Bulletin Board: Deer numbers rise but still low vs. last year

  • Colrain’s Brian Johnston bagged two bucks on Thursday, celebrating Day 4 of the Massachusetts Shotgun Deer Hunting Season at Overwatch Outpost in Charlemont. Johnston put down a 162-pound, 10-pointer as well as a 134-pound, 5-pointer. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Reports
Published: 12/5/2019 9:08:11 PM
Modified: 12/5/2019 9:07:59 PM

Day 4 of the Massachusetts Shotgun Deer Hunting season in Franklin County saw numbers rise back up after a low total on Day 3. 

Thirty-two deer and one bear were bagged on Thursday, still a low number relative to past years.

Brian Johnston of Colrain put down two bucks on Thursday alone, registering both at Overwatch Outpost in Charlemont. One was a 162-pound, 10-pointer and the other a 134-pound, 5-pointer. 

Joseph Geyster of Warwick put down the largest buck in Franklin County on Thursday, registering a 171-pound, 8-point buck at Flagg’s Fly & Tackle in Orange.

Bitzer Hatchery in Montague saw nine deer registered, the most in the area. Todd Richotte of Montague and Marvin Trombley of Brattleboro each put down 118-pound bucks, the largest registered at Bitzer. 

Seven deer were registered at Sunderland Hatchery, the largest was checked by Ronald Gamache of Pelham with a 151-pound, 8-point buck.

On Wednesday, Joshua James of Bernardston bagged an 87-pound doe, his first ever. He checked it at Gould’s Sugarhouse in Shelburne.

Here are the rest of the deer registered on Thursday:

Bitzer Hatchery (9)

Todd Richotte, Montague, 118, 6; Greg Finch, Sullivan, N.H., 114, 6; Ruth Fisher, Northfield, 118, doe; Philip Fisher, Northfield, 66, button buck; Ronald Michaud, Guilford, Vt., 108, 5; Anthony Denofrio, Gill, 117, 5; Paul Waldron, Gill, 96, 5; Marvin Trombley, Brattleboro, Vt., 118, 8; Robert Leighton, Northfield, 113, 2.

Sunderland Hatchery (7)

William Pliesten, Ware, 115, 4; Ronald Gamache, Pelham, 151, 8; Paul Paquette, Goshen, 116, 2; Mark Sadlowski, Hadley, 112, doe; Jason Dunham, Westhampton, 136, 8; Thomas Wanczyk, Hadley, 125, 8; Alan Cole, Leyden, 140, 6.

Gould’s (5)

Bruce Tennyson Jr., Shelburne, 90, 2; Joshua Jordan, Ashfield, 111, 2; Russell Rosinski, Vernon, Vt., 142, 8; Cody Belval, Ashfield, 105, 2; Bryan Clark, Hawley, 104, doe. 

Late Wednesday checks: Richard Levesque, Swanton, Vt., 127, 8; Kyle Baker, Leyden, 112, doe; Joshua James, Bernardston, 87, doe. 

Overwatch Outpost (5)

Levon Fortin, Hawley, 65, bear; Brian Johnston, Colrain, 134, 5; Brian Johnston, Colrain, 162, 10; Michael Laffond, Rowe, 95, 2; Todd Seager, Buckland, 112, doe.

Flagg’s Fly and Tackle (7)

Joseph Geyster, Warwick, 171, 8; Jean Lanteigne, Royalston, 165, 8; Bruce Burritt, Orange, 132, doe; Mark Fluett, Athol, 130, 7; William Amidon, Barre, 151, 8; Michael Blanchard, Barre, 115, doe; Sean Chilmark, California, 158, 8.


Indoor Action Sports

Session 2 of soccer at Indoor Action Sports in Greenfield begins in January. The dome offers youth, high school and adult leagues.

To register, or for more information on their various programs, visit www.indooraction.com


Elks National Hoop Shoot

The YMCA in Greenfield, along with the Greenfield Elks Club, will host a basketball foul line shooting contest on Saturday afternoon. 

Local winners will go to the district finals. Players will be divided into age groups for boys and girls 8-13 years of age.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the event gets underway at 1 p.m in the YMCA gymnasium. The event is free to the community.


Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon

Registration for the Berkshire Highlands Pentathlon is now underway.

The annual run, ride and paddle event (a 4.2-mile road/trail run, a 16-mile cycling leg, 2-mile kayak, a 2-mile adventure run, a mile hike to the top of the mountain and a downhill ski to the finish) at Berkshire East Mountain Resort is set for April 4. Registration is open with newly-reduced entry fees.

Visit www.bikereg.com/berkshire-highlands-pentathlon-runridepaddleobstacle-runsummit-hike-skiboard-descent for registration information.

Sawmill 10K

Registration for the annual Sawmill River 10K has begun. The race is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 1 in Montague Center beginning at 10 a.m. near the Village Common on Main Street. 

Race day registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Montague Common Hall and online registration is available at RunReg.com or www.montague.net. Divisions of the race include Youth (17 and under), Open (18-39), Master (40-49), Senior (50-59) and Senior+ (60 and up). Entry fee is $30 by Dec. 30 and $35 anytime after. 

Hot and cold refreshments are provided. The event benefits MPRD’s Sponsor-A-Child Scholarship Program. The race is a USA Track and Field sanctioned event. You may also call MPRD at 413-863-3216 to receive a registration form and additional information. 

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