Maybe one last chance for ice fishing ahead

The month of March is still showing its fierce nature with frigid temperatures and incessant wind.

What was interesting was watching the news reports of the storm that covered the entire state, and the reaction of residents in different locations. As expected, most local residents took it in stride. A tip of the hat to the road crews at all levels of government and emergency personnel who kept our area functioning.

Skip Bianco at Hogan’s Hut in Stow reports Chautauqua Lake was again frozen over, as of Wednesday. He did not have a first-hand account of how thick the ice cover was, but indicated the ice could be two inches thick, but likely has more than a foot of snow on top. Rick Miller in Irving said the cold weather has made any fishing trips unlikely with the wind and sever cold hampering most efforts.

Michael Wesley, of Perrysburg, sends word that on March 4, the Western New York Safari Club International sponsored a blue bird and wood duck building project for kids at the Winters Rigging facility in North Collins. Parents provided guidance while the SCI members loaned power tools and materials for the project. The work was completed by noon and then all the participants were treated to a hot dog lunch on the premises. It is estimated that more than 40,000 blue bird houses have been built and distributed throughout the state with the assistance of the WNYSCI, Winters Rigging and youth groups who help with this project to restore the blue bird population to our state. Cool!

The Northern Chautauqua Chapter of Duck’s Unlimited held another sold out banquet last Saturday at the Fredonia Beaver Club. The Northern Chautauqua Chapter has won the Gold Award two years in a row for sellout performance and money generated. It was full of great food, great prizes and a great time. The committee thanks everyone who made this another wonderful event.


Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY, located at 5895 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg will be having its monthly meeting today, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The SWA has started its giveaway for prizes for anyone already registered in the walleye tournament coming in June. Membership and tournament fee is $70 and all prizes are worth the price of the fee. The event is open to the public and you can sign up at the door.

The WNY Heroes. Inc. presents Monster Whitetail event, Guns & XBows. There will be a main event on Saturday April 22 held at the knights of Columbus , in Cheektowaga. The event will feature 60 outdoors themed prizes. There will also be two pre-event including one held on April 01 at the American Legion in Cassadaga, with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. Your admission ticket will include food drinks and automatic entry into the April 22 event. You do not have to be present to win. Sponsoring the Cassadaga event are Jay Hattaway and Troy Forbes. The pre-purchase of one ticket for $40 allows you to attend all three events. Go to, or call Ken at 818-8075 or log on for more information. The other pre-event is on April 8 at Hidden Valley Animal Adventures, Royce Road, Varysburg N.Y.

A preview of coming activities at the Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club include: April 8, Rimfire spinner target shoot; May 3, 3-D archery; May 7, 3-D archery shoot; and May 20, Rimfire spinner target shoot. Registration for archery events are from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and gun events are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. All events are open to the public. For more information, contact Rod Becker at 485-2773. The Bear lake Rod & Gun Club is located at 4391 Cassadaga-Stockton Road, Stockton.

There will be a pistol permit course offered at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on Wednesday, March 22, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. There is a mandatory $75 fee for this course. Call Gary at 366-3397 for information.

There will be a hunter safety training course at the Con Club on April 19-20 from 5-10 p.m. Two-day attendance is mandatory. Register with the DEC online starting on March 10. There will also be a hunter safety course at the Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club on April 4-5 from 6-10 p.m. Two-day attendance is mandatory. The hunter safety courses are free.

There will be gun shows coming up at the following areas:

Harborcreek, Pennsylvania, at the Harbor Creek Fire Department Social Hall, located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Route 20 (located between North East Pa., and Harborcreek). Dates are March 18-19 from 9 a.m. until 4p.m. and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., respectively.

Ashtabula County Sportsmen’s Gun Show at Saybrook Banquet Centre, located at 3116 North Bend Road (off Route 20) Ashtabula, Ohio, 44004. Dates are Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23, from 9 a.m. until 4.m. and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., respectively. For more information on any of the shows, contact Larry Spicer at 792-9972, visit, or write to Larry Spicer at P.O. Box 294, North East, Pa. 16428.

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 St., 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.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to