Rain, rain, just another reason to complain

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By Shelton Young

It’s really kind of amazing! This year I’ve heard about how much rain we’ve had. And if memory serves me, it’s from the same people who previously complained about how dry it was this time last year.

Worse are the day to day complainers! “It waits till my off days to rain.” Or “Why does it rain on the weekends and holidays?” You’d think it only rained on them.

To these people, who only want what they want, I’d say “It is what it is.” There’s nothing you can do about it except, well, complain!


On Saturday, Aug. 3 our chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will host their banquet/fundraiser at Centre Square here in Lebanon.

This years’ event will feature a live and silent auction, games, raffles, games, drawings for guns and “card” games.

All this and a great meal to boot! Seems like a great way to spend a Saturday evening while supporting a good cause.


The banquet is in the evening so what else is there to do on Aug. 3?

Well, if you haven’t taken the Kentucky Hunter Education Class and received your Orange Card yet, on that Saturday you’ll have the opportunity to do so!

Starting at 8 a.m. at the Marion County Sportsman Club, right outside of Calvary, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will present this year’s hunter education class.

This is a one day class where you can get your Orange Card. And, this will be your only opportunity to get your card locally prior to the 2013 archery season!

However, if you can’t make it on Aug. 3, the class is offered in surrounding counties on different dates, check the KDFWR website for class dates/times/locations.

There is no charge for the Hunter Education Class, it’s about eight hours long for one day, and did I mention that it’s free?

With very few exceptions you’re required to have your Orange Card to hunt. The exceptions can be found on the KDFWR website or their 2013-14 hunting guide.

*If you plan on hunting Ft. Knox or any government property you’ll need your Orange Card.

So, come on out on Saturday, Aug. 3 and take your Hunter Education Class. Then, that evening, head to Centre Square for the Elk Banquet!


Last Saturday, July 13, the Mid-KY Bass Anglers fished a very swollen Green River.

It was about 10-15 feet above “normal” and it was raining. So, you’d think the lake would be devoid of boaters.

Not so, and it wasn’t just anglers. The pleasure boaters were out in force. This created a cluster at the ramp, or rather what was left of the ramp that was out of the water!

Of course the congestion at the ramp was amplified due to the Number 1 Ramp and the Marina Ramp being closed.

As it worked out, a matter of lucky timing, when John and I got there we found no line at the ramp and launched our boat. Pulled back to the parking lot and immediately found a place to park, again lucky!

Then the ramp clogged up and others were waiting a half hour or so just to unload their boat.

That was the last of our luck!

We fished flooded timber all evening figuring the bass would be up shallow feeding. Not so! At the weigh-in those of us who fished shallow made a very poor showing. Those who fished the deeper water along the bluff walls had some very nice bass.

With a 17.64-pound bag, anchored by a couple of bass over 5 pounds, was the team of Brett Underwood and Patrick Campbell. Danny Marcum and Brad Taylor put together a bag of 15.05-pounds, including the tournaments big bass of 6.34-pounds, to claim second place.

In third place with a bag of 8.40-pounds was the team of Jason Spalding and Gary Wilkerson.

As for John and me, well, we did get a good parking spot!


The whole tournament thing was confusing. First, it was called off. When I got word I called and had that included in last week’s article. Then I got a call Monday night that we were having a meeting to decide what to do.

At the meeting it was decided to still have the tournament, only cut it off two hours earlier.

I apologize for any problems caused.


4H fishing is Thursday, July 25 at Sportsman Lake starting at 6:30 p.m.


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