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Squirrel season opens Sept. 1 across most of New York State and hunters of gray, black and fox squirrels have an added incentive to see these tasty small-game animals at the tail-end of each hunt.

Mepps, makers of the popular Mepps Spinners and other fishing lures, uses hand-tied squirrel tails on its spinner products. “We’ve tried hundreds of other natural and synthetic materials — bear hair, fox, coyote, badger, skunk, deer, even Angus cow — but nothing works as well as squirrel tail hair,” said Kurt Mazurek at Mepps Corp. in Antigo, Wis.

Mepps will pay for gray, black and fox squirrel tails, depending on quality and quantity. For details call (800) 713-3474 or visit mepps.com.

Crushers crush

The Orleans County Clay Crushers competed in the Scholastic Clay Target Program Trap and Skeet Championships at DeWitt Fish and Game Club in Jamesville last month.

Jared Atwell finished as High Overall Shooter in both Trap and Skeet with scores of 93/100 and 91/100 respectively.

For details on the Orleans club, check with Chris Rice at (585) 589-5025 or email: crice309@gmail.com">crice309@gmail.com.

For information about starting a scholastic team, check with Hank Garvey, New England Regional Field Representative, at (978) 270-8300 or email: hgarvey@sssfonline.com">hgarvey@sssfonline.com.

Rifle use passes

Big-game hunters in Livingston County can hunt with a rifle starting in November. Sens. Catharine M. Young of Olean and Patrick M. Gallivan of Elma sponsored Senate bill 5885B and Assemblyman Bill Nojay of Pittsford sponsored Assembly bill 9201A. Both were signed into law last week.

The law authorizes rifle hunting for a two-year period, which sunsets Oct. 1, 2016. Livingston County joins 40 counties statewide including Wyoming, Alleghany, Stueben and Ontario, that permit big-game rifle-hunting use.

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