Several young hunters cashed in on the Youth Hunt opportunity last weekend, with some pretty impressive results.
Ladies first! Fourteen-year-old Trisha Delcamp harvested a dandy 200-pound 7-point buck on Monday, Oct. 13, while hunting with her father Chris Delcamp on their property in Charlotte Center.
Trisha was hunting with a 50-caliber muzzleloader from a tree stand and, with her dad, saw lots of turkey earlier during the weekend, but had to wait until late afternoon before an opportunity for a deer presented itself.
The buck presented a nice broadside shot at around 20 yards and the young hunter let the thunderstick speak to finish the job. The buck didn't travel very far and Chris helped Trisha with the field dressing. It was an emotional experience for both of the hunters with Trisha thanking her dad for taking her out to hunt. The Delcamp household enjoys venison and plans on having a European mount done with Trisha's trophy.
Trent Hartloff is a 14-year-old who took his first buck on Saturday, Oct. 12, while hunting with his father on their property. Trent was equipped with a .243 caliber rifle and was hunting from a ground blind. Trent plays high school football and was leaving to get ready for his game when he spotted movement and headed back for the deer blind.
A nice buck started heading up a bank and Trent touched off a shot and missed. The buck, however, wasn't too spooked and came back into view at about 100 yards. Placing the rifle scope cross hairs just behind the shoulder, Trent fired a lethal shot and his prize bolted about 85 yards before falling.
The two hunters quickly located the prize and dad even took care of the field dressing so Trent could head home and get ready for his game. The 8-point buck dressed out at 120 pounds. In case you were wondering, Hartloff's football team also won that day.
The youngest of my trio of youth hunting tales harvested his buck with a bow while hunting with his father. Nicholas Novelli was hunting with his dad, Ken Novelli, from a ground blind last Monday. Two bucks came into their area and started to circle the blind and when they started to walk away, Ken used a grunt call to lure the deer back into range. As the 8-pointer came into range, Nicholas came to full draw and sent his muzzy-tipped arrow into the boilermaker.
Realizing he had made a successful shot, the young hunter and his father shared an emotional embrace. Ken reportedly told his son that that was the proudest moment of his life. Nicholas replied, "I thought that when I was born was the proudest moment!" To which Ken responded, "It was. Right up until now!"
Ken helped his son with the field dressing and both hunters participated with the drag until Ken was able to fetch the 4-wheeler and complete the task. The Novelli's enjoy venison and plan on having Nicholas's first buck mounted while Nicholas plans on making deer hunting a lifelong pursuit.
Congratulations to all three hunters and their families and thanks for sharing your stories with us. If you have a story of your own to share, call 366-1772 or 366-3000 ext. 5 after 5 p.m. Please leave a phone number and a time when you can be reached, in case I need more information.
New Sporting licenses (fishing ) went into effect Oct. 1.
The Lakes Shore Longbeards, our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at Liberty Vineyards, located on Route 20 in Sheridan. Regional Director Marty Huber will be in attendance with the 2014 banquet features booklet. The committee will plan events for the upcoming year, including the membership/fundraiser banquet. The meetings are always open to the public.
Bow season opened Oct. 1 in Western New York. The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club will continue its non-perishable food collection "Hunters Helping the Hungry" during the Big Game hunting season. Club members are reminded to bring their canned goods to the club for donation to be distributed during the Christmas holiday season. Thanks!
Free fly-tying and fly-fishing classes have resumed on Monday evenings at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, from 6-8 p.m. Fly tyers at all stages are invited to attend, from beginners to expert. The Monday night tyers will provide fly tying vises and all materials for anyone who would like to learn how to tie a fly or how to start fly fishing. Ken Hollander and Willie Fedrick, along with guest tyers, will provide the know how, in a safe, enjoyable facility located at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, on Mullet Street, in Dunkirk. Note: Participants will get to keep what they tie and will receive one-on-one attention. No registration required, so just show up!
The Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center, on Route 5, in Hamburg, will feature guest speaker Cameron Daboin, founder of the Greater Western New York Paranormal Society speaking on "Paranormal Activity" at 7 p.m., on Oct. 24. The event is open to the public and is free.
There will be a gun show at the Frewsburg Firemen's Rec Hall, 25 Hazzard St., Frewsburg, on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. Call 569-6810 for more information.
The Ellery Rod & Gun Club located on Pancake Hill Road off Dutch Hollow Road will host "Turkey Shoots" on Oct. 27, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10. These events will start at 9 a.m. Breakfast will also be served from 8 a.m. until noon. Slugs and shot will be provided for slug shoots and "lucky shot" events.
The Evans Rod & Gun Club will host their annual "Sighting-in Day" on Saturday, Nov. 2. from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and those interested can use the opportunity to sight-in their deer slugs, rifles, handguns and Muzzleloaders. The club has a covered firing line with concrete shooting benches. Targets are provided at 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards. NRA certified Range Safety Officers and experienced shooters will be in attendance to provide assistance. There is a $5 fee per gun. Refreshments will also be available.
If your club is hosting a shooting event or training course (turkey shoot, etc.) drop a line and I will be glad to place an announcement in the calendar.
Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.