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Outdoors Notebook: Lifetime licenses awarded

Nine youths in Chautauqua County will have a free lifetime sporting license after the Chautauqua County Federation of Sportsmen’s Club’s Joe Jemiolo Memorial drawing was held during the federation’s January meeting at His-Way Archers Club in Jamestown.

In the newborn to age 4 drawing, two names were drawn: Madalyn Glasier, Fredonia, and Henry Congdon, Dunkirk. Five recipients were drawn for ages 5 to 11: Sophia Burrows, Dunkirk; Samuel Harrington, Jamestown; Austin Henry, Ripley; Madison Huggins, Frewsburg, and Dino Delmonte, Fredonia. Two youths ages 12 to 16 won lifetime licenses: Joey Kowai, Westfield, and Ella Conley, Kennedy.

All winners will receive a combination license that includes fishing, hunting and big-game hunting; their licenses will be presented April 20 during the Chautauqua County Federation’s Annual Banquet at Lakewood Rod & Gun Club.

Cabin fever shoot

Archers can curtail if not cure cabin fever this coming weekend while participating in the Double T Archery Club 11th annual Cabin Fever Traditional Archery Shoot.

Three courses offering more than 50 targets will be set up starting at 8 a.m. Saturday around the club’s 50 acres of woodlands surrounding its ranges at 1110 N. French Road in Amherst. Activities continue Saturday evening with 3-D shoots under lights. For more details, check with Mark Moslow at 693-0331.

Chuck Buck passing

Every hunter during the past four to five decades knows of and possibly owns a Buck model 110 folding hunting knife. Hoyt Buck began producing cutlery in 1902, and each generation of the Buck family has expanded and improved knife-making production for more than a century.

On Feb. 6, Hoyt’s grandson Charles F. “Chuck” Buck, 78, died in Idaho. A successful businessman, Chuck was instrumental in developing superior grade hunting knives such as the 110 during his 30-year tenure as CEO, but it was his personality and faith-based demeanor that endeared him with folks wherever he went.

A regular at national, regional and some state outdoor writer conferences, Chuck could chat with the highest of technical types or the most casual, recreational outdoors enthusiasts. While he and Buck Knives were better known for producing hunting knives, he had a first-hand interest in making affordable, durable fishing/filleting knives.

His warm smile and his optimistic view of everything outdoors will be sadly missed. For more details on the life of Chuck Buck, visit and click on “The people behind Buck.”