JAKES Day was a huge success with youngsters

The Lakeshore Longbeards, our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, hosted another successful JAKES Day event on Saturday, July 13.

JAKES stands for Juniors Aquiring Knowledge and Ethics, and the Long Beards have been proud to undertake that journey for our area youth. The Longbeards strive to keep the program fresh by enlisting mentors who also enjoy sharing their knowledge of the great outdoors with their young charges. This year, close to 70 youngsters participated in the JAKES Day program, which included the following learning stations: Hunter Safety, manned by ENCON officers Jerry Kinney and Rich Lazarczyk, Bluebirds by John Ruska, Paintball shooting by Gary Dudek II, Archery by Jill and Steve Hejza from Hideaway Archery, Maple Syrup production by Fairbanks Farms and Bluebird house construction with Lee Turk and Tom Pecz, Trapping with Gary Dudek, Aging Tree Rings with Mr. Mirth and Turkey Calling/deer shed searching with Scott Dibble, Fishing with the Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club, Fly Tying with Gregg Little, Netting/Biology with Ted Taft, Gun Shooting with the Westfield Fish & Game Club instructors, and cork gun shooting with Robbie and Fannie Graham, Joel Cybart and his wirehaired Daschhound Bruno from Deer Search and the Soil & Water Conservation booth.

The kids get divided into groups and journey to each station for about 20 minutes. When the car horn sounds, it is time to move on to the next station. They took a short break for a picnic lunch and then back for more fun. The weather was perfect and the kids were reportedly great. The group also thanked the sponsors who made the event possible: Hamlet Farms, Cott/CliffStar, Sinclairville Super Market, Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen, Lakeshore Marine, Turk Construction, Liberty Vineyards, Tofils, Wilcox Septic, Bear Lake Rod & Gun, Kosciuszko Polish Home, McDonalds, Add Lumber/True Value, Wendys, Mathews Archery, the Sheridan VFW, Westfield Fish & Game Club and Star Printed Graphics.

Stop by the Conservation Building at the Chautauqua County Fair and say hello. Fellow sportsmen will be handing out literature, and answering questions on current affairs concerning the outdoors gun ownership and how to get involved. Ask about the opportunity for free lifetime fishing/hunting licenses for the kids.


The Southtowns Walleye Association is hosting its 21st Catch and Release Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday, July 21 at the Tifft Nature Preserve, located on Furman Boulevard, Buffalo. The event is free to all kids 15 years old and younger. Bring your own tackle. Sign-up starts at 7:30 a.m. with the weigh-in from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. A picnic-style lunch, including free hot dogs and goodies, will be served from 11 a.m. until noon. Coffee, milk, donuts and juice will be served from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. All kids receive a grab bag and winners will receive awards starting at noon. For more information, call Dennis at 861-5687 or Doug at 649-8202.

Cattaraugus County Sportsmen’s Rendezvous will be held August 9-10-& 11 at the Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds, Little Valley NY. The show will feature archery, Black powder, trapping, fishing, guns, taxidermy dealers, Big Buck displays, live seminars, food and a Saturday night auction.Camping is permitted. No alcoholic beverages vended. For more information call 492-0432. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. respectively.

The Westfield Fish & Game Club located on Ogden Road Westfield, will host a Hunter Safety Training course (gun). It will start on Monday, Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. The class will resume on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Students must attend both days and be at least 12 years old. For more information, call 326-3218. On Sunday Sept. 15 they will hold their Memorial Shoot & Gun Raffle.

The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will host a Firearms safety (gun) course on August 21 & 22 from 5 p.m.- 10 p.m. Two day attendance is mandatory for certification. The bow course is Sept. 21 from 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. and the Trapping course will be on Saturday Sept. 28 from 9 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club archery course is August 17 from 8:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Call Rich at 595-3917 to register.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host a 30 3-D target archery shoot on August 11 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The Annual Hunting Expo held at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, located at 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Buck at 569-6810 or visit

There will be a Gun Show at the Frewsburg Firemen’s Rec Hall, 25 Hazzard St., Frewsburg on Oct. 26-27. Call 569-6810 for information.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to