Cash Bash tourney in Ohio, local hunters bag big bucks

An impressive 12-point buck with two drop tines taken by Rob Gloff on Nov. 30.

The extreme cold temperatures and snow have not settled in yet, but the reports claim it’s on the way. There have been some reports that a near record walleye is in the lead to win a grand prize of a $70,000-plus walleye rigged boat in Ohio, and a couple local anglers had a great day on the water fishing for salmonids locally. The walleye angler is sweating out the final hours to see if his fish, a 15-pound-plus walleye entered in the Cash Bash tournament holds up. The event was covered in this column about a month ago, and was also featured in national publications.

Deer hunters have been sticking to their game plan and putting tags on venison locally. Lou Marrara, of Hamburg, got an invite to sample the quality deer hunting in Chautauqua County. About 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 1, a nice six-point buck stepped into the firing lane and was dropped with one shot from a 30/06 rifle. The buck weighed close to 165 pounds.

A local hunter is making news on social media. Thursday morning, Robbie Gloff decided to hunt one of his tree stands in the town of Dunkirk. The weather man had rainfall in the forecast, but he hoped it would arrive later in the day. Scanning the surroundings, Gloff was surprized to see a nice buck running towards him. A quick check of the deer’s head gear confirmed that it was a buck and the hunter went into automatic.

After the first shot from his shot gun the deer stopped at 15 yards. It finally turned and offered a quartering away shot, and the slug struck home. The final shot sealed the deal. It wasn’t until Gloff climbed down and inspected his buck that he saw just how big the rack was. It was a 12-pointer with two drop tines. One in particular on the right side has a lot of palmation (it is wide and flatter than the other symmetrical points). The impressive deer will be mounted, and Gloff has received several photos of his deer, taken by other people who observed the deer throughout the year. The deer dressed out at 165 pounds and the estimated age of the buck is between 4 and 5 years old. The hunter chose not to appear in the photo. Congratulations!

There is still plenty of time to fill your tags. The snow forecast could improve visibility, and many hunters report sighting numerous smaller sized bucks and does as well as the elusive monsters that show up on trail cameras. Hunt smart and always hunt safe!


The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will meet today at 4 p.m. December is the last chance for members to pay their dues. If dues are not paid prior to Jan. 1, the names will be removed from the membership roster.

The Lakeshore Longbeards our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will be meeting on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at Liberty Vineyards in Sheridan on Route 20. Banquet tickets should be avaliable. The meeting is Open to the public.

Attention big game hunters! If you need help locating a big game animal, after exhausting all attempts to find it, call Deer Search at 648-4355. This is a volunteer service that will help, whenever possible, with a high percentage success rate. Our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation — the Lakeshore Long Beards — announced at the Wednesday meeting that the annual banquet/fundraiser will take place on Jan. 20. This is the 20-year anniversary for the Long Beards.

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, the need is greater than ever. Thank you for your help!

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 and Harborcreek, Pa.

On Jan. 27 and 28, there will be a gun show at Conneaut Lake, Pa., at the Conneaut Lake Sportsmans Association located at 11861 Sportsman Road (off Route 18).

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. e-mail