Youth Firearms Weekend take down buck, doe for local residents

Sportman's journal

Tyler Jacques, 14, holds an 8-point buck with his father and mentor Jay Jacuqes beside him.These are during the youth firearms weekend.

We have some very good deer hunters and deer hunting territory here is Chautauqua County, so it was a bit confusing when we did not receive reports of any success stories during the special Youth Firearms Big Game Hunt that takes place annually over the Columbus Day weekend. A printed comment to that effect produced a pair of stories/photos that most readers will enjoy.

Hunting conditions were not the best for hunting over the three-day youth hunt, with rain during the weekend and Monday being the best of the three days, weather wise. The 14-year-old Tyler Jacques was hunting in a ground blind with his father Jay, when around 6:30 p.m., they spotted a nice buck on the edge of their property. The deer quickly moved across the field and started moving towards a suspected scrape area. The deer, an 8-point buck, settled down and Tyler got his muzzleloader ready for the shot. The buck presented a nice broadside shot and the buck dropped in its tracks. It was a great way to start off a deer hunting season, in T-shirt weather too. Tyler tried last year, but this year was his year for success. His father Jay Jacques has taken a NYS Big Buck Club deer several years ago that green scored 204 inches. Now his son Tyler will be looking to join his dad in the club. Tyler did help with the field dressing, and does enjoy venison.

Fellow 14-year-old Hunter Prinzbach also hunted with is father Michael during the youth hunt. The duo hunted last Sunday and didn’t see any deer. Hunter, who is a ninth grade student at Silver Creek, went out on Columbus Day Monday once again with his father, who decided to take off from work, so he could hunt with his son. It wasn’t until 5:45 p.m. before they spied any deer. Four doe came into view and Hunter calmed himself and made a perfect clean kill shot using his 7 mm 0/8 rifle. The deer was shot on private property owned by the family in Stockton. This nice mature doe was Hunter’s first deer.

Congratulations to both hunters and their parents, who made this happen. Remember, it’s better to hunt with your kids, then to have to hunt for them!

It is my pleasure to report your stories all season long! Call 366-1772, leave a message and a number and time when I can reach you , or call the OBSERVER at 366-3000, ext.5 after 5 p.m. Good hunting and always hunt safe!

14-year-old Hunter Prinzbach kneels with his father Michael Prinzbach with a shot mature doe in front.


The Northern chautauqua Conservation Club will continue this year with their Hunter’s Helping the Hungry program. Club members are urged to bring one non-perishable food item (canned food or water) on Tuesdays. This year with California fires, hurricane damage, in the states and Puerto Rico and poverty and hardship/un-employment locally, the need is greater than ever. Thank you for your help!

There will be a pistol course on today at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. There is a mandatory fee of $75 for this course. For information contact Gary Dudek at 366-3397.

There will be a gun show on Nov. 18 and 19 at the Hickory Post VFW 5550 East State Street US Route 62, East of PA 18- West of Mercer on 62, Hermitage, Pennsylvania, Show hours are Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

On Dec. 16 and 17, there will be a gun show at the Harborcreek Fire Department, Social Hall located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Route 20, (located between North East PA. and Harborcreek PA.).

Monday night, free fly tying courses at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club are from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tying vises, instruction and materials are all provided free. No registration is necessary. The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club is located on Mullet Street, Dunkirk. Turn towards the lake at the Country Fair store located on Lakeshore Drive west (Route 5).

The Children of the Stream Youth Fly Fishing Program will be starting its 18th year of providing weekly free fly tying and fly fishing classes to both youths and adults in our area. Classes will be on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Costello Community Room (P84) in the new addition to the Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia. You do not need any prior experience to attend these classes and the course is geared towards ages 10 and older. For more information contact Alberto Rey at 410-7003 or

If your club or organization is holding a hunter safety training/trapping course or a turkey shoot or any 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, ext. 5, after 6 p.m. or send an e-mail to