The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame has announced the names of inductees selected for nomination in 2013.
Four of the seven recipients are active Western New York outdoors volunteers who have devoted years of service in contributing extensively to the enhancement and understanding of New York State’s fish and wildlife resources.
Chuck Booker of Amherst, a holder of more than 50 record trout and salmon catches, has also worked on wetland restoration projects and area and regional outdoors club and group functions.
Diane “Dee” Maciejewski of Elma, past president of the WNY Chapter of Trout Unlimited, has served in many chapter offices to further stream restoration projects, educate young and all who are new to trout angling and gather funds to support these many efforts.
Frank Miskey Sr. of Elma his been a hunter safety instructor for more than 35 years, coordinates all DEC Sportsmen Education programs in Region 9 and volunteers in numerous conservation programs for youths and adults.
Art Segool of Orchard Park is best known as a lifelong member of the West Falls Conservation Society. Segool conducts classes in hunter, archery and trapping certification at West Falls, Camp Hickory Hill and the annual Region 9 Archery Youth Camp.
All inductees will be honored during the Annual Hall of Fame Banquet at the Rusty Rail in Canastota April 27. For information and banquet reservations, check with Leo Maloney at (315) 363-3896 or (315) 829-3588.
Deer search doings
Deer Search of WNY Inc. will hold a “Blood Tracking/Shot Placement Seminar” for new dog handlers and all interested in learning about tracking and hunting skills.
The Seminar will begin at 2 p.m. March 24 at the West Falls Conservation Society clubhouse at 55 Bridge St. For details and directions, call 655-6028.
For dog handlers interested in obtaining a Leashed Tracking Dog license, a new exam date has been set up for this spring. The exam will be held at the Department of Environmental Conservation regional offices on April 19 from 10 a.m. to noon, except at the Avon office the test will be given at 1 to 3 p.m.
Exam applications must be submitted by April 5. For details, call the DEC Special License Unit at (518) 402-8985. For an application form and study guide, go to dec.ny.gov/permits/25020.html and scroll Special Licenses to “Leashed Tracking Dog License.”
“This is not the year to put away your traps,” said Ron Schroder, lots coordinator for the Genesee Valley Trappers Association after the Feb. 17 raw fur auction sales.
That auction saw more than a doubling of lots and sellers and continued high selling prices for beaver, coyote, fox and muskrat and raccoon.
The last Genesee Valley Trappers auction will be March 17 at the clubhouse on Route 32 in Honeoye.