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Big Buck Contest at the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – November 17, 2020 – On Saturday, November 28, at 5:00 p.m., the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club will open their clubhouse doors to the public for THE Big Buck Contest. Food will be available from 5:00 p.m. until gone. The showcase of monster bucks will run from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; all bucks must be entered between 6:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The winners will be announced at 9:00 p.m.

Food will be available by the Swedish Festival Committee; come enjoy soups and sandwiches while you view the bucks.

The winner of the Adult Division will receive a shoulder mount from Tim Oakes of Kinzua Country Taxidermy. The winner of the Junior Division will receive a shoulder mount from Randy Bootes Jr. of Bootes Construction. Other award categories include heaviest buck, widest rack, judges’ choice, and even the smallest buck. All categories are scored using official Boone and Crockett scoring.

In addition, this year the club will have the most up-to-date information on Chronic Wasting Disease available for hunters to pick up and take back to camps or homes, while supplies last.

Memberships will be available to anybody interested in joining the club. The public is welcome to come on out and see what this active sportsmen’s club is all about.

 

Deer Check Station Open on SR 59

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – November 17, 2020 – Deer hunters hunting in McKean County are reminded that the deer check station on SR 59 will be open on Saturday (11/28), Sunday (11/29), Monday (11/30), and the following Saturday (12/5) of the first week of firearms deer season.  The check station service is free to hunters.  Hunters are encouraged to bring their deer in to learn the age of your deer, the health, and other biological statistics.  The check station is located on SR 59 at the Timberdoodle Flats Wildlife Trail, near the junction of SR 59 and SR 321N, and is staffed by Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC) volunteers with professional backgrounds in deer management.

Each hunter that brings a deer to the Timberdoodle Flats Check Station of the KQDC during the 2019 firearms deer season will receive a raffle ticket for cash prizes AND a blaze orange KQDC hat, while hat supplies last.  Those who bring in an antlerless deer will receive a ticket for $500.00 cash and those who have an antlered deer checked will receive a chance to win $250.00 cash.  The raffle will be drawn the day after the end of rifle deer season (season ends December 12, 2020).

Deer should be harvested within or near the KQDC.  The KQDC is located west of Bradford and north of Kane in McKean and Warren Counties.   

Hunters are particularly encouraged to bring in deer harvested with their DMAP permit.

The KQDC Check Station will be open on Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and the following Saturday of the first week of firearms deer season, November 28, 29, 30, and December 5.  The check station’s hours of operation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. all four days.

All deer are weighed and checked for sex, age, and health, and additional data are collected on antlered deer for points, spread, and beam diameter.  The data collected provides critical information used in managing the health of the herd.

The KQDC will be posting recent trail cam photos of deer at the check stations.  A list of deer processors and the most up-to-date info on Chronic Wasting Disease will also be available at the check station.

Maps will also be available for hunters at the KQDC check stations.  Maps will show where recent wood harvests have occurred, deer densities over last winter, and how the roads are marked.  Pick up your info at the check stations so you can better hunt the KQDC.  The KQDC is almost 75,000 acres of public and private lands managed to improve deer populations and habitat.  The cooperators are Sand County Foundation, Allegheny National Forest Vacation Bureau, Allegheny National Forest, Bradford Water Authority, Conservation Forestry, Collins Pine Co. (Kane Hardwood), and RAM Forest Products.  Additional information can be obtained at www.kqdc.com or www.Facebook.com/TheKQDC.

 

Marienville Ranger Station to Host Bear Check Station

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – November 5, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service, working in cooperation with the Pennsylvania game Commission, has announced that the Allegheny National Forest’s Marienville Ranger Station will host an official bear check station from November 21 to 24, 2020.

However, in accordance with current guidance from federal and state authorities, only hunters that have successfully harvested a bear and need it to be checked and legally tagged during the season will be allowed to enter the station. The general public will not be permitted to travel beyond the gate.

