Erie Federation honors sportsmen
The Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs held its annual awards banquet last Saturday night at the Father Justin Knights of Columbus in Cheektowaga. The group recognized the organizations and individuals that support the Federation, the conservation movement and various fish and wildlife programs. And the winners are:
Stan Spisiak Conservationist of the Year went to Jill Jedlicka, executive director with the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper. The group has made a resounding impact on our local natural resources and Jedlicka is steering the ship. No one is surprised that she is the great niece of Spisiak, who the award is named after.
Sportsman of the Year – Dave Reed of Hawkeye Bowmen for his tireless work involving youth activities.
Valerie Gonnello Sports Woman of the Year – Ann Wilcox-Swanson for her work with youth programs, hunter education, NHF Day activities and more.
Public Service of the Year – Will Fowler, Jr. for work in the Erie County pistol permit office.
Volunteer of the Year – Chuck Cichon with the Elma Conservation Club, a tireless worker.
Dedicated Service of the Year – Daniel Supierski for his “never-say-no” attitude.
Youth of the Year (Male) – Colton Zach, a commendable committee person and environmentalist.
Youth of the Year (Female) – Kiersten E. Mucha, two-time indoor archery champ, .22 caliber rifle team member and scored first place in the Section VI championship, National Honor Society.
Outstanding Achievement of the Year – Mike McCloud, an excellent committee person from Southtowns Walleye Assn., saved someone from drowning last May in Lake Erie.
President’s Special Recognition – Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper for all the work performed on the Niagara and Buffalo rivers, leading the charge to protect the area’s natural resources.
President’s Award – Paul Stoos of Buffalo for all of his dedicated service with NHF Day, youth programs and serving as Sargent of Arms of the Federation.
Federation Youth Lifetime License winners announced
At the Erie County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs banquet last Saturday night, seven winners of lifetime sporting licenses through the Joseph Jemiolo, Jr. Youth Lifetime License Program were announced. A total of 41 lifetime licenses have been given out in the five years of the program. The list of 2016 winners are: Trevor Drechsel, 14, of Marilla (fishing); Kimber Keller, 2, of Springville (sportsman); Jake Jax, 13, of Snyder (fishing); Nathan Perrigo, 8, of South Wales (fishing); Keegan Dee, 6, of Hamburg (sportsman); Amber Homquest, 14, of Glenwood (fishing); and Cole Kissell, 14, of Alden (hunting).
Safest hunting year ever
Good news and bad news if you are a hunter. The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation announced this week that last year’s hunting season was the safest ever from the standpoint of hunting-related shooting incidents. There were a total of 13 incidents in 2016, the lowest number ever reported since DEC began compiling statistics in 1958. Of the total, seven were self-inflicted; six involved more than one person.
The bad news is that there were four fatalities last year, despite the record-low number of total incidents. Two were self-inflicted; two were two-party incidents. It was also interesting to note that eight of the people involved with multi-party incidents were not wearing blaze orange.
DEC seeks Genesee river anglers
If you enjoy fishing the Genesee River in Allegany and Wyoming counties – a stretch of water that extends from Letchworth State Park to the Pennsylvania state line – Region 9 DEC is looking for you. Fish biologists are seeking angler diarists to help record their river experiences for trout and bass, even if it’s just for one day. The study period is from March 1 through Oct. 31. This will help evaluate the river’s fishing quality and assist in the management of this natural resource. If you would like to assist in this effort, contact the Region 9 Fisheries Office at 372-0645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.