A statewide youth hunt is scheduled for Oct. 12 and 13 for the Western Zone, which is all of Western and much of Central New York. This hunt allows mentored youths ages 12 to 15 a two-day hunt prior to the Oct. 26 waterfowl opener for ducks and geese in Western New York areas.
Details for entry in this hunt and open hunting dates across the state are posted at http://www.dec.ny.gov/.
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and the Lake Plains Waterfowl Association host a 40th Annual Youth Waterfowl Program that includes an orientation class Oct. 19 at the refuge headquarters and a Youth Only hunt Oct. 27, the second day of the open waterfowl season.
Youths ages 12 to 17 can enter, with selection preferences going to first-time participants. Completed registration forms must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Sept. 23. For a form, call (585) 948-5445; email: Iroquois@fws.gov; or go to fws.gov/northeast/Iroquois for a PDF version.
New Seneca regulations
The fall steelhead trout run looks promising for Great Lakes feeder streams and Cattaraugus Creek, the largest Lake Erie feeder, lies mainly in Seneca Nation of Indian Reservation lands.
Recent changes in Seneca Nation fishing regulations should be considered when heading to “The Catt” waters. Three-day licenses are now available for $25; the daily creel limit for steelies has been lowered from five to three trout; the trout season is closed from Jan. 1-March 1; lead sinkers are banned; only Seneca guides can guide anglers on nation waterways. Area anglers, guides and fishing clubs applaud Seneca officials for the creel reduction; New York State certified guides are seeking permission to guide clients on Nation lands.