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THE GAME IS ON AND LOCAL HUNTERS ARE WINNING

Archers are bringing home the big game.

Joe Jankowski's first buck only sports five points, but the Marilla archer marks this kill as a personal persistence trophy. At 26, Jankowski has logged 12 seasons, including two years of junior archery hunting, taking doe but never getting close enough for a clean buck kill.

This season, a morning's hunt with his Browning Storm SR2 bow at Franklinville brought down the whitetail within 100 yards of the shot. Though his hunt ended early, Jankowski said, "This should be a good year for deer hunting. I saw lots of bucks out there."

Dave Bieganski of Harris Corners went on the ultimate archery outing early this season -- an unguided Alaskan Yukon moose hunt. Traveling with Dennis Thomas of East Arcade, Bieganski caught just the right opening for a 25-yard shot at what measured out to be a 22-point, 66 1/2 -inch spread, 2,000-pound moose. He and Thomas, who took a 58-inch, 23-point moose with a 300 Weatherby Magnum, complied with all the rules and removed the antlers on their last trip out of the bush.

Bieganski now awaits his trophy's possible entrance into the ranks of Pope and Young qualification.

Setting sights

Allied Sportsmen of Western New York will open its range to all shooters interested in sighting shotguns for the Nov. 17 opener of regular big-game deer season.

The outdoor range will be open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 9. Targets will be supplied, but shooters should bring eye and ear protection. A fee of $3 is charged per shooter. Allied Sportsmen's range is at 12846 Clinton St., Marilla.

Evans Rod and Gun Club holds its ninth annual Sight-In-Days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 8 and 9 on club grounds on Cain Road between routes 5 and 20 in the Town of Evans.

Experienced range officers will be on hand to help with shotgun open and scope sighting. For details, call the clubhouse on the event days (549-0333).

Club meetings

Safari Club International meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday to hear Charlie Hohman discuss trapping techniques and predator calling at Michael's Banquet Facility, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg.

New York Walleye Association, which regularly meets on the first Tuesday of each month, will gather this month on Nov. 11 because of elections. The club meets at American Legion Post 1041, 533 Amherst St.

Free guide

Berkley, a part of Outdoor Technologies group, has just released its free "Fishing Tackle & Angler's Reference Guide." The guide includes knot tying, freshwater fishing tips and product information. For a copy, call 1-(800)-237-5539.

Shooters vote

Howard O. Cushing Jr., president of the New York State Conservation Council, notes that the NYSCC is recommending a no vote on the proposed New York State Constitutional Convention. Opening up the Constitution could result in "more restrictions on our Constitutional rights and heritages," Cushing said.

SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) president Timothy P. Andrews Sr. said his group also opposes the convention proposal.

Hunter training classes

Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, on Mullet Street in Dunkirk, registers students at the first of two classes held from 5-10 p.m. on Nov. 5 and 6.

Perry Center Community building, routes 246 and 20A, is the site of a three-session class beginning Nov. 6. For registration details, call 237-2345 between 6-9 p.m.

Angelica Conservation Club holds three sessions from 6-10 p.m. Nov. 10, 11 and 12. To preregister, call 466-3259.

Gun show

Big-game shooting equipment, along with all other types of shooting gear, go on sale from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Little Valley Sportsmens Gun Show at the Little Valley Fire Dept.

This show features mainly modern guns, with a few antiques as well. Call 938-6928.

Hiking/Nature

Foothills Trail Club hikes Amish country -- no photographs please -- starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Call Mary Domanski (893-5845). Sunday, Fred Lang leads a Presque Isle State Park hike. The Buffalo area carpool meets at 9 a.m. Call 736-2390.
-- WILL ELLIOTT
NOTE: Send items to Will Elliott, 648 Ransom Road, Lancaster, 14086.

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