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A special youth-only pheasant hunt is set for Oct. 12-13 during the Columbus Day weekend.

Youths ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied with a licensed adult hunter while afield; young hunters may take a limit of two birds each day of the hunt.

Youths will be allowed to hunt open areas except for state parks where permit applications had to be submitted earlier. Young hunters planning to hunt in Allegany State Park must obtain a free permit at the administration building near Redhouse Lake.

About 700 rooster and hen pheasants will be released in DEC Region 9 prior to this youth hunt. Hunting boundary descriptions can be viewed at dec.ny.gov/outdoor/29453.

Trout tactics taught

Orvis Buffalo in the Eastern Hills Mall in Williamsville will offer an Orvis Days Events, a field clinic and two seminars on Saturday.

Adam Schroeder will hold a clinic, “Effectively Fishing Nymphs and Streamers for Steelhead,” on waters to be determined from 8 to 9:30 a.m. that morning.

Schroeder returns to Orvis Buffalo at noon for a “Fly Fishing For Steelhead 101” seminar that goes to 1:30 p.m. An “Advanced Steelhead Tactics-On Stream Clinic” is set for 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Advanced registration is required. To sign on for these events, call 276-7200.

Youth lifetime license draw

The Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs established a successful NYSDEC Lifetime License Youth Raffle program. This year, the Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs will offer Chautauqua County youths entry in a drawing for five different lifetime license categories.

Winning youths’ names will be drawn during the December meeting at the Northern Chautauqua County Conservation Club in Dunkirk. For drawing details and donation information, call Zen Olow at 640-2776 or write to: CCFS Lifetime License Drawing, P.O. Box 752, Sinclairville, NY 14782.

License renewal donation

Hunting, fishing and other sporting licenses must be renewed before heading out on Tuesday. The Venison Donation Coalition asks that sportsmen and women donate an additional one dollar or more to help further VDC volunteer work.

Since 1999 the VDC has averaged 36 tons of venison, more than four million servings, donated to the needy each year. For more information, call (866) 862-3337 or go to venisondonation.org.

Pesticide program

The Department of Environmental Conservation and Grassroots Environmental will present an “Alternatives to Pesticides” workshop at Tifft Nature Preserve. Instruction on proper lawn and field care goes from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 8.

Grassroots offers a Webinar version of the workshop on Oct. 16 for those unable to attend the program at Tifft. To register, call (516) 883-0887 or go to turftraining.com.

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