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The late deer season for bow hunters will end at sunset on Tuesday and leagues are forming for the winter season.

One indoor archery shoot has begun, at least two leagues have posted schedules and two clubs offer target archers weekly bow shoots.

The Western New York Field Archers and Bowhunters Indoor Schedule began Dec. 2 at Allied Sportsmen of WNY in Alden. Sunday shoots go to March 17 at six sites around Western New York, with shooting times at 8 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m.

For details on participating clubs, and to reserve a place on a shooting line, check with Creekwood Archery at (585) 392-2030.

The 2013 WNY Winter 3-D League has four participating clubs, with shoots set for Sundays from Jan. 6 to March 24. An Awards Banquet will be held April 20 at Evans Rod & Gun Club. For league formats and a complete schedule of shoots, check with Mike Cummings at 432-6035.

The Niagara Region Sunday Winter League begins at Allied Sportsmen of WNY on Jan. 6 and goes to April 14, with shoots at Erie County Conservation Society, Wilson Conservation Club, Double T Archery, Active Bowhunters, Wood and Brook, and Batavia Coonhunters. A banquet will be held on April 28. For all league information, call John Peters at (585) 496-5819.

Two clubs offer regular shoots weekly. Alden Rod & Gun Club on County Line Road will run its Winter Indoor Archery League on Sundays starting Jan. 13. Shooters can sign up between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each week until March 24. For all details on this league, call Chris Lux at 912-6612.

Collins Conservation Club begins a 10-week 3-D Indoor Archery on Thursdays, 5:30 to 9 p.m. A banquet will follow the last shoot. Call Ike Loretto (803-9096) or Mike Matala (337-0126).

Most of these club ranges are open to walk-on shooters each week until the final shoot-offs or banquet dates. Ask for league procedures at each site.

More ban bill news

With lobbying efforts from New York Bowhunters, Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D – Lindenhurst) now has a bill on the governor’s desk (A 10583A) to continue the existing crossbow hunting-season regulations but with a stipulation that the Department of Environmenal Conservation can set up an archery youth hunt but not a firearms youth hunt during the bow season.

The NYS Conservation Council opposes this bill because of its negative impact on the youth hunt. Council officials would like to have the crossbow bill returned to the assembly for revision. All interested in the contents of this bill are encouraged to contact Gov. Cuomo and voice an opinion by phone at (518) 474-8390 or his many electronic contacts at governor.ny.gov/.

Young writers sought

The Outdoor Writers Association of America is hosting its 2013 Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards contest. Young scribes can submit prose or poetry in two divisions: Junior (grades 6 to 8) and Senior (grades 9 to 12) until March 17.

With support from Safari Club International, cash prizes totaling $1,700 will be awarde for any youth outdoor-related writings published during 2012. For rules and entry instructions, visit owaa.org/programs/contests/norm-strung-youth-writing-awards.

For specific details, call (406) 728-7434 or email info@nwaa.org.

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