NYS accepting comments on CWD Minimization Plan

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek: Free fly tying courses resume on Monday at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club and Tuesday at the Costello Community Room (P84)at SUNY Fredonia. All equipment and materials are provided.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will accept written comments on the draft NYS Interagency Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Risk Minimization Plan until Sept. 15. The plan will describe regulatory changes and actions that the DEC and the NYS Department of Agriculture and markets believe are necessary to minimize the risk of CWD entering and spreading in New York. The plan is designed to protect whitetailed deer and moose as well as captive cervids including deer and elk held on enclosed facilities.

The NYS Interagency CWD Risk Minimization plan has been reaching out to stakeholder groups to address the concerns while maintaining the goals of protecting wildlife resources, the public and the environment. The plan updates reporting and testing requirements of captive cervid owners, improves communication to stakeholders and simplifies regulations to reduce confusion during the process. The draft Chronic Wasting Disease plan is available for review on the DEC website. Deadline for sending written comments in Sept. 15. You can send comments by email to (wildlife@dec.ny.gov, subject:“CWD Plan”) or by writing to NYSDEC, Bureau of Wildlife, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754.

If you are in the mood for a road trip, the DEC will be conducting Lake Ontario Fisheries meetings , discussing current Salmon and Trout stocking levels for 2018. The meeting dates and locations are: Monday, Sept. 11 from 6:30-9 p.m.(all three days) at the Donald Schleiter Lodge and Pavilion, 199 East Manitu Road, Braddock Bay Park, Rochester. Tuesday, Sept. 12 at Pulaski High School auditorium, 4624 Salina Street, Pulaski and Wednesday Sept. 13 at Cornell Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport. During the meetings DEC staff will provide information and will accept questions from the audience.

Just a reminder that the September Canada goose season opened on Sept. 1 and will close on Sept. 25. To participate you must have a 2017-18 hunting license, be registered in the 2017-18 NY Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) and all hunters 16 years of age and older, must have a 2017-18 federal duck stamp that is signed across the face of the stamp in ink. (You can usually purchase a duck stamp at the post office).


Monday night free fly tying courses will resume on Monday at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tying vises, instruction and materials are all provided free No registration is necessary. The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club is located on Mullet Street Dunkirk. Turn towards the lake at the Country Fair store located on Lakeshore Drive west (Route 5).

There will be a free trapping course at the “Con Club” on Saturday, Spet. 16 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Preparation work must be completed before the event. For more information contact Gary Dudek at 366-3397.

There will be a pistol course also at the Con Club on Sept. 27 from 5:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. There is a mandatory fee of $75 for taking this course. Call Dudek at 366-3397 for more information.

The Children of the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program will be starting its 18th year of providing weekly free fly tying and fly fishing classes to both youths and adults in our area. Classes will be on Tuesday evenings starting on Aug. 29 from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Costello Community Room (P84) in the new addition to the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia. You do not need any prior experience to attend these classes and the course is geared towards ages 10 and older. For more information contact Alberto Rey at 410-7003 or alberto@albertorey.com.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host a .22 caliber pistol or rifle “spinner target” course on Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and includes a hot dog or hamburger, chips and a non-alcoholic beverage. Open to the public. Contact Rudy Abersold at 397-9717 for information. All shoots are open to the public contact Rob at 485-3773, Tom at 680-0209. The Bear Lake Club is located at 4391 Cassadaga-Stockton Road, Stockton 14784.

If your club or organization is holding a hunter safety training/trapping course or a turkey shoot or any other outdoors event, and would like to see it posted in the calendar, send information to the OBSERVER, 10 East Second Street, Dunkirk, N.Y. 14048, or call the sports dept. at 366-3000 ext. 5 after 6 p.m.

Note: If you have a big-game fishing or trapping success story you would like to share, call 366-1772, or 467-2079 and leave a name, phone number and a time you can be reached. You can also call 366-3000, ext. 5, after 6 p.m.