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Rod, Gun and Game: Get ready for local trout-fishing opening day on April 1

FISHING IS FUN — Get the little ones in on the adventure, as trout season opens in Western New York. Photo by Forrest Fisher.
SPRINGVILLE — This unusual delay in the traditional Western New York spring thaw has left many inland lake waters frozen solid, with little runoff for streams set to be stocked with April Fool’s Day hatchery trout. April 1, a Tuesday this year, marks the opening day for the New York state inland trout fishing season.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation fishery biologists have a terrific plan for spring 2014 trout stocking, in which the anticipated number of yearling and older trout to be stocked will exceed previous years, with some trout in the 12-15-inch size range. The majority of stocked rainbow and brown trout will be 8-10 inches in length.

If you are looking ahead to taking an early spring fishing trip to one of our premier Western New York inland trout streams, such as Wiscoy Creek in Pike, East Koy Creek at Hermitage or Gainesville, the Little Buffalo Creek in Elma or Lancaster, the east branch of the Cazenovia Creek above East Aurora, but below Holland and so many other little streams and ponds too, like Sprague Brook Park or the pond at Springville Field and Stream sportsman’s club, the time is right. For Erie County, check the NYSDEC website for specific locations of fish stockings at

With nearly 20,000 trout being stocked in Erie County streams alone, the numbers going in are up, a good sign for a successful early fishing season for you and the young folks in your fishing team.

Constitution speaker in East Aurora

On March 22, visitors from around WNY met Bob Schultz, during a speaking engagement in East Aurora. Schultz is an engineer, easy-speaking, logical and unafraid of a challenge, because he understands the rules. John Wayne may have been his childhood hero, I didn’t ask, but what I learned from his presentation at Wallenwein’s conference room in East Aurora last weekend, was that he knows the United States Constitution, the New York Constitution – something many, if not most of us, have no idea even exists, and another thing called a City Charter.

He educated the group about many things, including that the state Constitution cannot violate the federal Constitution, and the city charter cannot violate the state Constitution. We have six counties in Region 9, one of nine subsections in New York state, and we have 932 towns in our subsection, with 932 city constitutions. According to Schultz, these documents are not even present in many modern lesson plans for teachers.

Schultz shared the details of how the Continental Congress of 1774 was formed because the government at the time, Britain, was too busy with the French-Indian war to listen to the people. That is why the fifth element of the first Amendment (freedom of speech) to the Constitution was written into the Bill of Rights, that guaranteed freedom to petition the government and address our differences.

“Even most attorneys do not know this detail,” Shultz said. “That is why the Constitution is largely ignored today; no time to read it and understand it – even by lawmakers, and ordinary citizens too, and no court has ever ruled on what this provision exactly means, in all these years.

“Because people are too busy and lawmakers have no time to read the rules, the rule book of the laws of our country are largely ignored,” said Schultz. “If folks around the country, especially the White House and legislators everywhere, would simply avoid political issues to cite only the law with the “framer’s intent,” that is, how was it before the Constitution, how was the problem solved, how was it after the Constitution? The actions required under law become quite apparent, but today there is deal-making, trades for votes, whimsical leadership and many other compromises that reflect the personal wishes of momentary leaders – not true, passionate leaders and certainly not the law defined by the Constitution of the United States and the wishes of most Americans.”

He visited East Aurora to announce he is starting a new organization entitled, “We the People Congress.” He hopes to establish a new wing, a physical building in the capitol of every state in these United States, to provide a check and balance portion to our existing government that does not currently exist, due to the level of compromise between legislative members. Schultz showed that, through the actions of state governors and even the presidential office, the laws of the land are violated, every day.

For more information, visit

Springville outdoor show

This is a great opportunity to score your big buck rack from last season (or any season), bring in your mount or antler sets and bring the family to roam the museum-like taxidermy loft on the second floor of the store. S&S Taxidermy and Archery in Springville will open its doors for the 12th Annual Outdoor Show and Big Buck Scoring Day, this Saturday, March 29, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the outdoor store, located at 455 South Cascade Drive.

Albany bus rally

SCOPE is planning a peaceful SAFE Act rally for April 1 and organizing bus departure points to arrive in Albany by 10 a.m. Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is among the cast of speakers set for the Legislative Office Building and West Capitol Park Square in downtown Albany. For bus tickets in Erie County, visit the SCOPE website at, email Rich Davenport at or call 510-7952, after 4:30 p.m.

Outdoor calendar

March 28: Indoor Winter 3-D Archery, West Falls Conservation, located at 55 Bridge St., Friday fun shoot, 7 p.m., all archers may attend. For more information, call Mike Cummings at 337-0126.

March 29: WNY Trout Unlimited, Annual Banquet and Fundraiser, at Lucarelli’s in Lackawanna, 6 p.m. For more information, call 826-4178.

March 29: 12th Annual Outdoor Show and NYS Big Buck Scoring Day, S&S Taxidermy, locagted at 455 South Cascade Drive in Springville. For more information, call 592-2404.

March 30: Winter 3-D Outdoor Winter League, Annual shoot-off competition for league members, West Falls Conservation, located at 55 Bridge St., breakfast starts at 7 a.m. For more information, call Mike Cummins at 432-6035.

April 1: Opening Day of New York State Inland Trout Season.

April 1: SCOPE SAFE Act Rally to Albany, bus trip. For more information, visit

April 4-5: NYS Hunter Safety Archery, Register online at, Bowmen Clubhouse, locaterd at 13300 Clinton St. in Alden.

April 5: Niagara Musky Association, 20th Annual Anniversary Awards Banquet, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, located at 76 Pearl St. in Buffalo, 6-11 p.m. For more information, call Scott McKee at 225-3816.

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