Great Lake Experience plans are underway

The sunshine and warming temperatures on Friday, gave us a little prelude to better and warmer days coming.

Plans are already in motion for the Great Lakes Experience 2014 which will take place June 21 at Memorial Park. The volunteer planning committee has been at work since February on this project which many of you readers might remember first made it’s appearance at Memorial Park last year. Last year’s event was a learning process for many and was well received by those who attended.

This year, the GLE Festival committee plans on spreading the word for an increased participation for all involved. The GLE is a free event which will target the younger generation and the young at heart, by displaying what our area has to offer, especially in the great outdoors. Last year, there were a number of exhibits that focused on native species, invasive species, sea lamprey and habitat restoration projects. Representatives were in attendance from the Fish & Wildlife service, the Department of Environmental Conservation, Iroquois National Wild Life Refuge, Montezuma NRW, Allegheny NFH and more. Several wildlife exhibits are planned for this year’s event and will include the sky hunters, raptor display with various live owls, hawks and falcons. The fur trappers were on hand to answer questions and the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on Monday night fly tyers were available, tutoring anyone who wanted to try their hand at tying flies.

This event will need sponsors, vendors, exhibitors, volunteers and participants to make it a success, with a lot of planning taking place beforehand. Tents, chairs, water, power etc. will be available and supplied for exhibitors. Activities for the youngsters will also include hands-on activities, a coloring contest and fishing for those who have never tried it before and would like to see how it’s done. The production intends to draw focus to our area, so this will be a tremendous opportunity to get involved and show the public what you, your club or business has to offer. Watch for news announcements, flyers ,radio and television advertisements. This should be fun!


The next meeting of the Great Lakes Experience Planning board will be on Wednesday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator, which is located on Central Avenue, in Dunkirk. Plans are being made for the GLE to take place at Dunkirk’s Memorial Park on June 21. This event is going should be a great time and everyone interested in attending should mark the date on their calendars. More later!

The Pistol Course that is scheduled at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on March 15, will be held from 5-10 p.m. There are still openings to take this course, which will cost $55. For more information, call Gary Dudek at 366-3397.

The Northern Chautauqua Chapter of Ducks Unlimited annual banquet is Saturday, March 15 at the Dunkirk Moose Lodge, located at 296 Lake Shore Drive West. Pre-sale tickets are $45 or $70 per couple. This event will feature a live and silent auction as well as other raffles throughout the evening. For more information, including tickets, email to or call Steve at 410-4848, Chris McKelvey at 672-2498, Scott Sinare at 410-9531, Darrin Katta at 785-0713 or Will Mead at 785-3741.

Our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Lakeshore Longbeards, will be meeting Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at Liberty Vineyards located on Route 20 in Sheridan. The agenda will include highlights of the banquet and plans for the JAKES Youth day in July. The event is open to the public.

The Monday night Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Fly Tyers will meet Monday at 6 p.m., weather permitting. The event is open to the public and free of charge.

The Westfield Fish and Game Club located on Ogden Road in Westfield will be conducting a gun safety training course starting on Monday, March 25, from 7-10 p.m. The class will then resume on Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Students must attend both days and be at least 12 years old. For more information, call 326-3218.

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 March 9 and April 28. The agent is Ernest Mosher and he can be reached by calling 315-868-6275. Note: The fur must be put up and dried. No green pelts will be accepted.

Fur Harvesters Auction pick-ups 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, 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. Dates are March 13 and March 14.

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.

Gun Shows: There will be a Gun Show at the Frewsburg Firemans Rec. Hall located at 25 Hazzard St. Frewsburg N.Y. on March 8 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and March 9 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

There is a gun show at the Harbor Creek Fire Department Social Hall located at 7275 Buffalo Road, Rte 20 on March 16 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and March 17 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The Sportsmens Show at the Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. will be on April 5 and 5. Admission will be $5 with kids under the age of 12 admitted free. For information on directions or to be a vendor call Jim Miller at (716) 938-6928.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to