Furbearer trapping opened up in Western New York and I confess that I never had time to trap, but it is a popular pastime for many and has been growing in popularity according to information provided by Charlene Stanton.
I know that my friend, and master trapping instructor, Rich Lazarczyk provides this column with dates and places for trapping courses, as well as dates and locations for fur pick up later on in the year, but there were some pretty interesting figures provided by Stanton.
For instance, there are reportedly between 5,000 to 10,000 trappers in New York State depending on the year and fur market prices. Fur trapping provides nuisance and damage control, as well as providing economic benefits and recreation for some individuals. You might be surprised to learn that there are 14 different species of fur bearing animals in New York State. Reportedly nothing is wasted in the production of wild fur garments,as furbearers provide food, organic fertilizer, medicines and other biodegradable products. Natural fur is also a renewable resource.
Precious Kaczor, of Forestville, displaying two salmon she caught on a recent fishing trip to the Salmon River, in Pulaski, over the Columbus Day weekend.
For more information on trapping in NYS, go to the DEC's website at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor, or pick up a free copy of NY Hunting & Trapping regulations, which are available wherever sporting licenses are sold, including, but not limited to, Wal-Mart and Bill's Hooks.
Precious Kaczor ,a young female outdoorsperson who resides in Forestville, had a memorable fishing trip at the Salmon River while fishing at Pulaski during the Columbus Day weekend, with her friends Pete Smith Jr. and Zack Lemiszko. Precious confided that she "outfished" the guys and caught the largest salmon, a 15 pounder that took almost 40 minutes to land. All the fish were caught on skein.
Town of Dunkirk resident Kenny Tarnowski got out of work on Monday afternoon and headed straight for his tree stand. About 5:30 p.m two doe worked their way toward his stand, but a trailing buck caught Ken's attention when it came into view. Lady Luck smiled on the archer, as the 8-point buck stopped about 15 feet from his stand, broadside, and had it's head behind a tree enabling the archer to come to full draw and seal the deal. The buck ran and Tarnowski was able to retrieve his arrow, which indicated it was a good hit, but the deer headed for dense cover and rain was in the forecast. Tarnowski called "Deer Search" a wounded big game tracking service that enlists licensed, leashed tracking dogs, and with their assistance, was able to quickly retrieve his prize, which was about 20 yards further from the point he left off. The buck weighed in at 139 pounds. If you need Deer Search, call 648-4355.
Bow season opened Oct. 1 in Western New York.
The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will continue its non-perishable food collection "Hunters Helping the Hungry" during the Big Game hunting season. Club members are reminded to bring their canned goods to the club for donation to be distributed during the Christmas holiday season. Thanks!
Free fly-tying and fly-fishing classes have resumed on Monday evenings at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, from 6-8 p.m. Fly tyers at all stages are invited to attend, from beginners to expert. The Monday night tyers will provide fly tying vises and all materials for anyone who would like to learn how to tie a fly or how to start fly fishing. Ken Hollander and Willie Fedrick, along with guest tyers, will provide the know how, in a safe, enjoyable facility located at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, on Mullet Street, in Dunkirk. Note: Participants will get to keep what they tie and will receive one-on-one attention. No registration required, so just show up!
There will be a gun show at the Frewsburg Firemen's Rec Hall, 25 Hazzard St., Frewsburg, today. Call 569-6810 for more information.
The Ellery Rod & Gun Club located on Pancake Hill Road off Dutch Hollow Road will host "Turkey Shoots" on Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. These events will start at 9 a.m. Breakfast will also be served from 8 a.m. until noon. Slugs and shot will be provided for slug shoots and "lucky shot" events.
The Evans Rod & Gun Club will host their annual "Sighting-in Day" on Saturday, Nov. 2. from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and those interested can use the opportunity to sight-in their deer slugs, rifles, handguns and Muzzleloaders. The club has a covered firing line with concrete shooting benches. Targets are provided at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards. NRA certified Range Safety Officers and experienced shooters will be in attendance to provide assistance. There is a $5 fee per gun. Refreshments will also be available.
Years ago they used to call this a deer hunters breakfast. On Sunday, Nov. 10, the Forestville Fire Department will offer a breakfast of scrambled eggs, sausage, pancakes, hash browned potatoes, coffee and juice for a friendly price, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Proceeds will be used to purchase fire fighting equipment and gear. This breakfast special will be available for take-out, or dine in, on every second Sunday of each month. You don't have to be a deer hunter to stop in and enjoy.
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.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.