Banquet helps fund wetland protection

Photo by Gene Pauszek Attendees of the Ducks Unlimited banquet at the Fredonia Beaver Club pose for a photo Saturday.

The Northern Chautauqua County Ducks Unlimited banquet was held at the Fredonia Beaver Club on Saturday.. Ron Romance and his dedicated crew put on another excellent fundraiser that was once again filled to capacity. Money raised by this and similar events held through out the U.S. and Canada provide funding for preserving wetlands which are vital for waterfowl nesting. Without wetlands, the waterfowl population plummets. Waterfowl and other forms of wildlife benefit from wetland preservation, so hats off to D.U. and those who support their efforts.

This might be a good time to mention that the Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public input from duck hunters on what can be done to improve the waterfowl hunting season in our area. To provide input, go to the DEC website to find the name of the task force member assigned to Region 9. You can also fill out the waterfowl input form on the DEC website or send an email to the waterfowl season input mailbox. For more information go to www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/40737.html.

The DEC is also accepting applications for the Day- old Pheasant Chick Program. The program will provide day-old chicks to approved co-operators, who will raise the birds and release them on land open to public hunting. Co-operators will have to provide a brooding facility, a covered outdoor rearing pen, and an adequate release site. Approved applicants will receive the chicks in April ,May or June. All release sites must be approved in advance by the DEC and must be open for public pheasant hunting opportunities. The program is funded through the State Conservation Fund from licenses paid by hunters trappers and anglers. For more information, go to the Reynolds Game Farm at 273-2768 ,or email wildlife@dec.ny.gov.subject line: “Day-old Pheasant Chick Program.” Deadline for application is March 25.

Calendar: The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will be hosting its annual February chicken barbecue today from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the club and proceeds go to defray the cost of the annual Take-A-Kid-Fishing Day which will be held on the first Saturday in June.

The WNY Safari Club International will host Ernie Calandrelli from Quaker Boy Calls as the guest speaker at their March 7 meeting at Michael’s Banquet Facility, located at 4885 Southwestern Blvd. Hamburg. Ernie will talk turkey about spring turkey hunting and those in attendance will have a chance to win a Mossberg turkey gun and hunt with Ernie. The event starts at 7 p.m. Call Terry at 472-2380 for information.

The next gun show is on March 3-4 at Hickory Post VFW located at 5550 East State St., Hermitage, Pa.

Another gun show will be on March 17-18 at the Harborcreek Fire Dept. Social Hall located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Rt 20 (located between North East, Pa. and Harborcreek, Pa.)

On April 14-15, there will be a gun show at Ashtabula County Fair Grounds at the Expo Center Building, located at 127 North Elm St., Jefferson Ohio. For more information contact Larry Spicer at 792-9972 or email LRgunshows@gmail.com.

The Seneca Allegany Casino Events Center o hosting its annual outdoor show this weekend. Log on enchantedmountains.com for more information.

There will be a sportsmen flea/yard sale at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on Sunday, March 4 from noon until 5 p.m. Bring or look for old-new fishing, hunting, trapping, camping equipment etc. NO GUNS. Call Paul at 680-4629 for information.

The Western New York Sport & Travel Expo held at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg will be a four day event from March 8-11. Check out eriepromotions.com for more information.

The first annual Lake Erie Outdoor & Fishing Show is scheduled for April 21 at the Clarion Hotel Marina & Conference Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. They are still looking for vendors. Call 366-3000 ext. 420 or email mpatton@observertoday.com

Monday night, free fly tying courses at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club are 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).

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 are on Wednesday evenings 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.

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 St., Dunkirk, NY 14048, or call the sports department 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. or email Sports@observertoday.com.

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