Gene Chague: Coyote hunting isn't just for the boys



Coyote hunting season ended last Saturday. Twenty-one coyotes were entered into Dave's Sporting Goods Coyote Derby this year, and the winners were as follows:

Joe Trybus of Lanesborough bagged the most coyotes with a tally of 12. Carl Dolle bagged the heaviest one, which weighed 50 pounds. Dave Willette, author of the book "Coyote Wars," got the second biggest one, which weighed in at 44 1/2 pounds.

Twelve-year old-Samantha Trybus, Joe's daughter, won the random draw. She also bagged three coyotes on her own. According to her dad, Sam started shooting when she was 4 years old with a cricket .22 that he bought her at Dave's Sporting Goods. With instructions on how to shoot, it was not many shots before she started hitting the bulls'-eye at 25 yards. She is now shooting a 22-250 Savage rifle. Joe has great pride as she took the above noted three coyotes at 100 yards this year.

Sam and her dad started hunting coyotes after her dog was attacked in their front yard by them. They decided that it was time to start "leaning them out." It was payback time.

Sam makes necklaces out of their teeth and next year they are going to make other things with some tanned pelts after they both take sewing lessons. Joe calls it "quality time."

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Wayne McLain, 2009 Berkshire County League Sportsman of the Year who recently taught the Basic Hunter Education course at Cheshire Rod & Gun Club, reported that 40 students took the course this year. Ten students were 10 to 14 years old and seven were between 15 and 17. One hundred percent of the students took the course in order to be able to hunt, and not just to get a FID/LTC permit. There were nine females enrolled. Hunting is not just for males anymore, as evidenced also by the picture.

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The results of the Onota Fishing Club's Pete Gelaznik Ice Fishing Derby, which was held Feb. 23 at Onota Lake, are in. The first-place winner was a 15-pound pike caught by Josh Curtin; second place went to Joe Chague with a 3 3/4-pound bass. In the children's division, Dominic Fros came in with a 3 1/2-pound pickerel, and Zack Jangro came in second with a 3 1/4-pound bass. Third place went to Carter Fouch with a 2-pound pickerel.

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Stockbridge Sportsmen's Club VP Mike Buffoni, the 2012 Sportsman of the Year, is again heading up the annual Youth Turkey Hunter Mentoring program. Participants between the ages of 12 and 14 must have completed the Hunter Education course prior to signing up. Call Mike at (413) 232-7703. Incidentally, the SSC will host the Juvenile Diabetes Archery Shoot on April 12 and 13. Proceeds will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Call John Mange for more information at (518) 794-7868.

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This Thursday, Adam Franceschini of Dead Drift Anglers will be the guest speaker at the Taconic Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting at the Bass Water Grill in Cheshire. He is a professional guide and head guide for Housatonic River Outfitters, located on the Housatonic River in Conn. His presentation will focus on fishing the Housatonic River, its hatches, history, watershed and geography.

A field tester for Orvis, he has fished the American West, the Amazon, and in Alaska where he guides at Tickchik Narrows Lodge in the Bristol Bay area during summers. The event is free and open to the public. Social hour starts at 5 p.m., with the presentation at 6 p.m. and dinner off of the menu (if you so choose) to follow at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Ron Wojcik at (413) 684-4141 or

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Well, the sportsmen's club 2014 elections are over. Each club has a board of directors, but I am listing only the officers, who usually face the brunt of problems which come up from time to time. This week, I am listing the Berkshire Beagle Club: President -- Rodney Hicks of Pittsfield; VP -- Lewis Hatch of Canaan, N.Y.; Secretary -- Jon Tedford of Petersburgh, N.Y.; and Treasurer -- Tim Cahoon of Pittsfield. Many thanks for freely giving up your valuable time to ensure that the clubs are operating smoothly on a daily basis.

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Basic Hunter Education courses will be conducted at the following locations: Becket Town Hall on April 16 and 18 from 5:30-9 p.m. and on April 19 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; East Mountain Sportsmen's Club in Williamstown on April 28, May 2, 5, 9, 12 and 16 from 6-9 p.m.

As of this writing, there were still openings. The classes scheduled for Worthington in April have been filled up. To enroll, call (978)772-0693.

To reach Gene Chague:,
or (413) 637-1818.


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