Charles Alsheimer speaks at Mission Meadows

Charles Alsheimer, the famous outdoor writer/photographer/lecturer/T.V. personality and editor of Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine, was in the house on Friday at Mission Meadows, Dewittville, off Route 430.

Alsheimer’s presentation was made possible by the Sportsman’s committee of the WestPortland Baptist Church, which has been hosting events for a long time. Alsheimer has been the primary speaker for a number of these functions and his delivery remains fresh every time he attends.

This columnist missed out on the dinner, but from all reports it was delicious as always. All the guests who were in attendance were then treated to Alsheimer’s video presentation titled “White Tails: A Photographic Journey Through the Seasons.”

Alsheimer has toured much of the world and has witnessed the splendor of God’s creations on Earth. Many of us may never get to travel to some of the wonderful regions that are available, but for a few hours , all the viewers were transported through sight and sound to areas most people only dream of.

Alsheimer is also famous for his research on estimating through scientific data, when the “Peak of the Rut” will occur. To get even more specific, Alsheimer has a process to evaluate the best time of the year for a deer hunter to be in the woods, to increase their chances of seeing and hopefully tagging a deer/buck.

Alsheimer bases his predictions on peak deer/buck movement with a lunar calendar. The best time to be in the woods according to Alsheimer is when the second full moon occurs after the Autumn Equinox. The Autumn Equinox was September 21-23 this year. Therefore the second full moon should occur on November 17. Gun Season in our area of the state or “Opening Day” is Nov. 16, so barring an unseasonably warm spell, most deer hunters should be able to fill their tags during the first week of gun season this year.

Motorists should also be aware that the deer will also be on the move that week, not because the hunters are “chasing the deer,” rather because the bucks will be chasing the does. Alsheimer commented during his presentation that bucks, or male deer, are ready to breed usually a month earlier than the does and can travel over 4,000 acres in a three day period, because of the need to breed.

Bow hunters should have a good season with bucks being active towards the end of October into mid-November. One more pearl of wisdom from Charlie’s research/presentation, deer are most active around 7:45 a.m.

On behalf of those in attendance, thank you Mr. Alsheimer and the Sportsman’s Committee of the WestPortland Baptist Church for another memorable presentation.


New Sporting licenses (fishing )go into effect on Oct. 1.

Bow season opens up Oct. 1 in Western New York. There is still time to sign up for archery contests, but hurry. Also, the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will continue their non-perishable food collection “Hunters Helping the Hungry” during the Big Game hunting season. Club members are reminded to bring their canned goods to the club for donation to be distributed during the Christmas holiday season. Thanks!

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host a 200-yard rifle/gun shoot Sunday, Oct. 6, with registration from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Classes will be open to sight and scope. Cash prizes will be awarded at the shoot. The format will be timed shooting with three rounds standing, three rounds prone, three rounds kneeling and one round off a bench. The scoring will be based on a point system. Call 485-3773 for more information.

The SAREP Youth Fly Fishing program is open for its 15th season starting on Oct. 7. The program will start at 7 p.m., in the Fredonia Middle School cafeteria. The fly tying/fly fishing classes are every Monday from 7- 8:30 p.m., with field trips scheduled throughout the fall and spring. Classes are canceled when school is closed. The classes are open to the public and are free of charge. All materials are provided. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call Alberto Rey at 716-679-7002.

The Ellery Snow Cruisers will present their 22nd annual snowmobile outdoors sport show on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Village Casino, in Bemus Point, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will feature a live auction starting at 2 p.m., new vendors, a Chinese auction, and music provided by the Harbor Knights from noon until 2 p.m. There will also be raffles scheduled throughout the day. For more information, go to

Free fly-tying and fly-fishing classes have resumed on Monday evenings at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, 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: Participants will get to keep what they tie and will receive one-on-one attention. No registration required, so just show up!

The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, on Route 5, in Hamburg, will feature guest speaker Cameron Daboin, founder of the Greater Western New York Paranormal Society speaking on “Paranormal Activity” at 7 p.m., on Oct. 24. The event is open to the public and is free.

The Annual Hunting Expo held at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, located at 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., Salamanca, will be held 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., in Frewsburg, on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. Call 569-6810 for more information.

The 48th annual Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) banquet will be held on Oct. 11, at Lucarelli’s Banquet Center, which is located at 1830 Abbott Road, in Lackawanna. For more information on SCOPE, and other events, go to

The Evans Rod & Gun Club will host their annual “Sighting-in Day” on Saturday, Nov. 2. from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and those interested can use the opportunity to sight-in their deer slugs, rifles, handguns and Muzzleloaders. The club has a covered firing line with concrete shooting benches. Targets are provided at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards. NRA certified Range Safety Officers and experienced shooters will be in attendance to provide assistance. There is a $5 fee per gun. Refreshments will also be available.

If your club is hosting a shooting event or training course (turkey shoot, etc.) drop a line and I will be glad to place an announcement in the calendar.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to