No hunting at Fagan Branch

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By Shelton Young

It seems to me that everybody knows you can’t hunt on Fagan Branch, been that way since the lake opened, 15 plus years. Nobody has hunted there… nobody! Given its status as a “protected” lake it’s become a sanctuary for waterfowl. A place where they could rest and roost unmolested by hunters.
That all changed a couple of weeks back when three individuals from Green County set up and hunted on Fagan Branch… a couple of times!
When confronted by a local they said they were told by a Fish and Wildlife officer that there was nothing in the regulations to prohibit them hunting.
I beg to differ! Granted, there isn’t anything which prohibits hunting on public property unless there are local regulations which prohibit it.
The point the officer should have considered is that Fagan Branch isn’t public, it’s private. Therefore the officer, in my opinion, greatly overstepped his authority.
The water company, which is a city entity merely “allows” public access to the property, and can also deny public access. Anybody remember when I wrote, at the request of the water company, that “the gate to the lake would be closed if the public kept throwing out trash.”
So, if the lake can be closed without the state’s “permission”, it’s private property. This, to me, means the “state” can’t tell anyone if they can, or can’t hunt on Fagan Branch!
Besides, waterfowling on Fagan Branch would take about as much skill as shooting chickens in a barnyard!
I’ve been to the lake several times lately and noticed a definite decrease in the number of birds using it. Seems as if the “hunters’ may have ruined a sanctuary!
O.K., I love to hunt waterfowl. And, I’ve often stared longingly at the birds on Fagan Branch and thought “if only…” But then I’d think “if we hunted here it’d be ruined…” and it has!
So, in order to “clear up” any misconceptions about hunting on Fagan Branch, I’d ask Lebanon’s City Council take action on this matter and “formally” as in “by ordinance” make Fagan Branch “off limits” to hunting.
Besides, the lake has the Gorley Trail and who wants to hike and have to dodge bullets!

I’ve been asked if I can help get some “Marion County Fish and Wildlife” items together for the Marion County Museum’s March and April exhibit.
We want people to “loan” the museum mounts of fish and wildlife to display.
Taxidermists, both professional and amateur, are especially encouraged to “show their work.” You can build your own display if you wish. Should be a good way to advertise your work and help the museum at the same time.
This will be an opportunity you won’t want to miss! Call me.

Here it goes. Call me crazy and I might tend to agree with you.
We can keep it confidential if you’d like, matter-of-fact I suggest we do. But have any of you ever seen or heard what could have been a Sasquatch, Bigfoot or whatever you choose to call it, around here?
I don’t mean as a result of substance abuse, an alcohol induced stupor or watching an Ancient Aliens marathon.
I have a reason for asking and am looking for honest answers.
Just so you might feel more comfortable about all this, remember, they said there weren’t any bears around here either. That is, until there were bears around here.

We held our 2013 meeting of the Mid-KY Bass Anglers in order to elect officers and set our schedule for the 2013 season.
After much discussion the club voted to affiliate with the FLW for the year. So to fish with the Mid-KY Bass in 2013 you must be a member of FLW. I’ll have more details on that next year.
For the 2013 season Jason Spalding agreed to serve a second term as president while Danny Marcum will again be our tournament director. John Grundy will continue to serve as Sec/Treas.
Some new lakes were added to our schedule, which looks like this:
March 24 Fagan Branch Cabin Fever Open 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
April 7 Green River Lone Valley 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 5 Barren River State Park 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
May 19 Liberty Lake 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 2 Springfield Reservoir 6 a.m.-noon
June 23 Taylorsville Lake Possum Ridge 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
July 13 Green River Lone Valley (night) 4 p.m.-midnight
July 28 Willisburg Lake 6 a.m.-noon
Aug. 18 Nolin Lake Wax 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sept. 8 TBA
Sept. 22 Fagan Branch ham Days open
Oct 5 Green River Classic 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oct. 6 Classic TBA 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

As a side note: Congratulations to my friend Alicia Loran Wren on obtaining your master’s degree!

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