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September is a busy month for sportsmen

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    Contributed photoJohn Casey, gentleman sportsman, after a successful turkey hunt.
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    Contributed photoAl (left) and Tom prepare the kitchen for the Kalicoontie Turkey Shoot for the sale of coffee and egg sandwiches in the morning and hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and water in the afternoon.
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    Contributed photoWalt Bennett with a nice king taken on Lake Ontario.
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    Contributed photoThe Bennett family show the results of a successful day on the lake.
September 7, 2018 10:00 pm

September is a busy month for sportsmen, with many events planned as fall hunting seasons begin to open and fishing starting to heat up as the weather cools down.

Early goose and early bear season are ongoing and several youth hunting seasons are just around the corner. The 2018 Youth Waterfowl Season takes place on the weekend of Sept. 22-23 for the Northeastern and Southeastern Zones, with the 2018 Youth Pheasant Hunt the following weekend on Sept. 29-30.

The 2018 Youth Deer and Bear Season opens on Oct. 6-8 over the Columbus Day weekend.

There are a number of Hunter Safety Course being offered in the area and while a few are listed in this week’s event-packed “News and Notes”, if you need your certification, go to DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov for a full listing of available courses.

In addition to hunting activity picking up, king and coho salmon are beginning to trickle into the tributaries of Lake Ontario and lake salmon action is in full swing.

Just ask Walt Bennett about the bite on the lake as he and his family took a charter in the heat on Lake Ontario this past Wednesday. They had 15 hook-ups and landed 5 nice kings up to 23 pounds and one 12-pound coho using planer boards and down riggers, trolling j-plugs and flashers at 55-to 65-feet. The forecast is for continued good fishing on the lake and more salmon expected to enter the tribs soon with cooler wet weather on the horizon.

News and Notes

— The following was written by Bob Monteleone regarding his close friend, John Casey, who passed away at the age of 88 on Aug. 16 after a long bout with cancer:

“John always gave of himself so others may enjoy all the things he cherished in his life. For over 30 years, he worked with DEC Fisheries to stock over 20,000 trout yearly so that others could enjoy the Mountaintop streams he so loved. When the stock trucks couldn’t get to the streams, he would put the fish in his own truck and drive them to the more remote places so they could flourish. John was a man we could all take lessons from who lived life to the fullest every day. Forever in our hearts, the Catskill Mountain Fish & Game Club.”

I knew John for a long time. He set an example as the gentlemen hunter and fisherman we all should aspire to be. He was a quiet leader and a great ambassador for hunting, fishing and trapping. He will be sorely missed. I join Bob in his tribute and want to express my condolences to his wife, Ann and the Casey family.

— Russ Burton of the Greene County Federation of Sportsmen and the National Wild Turkey Federation, is once again coordinating the Youth Pheasant Hunt on the first day of the 2018 Youth Pheasant Weekend on Sept. 29 at 7:30 a.m. in Durham. The hunt will be at the Sutton Farm located on Sutton Road. Duly licensed youth hunters, 12-15 years of age, accompanied by an adult parent/guardian can participate in this free event. Required permission slips are available on DECs website (www.dec.ny.gov). Bring high brass #6 shotgun ammo, and a hunter orange ball cap and vest. No camo allowed. To sign up and for more information, send an email to catskillsoutdoors@aol.com.

— The Hunting Expo will be held again this year at the Westkill Community Hall on County Route 6 in Lexington on Saturday, Sept. 29. Contact Taris Clarisonic at creative@taricharsyn.com for more information.

A Hunter Safety Course scheduled in Prattsville for Sept. 29-30, the class will be held at Young’s Hardware in Prattsville from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Go to the DEC website (www.dec.ny.gov) to sign-up and for required homework to be completed prior to attendance.

— The Columbia-Greene Sportsmen’s Association is holding its annual banquet on Sept. 15 at Kozel’s Restaurant in Ghent. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner tickets are available from any member or you can contact Michele at 518-758-6807.

— The Kinderhook Sportsmen’s Club is holding an “Open House” on Sept. 30. All ranges will be open free of charge except the trap range which will only cost $4 per round. There is a 28-target bow, rifle and pistol range. Those who wish to shoot pistol must possess a valid NYS Pistol Permit. Club Grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the event with breakfast and lunch available with a chicken barbeque at 4 p.m.

— The Roe Jan Creek Boat Club presents its annual Beef Barbeque on Sept. 16. It’s an “all you can eat” affair. In addition to the beef barbeque, hot dogs and soda are included for the one price of $14 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under. For tickets and more information call 518-828-7173 or leave a message on the club phone at 518-828-5954

— The Kalicoontie Rod & Gun Club is holding a firearms Hunter Safety Course at their club on Oct. 6. You must register for this class through DEC’s website (www.dec.ny.gov) and complete the homework prior to attending. Use this website to locate the many gun and bow classes being offered now so you can take advantage of the fast approaching 2018-19 hunting season.

— The Kalicoontie Rod & Gun Club will be holding their fall Turkey Shoots on Sunday,

Oct. 7 and Sunday, Nov. 4 at their Club located at 333 Schneider Road in Livingston. All shoots start at 10 a.m. Competitions held using 12 and 20 gauge birdshot, slugs, center-fire rifle, .22 caliber rim fire pistol, and .22 caliber rim fire rifle. You must bring your own slugs and center fire ammo. Entry is $3. Frozen turkeys, hams and pork loins will be awarded as first prize. Second prize includes Kielbasa or a selection from the prize table. No turkeys will be harmed at this event. The Raffle drawing for the fall raffle will be on at the November shoot. Tickets are $2 each with five chances to win. Tickets can be purchased at either shoot or from members or by contacting Scott at 845-758-4300 (day) or Joe at 518-537-3997.

— The Catskill Mountain Fish & Game Club has trap shooting open to the public on Tuesdays starting at 6 p.m. at their club at 167 Hylan Road in Hunter. Cost is $10 per round of 25. For more information, call Bob Monteleone at 518-488-0240.

— Remember to report poaching violations by calling 1-844-DEC-ECOS.

Happy hunting and fishing until next time.

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