While out of the vehicle, all hunters will be required to wear a face covering. Face coverings will be provided at the check station if the hunter does not have one. Mentored youth or junior hunters successfully harvesting a bear may be accompanied by one adult during the checking and tagging. Additional requirements will be in place on site to ensure the safety of all personnel working the check station and hunters.

Bears will be weighed, aged, and sexed. The data collected will provide critical information to manage the health of the species. While bears are being processed, hunters and all personnel in the building are required to wear face masks at all times.

The Marienville Ranger Station is located at 131 Smokey Lane, Marienville, PA. The following hours, consistent with the Pennsylvania Hunting Digest, are as follows:

Saturday, November 21, 2020 – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Sunday, November 22, 2020 – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Monday, November 23, 2020 – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

To monitor the Bear Harvest, click on the Bear Harvest Map

 

Winter Art Market CANCELLED Due to Spike in Covid Cases

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – November 11, 2020 – As a precautionary measure, the Tri County Arts Council has cancelled the Winter Art Market set for this weekend, due to a spike in Covid cases in the region. The annual event was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15 in the Onõhsagwë: De’ Cultural Center, 82 W Hetzel St., Salamanca, NY.

The Seneca Iroquois National Museum, which was hosting the art market, had been closed due to Covid but was opening the museum exclusively for this event. Out of concern for the artists and visitors, the museum and the arts council have decided not to hold the event.
Native American artists who were presenting their art are Dan Hill, Jon A. Capasso, Penelope Minner, Mary Jacobs, Adrian John, Mariah Monroe, Mike Jones, Pete Jones, Jennifer D’Almonte, and Samantha Jacobs.

Other regionally respected artists exhibiting in the Winter Art Market are Elliott Hutten, Eileen Weishan, Keith McKale, Michael Weishan, and Karen A Taverna.
Many of the artists have their work on their websites or in the Tri-County Arts Council at 110 W. State St., Olean.

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Deer Numbers Up on Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – – November 10, 2020 – Research by the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC) shows that deer numbers are up on the 73,000 acres of public and private lands located between Bradford and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Hunters looking for a place to hunt would do well to check out the many accessible locations for buck and doe hunting.  Hunters can find uncrowded forested hills and valleys where some large antlered bucks roam that rarely see a human being or a hunter.

Maps of the Kinzua Quality Deer Cooperative (KQDC) can be viewed online on the KQDC.com website, and brochures and more information can be found on the KQDC Facebook Page.  The KQDC is located just north of the village of Westline and extends north through Marshburg on SR 59 and up to near Bradford and the New York State Line.

The KQDC will again operate its FREE deer check station along SR 59 in Marshburg at the TimberDoodle Flats Trailhead during four days of the rifle deer season after Thanksgiving.  The deer check station will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, November 28 through 30, and also on Saturday December 5, 2020. 

Hunters who harvest a deer on the KQDC are encouraged to bring their deer to the check station on those days and hours to assist with the ongoing research and documentation of deer herd conditions in our area of Pennsylvania.  This year all hunters who bring their deer to the check station will receive a raffle ticket.  Those who bring in an antlerless deer will receive a ticket for $500.00 cash and those who have an antlered deer checked will receive a chance to win $250.00 cash. The raffle will be drawn the day after the end of rifle deer season (season ends December 12, 2020).

For those interested in obtaining a DMAP (Deer Management Assistance Program) permit for antlerless deer, there are still a few permits left for DMAP Unit 1996 near the city of Bradford.

The Kinzua Quality deer Cooperative was formed to ensure quality deer and quality forests could survive together in Pennsylvania.  After 20 years the facts are showing that such cooperation is possible.  KQDC Hunters can find quality hunting for bucks and does in one of Pennsylvania’s most beautiful forested landscapes.

The KQDC is almost 75,000 acres of public and private lands managed to improve deer populations and habitat.  The land is west of Bradford and north of Kane in McKean County.  The cooperators are Sand County Foundation, Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, Allegheny National Forest, Bradford Water Authority, Conservation Forestry, Collins Pine Co. (Kane Hardwood), and RAM Forest Products.

