This article follows up the Thanksgiving article with the claim of some extraordinary deer being harvested in our area this year.
16-year old Nathan Delcamp now has a tough act to follow after tagging his first buck last Sunday in Sheridan. A mammoth 12 point come walking upon the young hunter who found in his crosshairs, a deer, the likes of which many of us will never see in a lifetime. The deer was taken around 7:30 a.m. from a box blind constructed by his father. The 12 point was not weighed in, but estimated weight was between 180 to 200 pounds.
The green score on the deer was 156 scored by Bob Turk of Sheridan. Turk operates a deer farm/deer scent business in Sheridan and often will see wild deer cruise the perimeter of the fenced-in deer farm, but reported he had never before seen the bruiser buck until Nathan harvested it.
Photos by Gene Pauszek
Mike Joy tagged a nice 11-point buck last Sunday.
Last Sunday was also a good day for Mike Joy. Joy had taken a trophy buck during archery season and was hunting the same general area in Pomfret in a tree stand. Joy passed up two smaller-sized bucks before he spied the bigger buck come into view in a stand of hardwoods.
Joy used a grunt call to arouse the buck's anger and it came within 40 yards before he touched off one round from his shotgun. The buck ran 40 yards and piled up. Joy's buck weighed in at 170 pounds and was an 11 point with a 21-1/4 inch outside spread.
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The SAREP Youth Fly Fishing Program will continue its 14th season of free fly tying and fly fishing classes on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m., at the Fredonia Middle School Cafeteria. Field trips will occur shortly afterwards. Classes are free and are open to children and community members. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The classes will continue to meet every Monday until early summer.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club also will host free fly tying instruction compliments of Willie Fedrick, Jeffrey Rasmus, Ken Hollander and Monte Kennedy on Monday evenings starting at 6 p.m. All are welcome. This would be a great opportunity for young boy or girl scouts to earn merit badges for learning how to tie flies and learn about fishing.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will resume its annual Hunters Helping the Hungry program. On Tuesdays, Con Club members are urged to bring a non-perishable food item with them. All donations will be distributed to the needy in the community through the efforts of the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Youth Organization during the Christmas season.
Fly tying classes have resumed on Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m., at the Sinclairville Free Library. Classes will continue until May. All tools and materials are provided free. For more information, call 962-3635 or 485-3919 or log on www.countrykidsonthefly.blogspot.com.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.