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Two fun derbies for youths are planned for upcoming weekends.

The 21st annual Southtowns Walleye Association Catch-and-Release Kids Fishing Derby begins sign-ins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Tifft Nature Preserve on Fuhrmann Blvd. Fishing continues to 11 a.m., followed by free hot dogs and goodies and presentations of awards and prize drawings after noon. All kids ages 15 and younger are welcome. Call the Southtowns office at 649-8202.

New York Walleye Association’s annual Kids Fishing Derby sets up at Hoyt Lake in Delaware Park at 9 a.m. on July 28. Fishing is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for youths with a parent or guardian. Awards are given in three ages divisions: Crawler, age 5 and younger; Minnow, ages 6 to 10; and Shiner, ages 11 to 15.

A post-fishing party and awards presentation will be held at the American Legion Post at 533 Amherst St., which includes a free lunch, awards and drawings. Call 897-3290.

Bear Trophy

Linda Kotlarsz of Colden has been an avid turkey hunter for years and said, “But this is the first big-game hunt I was on.” Linda, hunting with husband John Kotlarsz, traveled to the St. George area of New Brunswick to hunt with True North Outfitters.

Her patience paid off at 9:15 p.m. on June 26, three days before the closing of the spring season, when a 180-pound black bear boar offered an open shot at 50 yards.

A 220-grain bullet through a 338-caliber rifle dropped the bear where it stood. Her first big-game trophy bruin went to Galenda Taxidermy in Derby for a head-and-shoulder mount.

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