 

ANF Will Temporarily Close Forest Road 150 for Repairs

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – November 5, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service will temporarily close Forest Road 150 starting November 9 to 10, 2020 for the replacement of a failing stream overflow crossing located just west of the Kinzua Creek bridge.

The road is expected to be closed between FR122 to the west, and FR321 to the east in Hamilton Township, McKean County. No through access is available during the construction.

While the construction is expected to last two days, completion will be weather dependent.

The road may be accessed from State Route 219 and FR321 in Westline.

For questions regarding the closure or other project details, contact the Bradford Ranger District office at
814-362-4613.

 

Winter Arts Market & Exhibition – Saturday, November 14 & 15

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – November 5, 2020 – Native American and non-Native American artists will exhibit creative and colorfully expressive visual arts and handcrafted wares at the annual Winter Art Market, presented in partnership by the Tri-County Arts Council and the Seneca Iroquois National Museum. The weekend art market will run from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15 in the Onõhsagwë: De’ Cultural Center, 82 W Hetzel St., Salamanca, NY.

This year’s Winter Art Market is dedicated to the excellence of all artists in the Southwestern New York region. Just in time for holiday shopping, it will offer artists’ handmade, one-of-a-kind selected items for sale.

The Seneca Iroquois National Museum, which is hosting the art market, has been closed due to Covid but is opening the museum exclusively for this event. It will ensure all Covid precautions will be met with safe distancing between exhibit tables. Masks will be required throughout the museum.

The Winter Art Market, which is coordinated by the Tri-County Arts Council, was held in Ellicottville for many years until the arts council and Seneca Iroquois Museum decided to partner on the event.

“Last year, the venue was changed to the Seneca Iroquois Museum,” Mikel Wintermantel, executive co-director of the Tri-County Arts Council, said, adding “Since the museum location was so well received and has so much to offer historically and artistically, we decided to partner again this year for the winter market.”

“There’s a really good variety of different art styles and art forms being practiced that people will be able to see and buy,” Hayden Haynes, museum operations manager, said. “If its pottery, beadwork, or jewelry – it’s all excellent,” he said, adding the artisans have something for everyone.

Beading leather and crafting baskets are time-honored traditional arts for the Native American and even when rendered in modern motifs, they are skillfully and exquisitely well made.

For Jon A. Capasso, beading with glass and crystal is at the heart of her art.

“I work in several mediums. First, I am a bead worker. I work with glass beads, crystals, leather and velvet,” Capasso said. “And, secondly, I customize shoes. I paint them with acrylic paints. Embellish them with beadwork or hand-sew material onto them. Thirdly, I am a basket maker. I work with black ash and reed to make baskets of all sizes from small purses to bassinets.”

Cayuga Creations by Dan Hill includes delicate silver brooches, combs and flutes made with precious Haudenausanee Trade Silver.

“Haudenausanee Trade Silver is a combination of the traditional trade silver of the fur trade period.
When added to the designs, the stories and meanings of our Haudenausanee teachings are remembered,” Hill, who is a Cayuga, said.

“My Grandmother said not to let these things die. Whether she meant the art of our people or the way of looking at things in our perspective, I don’t know. So, I try to do both,” he wrote.

Hill worked on the National Tribal Environmental Operations Committee for the Cayuga Nation until 2018. Today, he teaches environmental and indigenous issues and activism at Wells College. And, when he has time, he makes and plays the flute.

Other Native American artists include Penelope Minner, Mary Jacobs, Adrian John, Mariah Monroe, Mike Jones, Pete Jones, Jennifer D’Almonte, and Samantha Jacobs.

Additional regionally respected artists exhibiting in the Winter Art Market are Elliott Hutten, Eileen Weishan, Keith McKale, Michael Weishan, and Karen A Taverna.

