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Waddington Bass and Walleye Fall Classic set for Sept. 14

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The St. Lawrence River Walleye Association (SLRWA) is presenting the 10th annual Waddington Bass and Walleye Fall Classic on Saturday, Sept. 14.

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 team, and a $5 restocking will be assessed to non-SLRWA members. Payout to winners will be based on the number of entrants.

There will also be an optional Big Fish Contest ($20 per team), and 50 percent of money will go for biggest bass and 50 percent for biggest walleye.

Participants must pre-register by 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12. Registration sites are JC River Run Bar & Grill in Waddington, Steve’s Stop and Shop on Route 37 in Louisville, Salon 181 in Massena, and Hosmer’s Marina in Ogdensburg. Anyone signing up on the morning of the event will be assessed and additional $10 fee.

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 before 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, 30 percent for second place, and 20 percent for third place. The cash awards and other prizes will be awarded at JC River Run Bar and Grill at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Mike at 705-2181 (work) or at 384-3450 (home), or visit www.stlawrenceriverwalleyeassociation.com. Rain date for the event is Sunday, Sept. 15.

Ruffed Grouse Chapter

The newly formed North Country Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is hosting its inaugural Conservation and Sportsmen’s Banquet on Friday, Sept. 20 at Mo’s Pub and Grill in Malone.

The evening includes social hour, dinner, live and silent auctions, games, drawings, and door prizes featuring quality firearms, artwork, collectibles and more. Proceeds from the event will be used to restore and protect grouse and woodcock habitat.

“We are actively seeking banquet goers, sponsors, and donations for our drawings,” President Corey Bowen said.

Individual RGS and dinner tickets cost $55, while the spouse package, which includes membership and two dinners, is priced at $85. Junior membership and dinner tickets are $20 each.

Youths under age 16 who recently completed the Hunter Education Course and women who have participated in a recent Outdoors Women program will receive a complimentary dinner ticket when accompanied by a paying adult.

For more information, banquet tickets or sponsorship details, contact Bowen at (518) 521-4559 or cbowen11902@yahoo.com.

Ruffed Grouse Society

Established in Virginia in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is one of North America’s leading conservation organizations dedicated to preserving sporting traditions by creating healthy forest habitats for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other wildlife.

The society’s membership stands at 20,000 individuals and 130 chapters in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.ruffedgrousesociety.org.



CALENDAR

Today: Sporting licenses for 2013-14 are now on sale.

Monday: Trap and Skeet Shooting at Lisbon Sportsmen’s Club (Pray Road) at 5:30 p.m.

Monday: Trap Shooting at Moose River F&G Club (Davis Bridge Road) at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday: Trap Shoot at Black Lake F&G Club at 7 p.m.

Sunday: Canada Goose early season opens in Northeast Goose Hunting Area.

Sunday: Squirrel season opens in NYS.

Sept. 7: Hunter Education Course at Camp Mandaville, Winthrop (Pre-register with Hopkinton Town Clerk).

Sept. 7: Bowhunter Education Course at Russell Library (In-person registration by 8/30 at Russell Town Hall).

Sept. 7-8: Hunter Education Course at Mullins Restaurant, Gouverneur (Pre-register at 287-9398).

Sept. 8-9: Hunter Education Course at Massena R&G Club (In-person registration with Massena Town Clerk).

Sept. 11, 12, 14: Hunter Education Course at Marinsburg Fire Department (Pre-register at 761-9565).

Sept. 14: St. Lawrence River Walleye Association’s Fall Classic.

Sept. 14: Homestudy Hunter Education Course at Edwards Fire Hall (In-person registration with Russell Town Clerk).

Sept. 14: Homestudy Hunter Education Course at Heuvelton Fire Hall (Pre-register by 8/31 at 344-4017).

Sept. 14: Bowhunter Education Homestudy Course at Camp Mandaville, Winthrop (Pre-register with Hopkinton Town Clerk).

Sept. 19-21: Hunter Education Course at Dexter American Legion (Pre-register at 785-2533).

Sept. 20: Inaugural banquet of North Country Chapter of Ruffed Grouse Society (518-521-4559).

Sept. 20-21: Bowhunter Education Course at Duffany’s Body Shop, Watertown (Pre-register at 788-2161).

Sept. 20-21: Bowhunter Education Course at Fishers Landing Fire Hall (In-person registration at Clayton Library).

Sept. 21: Homestudy Bowhunter Eduction Course at Black Lake F&G Club (Pre-register by 8/31 at 344-4017 after 5 p.m.).

Sept. 21: Homestudy Hunter Education Course at Moose River F&G Club, Port Leyden (Pre-register at hunteredol@hotmail.com).

Sept. 22-23: Hunter Education Course at Massena R&G Club (In-person registration with Massena Town Clerk).

Sept. 28-29: Hunter Education Course at Star Lake Community Center (Pre-register at 848-3490).

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