Hunting and Trapping Newsletter

Hunting and Trapping Newsletter

September is Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month

September is the month many hunters, especially bowhunters, start heading back to the woods to put up stands and get ready for upcoming hunting seasons.

Every year, hunters are seriously injured, paralyzed, or killed falling out of tree stands. Falls from tree stands have become a major cause of hunting related injuries and fatalities in New York.


WNY Stamp Pipeline Halted

WNY Stamp Pipeline Halted

Orleans County files suit over WNY STAMP sewer line

Over 6 million gallons of contaminated water put into Oak Orchard Creek

Orleans County is suing its neighbor to try to stop a sewer line from coming into the Town of Shelby and depositing up to 6 million gallons of what Orleans says is “contaminated” water into the Oak Orchard Creek.

The county on Monday filed an Article 78 complaint in State Supreme Court, seeking to halt placement of a sewer line from the STAMP site to the Oak Orchard Creek, a 9.5-mile long pipe along Route 63 that has been under construction since Aug. 3.


National Hunting and Fishing Day

National Hunting and Fishing Day

National Hunting and Fishing Day

Well the annual Erie County Fair is over and the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen (ECFS) is now preparing for one of my personal favorite events, National Hunting and Fishing day. This event will once again be held on Saturday September 23rd, at the Elma Conservation Club at 600 Creek Road in Elma New York.

It will start at approximately 10 am and run through 4pm. Admission as always is FREE!

This is a hands-on event which means you and your family will have a chance to shoot a air rifle, shotgun, crossbow or regular bow.

For the first time at this event the DEC will instruct you on fishing in the pond. There will also be retriever dog demos, trapping and fur handling information.

If you want tips on deer hunting, Bass fishing or walleye fishing, there will be 7 New York state outdoorsman hall of fame representatives on site to answer your questions. The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) will also be available to answer questions regarding hunting and fishing regulations.

Information on Invasive species, waterway protection and Habitat/Access will also be available.

The ECFS will be giving away 20 fish pole/reel combos to children throughout the day and for the first time 1 HUNTING OR FISHING NYS LIFETIME LICENSE will be awarded to a child who is a Erie County resident and under 16 years of age! This, as you know, can cost 530-760 dollars!!

There will also be free food (hot dogs) and drinks available and a lot of friendly sportsmen and women will be available to answer any questions regarding hunting and fishing trapping etc.


SEE YOU THERE,                                                            Joseph Fischer

Fair Days To Follow

Fair Days To Follow

TMTF Over for 2023 - Erie County Fair in Full Swing

The Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s (ECFS) fishing clinic program is now over for this year and as usual it was a success due in large part to the dynamic duo of Bob Avery and Tom Fischer. The ECFS and the New York State DEC hosted two clinics at Tifft Nature Preserve and Chestnut Ridge Park and the ECFS assisted on 3 clinics hosted by East Aurora Sportsmen, Bison City rod and Gun and Southtowns Walleye. All these clinics were very successful, and everyone is looking forward to 2024 and doing it all over again. If you have never been to one of these clinics and have children, put it on your bucket list, you won’t be disappointed as many New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame members man the learning stations at these clinics.

The Annual Erie County Fair starts on the 9th of August and the ECFS and its member clubs will once again have booths in the Conservation building, which is one of the oldest buildings at the Fairgrounds. Stop in and say hello and if you are and Erie County resident, be sure to sign your children up for a chance to win one of the 2 fish pole/reel combinations given away daily.  This is entirely free and as you know almost nothing is free at the fair! You can also get information on our lifetime license program for Erie County Children and how to register for it. The ECFS annually gives away a number of these licenses at its annual December meeting at the Bison City rod and Gun Club.

If you have any questions regarding hunting, fishing, trapping you can get the answer at our booth or in the Conservation Building. If you’re lucky you will see Stella the 100lb Sturgeon (she’s only there for a couple of days)        See you there!

Joseph Fischer

Fishing Clinics Finish the Season

Fishing Clinics Finish the Season

Fishing Clinics Finish The Season

The Erie County Federation of Sportsmen (ECFS) fishing clinic season came to an end recently with our Chestnut Ridge Park clinic on the 24th of June. The ECFS will however be assisting at a fishing clinic July 22nd held by the Southtowns Walleye Association in the town of Boston.

The Chestnut Ridge Park event is special to me primarily because I believe it is the perfect location for a clinic with great fishing, a beautiful little remote lake and of course the Commissioners Cabin.

On the day of the clinic the early weather forecast with periods of rain was ominous and we were very concerned how this would affect our attendance with approximately 53 children registered but the weather forecast was wrong and approximately 9:30 the sky lightened up and it turned out to be a beautiful day!!

The experienced staffs of the Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen (ECFS) quickly set up the various learning stations such as Casting, Where to Fish, Fish Identification, Knot Tying, Rubber baits etc.  We were ready for the children by 9:30. The efficiency of these crews headed by Bob Avery and Tom Fischer of the ECFS and Mike Todd of the NYSCC needs to once again be commended as the two groups worked as smooth as a well oiled and lubricated Shimano Reel!!! The local Boy Scouts from troop 1910 and various volunteers also played major roles throughout the day.

The learning stations were excellent as they were manned by experienced fishermen many of which are in the New York State Outdoorsman Hall of Fame.

A lot of fish were caught such as bluegills, perch, bass etc. The biggest fish was a 13.5 inch Largemouth Bass. All the fish except the bass were kept in a large portable plastic swimming pool and at the end of the event were released back into the lake.

Almost all of the children walked away from this clinic with new fishing equipment including new pole/reel combos. Many people didn’t even know this lake existed were amazed by its beauty and seclusion

To see these mostly senior sportspeople instruct the very diverse group of young people from all over the county on the sport of fishing is actually an amazing and inspiring site. Only in America !!!!

If you have never been to one of these events you need to put it on your bucket list. You didn’t even have to have a fishing license at this event as this was one of New York States free fishing weekends. To get more information on this and other ECFS events like National Hunting and Fishing day on the last Saturday in September check our website.  Stop in and visit our booth in the Conservation Building at the annual Erie County Fair in August…  If you are an Erie County resident be sure to enter your child in our annual lifetime license program drawing which takes place in December. We anticipate giving away at least 8 licenses this year. The entry blank is on the ECFS website. We also give away several fish pole reel combinations every day. There is not many free things at the Erie County Fair, this is!!!

Joseph Fischer