Niagara Gazette


October 26, 2013

Bill Hilts' Outdoor Report for Oct. 27


Niagara Gazette — In the end, it’s better for the environment. And it’s about getting neighbors back to being neighborly. 

Gordon Batcheller, Chief of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Bureau of Wildlife, says that this form of customized deer management is an interesting concept that balances the deer herd with habitat conditions. It also focuses on the taking of antlerless deer, which is also a good thing because some areas simply have too many deer – such as in Westchester County. They are faced with the challenge of managing the state’s deer herd of more than one million animals both on public and private lands, so they are discussing the regulatory aspect of QDM type programs…which also brings to mind access and what kind of a role this will play with the hunting public. Access is critical for the general hunting public and DEC is focusing more on access across the state. In the end, it will come down to hunter attitudes. The survey that is being conducted this fall will help lay the foundation for whitetail management beyond 2015, when the current plan expires.

Calendar of Events for Week of October 27, 2013 Today • Gun Show hosted by the Iroquois Arms Collectors, 2176 Liberty Drive, Niagara Falls from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open to the public. Nominal admission fee. For more info contact Don Clark at 791-4628 or Bob Chambers at 876-9815. • Northern Zone regular deer season is now open through December 8. Tomorrow • Waterfowl Lottery drawings for Beaver Island State Park, West River Parkway, Strawberry and Motor islands are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for Beaver Island blinds at the Beaver Island Casino located within the state park at 6:30 p.m. sharp. For more info call 773-3271. • Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs general meeting at Cornell Cooperative Extension Niagara, 4487 Lake Avenue (Route 78), Lockport starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday • Niagara County Fisheries Development Board meeting at Wilson Town Hall, 375 Lake St., Wilson starting at 7 p.m. For more info call Chairman Frank Campbell at 523-0013. Wednesday • Niagara Frontier Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation monthly meeting will hold their monthly meeting at the Twin Village Post 463, Litchfield Ave., Lancaster (near Transit and Broadway) starting at 7:30 p.m. • Waterfowl lotteries continue for local state parks Fort Niagara, Joe Davis, Wilson-Tuscarora and Golden Hill at the Fort Niagara State Park maintenance building starting at 5:30 p.m. sharp. Drawings will also be held every Wednesday. For more information call the Fort Niagara State Park at 745-7273. • Introduction to Kayaking at Williamsville South High School from 6-9 p.m. Fee is required. Instruction by Paths, Peaks and Paddles. For information on how to sign up, call 626-8080. • Gateway Harbor Canal Fish Derby Committee Meeting at 7 p.m., Gastown Sportsmen's Club, 154 E. Niagara St., Tonawanda. Friday • Final day, Lake Ontario plains fall turkey season. The Southern Tier season is open through Nov. 15. • Leftover Deer Management Unit permits are now available at license issuing agents only. • New York Power Authority Fishing Platform and reservoir closes for the season for fishing. Saturday • Jim Carr Multi-State Pistol Permit Class for Utah-Arizona-Florida at Niagara Gun Range, Niagara Falls Blvd., North Tonawanda starting at 9 a.m. This class will give you the necessary certification to apply for pistol permits in those states and give you carrying privileges in some 30 states. For more info or to preregister contact 693-4000. Carr can be reached at 778-9431. • The Great Gorge Route hike in Niagara Falls State park from 1 to 3:30 p.m. For info and registration call 282-5154. • The Pan-Am Experience presentation at Evangola State Park from 2 to 4 p.m. For info and registration call 549-1050.

Bill Hilts Jr. is an outdoor writer with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. Contact him at

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