Fishing, hunting make for good Father’s Day stories

In case you forgot, today is Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to who it may concern. I usually try to remember a story about my father that pertains to fishing or hunting. I never went hunting with my father Raymond Pauszek, and it wasn’t until he took early retirement from the steel plant that I recall any fishing trips. But we made up for lost time when he did retire.

Prior to that event, when the question came up about whether or not he used to go fishing/hunting, he would reply, “I traded in my hunting and fishing licenses for a marriage license, so I – we – could have you kids.”

Pearls of wisdom like that were shared with the entire family over the years, and my brother Ray Pauszek’s youngest son Timmy was featured in the living pages of the OBSERVER with a wonderful article penned by Diane Chodan, featuring Tim’s artwork along with history and quips from Tim’s grandfathers and other family members.

When I was younger, my dad gave me a lot of freedom to experience life and grow up. He often said, “I better never see your name in the paper!” After I wrote my first column in 1988, I had to call and make sure he wasn’t angry. Thanks Dad, you are the best!

The 30th annual Southtowns Walleye tournament ended at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Southtowns group had several changes in this year’s event, including shortening the event by one day, possibly so many of the members could spend more time celebrating Father’s Day. The winners will be announced soon, but according to their website, there were two 12-pound plus walleyes entered as well as a heavy 11-pound fish. The awards ceremony and picnic will be Saturday, June 21 at the club, located on Route 20 in Hamburg.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club is proud to announce the club will be providing shooters who ask for it, with the yardage at target sites, at the registration site. They will receive a copy of all thirty 3D targets and the distance from each stake to the target.

For example: The yellow stake will not be set beyond 35 yards, the red stake will not exceed 45 yards and the blue stake will not exceed 50 yards. The Bear Lake Club hopes that by providing this information, there will be a greater increase of bowhunters who normally would have been intimidated by having to guess the yardage to the target. The schedule for upcoming shoots is: June 22, July 13, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14. A $10 registration fee is charged from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. for shooting at 30 targets . If you have any questions about shooting at “known yardage” targets, contact Rudy Abersold at 397-9717. Rudy is a former director of the International Bow Hunters Organization and the current director of Northeast Archery Shooters Association. Known yardage is now the largest class in national ASA events.

Prior to the event, the Bear Lake Club members will be on hand with hands-on instruction of archery for all ages at the Great Lakes Experience on Saturday, starting around noon until 4-5 p.m. at Dunkirk’s Memorial Park. There will be a number of exhibits, with an outdoors theme, hands-on events, live animals, birds of prey and lots of cool stuff for all ages. It’s FREE! You are invited.

Paul Soper Sr., a life member of the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, passed away recently and the family and friends saw fit to make an endowment to the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club that will enable various youth activities involving hunting and fishing to continue and expand. On behalf of the kids and club members, we greatly appreciate your generosity, and thank you!


The Department of Environmental Conservation will present a state of Lake Erie type meeting at Woodlawn Beach on June 17 starting at 7:30 p.m. Open to the public.

The DEC will also be closing the Dunkirk Fishing Platform, known as the “Probst Platform” from June 16 until the 20th for repairs. The area will be closed to the public during that time.

The Great Lakes Experience is happening June 21 in Dunkirk’s Memorial Park. Momentum for this project continues to grow, to present an “outdoors themed event” that is geared towards all ages, and a focus on the youngsters. Building on the success of last year’s event, the GLE will return bigger and even better this year with The Buffalo Zoo mobile, the reptile exhibit, Raptors Bird of prey, the Jamestown Audobon, Society, The Trappers Association, The Monday Night Fly tyers and more to name just a few of the exhibits. And it’s FREE.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host 3-D archery shoots on June 22, July 13, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14. They will also host a 200-yard gun shoot June 8 and Sept. 21. New members are welcome and the club’s monthly meetings are on the first Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. They start the meeting off with a hot meal, so come hungry.

The Cassadaga Lakes Association will be holding its 21st annual Lew Mead Youth Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 28, at the DEC boat launch on Dale Drive, Cassadaga from 7 until 11:30 a.m. The contest is free and open to youths 16 years of age and under. Sign up at the site before fishing. More information will be printed at a later date.

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. I also am available to take photos and hear your success stories by calling 366-1772 or 467-2079.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to