Hunters traveled far and near during the beginning of big-game seasons to bring home moose and deer dinners and trophies.
Jim Williams of Hamburg was the first in his circle of friends to bring home a buck, a 9-pointer, taken during the Adirondack deer opener.
Pete Bogulski of Derby downed a bull moose sporting a 54-inch spread. His take last year also passed the 50-inch mark. He shoots 150 grains in a .270 caliber and hunts out of Polar Bear Fly-In Outfitter at Cochrane, Ont., a 10-hour drive from the Peace Bridge.
"I took my moose early in the hunt and then fished Kesagami Lake and averaged 100 2- to 3-pound walleye per day for three days," said Bogulski.
For trip information, check with Bogulski at 947-4251.
Locally, Dustin Bogulski, 19, of Orchard Park got his second buck via bow and arrow, a 4-pointer, in the Town of Evans. He found the downed whitetail just before heavy rains arrived on Monday morning.
Debby Hahn of Lockport Conservation Club took top honors in the High Lady Division of the WNY Pistol League with a 274 average for the year. Her winnings move her from sharpshooter to expert NRA classification.
WNY Trout Unlimited sees slides and hears commentary from Rick Kustich on Alaska trout and salmon fishing when the chapter meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Donovan Post, 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.
Both Wayne LaPierre, chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association, and Senator Dale Volker (R-Lancaster), stressed the need to apply our freedoms granted under both the First and Second Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, at the SCOPE Banquet.
LaPierre, the featured speaker, presented a taped speech delivered by Charlton Heston favoring freedom of speech and gun ownership. LaPierre suggested that SCOPE members continually take their positive messages to all media sources to counter the exposure given in anti-hunting, anti-shooting and anti-gun messages and programs.
Volker, honored for his support of all sporting-related legislation in Albany, also said that he thought there is a lack of media coverage given to positive projects and events.
Hunting communications improve constantly, and Motorola's new Talk-About Plus provides a handy (7-ounce, 4.5-inch) way to locate hunting partners and signal during emergencies.
Hand-held radios are legal in New York State, provided transmissions are not used to locate and track game. The TalkAbout Plus works on 14 channels and 38 subchannels with a range of about two miles. For more technical information, call 1-800-353-2729.
Hunter training classes
Lime Lake Sportsmen Club holds classes beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. Call 353-8581 or 676-3346.
Olean Middle School Cafeteria on Wayne Street in Olean is the location for classes beginning at 6 p.m. Monday. Preregister at the Olean High School office.
Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club registers students at the first of two classes held from 5-10 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 6 at the clubhouse on Mullet Street in Dunkirk.
Perry Center Community building, Routes 246 and 20A, is the site of a three-session class beginning Nov. 6. Call 237-2345 between 6-9 p.m.
Angelica Conservation Club holds three sessions from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 10-12. Call 466-3259.
William G. Tapply's "A Fly Fishing Life" comes along just in time for fly anglers to take a break following the Oct. 15 close of inland trout fishing.
Tapply begins with childhood memories and his early development as a fly angler. In his chapter "Panfish are for Kids," he writes: "Panfish are for kids of all ages. . . . Panfish were created for kids." Their abundance and willingness to feed on every bait makes them an easy method to introduce fly angling without it seeming like a lesson.
Each of the next four sections follows the maturation of a fly fishing life without delving into precise details, patterned fly presentations or exotic tying techniques. Yet his essay-like chapters put us along the Winnipesaukee or the Battenkill to hear entertaining and informative repartee.
This text can be found at area book stores ($25) or ordered directly from: The Lyons Press, 31 West 21st St., New York, N.Y. 10010.
Foothills Trail Club's annual Fall Meeting and Potluck hike begins at 2 p.m. Saturday in Emery Park. For details, call Ed and Jean Frank (867-2721). Sunday, Ben Petryszak leads a Walton Woods/Amherst Bikeway event starting at 10 a.m. Call 828-0282. A South Park Saunter is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday. Check with Rose Schaub (822-4074).
-- WILL ELLIOTT
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