Local sportsmen share success stories

Tom Guziec of Dunkirk has been successfully hunting deer with a bow since the early 1990’s, but on Monday evening he tagged his biggest one so far, a 9-point buck which weighs an estimated 160 pounds. Guziec was hunting from a 15-foot tree stand over a creek bottom when he noticed several does come out followed by the buck. He momentarily lost sight of the buck who soon materialized, heading towards an active scrape. Guziec drew back his Mathew’s bow and sent a 2-blade rage extreme mechanical broadhead through the lungs at 25 yards. The efficient dart dropped the buck at 40 yards in full view of the hunter. Guziec then called his friends Rick and Chris Johnson, who brought the four-wheeler to drag out the bruiser. Chris Johnson presented Guziec with a shed antler he had found last winter that was a perfect match for Tom’s buck. Guziec divulged that he does not use scent, rather he protects his scent free clothing and rubber boots from offending odors, and uses the wind direction to his advantage. He plans on having the deer mounted at West Wind.

Forestville’s Joe Aguglia was hunting at his grandfather Joe Aguglia’s farm on Columbus Day. It was down to the last hour of the last day of the special youth hunt. The tandem of hunters noticed the buck come into view and had to change seats in the covered two-man tree stand so young Joe could get a shot. The buck came out with two doe and grandpa used a grunt call to bring the buck back around. The response was quick and they had to wait for the buck to settle down and change direction for a good shot. Young Joe put the cross hairs of his 243-caliber rifle on the boiler maker and sealed the deal. This was young Joe’s second buck, as he took his first one – another 7 pointer – on Opening Day last year.

Not to be outdone, 13-year-old Dominik Aguglia was hunting with Dylan Waltere from a two-man tree stand on Oct. 28. Two does came in behind their stand and Dominik passed up a shot when he spied a buck coming in along the field edge of a horse pasture. Dominik drew back his bow and launched a fixed blade Magna Stinger broadhead behind the front shoulder and the 7-point buck piled up about 50 yards away. Waltere videotaped the hunt for his friend. All the hunters mentioned in the stories here commented they spend a lot of time target practicing, which obviously paid off.

Back in mid-September, 4-year-old Harrison Garrett was fishing with his grandpa Mike and his dad Will at the Ripley Rod & Gun Club fishing pond. Equipped with a youth zebco type rod/bobber rig, he caught several small perch and sun fish before the bobber went down and headed off to some cattails. Grandpa Mike waded in and pushed back the undergrowth to reveal Harry’s trophy, a 21-inch large mouth bass, which weighed in at 5.5 pounds. Great-grandpa Harry Probst was probably smiling down from above, at the youngsters’ accomplishment. Congratulations !

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The weather has an impact on anyone who spends any amount of time in the outdoors. In fact, there is a saying about local weather that goes, “If you don’t like the weather in Western New York, wait a minute.” Area readers might be interested in a short film that is being screened next week titled “Comfort Zone.” The film will be shown on Sunday, Nov. 3 at Grange Hall, Fredonia at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at Jewett 101, SUNY Fredonia, at 8 p.m. and again on Friday Nov. 8 at the SUNY Tech Incubator, located on Central Avenue in Dunkirk at 7:30 p.m. The film was made in Western New York and will address climate change in our area. Jim Wilmoth of Fredonia and Sherri Mason of SUNY Fredonia will coordinate the showings. The shows are FREE and should be of interest to all outdoorspersons. You are invited.

Bow season opened Oct. 1 in Western New York.

The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will continue its 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!

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. 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 Ellery Rod & Gun Club located on Pancake Hill Road off Dutch Hollow Road will host “Turkey Shoots” on, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. These events will start at 9 a.m. Breakfast will also be served from 8 a.m. until noon. Slugs and shot will be provided for slug shoots and “lucky shot” events. On Sunday, Nov. 10, the Forestville Fire Department will offer a “Deer Hunters breakfast” of scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, hash browned potatoes, coffee and juice for a friendly price, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Proceeds will be used to purchase fire fighting equipment and gear. This breakfast special will be available for take-out, or dine in, on every second Sunday of each month. You don’t have to be a deer hunter to stop in and enjoy.This deer hunter breakfast will also be available on Nov. 16 Opening Day of Deer season from 4 a.m until 10 a.m..

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 sports@observertoday.com.