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COUNTY, CATTARAUGUS COUNTY
As I write
this column in mid-May the ground is saturated and more rain is in
the forecast. My deer management plot has been plowed and is now
waiting for drier weather to allow planting. Howard Lux of Lux’s
Wildlife Management says brassicas have been successfully planted
throughout the summer, but in general should be planted prior to
July. If you can’t plant by the first of July it’s a good idea to
wait until after August 15. The crop will still be ready for the
deer to eat after the area has had a hard freeze. The theory
behind planting brassicas is that the deer prefer other food until
the brassica plants release their sugars after a hard frost and
become a favorite much needed high protein deer food.
readers that wondered about the photo under my last month’s column
showing three hunters with four super-racked deer, it was meant to
show the results of ten years of deer habitat and hunting
management at the North Country Whitetail research center. The
deer, which are typical of the area, were all taken within 48
hours of each other on adjoining managed property. I am always
looking forward to readers e-mailing me at
with any questions or comments.
hasn’t hurt the fishing in western New York. Fishing reports from
website confirms other reports that the crappie are back in
Chautauqua Lake in both numbers and size. Crappies in the 12 to 15
inch range are commonly being caught on minnows and jigs. This
spring’s lure of choice for walleyes seems to be a #11 black and
silver Rapala. Yellow and white perch have also been abundant all
spring in the seven to nine foot depth. This, of course, can
change as the temperatures rise. Muskie have continued to bite on
just about anything as they did during the ice fishing season.
Muskie season opens June 21 on Chautauqua Lake with the minimum
keeping length of 40 inches. The Deli Market located in Maple
Springs on Rte. 430 across from Midway Park is handling live bait
and tackle. The convenience store and gas station has a good
selection and is just one mile from the Long Point State Park
launch ramp. The Deli Market is an excellent place to get those
last minute needs before taking to the water.
The water has
been high all spring on the Allegheny Reservoir. Boat launching at
the Onoville Marina has been progressing a little behind last
years schedule. The ice cream parlor at Bayview Lodge opened in
May. They offer an excellent view of the Onoville Bay as well as a
fine fast food menu. While you’re there you may want make
reservations for the fall hunting season. The lodge is in the
middle of some of the best hunting area in western New York. The
Reservoir will be easier for campers to access this year with the
reopening of Highbanks Campground. The campground has completed
phase one of a half-million dollar renovation project. Highbanks
Campground and Bayview Lodge are on the scenic West Perimeter Road
off from Interstate 86 exit 17.
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