The Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen met on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at His Way Archers Club in Jamestown. Twenty-five clubs were represented at this meeting. After the opening comments and the Pledge of Allegiance, President Zen Olow collected any remaining raffle tickets for the Kids Lifetime License benefit and deposited all paid tickets in the bin giving them a ride like a Lake Erie fishing trip in 10-foot waves.
Before announcing who the winners of the four donated prizes were, Olow told the representatives that 1,058 tickets were sold. Ticket sales were $5 apiece or three for $10. A total intake of $4,700 was calculated, which will go toward the purchase of free lifetime licenses.
Exactly how many licenses will be given away will depend on how many of the winners are in which age group. For example: youths aged new born up to 4 years of age would pay $380 per lifetime sportsman license. Ages 5 through 11 require a $535 fee. Ages 12 through 16 require a fee of $765. Olow commented that there were 204 applicants in the 12-16 year age bracket for this drawing, which is scheduled for February. Jan. 15 was the final day the Federation was accepting applications for this free license giveaway raffle.
Zen Olow and Joe Jemiolo drawing the winners of the Chautauqua County Sportsmen Federation raffle.
I would also like to note that the OBSERVER printed an application form in their publication at Thanksgiving time for their readers. Thank You! Back to the raffle. Joe Jemiolo, a delegate from the Erie County Sportsmens Federation, was asked to select the winners of the four raffle prizes. Why? Jemiolo originated this giveaway plan for Erie County, which gave away eight lifetime licenses this year at their Christmas meeting held at the Bison City Rod & Gun Club.
The winner of the first prize, a Ruger 270 bolt action rifle complete with scope, was Tim Buck of Cassadaga.
Second place was a Lake Erie fishing charter with Captain Lance Ehrhardt on Sassafras Charters won by Charlie Cardinale of Jamestown.
Otto Chadwick of Falconer, a proud members of the Falconer Rod & Gun Club, was selected as the winner of the Muskie charter compliments of Captain Larry Jones. Mr. Chadwick has generously donated his charter prize back to the Federation, who will be giving all the ticket holders a second chance at this prize reportedly at the February meeting. Jeff Carpenter of Cassadaga won the Lake Erie Charter with Captain Dan Korzenski on Hooked Up sport fishing charters.
President Olow also announced that plans are in the works for another raffle for this year and he will be looking for sponsors and financial support for this endeavor. As a side note, all the Chautauqua County Sportsmen Federation officers ran unopposed for 2014 and agreed to accept their positions: President Zen Olow, Vice President Charlie Cardinale, Treasurer Mike Probst, Secretary Gene Pauszek, Conservation Council delegate Olow and alternate Pauszek. I would like to add at this time that Olow has also been elected as second Vice President of the Conservation Council, which is an advocate group at the state level. Note that Olow planned on drawing the winners of the raffle at the December meeting of the Federation, but the meetings were canceled due to the weather. Thank you to everyone who helped make this first drawing a success and we will keep you posted on who the lucky license winners will be!
The Lakeshore Longbeards met Tuesday, finalizing plans for their membership banquet Jan. 25 at St. Hedwig's Hall in Dunkirk. The Longbeards also announced Kevin Pacos, a student from Fredonia High School, is the winner of a $250 scholarship from the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. The Longbeards also commented that as per the NWTF regulations, anyone wishing to procure seed corn for 2014 will have to be a member, with primary consideration given to banquet attendees. You can still get tickets by calling Bob Turk at 934-4538. The Longbeards will also meet at Liberty Vineyard on Monday Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. for a final head count.
The Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo will take place Jan. 24-26 at the Niagara Falls Conference and Event Center. The Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association will have a flea market Jan 26. The main show will feature guides, outfitters and the BASS School. Visit www.NiagaraFishingExpo.com for more information.
The Monday night Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Fly Tyers will meet Monday evenings at 6 p.m., weather permitting. The event is open to the public free of charge.
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. First auction dates are Feb. 17-23.
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, Jan. 19 and 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. The first auction date is Jan. 7, while the second dates are March 13 and March 14.
There will also be a raw fur auction on Jan. 18 at the Hinsdale Fire Hall, in Hinsdale. No furs will be checked before 7:30 a.m. There will be fox, raccoon, muskrat, mink, beaver, as well as deer hides up for auction. The auction starts at 10 a.m., and will go until all furs sold. For more information, call Andy Smith at 492-0432 or Dale at 763-3416.
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.
The Federation of Sportsmen from Sullivan County are hosting a three-day Coyote hunt from Feb. 7-9. They offer a $2,000 grand prize for the heaviest coyote weighed-in for the three-day hunt, a $200 daily prize for the heaviest coyote in each of the three days of the hunt, a $100 prize for the heaviest coyote taken by a youth (12-15 years old) and a $100 prize for the heaviest coyote taken by a female hunter during the three-day event. $100 will be awarded for all other coyotes weighed in during the three-day event. Early registration, post marked by Jan. 27, will be $30 per hunter, which will include the three-day hunt, a weigh-in dinner held at the White Sulphur Springs Fire House, located on Route 52 (exit 100 off Route 17). After Jan. 27, the entry fee is $40 with the deadline of 7 p.m. sharp on Feb. 3. For details, visit the website at www.sullivancountysportsmensfederationny.com.
The New York State Ice Pro-Am is scheduled for Chautauqua Lake on Jan. 18 and Jan. 19, weather permitting. For more information go to www.NYSiceproam.com. Open division will cost you $30 while the Pro-Am is $160 per team. I am told there are a lot of perks that come with the Pro-Am division, so check it out.
A recent email announced the Harrisburg Pa. Sportsman's Show is back with the backing of the National Rifle Association. The Harrisburg show schedule is Feb. 1-10 with Country Western star Trace Adkins performing Feb. 8.
Gun Shows: The Ashtabula County Sportsman's Gun Show in Jefferson Ohio will be on Jan. 18-19 at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds located at 127 N. Elm, For more information call 569-6810.
The Chautauqua county Sportman's Show will be held on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26 at the Chautauqua Lake Auction Center located at 2118 Magnolia Avenue, in Ashville.
The Sportsman's Show at the Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel, which is located off I-86 at Exit 20, 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd., in Salamanca, NY will be on Feb. 22 and 23. Call 569-6810 or log on to www.yorkpennshows.com.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org