Small game seasons for cottontail and ruffed grouse open October 1

September 24-25 – NYPA Wildlife Festival from 10 am to 5 pm daily, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, on the grounds of Power Vista. Free pass. Many screens.

September 25th – Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby Awards Ceremony at 3 pm at the NYPA Wildlife Festival, 5777 Lewiston Road, Lewiston, at the Primate Sanctuary Tent. Call Frank Campbell at 716-523-0013 for more information.

September 25th – Fall .22 Rimfire Silhouette Match starting at 10am at the Evans Rod and Gun Club, 864 Cain Road, Angola. Early registration is recommended. The match will consist of three 40-round sessions. The cost of admission is $25. For more information, call Rob Wooliver at 716-392-2710 or John Ciciera at 716-864-5812.

September 25th – Canada Goose’s nuisance early season ends in all areas of the northern part of the state. Daily limit is 15 birds per person (except Lake Champlain).

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September 25th – Fall Trap League at the Boston Valley Conservation Society, 9624 Zimmerman Rd., Boston. This is a 10 week, 300 goal league. Registration hours for shooting are Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Targets may be registered with ATA. Call Ernie at 716-335-4111 for more information. The last day is October 20.

September 25th – Last day, singles cheat league at Tonawanda Sportsman’s Club, 5657 Killian Road, Pendleton, 10 am to 4 pm For more information, call Jim Cagney at 716-481-6615.

September 26 – Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs Monthly Meeting at the City of Lockport Municipal Building, Dysinger and Beattie Streets, Lockport, 7 p.m.

September 27th – Allied Sportsmen Outdoor 3D Archery League Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm Walk-ins welcome. It is a course of 15 objectives.

September 27th – Unlimited WNY Chapter of Trout monthly meeting at Orvis Buffalo, 4545 Transit Road, Williamsville, 7-9 pm Pre-register at The guest speaker will be James Markham, a cold-water biologist with the Lake Erie Fisheries Research Unit, who will give his presentation on the status of Steelhead for Lake Erie.

September 28 – 15 Archery in 3D at the Evans Rod and Gun Club, 864 Cain Road, Angola, from 4 pm to dusk. Last day. Kids under 12 shoot for free. For more information, contact Jerry Gorski at 716-698-3008.

September 28 – Doubles Trap League at Tonawanda Sportsman’s Club, 5657 Killian Road, Pendleton, 6-9 pm Shooting will also take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am-4 pm For more information, call Jim Cagney at 716-481-6615.

September 30th – Last day, lake trout season in the lower Niagara River and Lake Ontario.

October 1st – Opening day, archery season early in the South Zone big game.

October 1st – Last day to obtain a Deer Management Permit.

October 1 and 2: Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend in the West Zone. See for more details.

October 1st – Owl Prowl at Buckhorn Island State Park from 7:30 pm to 9 pm with Buffalo Audubon Naturalist Tom Kerr along Woods Creek and the Niagara River. Call 585-457-3228 to register.

October 1st – Small-game hunting seasons open for cottontail, ruffed grouse in western New York, and other species elsewhere in the state. See the DEC hunting guide at

October 1st – Woodcock season opens until November 14.

4th of October – Lake Ontario Charter Boat Association Monthly Meeting at the Irondequoit Fish and Game Club, 658 Bay Front S., Rochester, 7 p.m.

4th of October – Niagara Musky Association Monthly Meeting, Eldredge Club, 17 Broad Street, Tonawanda, 7 pm

October 7 Ten X Shooting Club Junior Shooting program for ages 9 to 20. The club is located at 853 Ransom Road, Lancaster. First-time shooters arrive at 6 pm for instruction. Shooting at 6:30 pm Air Rifles for 9 and up; .22lr for ages 12-20. Everything is provided by the club. The cost is $5 per night, which includes ammo. Membership is not required. For more information, visit

October 8 and 9: Youth Pheasant Hunting Weekend in Western New York.

October 8-10 – Youth Gun Deer & Bear Hunting Weekend.

October 15th – Pheasant hunting opens in WNY.

October 15-28 – Fall wild turkey season in the South Zone.

October 16 – October Slamfest Bass Tournament to benefit the University of Buffalo Bassmasters Club. The cost of admission is $150. Up to 3 people per boat. Registration opens at 6 am Fishing is from 7 am to 3:30 pm 85 percent refund.

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