Newlyweds find success deer hunting Thanksgiving Day

OBSERVER Photos by Gene Pauszek Newlyweds Dan (above left) and his wife Olivia Pavlock (above) right tagged 7-point bucks within minutes of each other while deer hunting in Sinclairville on Thanksgiving Day.

This past Thanksgiving was a memorable one for newly weds Dan and Olivia Pavlock.

The couple still have not had time to go on a honeymoon, but decided to spend some quality time together on a deer hunting trip to Sinclairville. The area they were hunting had some new snow cover and the morning was a bit foggy, so Dan decided his wife should stay nearby. Olivia was equipped with her husband’s favorite gift, a Remington 20-gauge pump shotgun equipped with a red dot scope that Dan had received from his father years ago.

They were sitting on a log in a spot that normally would be occupied by their friend who was vacationing in Florida at the time. It wasn’t very long before the action started. A small herd of deer approached with six to eight bucks and a couple of does coming into view.

Dan encouraged his wife to take the first shot, which in the excitement, she missed. In a target-rich environment like that scenario, another buck ran at her and presented a 25-yard shot. This time, the shot found its mark and the 7-point buck went down about 50 feet away. Dan advised his wife to wait and see if any more deer were present, and sure enough within a few minutes two more bucks came down the same trail.

Dan put the cross hairs of his Ruger 7 millimeter on the chest and the buck went down. Both deer were 7-pointers and both weighed about 170 pounds each. Friends came to help drag Olivia’s deer and she, in turn, helped her husband with the field dressing and the drag. I sure would like to have directions and access to that hunting spot. Congratulations!

If you are looking for a stocking stuffer for the outdoorsperson on your Christmas list, consider a ticket for the Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen raffle. There are eight prizes which include a Browning rifle, fishing trips with either Captain Lance Ehrhardt, Captain Mark Hitcome, musky fishing with Captain Larry Jones, a white water trip with Zoar Valley canoe and rafting, a guided fishing trip with Marty Kleman, Nikon Prostaff binoculars, or a two-hour canoe trip on Conewango Creek with Conewango Creek Kayak/Canoe.

Proceeds from these tickets go to purchase free lifetime hunting/fishing/trapping licenses for our area youth. Tickets will still be on sale at the federation meeting, which will be held this Wednesday at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club starting at 6:30 p.m. Applications for the free lifetime license will also be available.


There will be a pistol course offered at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on Dec. 21 from 5:30-10:30 p.m. There is a $75 fee for attending this course. To register or for more information, contact Gary Dudek at 366-3397.

Deer Search of Western New York will once again be offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school student who will be attending college in 2017-18. This year’s scholarship is awarded in the memory of Greg Delio, a member of Deer Search from East Otto, who passed away this year. To apply for this scholarship, students must: Have a valid hunting license. 2) Have a parent /guardian who is a member in good standing of a sportman’s club that belongs to the county ‘s Sportsmen/Conservation Club (like the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club or Westfield Fish &Game), Include an essay of 100 words or less, stating their college, field of study, and why they should be considered for this scholarship. 3) Have proof of college acceptance. 4) Have your application in by January 01/2017. Send application to: Deer Search of WNY, P.O. Box 251, Lancaster N.Y. 14086. Be sure to include a contact phone number and /or email address. Any further questions contact Eric Vail at Note that the purpose of this scholarship is to help enhance wildlife appreciation and environmental awareness !

The Lakeshore Longbeards announced its annual membership/fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Kosciuszko Club, located in Dunkirk. The Longbeards will meet again on Wednesday Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at Liberty Vineyards. Tickets for the banquet will be available, as well as other information. Banquet tickets would make a nice Christmas gift for the turkey hunter on your gift list.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to

Time is running out! The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club’s “Hunters Helping the Hungry” non-perishable food collection is now in progress during big-game season. Con Club members are asked to bring their canned or dry goods to the club on Tuesdays. The items will then be distributed to local agencies for distribution during the Christmas holidays. The need is greater this year and the holidays are right around the corner.

Free Monday night fly tying classes have resumed at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, located at the foot of Mullet Street, in Dunkirk. All materials, including tying vises, are provided free. The course is from 6-8 p.m. No sign up or registration is necessary. Students get to keep their flies, too. Bring a friend. Scout leaders are encouraged to stop by and bring their charges. This course is geared for pre-teens and those older, and is connected with Kids on the Fly. Instructors will be on hand to guide novice and veteran fly tyers. Note that often there are delicious homemade cookies too!

Alberto Rey announced the Children in the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program will begin its 18th year of providing free fly fishing classes to children and adults on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. The program is currently underway and will continue until June 13, except for Nov. 21, Dec. 19-26, Jan. 2, Jan. 16, March 13 and May 29. Classes will be in the Costello Community Room (P84) on the first floor of the addition to Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia. For more information, contact Rey at Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. All materials are provided. This is great for beginners and veteran tyers alike.

Larry Spicer will be running numerous gun shows around the area. His next show is at the Harborcreek Fire Dept. Social Hall, located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Route 20 between North East, Pennsylvania. and Harborcreek, Pennsylvania., on Dec. 17-18. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sundays. Call 792-9972 or go to for more information.

If your club or organization is holding a hunter safety training/trapping course or a turkey shoot or other outdoors event and would like to see it posted in the calendar, send information to the OBSERVER, 10 East Second Street, Dunkirk, N.Y. 14048 or call the Sports Dept. at 366-3000 ext. 5 after 6 p.m.

Note: If you have a big game fishing or trapping success story you would like to share, call 366-1772, or 467-2079 and leave a name, phone number and a time you can be reached. You can also call 366-3000 after 5 p.m. at ext. 5.