Free lifetime sportsmen licences awarded

The Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen held its monthly meeting at the Big Tree Sportsmen’s Club in February. During the event, Federation President Zen Olow had a delegate from the Erie County Federation, Joe Jemiolo, select the winners of the free lifetime license give away.

The Chautauqua County federation had been selling raffle tickets in 2013 with the intention of raising funds for this purpose. If you recall, the prizes were a high-end rifle with scope and three donated separate fishing charters.

The winners were announced in a previous column. The Chautauqua Federation raised enough money to give away seven lifetime “sportsmen’s licenses” and they had another license donated from a deceased former charter captain’s family.

The price of the licenses varies according to age groups with the cost as follows : ages 1-4 years, $380; ages 5-11, $535 and ages 12-16, $765.

As announced in the OBSERVER and numerous other outlets and functions, any youth under the age of 16 that is a resident of Chautauqua County could fill out and submit one application for this free drawing.

In the 1-4 age group the winner was Robert Orgass of Jamestown. In the 5-11 age group there were three winners: Paul Majchrzak of Sherman, Tristen Olsen of Forestville and Owen Lewis of Silver Creek. In the 12-16 year age group the winners were Henrey Malarkey of Jamestown, Cope Rissel of Falconer and Samantha Newman of Falconer.

Anthony Spann of Westfield won the donated license. Note that Stef Rasmus was also selected as a winner, but had already purchased a lifetime license so that prize was donated back. Joe Jemiolo was asked to select the winners because he was one of the originators of the idea from Erie County.

The winners will be presented their licenses at the Harry Probst Memorial banquet held at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club on April 7. Congratulations!

The Chautauqua County Federation intends to continue this project annually with the support of area residents and would accept sponsorship from any businesses that would like to participate. For more information, contact Olow at 640-2776.

The Northern Chautauqua Ducks Unlimited organization continues to grow and generate funds from our area for the purpose of securing and maintaining wetlands and other habitat suitable for waterfowl and other wildlife.

NRG was the leading sponsor of this year’s event held Saturday at the Dunkirk Moose Club with 51 other patrons and businesses contributing to make this year’s event another success.

Thanks to all the committee members and attendees who make this event possible. Money is generated by the sale of auction and raffle items that include art work, sculptures and miscellaneous goods with an outdoor theme that usually includes waterfowl. It’s a great time and we hope to see you next year.


The next meeting of the Great Lakes Experience Planning Board will be on Wednesday, March 26 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 should be a great time and everyone interested in attending should mark the date on their calendars.

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 is 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 to 10 p.m. The class will then resume on Saturday, March 29, from 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. They will also offer a trapping course on Sept. 17 and 18 from 6-10 p.m. Limit 30 students.

The Falconer Rod & Gun Club will host a trapping course on Sept. 24 and 26 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. each day. Register the first day.

There will be gun safety courses at the Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club located on Route 310 Cassadaga-Stockton Road on April 10 and 11 from 5 to 10 p.m. Must attend both days and pre-register by calling Rich at 595-3917. There will also be another course on July 10 and 11, which will use the same time frame. The archery course at the Bear Lake club will be on August 20 and 21 from 6 until 10 p.m. Two-day attendance is required as well as pre-registration. Their trapping course will be on Oct. 16 and 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. both days. Limit of 35 students.

There will be a gun safety course at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on April 16 and 17 from 5 to 10 p.m. Two-day attendance mandatory. Call Gary at 366-3397. There will be another two-day course given on August 27 and 28. Note these classes are limited to 35 students.

Another two-day course will be on Sept. 24 and 25. Same time frame.

There will be one date for the archery course at the “Con Club” on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. There is a class limit of 60 students. Bring a lunch. Pre-register by calling Gary at 366-3397.

The trapping course at the “Con Club” will be on Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Limit 60 students.

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

The Sportsmen’s Show at the Little Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. will be on April 5 and 6. 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 938-6928.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to