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Kids Day, bass tourney are this weekend

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By Shelton Young

Just so ya don’t forget: This weekend, Sept. 17 and 18, is the official kickoff for Ham Days. It’s our annual Kids Day at Sportsmans Lake followed by a bass tournament  Sunday at Fagan Branch.
Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. we’ll have a bunch of stuff for the kids. Kids are those under 16 years of age.
There’ll be inflatables and canoe rides to keep them busy. We’ll also have a fishing contest where every legal fish is weighed and the total weight will count for first-, second- and third-place.
I have a limited number of loaner rods and bait; so bring your own if you have any! The Marion County Sportsmans Club will be selling concessions or you could have a nice picnic with your family.
Anyway you look at it, the kids should have fun!
After everything for the kids wraps up there’ll be a trap shoot starting at around 6 p.m. and lasting until everyone gets tired and/or runs out of shells!
Then comes Sunday! There’ll be a 3D archery shoot at the Sportsmans Club. Registration is 8 a.m. thru 2 p.m. Classes will include cubs, youth, women, hunter and open. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for cubs and youth.
Over at Fagan Branch, from 7 a.m. till 1 p.m. you can participate in the Mid-KY Bass Anglers Ham Days Open Bass Tournament.
For this event the fee is $20 per angler with $5 of each entry going to club expenses and the remaining $15 going to the pool. Payout is 50-30-20 percent to first, second and third.
Big bass is a separate, optional $5 per angler with a 100 percent payout to the heaviest bass weighed.
Also, as part of this Ham Days event, the angler who catches the biggest bass will receive a special “Ham Days 2011 Big Pig” plaque. The first-place team will receive Ham Days breakfast tickets.
I believe the entire weekend has something for everyone, so come on out and help us kick off Ham Days 2011!
See ya there.
n Dove shooting sorta stabilized over the past week with birds learning quickly to avoid fields with people in them.
Some fields…those not shot over the opening weekend…were drawing birds but nothing ever beats the opener.
The resident Canada goose season is open till the 15 and while there are a lot of geese I haven’t heard of anyone having any success…actually I haven’t heard of anyone else hunting geese.
My luck was typical. While on a dove shoot…with no birds flying…I had six geese fly by so low I could’ve hit’em with a rock.
Course I couldn’t shoot because…well, it wasn’t legal. I was on a dove shoot using lead shot and even if I’d had steel with me I would’ve still had the lead in possession.
So, next day I was back with nothing but steel, and ready. O.K., the previous day the geese had flown by at 4:30 p.m. That day I waited till 7 p.m. and gave up…they weren’t coming by.
I put the gun up and went down the road to a friends house. While I was talking to him a couple of dozen geese flew low over where I’d been sitting…it was 7:30 p.m.
Early season ends Sept. 15.
n While with the wife in Jacksonville, Fla., at Mayo Clinic, I learned several things. It’s alright for a guy to carry a purse…as long as it’s either brown canvas or camo and referred to as a “man bag.”
Security guys have no sense of humor…even when you explain that ya didn’t see the “Don’t feed the fish” sign. Everybody can talk and text on their cell phone but nobody could read the signs that said, “Please do not turn cell phones on.”
If you’re not from Kentucky, you shouldn’t even try to make biscuits and gravy. A hospital cafeteria sounds like a prison cafeteria with everyone asking, “What are you in for?” And, I don’t think anyone in Florida was actually born in Florida!
Guess that’s it for now. Get out and enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer. Stay safe and I’ll see ya next week!