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Weekend offers hunting and fishing fun

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By Shelton Young

Coming up this weekend are several activities to keep anyone entertained!
For the hunter, we have the spring youth wild turkey weekend coming up on April 6-7.
Some things to keep in mind: Make sure the youth has a gun that fits. Pattern your gun at 25 to 30 and aim where the birds’ neck meets his body. If possible use a full blind, if you don’t have a full blind back up to a tree trunk/brush and don’t move (it’s said a turkey can see a blink)! Don’t over-call and wait for your bird to come to you, which could take a while.
Now “youth” hunters are those under 16. Actually, there are two classes of youth: Under 12 and 12-15. Those under 12 are license and permit exempt while those 12 through 15 must have both, a Jr. Hunting license at $5 and a permit at $10. A Jr. Hunting license has to be signed by a parent or guardian. Your youth permit allows you to take one bird. You can/must purchase a second permit to take your second turkey (but you can only take two in total).
The youth hunting must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. This adult doesn’t have to have a license or permit.
If you’re going to hunt in Kentucky (with a few exceptions) you must have completed a ‘hunter education course’ and have your orange card. Actually, any other states hunter education class card will be accepted by Kentucky.
Want to hunt but don’t have your orange card? Well, the state has a deal for you. For $5 you can purchase a one-time hunter education exemption permit on-line at fw.ky.gov. Important to note that any hunter holding an exemption permit must have an adult hunter accompanying them.
This adult must be licensed and must have completed/passed a hunter education class. In addition, the adult must be in a position to take control of the hunter’s gun or bow.
And one of the biggies: Have permission to hunt where you’re at! The others would be to be safe and use good hunter ethics.
There’s more, so do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the Kentucky Spring Hunting Guide then read it, then read it again several times!
You like to fish? Well, you’ve not been forgotten!
Coming up Saturday, April 6, will be the Woodlawn Baptist Church (free) Invitational Tournament. And yes, you read that correctly, it’s free (as in no entry fee).
Now the last time I was contacted I was given the following: April 6 on Fagan Branch, registration starts at 6 a.m. with fishing from 7 a.m. until noon.
Lake rules apply which means you can keep any bass under 12 inches and over 15 inches. Tournament limit is five bass per boat!
You must have a working live well or converted cooler, etc. No stringers or baskets!
Bass will be released alive and any dead bass must be weighed and a penalty will apply. Artificial lures only, no live bait allowed. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Cash award will also be made for the biggest legal bass.
It’s a church sponsored tournament but there’s no pressure of any kind. You’re not required to be a member of Woodlawn Baptist or any church for that matter! There’ll be a prayer prior to launch and some ‘snacks’ at the end.
This will be my third time fishing the Woodlawn Baptist Invitational and I’ve had a good time, along with good fellowship, every year.
Come on out, you’ll have a good time!

O.K. That was Saturday. Now we have the Mid-KY. Bass Anglers first ‘points’ tournament on Sunday, April 7.
We’ll launch out of the Lone Valley ramp at 8 a.m. and have a 4 p.m. weigh-in. This year you must be registered by 7:45 a.m., 15 minutes prior to launch.
Reminder: FLW and Bass Federation memberships are due prior to fishing.
Go to our website at www.midkybass.com for all information.
You’re either going hunting or fishing this weekend! So what about the rest of the family? Wives, kids, girlfriends, maybe boyfriends (yes, the ladies hunt, too) deserve something to do.
Believe it or not, there are those who do not hunt or fish!
For these huntin’/fishin’ widows and orphans, there’s the Marion County Chamber of Commerce Farm, Home and Garden Show. It’s located at the warehouse across from Wendy’s and runs from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday’s times will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come on out, it’s something to do that you’ll enjoy!
Guess that’s it for now. Get out, enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, stay safe and I’ll see ya next week!