We are nearing the end of the firearms season for big game, but hunters still continue to fill their game tags. Even the young first time hunters. Last Sunday, father and son Jim and Brandon Shutt stopped by to show off the youngsters first buck. Jim told his son you can't shoot deer by sleeping in bed, so they took a drive to Arkwright. Jim told his son that on cold blustery days, the deer tend to lay on the protected side of the hill. As they were turning the corner after hiking to their spot, Brandon spied the bedded buck get up while his excited dad tried to locate it. "Shoot!" was the sage advice the seasoned buck hunter yelled, and the 8 pointer went down with one well placed shot.
A very happy young lady reported her first deer taken on Dec. 5 while she was hunting with Pete Smith in Forestville. Precious Kaczor was hunting on the ground when the 120 pound doe came into view about 80 yards away. Careful aim put the doe down and the young lady field dressed and skinned her quarry by herself. Kaczor plans on hunting for a long time to come.
Richard Ardillo has been hunting deer for a long time, but the buck he took on Saturday, Dec. 4 was special. With the arrival of snowfall, Ardillo noticed the deer tended to hang closer to the road than deep in the woods, so he moved to a tree stand he hadn't hunted yet this year. He was in the stand about 15 minutes when he saw a deer moving behind him in some thick brush. Ardillo wasn't sure how big the deer was, but put the sights on a shooting lane and waited for the deer to enter. When the chest entered the kill zone he touched off the muzzleloader and downed the buck. Upon inspection, Ardillo got excited when he spied the 24 inch spread on the 9 point. The buck weighed 145 pounds and had been run ragged with the rut.
OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek
Brandon, left, and Jim Shutt, right, display the young hunters first buck.
Jason Spicer took a nice 13 pointer (see photo) in Pomfret. The buck weighed in over 200 pounds.
Eddie Pagan took a nice 4 point on Saturday, Dec. 11. Pagan has been hunting hard all season and reported the 124 pound 4 point was the first buck he had seen this year. The deer looked old and was sporting a grey and white muzzle.
CALENDAR - There will be a gun show at the Knights of Columbus Banquet Hall in Cheektowaga on Dec. 11 and 12. The Lakeshore Longbeards, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will meet Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Liberty Vineyards located on Route 20 in Sheridan. Tickets for the annual membership banquet will be available. The banquet is scheduled for Jan. 29 at the Kosciuszko Club in Dunkirk. Tickets would make a nice Christmas gift for the turkey hunter on your gift list (hint, hint).
There will be a gun show in Harbor Creek, Pa. at the Harbor Creek Fire Department Social Hall, 7275 Buffalo Road, U.S. Route 20 on Dec. 18 and 19.
The Northern Chautauqua Beagle Club will conduct their annual rabbit hunt on Saturday, Jan. 8. The contest is open to all area hunters. Entry fee is $5 per hunter. Pre-enter by mail or the day of the contest no later than 8 a.m. For information call Pete at 366-8989, Liz at 595-3993 or John at 789-5522.
The Chautauqua County Sportsman's Show at Chautauqua Suites in Mayville will be Jan. 22-23.
The Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs of Sullivan County is sponsoring a six-month predator contest which runs from now through March 27. With a prize structure worth more than $7,000 and no weigh-ins or check ins, the contest offers prizes for hunters who don't even fill their tag. Entry fee is $25 per numbered tag while additional tags are $15 and includes prizes for coyote and fox. This contest is void where prohibited by law. You must submit a photo of you and your bagged quarry displaying the tag. For information, contact Jack Danchak at 845-482-4987 or 570-798-2998 or Joe Kaiser at 845-456-0006 or visit their website at www.sullivancountysportsmensfederationny.com.
If your club is having an outdoors related event (class, turkey shoot, fundraiser, etc.), call the OBSERVER at 366-3000, ext. 5 after 5 p.m. If you tag a deer and would like to tell your tale or show your trophy, call 366-1772 after 5 p.m. or try 467-2079.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.