Alsheimer to speak at Camp Mission Meadows

The Sportsmen’s Committee from the West Portland Baptist Church is proud to announce Charles Alsheimer will return to our area to present his new video program “Whitetails, A Photographic Journey Through The Seasons.”

The program will be based on his new book, which will most likely be available at the event. Many of you readers have attended one or more of Charlie’s events. For those of you who are not familiar with Alsheimer, he is an award-winning photographer/writer/editor of Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine, who has traveled much of the world and has the enviable job of getting paid to photograph and pursue big game for a living.

Alsheimer is also a deeply religious man who delivers his message of faith, by displaying the Creator’s handiwork on a canvas of the outdoors. In years past, the West Portland Baptist Church would host the annual Game Dinner at the Westfield Firemen Exempt building, but that property has been sold.

This year’s dinner will be held at the Mission Meadows Camp located on Route 430 in Dewittville. This beautiful facility is a bit smaller than the previous building, so the committee is limiting the tickets to 250 people. In order to make sure all tickets requested are actually used this year, there will be a nominal fee of $5 per ticket. This event is likely to sell out so the committee requests you order your tickets as soon as possible. To order, email WestPortlandBC@fairpoint.net or call 326-3417.

The event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27. The doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 5:45 p.m., and the presentation around 7 p.m. A number of wild game specialties are usually available as well as some superb home cooking from the ladies on the committee. If you would like to bring a dish to pass, it would be appreciated. You can make your checks for this event payable to West Portland Baptist Church mailed to West Portland Baptist Church, 7081 E. Route 20, Westfield, N.Y. 14787.

No, there will not be any crossbow hunting in New York State this year. The vast majority of the public would like to see cross bow hunting in New York State according to Senator Patrick Gallivan and Assemblyman Andy Goodell. In fact, surveys show that 65 percent of the public that addressed their opinions are in favor of having crossbow hunting in some shape or form allowed in the state. The DEC is in favor of crossbowhunting also. Even some stalwart bow men who have been long time members of NYS Bowhunters have expressed their desire to allow the use of crossbows in our state.

So what’s the hold up?

Answer: Senator Robert Sweeney from Long Island. Senator Sweeney has prevented the crossbow bill from coming to committee this past session, so the issue has not even been allowed to be discussed. In my opinion, that’s wrong. If you are in favor of crossbow hunting in any shape or form to be allowed in NYS – whether in a separate season or for handicapped hunters/elderly/or to be solely administered by the DEC – contact your legislators including Senator Robert Sweeney’s office and keep the emails, letters and phone calls coming. Make some noise, you cannot be ignored.

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Emilio Rende the Senior Wildlife Biologist, Stewardship & Land Mgt. Coordinator, Upland Game Birds, Bureau of Wildlife for NYS DEC Region 9, 182 East Union St., Suite 3 request anyone who participated in the summer turkey survey to please submit their survey sheets to him care of the supplied address as soon as possible.

FREE fly tying and fly fishing classes will resume on Monday evenings at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, starting Monday, Sept. 16 from 6-8 p.m. Fly tyers at all stages are invited to attend, from beginners to expert. The Monday night tyers will provide fly tying vises and all materials for anyone who would like to learn how to tie a fly or how to start fly fishing. Ken Hollander and Willie Fedrick, along with guest tyers, will provide the know how, in a safe enjoyable facility located at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on Mullet Street in Dunkirk. Note this group of fly tyers made their services available at the Great Lakes Experience, The “Con Club Take-A-Kid Fishing day” and at the Chautauqua County Fair grounds in the Conservation Building. You get to keep what you tie and will receive one-on-one attention. No registration required, just show up!

Upcoming trapping classes – Falconer Rod & Gun Club located on the Buffalo Street extension in Falconer, Wednesday Sept. 25 from 6-10 p.m., returning on Friday Sept. 27 from 6-10 p.m. Register at first class. Limited to 30 students.

Trapping class at Westfield Fish & Game on Oct. 4 from 6-10 p.m., returning on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call Rich at 595-3917 for a work book. Limited to 35 students.

The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club bow course will be held on Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. The course has reached its capacity size of students. The instructors ask that those who signed up be sure to attend. The trapping course will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, Rte 5 in Hamburg will feature Bruce Fisher, professor of economics at SUNY Buffalo, speaking on the economics of Lake Erie on Thursday Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and free.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host their Memorial shoot & Gun Raffle on Sept. 15.

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 www.yorkpennshows.com.

There will be a gun show at the Frewsburg Firemen’s Rec Hall, 25 Hazzard St., in Frewsburg, on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. Call 569-6810 for more information.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to sports@observertoday.com.