At the JAKE'S Day planning meeting Tuesday, hunting and trapping instructor Rich Lazarczyk reminded me the Youth Turkey hunt takes place this weekend.
Youths, ages 12-15, may harvest one bearded turkey as long as they hold a Junior hunting license and a turkey permit. All youths must be accompanied by an adult (check pages 15 and 17 of the NYS hunting and trapping regulations booklet.)The accompanying adult cannot carry a gun or bow and cannot attempt to kill a turkey during the youth hunt. The adult may assist the youth and call birds. All other turkey hunting regulations remain in effect. Hunt safe, enjoy and good luck.
The recent cold spell which moved in sure put a damper on fishing from most reports. Rick Miller in Irving reports fishing in Cattaraugus Creek and the smaller hard-bottom creeks was good over the weekend, but later on Monday, the fish shut down. A lot of fishermen were out over the Easter weekend, too, but had to go back to the old grind Monday. Look for the bite to improve when the temperatures start to climb. Opening day of walleye is the first Saturday in May. With the current amount of ice cover remaining on Lake Erie, the walleye season this year will be interesting. Best bet for Opening Day walleye fishing will probably be on Chautauqua Lake.
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Bobber fishing with jigs and minnows for crappie is fun for all ages.
"We should have been here yesterday!" Did you ever hear that saying? My fishing buddy, GP, and I tried our luck from shore on Chautauqua Lake on Monday evening in the south end of the lake. You couldn't ask for a nicer spring evening. Unfortunately, we kept connecting with sub-legal crappie and runt yellow perch, with only a few keepers going in the creel. It was still a lot of fun. A fishing couple informed us the fish moved into the channels about 8:30 p.m. the night before, and they limited out. Rich Lazarczyk also informed me that his daughter limited out on "slab-sized calicos" the same evening we were fishing, but earlier in the day about a quarter of a mile from where we were. Look for the fishing to improve with a warming trend.
Skip Bianco at Hogan's Hut in Stow, commented the boat fishing has also been hit or miss with the action stopping near dark. Walleye fishing should be good by Dewittville, Goose Creek, Shore Acres and South Hadley Bay when the season opens.
There will be a Fisherman's Flea market at Bison City Rod & Gun Club on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public and there is no charge for admission or parking.
There will be several benefits for Brian Noody, the owner of Westwind Archery/Taxidermy, who suffered a devastating property loss due to fire. On Sunday, May 4, starting at 1 p.m., the Nickel Plate Depot will host a spaghetti dinner that will include a Chinese auction, big ticket raffle items, live entertainment, auction, photo booth, fun bike run and more. For information, contact Ashley Dumas at 680-8384 or 597-6953.
Point Blank Outdoors, a group of local outdoorsmen, will appear on the sportsmen's channel in May with film footage from the Dunkirk area. The show will be starting Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 a.m., Monday at 1 p.m. and Friday at 4 p.m.
The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club has a list of activities planned for this year, starting with a huge yard sale at the club property on Saturday, May 3, starting at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in selling gear, boats, cars, farm equipment, etc. can rent a spot by calling Tom at 680-0209, or Kim at 450-4659. Sorry, no guns.
The Bear Lake Club will also hold a trail camera contest May 18 and Sept. 14. Send pictures to the Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club, P.O. Box 151 Stockton, N.Y. 14784, or bring your pictures to the club the day of the contest. Entry fee is $5 per photo. You can enter new and old photos, and the public is invited to attend to help vote on the winners. For more information, contact Tom Kessler at 680-0209 or Tim Abbey at 792-6519. The Bear Lake Club will host 3-D archery shoots May 18, May 25, 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.
Plans are being made for the GLE to take place at Dunkirk's Memorial Park on June 21.
Southtowns walleye will host a one-day yellow perch contest on May 17 for $10 per entry. Cash prizes, free perch dinner and lots of fun are on the agenda. Participants must be a member. Southtown Walleye's annual walleye tournament is June 7-14. Must be a member and $35 entry per contestant. Note that there will be numerous prize giveaways at the monthly meetings in May and June for members entered in the Walleye tournament. Be sure to bring your tournament form or sign up at the May meeting .
The Falconer Rod & Gun Club will host a trapping course on Sept. 24 and 26 from 5:30-10 p.m. each day. Register the first day.
The archery course at the Bear Lake Club will be Aug. 20-21 from 6-10 p.m. Two-day attendance is required, as well as pre-registration. Their trapping course will be Oct. 16-17 from 6-10 p.m. both days with a limit of 35 students.
There will be one date for the archery course at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation 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.
The trapping course at the Con Club will be 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.
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 email@example.com.