Construction work delayed scheduling the annual Waterfowl Hunter Information Meeting usually held each August at the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge.
The meeting has been set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday in the refuge headquarters at 1101 Casey Road in Basom. Department of Environmental Conservation officials will focus on waterfowl topics that apply to the Iroquois, Oak Orchard and Tonawanda Wetland Complex.
DEC and refuge biologists will discuss research programs, population survey results, season setting procedures and accept suggestions for future seasons.
Youth hunt set
The Wyoming/Genesee County Chapter 843 of Pheasants Forever will hold its Fifth Annual Youth Hunt at Osborn Family Farm and Game Preserve starting at 8 a.m. on Sept. 29.
Kids ages 12 to 17 will be afield with a mentor and dog handler on a two-bird hunt at the preserve.
Lunch will be served to participants and to chaperones during the hunt. The chapter will provide ammo; kids have the option of bringing their own shotgun or using a loaner gun.
For more details and to register, call Tom Miller (585-356-0852 or 585-457-3653) or Tim Snyder at (585-257-2857.
Environmental Conservation Officer Robert Peinkofer received the 2011 Officer of the Year from the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs.
A veteran of more than 16 years with the service, Peinkofer, who lives in Elma, is a member of the Marine Off-Road Recreation Enforcement team and captains the Region 9 31-foot SAFE boat on Lake Erie and the Niagara River.
His skill and efforts have resulted in several on-water emergency rescues.
Along with his patrol duties, he has qualified as an instructor in many field and duty operations, served as a union officer and devoted many hours to fundraising efforts.