Three expert will be on hand at the Niagara Outdoors Annual Buck Measuring Day Saturday to offer free scoring numbers for antlered animals and bear skulls.
“They can rate deer as well as moose, elk, caribou and any other antlered or horned animal and bears,” said Jeff Pippard at Niagara Outdoors.
Doors open at 10 a.m. and scoring goes until 2 p.m. For more details on measurable heads, on scoring systems or other questions, call 695-5873.
The Greater Rochester Southern Tier branch of Quality Deer Management Association will present a Winter Lecture series featuring two deer experts in the RIT Inn and Conference Center at 5257 West Henrietta Road in Rochester on Saturday.
Matt Ross, QDMA certification programs manager, will discuss “Mature Buck Movements; Ground Breaking Research;” Neil Dougherty, wildlife consultant at North County Whitetails, will talk about “Hunting from the Sky; Selecting Stand Sites from Aerial Photos.”
The free lectures go from 9 to 11:45 a.m. and all interested in deer management are welcome that morning.
For more details, email Mike Edwards at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shooting range grants
The Department of Environmental Conservation has provided grants to 13 shooting ranges statewide for improvement of range facilities and to provide public-access areas for shooters to practice responsible firearms use and safety.
Four Western New York ranges are recipients of the DEC Shooting Range Small Grants Program: Tonawanda Sportsmen’s Club, Painted Post Field and Stream Club, Hawkeye Bowmen, and Lima Gun Club.
Successful clubs must contribute at least 25 percent of the cost of improving field, range and clubhouse infrastructures.
Clubs interested in applying for grants in the future can obtain the program guidelines and a grant application packet after March 1 at dec.ny.gov/outdoor/89577.