More fishing in 2014 is on the schedule

Happy New Year!

An item that made the New Year’s resolution list for 2014 included: Preparation.

This year, I intend to fish more often, have my tackle sorted and in good order and make contacts with friends for new places to fish. Last year, I had the opportunity to fish out of the Buffalo small-boat harbor with friends and we had an exceptional day fishing for walleye, once we learned the ropes. If fishing conditions are similar again this year, I hope to visit that area again and more often.

Fishing for perch out of the Cattaraugus Creek area proved to be productive for my crew this year, especially later in the season. Increased numbers of fish offset the cost of travel and the time involved. We plan on trying our luck out of Sturgeon Point/Myers Reef and getting more involved with the early walleye fishing in May. Crappie fishing is on the “To Do” list as well.

Spring-time turkey hunting, if my health allows it, I hope to bag my bird. Hopefully any surgery I need will take place early enough to allow for recuperation.

More healthy activity, especially if it stops snowing/raining/blowing, etc.

Looking back on 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful people who introduced themselves and added that they enjoyed the Sportsman’s Journal, noting that they found it interesting. Thank You!

I hope to continue writing interesting articles for a long time. I also hope I can include more adventures with my granddaughter Rachel Glowniak. I notified her that she can start bow hunting with a mentor at 12 years old and she will be my motivator.

Getting more involved with youth programs involving the outdoors will continue to be a priority. The drawing for the winners of the lifetime youth outdoor licenses raffle prize tickets has been postponed again due to the weather. The prize ticket drawing will now take place in late January at the Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen meeting to be held at His Way Archers, in Jamestown.

The Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board will be meeting again with a new essay and the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will continue with their Take-A-Kid Fishing program. The Great Lakes Experience was a new feature in the area and hopefully we can expand on it. Hopefully we can resolve most of the boat launch/access issues at the Dunkirk site and recognize that fishermen are also a valuable “tourist trade.”

I was informed that there was ice cover on the southern end of Chautauqua Lake earlier in the week and with the recent cold and snow the north end should be iced over. Safe conditions this early are questionable.

Calendar:

The Monday night Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Fly Tyers will break for the holidays. The tyers will resume on Monday, Jan. 5, at 6 p.m.

Gun Owners are asked to participate in the “Fire One Shot at Noon!”on Jan. 11, 2014 in protest of the NYS Safe Gun Act. Organizers of the event, the Springville Field & Stream Club are urging legal gun owners to participate in a safe and legal manner and to spread the word on the event.

Go to www.facebook.com/events/456320794486823

Chautauqua County Snowmobile Trails officially opened Dec. 18, pending proper conditions. For more information, email crhead@mainstream.net.

The Southtowns Walleye Association located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd. Hamburg will host a Used Fishing and Hunting equipment sale (no guns or ammo) on Jan. 18, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Tables are limited and will cost $20. There will be free parking and entry.

The Erie County Trappers Association will host a fur handling seminar on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Collins Conservation Club located at 2633 Conger Road, in Collins. The show will feature techniques for better pelt preparation, teach about pelting, fleshing and stretching, drying and sizing. This event is free. There will be kids games, prizes, raffles and the kitchen will be open. Trap supplies and fur hats from Hoot’s Furs will be on sale. For more information, call Patti at 337-2556 or Hoot at 532-2457.

Raw fur pickup schedule: North American Fur Auctions (NAFA) location is Lucky Lanes bowling alley on Route 60, in Fredonia. Time is 4:30 p.m., on Jan. 4, March 9 and April 28. The agent is Ernest Mosher and he can be reached by calling his cell phone 315-868-6275. Note: The fur must be put up and dried. No green pelts will be accepted. First auction dates are Feb. 17-23.

Fur Harvesters Auction pickups will be at the old Tops Market parking lot off I -90. Take exit 59. Time of the pickup is 6-6:30 a.m. Pick-up dates will be Dec. 15, Jan. 19 and March 23. The agent is Toby Edwards. He can be contacted by calling his cellphone at 518-848-0217. Only dried pelts will be accepted. The first auction date is Jan. 7, while the second dates are March 13 and March 14.

There will also be a raw fur auction on Jan. 18 at the Hinsdale Fire Hall, in Hinsdale. No furs will be checked before 7:30 a.m. There will be fox, raccoon, muskrat, mink, beaver, as well as deer hides up for auction. The auction starts at 10 a.m., and will go until all furs are sold. For more information, call Andy Smith at 492-0432 or Dale at 763-3416.

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.

The Federation of Sportsmen from Sullivan County are hosting a three-day Coyote Hunt from Feb. 7-9. They offer a $2,000 grand prize for the heaviest coyote weighed-in for the three-day hunt, a $200 daily prize for the heaviest coyote in each of the three days of the hunt, a $100 prize for the heaviest coyote taken by a youth (12-15 years old) and a $100 prize for the heaviest coyote taken by a female hunter during the three-day event. $100 will be awarded for all other coyotes weighed in during the three-day event. Early registration, post marked by Jan. 27, will be $30 per hunter, which will include the three-day hunt, a weigh-in dinner held at the White Sulphur Springs Fire House, located on Route 52 (exit 100 off Route 17). After Jan. 27, the entry fee is $40 with the deadline of 7 p.m. sharp on Feb. 3. For details, visit the website at www.sullivancountysportsmensfederationny.com.

The New York State Ice Pro-Am is scheduled for Chautauqua Lake on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19, weather permitting. For more information go to www.NYSiceproam.com.

Gun Shows: The Ashtabula County Sportsman’s Gun Show in Jefferson Ohio will be on Jan. 18-19 at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds located at 127 N. Elm, For more information call 569-6810.

The Chautauqua county Sportsman’s Show will be held on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26 at the Chautauqua Lake Auction Center located at 2118 Magnolia Avenue, in Ashville.

The Sportsman’s Show at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, which is located off I-86 at Exit 20, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., in Salamanca will be on Feb. 22 and 23. Call 569-6810 or log on to www.yorkpennshows.com.

The Frewsburg Gun Show at the Frewsburg Firemans Rec Hall located at 25 Hazzard St., in Frewsburg. The show will be held on March 8 and 9.

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