Niagara Gazette — OUTDOORS:
Just a reminder that from this past Friday through May 1, all persons aboard a pleasure vessel less than 21 feet regardless of age must wear a Personal Flotation Device while underway. ... The NYS Rifle and Pistol Association just received a bill from the Albany Police Department for the big rally against the SAFE Act – bus parking in West Capital Park for 180 buses. The final tally was $11,700. Really? ... Speaking of the SAFE Act, it looks like the provision involving background checks for any ammunition purchases starting January 15, 2014 will be delayed indefinitely. The reason is that the State Police currently have no system to handle the new set of background checks. The reality is that it may never be a viable law because of complications like that. ... And while we’re on the subject of the SAFE Act, remember that in future elections. ... Gov. Cuomo signed legislation that will make boar hunting in the state illegal by 2015. At least it will prohibit the sale, transfer and importation in New York by September 1, 2015, but it does give DEC the authority to get rid the state of existing populations as well. ... Rumors are starting to fly around that other Lake Erie states are worried about perch numbers and that they are talking about reducing limits to 30 per person. No talk in New York yet. Until next time!
Bill Hilts Jr. is an outdoor writer with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.Monday • LaSalle Sportsmen's Club, 2445 Tuscarora Rd., Niagara Falls, will hold its monthly general membership meeting starting at 7 p.m. • North Forest Rod & Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport, will hold its monthly general membership meeting starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday • Election Day, get out and vote! Wednesday • Kayak and Canoe Safety and Rescue Clinic at Williamsville South High School. Preregistration is required. Fee is involved. This is a three week class, with parts 2-3 on Nov. 13 and Dec. 4. Call Paths, Peaks and Paddles at 213-0350. Thursday • Tonawandas Sportsmen's Club general membership meeting starting at 8 p.m. at, 5657 Killian Road, Pendleton. • Jim Carr NYS Pistol Permit Class at 6 p.m. at Freeman's Sport Shop, Akron. You must be preregistered by calling 778-9431. You can all that same number for additional information. Saturday • Gorge at low water hike out of Whirlpool State Park, in case you missed last week's hike. The hike will take place from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For information and registration, call 282-5154. • North Forest Ladies Shoot and Hoot program at 2 p.m. at North Forest Rod and Gun Club, 6257 Old Niagara Road, Lockport. You must preregister by calling Colleen Gaskill at 439-1464. • Axe in Hand: A discussion of Land Ethic. This talk will take place at Reistein Woods by naturalist intern Ben Carpenter starting at 1 p.m. • Final day, snipe, rails and gallinules season. Nov. 10 • Bond Lake hike and Thanksgiving Dinner starting at 11 a.m. at the Ransomville location on Lower Mountain Road. You must be preregistered by Wednesday to participate. Contact Christine at Paths, Peaks and Paddles at 213-0350.