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St. Lawrence Walleye Association gearing up for annual Fall Classic

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The St. Lawrence Walleye Association is presenting the ninth annual Waddington Bass and Walleye Fall Classic on Sept. 15. The event is a team competition of one or two people, and the winning team will be determined by the heaviest weight of four fish, two bass (smallmouth or largemouth), and two walleyes.

The entry fee per team is $50 for SLRWA members and $60 for nonmembers. Payout to winners will be based on the number of entrants. In addition, there will be an optional Big Fish Contest ($20 per team), and 50 percent of the prize money will go for biggest bass and 50 percent for biggest walleye. Participants must register by 6 p.m. Sept. 14. Registration sites are Waddington True Value and Steve’s Stop and Shop on Route 37 in Louisville.

Fishing hours are from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., and all boats must be in the water at the Waddington Boat Launch at Whitaker Park by 6:30 a.m. Fishing boundaries extend from the top side of the Robert Moses Power Dam in Massena to the Iroquois Dam in Waddington. Anglers may fish both the Canadian and U.S. sides of the river, and anglers planning to fish in Canada are advised to contact Canadian Customs at 888-226-7277. The weigh-in station opens at noon at the boat launch at Whitaker Park, and all fish must be weighed prior to removing a boat from the water.

Cash prizes will consist of all entry fees minus $200, and the breakdown is 50 percent for first place, 25percent for second place, 15 percent for third place, and 10 percent for fourth place. In addition, the big fish in each category will receive a free mount courtesy of Nature’s Trophies in Flackville. The cash awards and other prizes will be awarded at 4 p.m. at JC River Run Bar and Grill. For more information, contact Mike Gagne 769-1902 (work) or 384-3450 (home), or visit www.stlawrenceriverwalleyeassociation.com.

Youth Hunt Weekends

DEC offers special hunting opportunities for junior hunters (licensees ages 12-15) by scheduling Youth Hunt Weekends. Two such weekends are coming up this month with the Youth Waterfowl Hunt slated for Sept. 22-23 in the Northeastern Waterfowl Hunting Zone and the Youth Pheasant Hunt scheduled for Sept. 29-30 in Northern New York.

Junior hunters must have a valid small-game license and are required to have a licensed adult hunter accompany them during the youth hunts. Adults are required to have a valid hunting license and are not allowed to possess a firearm or harvest an animal during the special seasons. Both junior hunters and adults must have a current HIP registration for the waterfowl hunt, and 2011-12 hunting licenses are needed to participate in the September youth hunts.

Hunting hours, daily bag limits, and other regulations for the regular pheasant and waterfowl seasons also apply to the special youth hunts.

Early Bear Season Correction

The Early Black Bear Season opens on Sept. 15 in 11 different Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) across the Northern Zone. Last week’s column erroneously mentioned that bear hunting was allowed in WMU 6G. Bear hunting is not allowed in WMU 6G, and I should have listed WMU 6J as the unit open for the early bear season.

Hunters should also note that the portion of WMU 6K to the east of NYS Route 26 is open for the early bear season.

CALENDAR

Monday: Lisbon Sportsmen’s Club hosts trap and skeet shooting at Pray Rd. property at 5:30 P.M.

Wednesday-Thursday: Bowhunter dducation course at SLV Sportsmen’s Club (Register at 394-0912).

Friday-Saturday: Hunter education course at Hammond Village Hall (Register at 276-8063).

Friday-Saturday: Hunter education course at Gouverneur R&G Club (Register at 287-0022).

Saturday: Bowhunter education course at Massena R&G Club (Register at 769-3205).

Saturday: Bowhunter education course at Fort Drum (Register at 772-5169; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.).

Saturday-Sunday: Hunter education course at Star Lake Community Center (Register at 848-3490).

Sept. 12-13: Hunter education course at Norwood Boces (Register in person at Potsdam Town Offices).

Sept. 9-14: Hunter eductation course at New Hope Baptist Church, Watertown (Register at 785-2533).

Sept. 11, 13, and 15: Hunter education course at Norfolk R&G Club (In-person registration at Norfolk Town Hall).

Sept. 12-13: Hunter education course at Norwood Boces (Register in person at Potsdam Town Offices).

Sept. 14-15: Bowhunter education course at Duffany’s Paint & Body Shop (Register at 788-2161).

Sept. 15: Early Bear Season opens in WMUs 6C, 6F, 6H, 6J, 5A, 5C, 5F, 5G, 5H, and 5J.

Sept. 19: Waterfowl ID course at Chase Mills (Register at 705-5539).

Sept. 20: Ruffed Grouse Season opens in Northern Zone.

Sept. 22-23: Youth waterfowl hunt in Northeastern Waterfowl Hunting Zone.

Sept. 23-24: Hunter education course at Massena R&G Club (In-person registration with Massena Town Clerk).

Sept. 25: Early Canada Goose Season closes in Northeast Goose Hunting Area.

Sept. 29-30: Youth pheasant hunt in Northern New York.

Sept. 30: Frog Season closes in NYS.

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