The Wayne County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs’ annual banquet is slated for April 27 at Captain Jack’s Goodtime Tavern in Sodus Point. This fun-filled fundraiser will be held in the restaurant’s banquet room, which overlooks the beautiful waters of Sodus Bay.
“We have a very exciting fundraiser organized this year,” said Gene Van Deusen, president of the Wayne County Federation. “This is a special time for all of us to enjoy the company of friends and support this important organization. Your generosity during our annual banquet enables us to achieve our goals of educating youngsters, promoting outdoor sports, and representing the sporting clubs in Wayne County at the state level.
“We will have two state Department of Environmental Conservation officers on hand for a meet-and-greet. This will be the perfect opportunity to obtain information about hunting and fishing issues.”
Banquet committee members decided seven years ago to limit the auction items so those attending could make it home at a decent hour.
The federation’s auction is quicker, and the donated items have been creative and popular.
“We will have quality items for our silent auction and have limited our verbal auction to five exciting opportunities for this year’s attendees,” Van Deusen reported.
The following items are part of the live auction:
• An 8-hour charter for four donated by Broad Horizon Charters of Oswego.
• One truckload of firewood donated by Johnson Forestry.
• A full-day pontoon boat rental donated by Krenzer Marine.
• A spa experience at Del Lago.
• Getaway at the Inn package at Glenora Wine Cellars in Yates County.
The Wayne County federation is involved with the annual DeRoo Youth Event at the Montezuma Audubon Center; sends 11 youngsters to DEC camp every year; and distributes outdoor publications to county libraries. The organization also provides a representative to New York State Conservation Council meetings in Albany.
“Like other county federations, the Wayne County organization represents the interests of sporting clubs in the region, and it’s imperative to keep it active,” Van Deusen said.
For tickets and more information, call Gene Van Deusen at (315) 594-2391 or Chris Kenyon at (315) 879-1341.
2018 deer take rises 12 percent
Hunters in New York harvested an estimated 227,787 deer during the 2018 season, approximately 12 percent more than the previous year.
“Hunting benefits all New Yorkers by reducing negative impacts of deer on forests, agricultural crops, and communities, while contributing an estimated $690 million to the state’s economy through hunting-related expenses and license purchases, which helps support conservation and resource management efforts at DEC,” DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said.
There was a 20 percent increase statewide in antlerless deer and a 5 percent increase in bucks. The increase in antlerless harvest comes on the heels of a lower-than-desired antlerless harvest in 2017 and will help limit growth in areas with an overpopulation.
Regionally, hunters took 28,642 deer in the Northern Zone and 199,145 deer in the Southern Zone. With nearly 60 percent of the adult buck harvest 2½ years or older, hunters took an estimated 66,697 older bucks, setting another record in the percentage and total number of older bucks in the harvest. In addition, hunters increased the rate at which they reported their harvest for the second year in a row. Although harvest reporting is required by law, the portion of successful hunters who report their harvest has averaged around 45 percent for the past decade.
Harvest reports are important for accurate monitoring of deer harvests, and DEC hopes hunters continue to contribute to the management process by complying with the reporting requirements. DEC’s 2018 Deer Harvest Summary report provides tables, charts, and maps detailing the deer harvest around the state. Past harvest summaries are available on DEC’s website.
MAC’s 13th Wildlife Festival is May 4
There will be something for everyone at the Montezuma Audubon Center’s 13th annual Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4.
KrittrKris & Feathered Friends, Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and Wildlife Rockstars will deliver animal programs throughout the day featuring owls, hawks, falcons and other mammals. Festival goers can get up close to these amazing animals, learn about their wild characteristics, and take selfies.
Another highlight of the festival will be the Wild Zone, a 24-foot rock wall that offers different skill levels, from novice to expert, and provides a thrilling challenge.
The Theater Tent will feature two professional entertainers. The magician and good-natured dean of green, Professor GreenPockets, will entertain audiences during programs that promote habitat conservation, birds and other wildlife, and the protection of endangered species. Also, children of all ages will enjoy interactive storytelling through song and dance with Topher Holt, who will sing and tell stories using musical instruments.
Children will enjoy jumping in the huge bounce house, making nature crafts, building a bluebird box, playing nature games and winning prizes.
The festival schedule also includes Lady Bug Lunch Box and Martin’s Smokehouse BBQ food trucks, Cayuga Lake Creamery Ice Cream, Sugary Delights Cotton Candy, delicious baked goods, guided canoeing excursions and bird watching walks, a native plant sale, country music and prizes from 103.5 FM Big Dog Country, acoustic music from Tom Barnes, balloon animals with Miss Twist, and dozens of local vendors and exhibitors.
Friends of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex, Savannah Bank, Xylem, Adventures In Climbing, and Secor Lumber are some of the event’s major sponsors.