeting, 7p.m.
Tuesday: Cuba Rod & Gun Club meeting, 8 a.m.
Tuesday:: Friendship Rod & Gun Club meeting, 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Allegany County Federation of Sportsmenâ€™s Clubs, Allegany Fairgrounds, 7 p.m.
Thursday:: Franklinville Conservation Club meeting, 8 p.m.
Saturday: International Defense Pistol Association Shoot, Portville Conservation Club, 8 a.m.
Sunday: Cattaraugus Co. Houndsmen and Conservation Club meeting, 3 p.m.