Hunter education is recommended

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By Shelton Young

Well, I told ya I'd let ya know about the Hunter Education Class (orange card) as soon as I found out something. Since then I received a call from George Hasty about the class.
First, even if you aren't "required" by law to take the class, it is outstanding. Every time I've been I've learned something new. And this year there's something really new, as in a new instructor.
Mary McCullen was our instructor for years, but retired this year. So, we'll have somebody new this year!
The class is still three days - or rather, part of three days. It's Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-9.
Class starts at 6 p.m. And runs till 9 p.m. on both Thursday and Friday. Then on Saturday, class starts at 8 a.m. and goes till noon or thereabout.
This year the classes will be held at the Marion County Sportsman Club. That's the Sportsman Club in Calvary, not the Fairgrounds. Follow the signs from Calvary.
If you have any questions about the class, you can call George.

Our Mid-KY Bass Anglers tournament held on Springfield reservoir was, well, comfortable.
For the first time in several months, it was a "comfortable" day. The temperature was perfect with just enough breeze to put a ripple on the water.
The best part was that everybody caught bass. They weren't all landed or reached the minimum size, but they were caught.
At the noon weigh-in, there were a bunch of limits. Taking first, with a total weight of 7.20 pounds was the team of Mike Smith and Jimmy Spalding. With 6.93 pounds, Stacy Benningfield took second. The team of Nathan McDonald and Jason Edelen took third with 6.2 pounds.
Big bass was also taken by Benningfield with a bass over two pounds.

Our next Mid-KY Bass Anglers tournament will be on Taylorsville Lake, Sept. 9. We'll launch at 7 a.m. From the Possum Ridge ramp. Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m.

Coming up Saturday, Aug. 25, will be an open bass tournament on Fagan Branch.
Danny Marcum has put this one together and it should be a lot of fun. Note: This is an "open" tournament, which means anyone can fish, no club affiliation is needed.
This is also a night tournament with laugh at 7 p.m. and weigh-in at 1 a.m.
Cost is $30 per boat with $5 of this going to the big bass pot, and the remaining $25 divided into three places. First place will receive 50 percent. Second will pay 30 percent and third 20 percent.
Standard tournament rules apply as well as "lake rules" - slot limits, creel, etc.
Come one out. This should be fun!

Only two weeks till dove and early resident goose seasons. You'll need your dove permit or Kentucky waterfowl permit, with a duck stamp, to be legal.
Right now you should be out scouting fields and getting permission to hunt them.
You should also be shooting some clay birds just to get a feel for you gun again. No matter how good you were last year, a lot of things need to be "remembered".

Heard any "bear" stories lately? Well, I have. And, in this sense, the term" story" doesn't" mean there's any kind of lie intended.
I'm talking about a live black bear, with pictures, in the Bradfordsville area. And why not?
There's some fairly desolate territory in that part of the county and this isn't the first bear sighting there.
Yep, black bear in Bradfordsville, and there is a bear season in Kentucky!

Guess that's it for now. Get out, enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, stay safe, and I'll see you next week.