 

Weekend Holiday Open House in Historic Downtown Bradford

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – November 5, 2020 – “It may be hard to believe, but the Holiday Season is right around the corner! We’re kicking things off in Historic Downtown Bradford today with the start of the Holiday Open House,” says Sarah Matzner, Main Street/Elm Street Coordinator.

To allow for social distancing, this year’s event will run for three days (today through Saturday, November 7th), with several Downtown merchants running in-store specials and offering discounts. “This year has been very difficult for everybody and small businesses have been hit hard. This Holiday Season, when deciding where to do your shopping, we ask that you remember who you call when you need a raffle item for a benefit or a donation towards your organization. Please support these businesses the way they support our community.”

If you haven’t yet, this weekend is also a great time to check out the improvements that have been made to Main Street. During the day, Holiday music will be playing and after dark, the new Holiday lights donated by the Blaisdell Foundation will be lit.

For more information on this event and others coming up, follow “Bradford, Pa. Main Street” on Facebook.

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CONTACT: Sarah Matzner, Main Street/Elm Street Coordinator 814-368-7170
 

Young Hunters Participate in Mt Jewett Pheasant Hunt

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – October 20, 2020 – Fifteen pre-registered young hunters attended the youth pheasant hunt on Saturday, October 17, sponsored by the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club. Dave and Tanya Okerlund offered up their acreage near Marvindale for half of the young hunters, and Brenda and Wally Howard, owners of Yellow Dog Hunting Grounds, offered up their grounds for the other half of the young hunters.

Shane Carlson with German Shorthair Pointer June shows off his prized harvest of a cock pheasant.

“We offer this opportunity every year for our young hunters,” said Jim Troutman, President of the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club, “ because the youth are our future to conserve the outdoor heritage we all enjoy today. We appreciate the Okerlunds and Yellow Dog Hunting Grounds opening their land for the youth.”

After a safety primer, all youth got the opportunity to see good dogs work the pheasants in safe hunting acreage, and all youth had the opportunity to harvest a pheasant. Some young hunters even connected on game. The excited young hunters were served a lunch at noon.

The Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club is a progressive sportsmen’s club that features clay target shooting, a rifle and pistol range, a Women’s Intro to Wingshooting Program, youth pheasant hunts, a Hunter Education program, Boy Scout events, THE Big Buck contest, and sharing of conservation knowledge.

 

Clay Shoot & Open House at Mt Jewett Sportsmen’s Club

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – October 5, 2020 – The Youth Fund of the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club will benefit from the annual Duane Hipchen Memorial Sporting Clays Pump Gun Shoot on Sunday, October 18, starting at 9:00 a.m. and running until 2:00 p.m.  No pre-registration is required.  Bring your hunting shotgun and have some fun!  A pump gun is not required, but some stations have three clay targets.   Proceeds from the event support youth events sponsored by the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club.

The Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club will also hold their Open House that day.  The rifle range will be open.

Trophies will be awarded in both Adult and Junior shooters’ classes.  Shells in 20 and 12 gauges will be available at the club.

Questions may be addressed to the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club at mjsportsmensclub@outlook.com.

Duane Hipchen was a well-known and respected employee of the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and was active in the Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club for decades.  Duane served as a Deputy Game Protector from the 1950’s until the 1980’s.  He worked as a laborer and then the foreman on the PGC Food and Cover Corps for over thirty years, maintaining and improving game habitat throughout McKean County.  Duane was a hunter and trapper education instructor for many years.  Duane also operated a small sporting goods shop in Hazel Hurst for years – a place where local kids could walk to, and get bait or other trapping, hunting or fishing gear.  Duane was particularly interested in helping youth with their involvement in the outdoors. 

The Mt. Jewett Sportsmen’s Club is a progressive sportsmen’s club that features clay target shooting, a rifle and pistol range, a Women’s Intro to Wingshooting Program, youth pheasant hunts, a Hunter Education program, Boy Scout events, THE Big Buck contest, and sharing of conservation knowledge.