Niagara Gazette


November 3, 2013

HILTS: Lake Ontario stakeholders push Caledonia for salmon


Niagara Gazette — This is a perfect segue into a recent letter from the Conservation Fund Advisory Board to Governor Cuomo asking for hatchery funding for all of the hatcheries. In the letter, it asks for $6.7 million in cash to fund a backlog of Capital improvements to the state’s hatchery system – including Caledonia, which will be in the spotlight in 2014 when it celebrates its 150th anniversary as the first fish hatchery in the country. If the governor is serious about his NY Open for Hunting and Fishing initiative, he will need to give this serious consideration. In 2013, a Capital expenditure of $1 million was approved but only $360,000 was spent so far on the entire hatchery system. Remember that this can’t include the money earmarked for Salmon River because that’s dedicated funds from the Occidental NRD settlement. We’ll keep you posted.

Big Ransomville buck reported

Pat Nowak Jr. of Ransomville connected with the biggest whitetail of his life when he scored on a 180-pound, 13-point monster while hunting from a favorite tree stand near home last Saturday. Hunting in some terrible weather conditions, it didn’t deter him from being in the stand around 5 p.m. when he noticed two hot does in the area. That was when he spotted two bucks, including a 4-point that the big guy danced around with in circles looking for the does. In addition, Nowak was using some Hot Scrape buck scent placed in the armrest of his tree to help provide enticement.

The buck moved within 30 yards of his stand and the arrow found its mark. The green score on the antlers is almost 160 inches with an inside spread of 17 inches and tines as tall as 10-1/4 inches long. Jim Block at “Buck Stops Here Taxidermy” in Pendleton will be doing the mounting.

Another noteworthy buck was a dandy 8-pointer taken from Pembroke by Jim Wowzynski of Wheatfield. Hunting with Jim Carroll, also of Wheatfield, he used a young buck grunt call to entice the biggest deer of his life into shooting range. One shot from his Hoyt bow, using muzzy blades and full metal jacket carbon arrows, was all it took at 20 yards. The buck dressed out at 170 pounds.

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