August 11, 2008

Bowhunters to Convene in Ellicottville

By Will Elliott

Have bow, will travel to Ellicottville the weekend of Aug. 21- 23.

That's when the International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) holds its 2008 World Championship at Holiday Valley Mountain Resort.

Annually, this IBO event attracts more than 2,000 shooters and their families. The 2007 event in Anderson, Ind., drew more than 8,000 competitors and viewers from more than 20 countries.

"Given the number of bow hunters in New York State and nearby Pennsylvania, two of the five largest states for archery hunters, Holiday Valley will be a perfect setting for this prestigious event," said Brian McFadden, executive director of the Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce.

During two days of the finals competition, Holiday Valley will also host a Bowhunters 3-D Open, in which all archers of every skill level can participate. Entrants can sign up in several youth divisions and a special crossbow shoot as well as adult shoots.

For registration and format details, visit and click "events."


Donating deer

High deer harvests continue and donations from successful hunters are even more valued in these economically stressed times.

The Venison Donation Coalition (VDC) anticipates greater need for venison donations this coming season. Folks seeking food assistance will be appealing to churches, soup kitchens, food pantries and other sources as winter approaches.

Not only successful huntsmen but all concerned about deer management and worthwhile use of venison can contribute to this effort.

The VDC asks sportsmen and women to consider donating a dollar or more when buying licenses. Sales of 2008-09 fishing, hunting and trapping licenses begin on Aug. 18. Donations can be made when purchasing a license through DECALS (Department of Environmental Conservation Automated License System) or from clerks over the counter.

For more details on the coalition's efforts, call (866) 862-3337 or visit


Pier pressure

Shore anglers will have to seek alternate access to the lower Niagara River fishery with the temporary closing of the Niagara Power Project fishing pier at the base of the New York Power Authority's Robert Moses Power Plant.

Rock scaling and removal work is scheduled to be completed on Saturday, Aug. 23, well before the salmon run that picks up in late August and continues into September and October. For updates on this and other projects, visit


Focusing on your fish

Anglers with good photos of great catches can have their trophy shots displayed on the fishing page of The Buffalo News Web site (

To get your photo published, e-mail it along with a brief description of the catch, including the name and home (city, town or village) of the angler, the location of the catch and how and when the fish was caught, to the e-mail address listed below.

e-mail: [email protected]

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