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Hitting anything accurately with a bow and arrow requires a lot of skill.

Doing it when you don’t have any arms? It seems impossible.

But Matt Stutzman, who was born with no arms, can not only shoot a bow and arrow, he can do it better than most. In fact, he’s a champion archer.

Stutzman, a Paralympics silver medalist who recently won the compound men’s title at the U.S. National Target Championships in Westfield, Indiana, will show off his amazing talents at this year’s Southern Tier Outdoor Show.

The 11th annual outdoor show is scheduled for Oct. 14 and 15 at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath.

Stutzman, 34, won the silver medal for archery at the London 2012 Paralympics and competed in his second Games in Rio.

Prior to this season, he announced he would focus on competing in able-bodied and open events with a view to making a U.S. team.

In the U.S. Open finals — also an able-bodied competition — Stutzman captured second place.

Dubbed the Armless Archer, Stutzman holds the Guinness world record for the longest accurate archery shot of 310 yards.

Stutzman, who was born in Kansas but grew up with adoptive parents in Iowa, will give performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day at the Southern Tier Outdoor Show.

To learn more about Stutzman, go to mattstutzman.com.

The Southern Tier Outdoor Show will also feature two days of exhibit, demonstrations and hands-on activities centered around hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities, along with numerous vendors of outdoor products.

For more information about the outdoor show, call 607-664-2300 or go to southerntieroutdoorshow.com.

Hunting licenses on sale

It’s only August, but now is a good time to start thinking about hunting season.

In New York, hunting licenses for the 2017-18 seasons are now available for sale.

The new license years starts Sept. 1 and licenses are good for one year. Anyone who wants to apply for a deer management permit — commonly known as antlerless or doe permits — has to apply before Oct. 1.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is increasing the statewide allocation of deer management permits by 11 percent over last year.

To check on permit availability and the probability of obtaining a deer management permit in your area, go to www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/30409.html.

To find a list of sporting license-issuing agents statewide, go to www.dec.ny.gov/permits/95448.html. You can also order licenses online at decals.dec.ny.gov/DECALSCitizenWeb/citizenhome.htm.

Chronic wasting disease plan

DEC is looking for public comment on a draft of a new plan to combat chronic wasting disease, a malady that has devastated deer herds in other states.

DEC biologists worked with state Department of Agriculture and Markets veterinarians and wildlife health experts from Cornell University to craft a comprehensive set of steps that are considered the most advanced CWD prevention strategies in the nation.

Chronic wasting disease, an always-fatal brain disease that affects species of the deer family, was first identified in Colorado in 1967 and turned up in New York among wild and captive white-tailed deer populations in 2005 in Oneida County.

More than 47,000 deer have been tested statewide since 2002, and there has been no reoccurrence of the disease since 2005, according to DEC.

To review the draft plan, go to www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7191.html. Written comments on the plan will be accepted through Sept. 1.

Comments can be emailed to wildlife@dec.ny.gov, with “CWD plan” in the subject line, or mailed to: NYSDEC, Bureau of Wildlife, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-4754.

Reach Jeff Murray at 271-8251 or jmurray@stargazette.com. Follow Jeff online at stargazette.com/outdoornotebook, and on Twitter @SGJeffMurray.

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