Seneca White Deer, Inc. has just released a video on the importance of protecting and managing an area in Seneca County that is home to white deer.

The herd found mainly along the eastern shore of Seneca Lake in Seneca County is made up of white deer with a recessive natural variation. These deer are not an albino strain.

The U.S. Dept. of the Army retired the Seneca Army Depot with its 24 miles of fencing around the depot that contains and protects these white deer. The Army Corps of Engineers has maintained that fencing and depot area which the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency now owns.

The Army Corps will discontinue fence maintenance in 2015 after completing current restoration work.

The video is entered in an online contest. Producers want to win this contest and more widely inform the public on the status of white deer habitat in Seneca County. For details on this video and other concerns, go to

Coyote hunt

Sportsmen in Sullivan County are serious about controlling coyote populations and promoting their 2014 Sullivan County Seventh Annual Coyote Hunt.

The contest is a hunt-only event, with no trapped or cable-restrained entries accepted Hunting with dogs is permitted. The hunt will go from Feb. 7 to 9 for coyotes taken in New York State.

Prizes go for daily entries, a Youth Division, a Female Hunter Division, The grand prize for the heaviest coyote is $2,000. The 2013 winner weighed in at 55.5 pounds.

Each $30 entry includes an awards dinner on Sunday at the White Sulphur Springs Fire House. After Jan. 27 the entry fee will be $40.

For entry and contest details, call (845) 482-4987, (631) 968-8210 or (845) 482-4985 or go to

Tifft trivia contest

Teams of four or individual entrants can test their nature knowledge during a “Nature Knowledge Trivia Night-A FUNdraiser for Tifft Nature Preserve” held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at 1200 Fuhrmann Blvd.

Friends of Tifft will provide snacks and drinks during the fun competition between nature enthusiasts. To pre-register, call 825-6397 or go to

Ramping up

Water levels remain higher that late-fall levels of last year and above-freezing weather has perch, bass and musky anglers along the upper Niagara River and open waters of Lake Erie afloat each day winds and waves allow safe passage.

Center docks have been removed from many launch sites, but concrete side docks are in place at most sites.

For Lake Erie boaters, the Hanover Town Launch and state launch at Cattaraugus Creek remain open with side docks. Sturgeon Point will continue to be open for launches weather permitting. Buffalo Small Boat Harbor and Erie Basin Marina officially closed Oct. 15. Upper river boaters can launch at the Sheridan Drive access and Isle View Park.