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Yankee groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter

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By Shelton Young

As you know, February is a very special month. Though not a major holiday – you know, where you get a day off work — it’s still special to a lot of people!
We get all excited, plan for the big day and know if things work out, we might get lucky!
Yep, Groundhog Day showed that we may, or may not, experience the luck of an early spring. Ya see, there’s this pampered, Yankee groundhog up in Pennsylvania that gets all the media attention.
This Groundhog Day he came out, saw his shadow and ducked back in his hole. So, according to Punxsutawney Phil, there’ll be six more weeks of winter. And it seems Phil’s been making his prediction since 1887.
Now that’s OK, if ya live in Pennsylvania, and if ya can believe anything a 127-year-old Yankee groundhog has to say!
Not me! I live in Kentucky and if I’m going to listen to a groundhog it’s going to be a Kentucky groundhog!
In steps Marion Marvin! I’ve relied on Marvin’s predictions for several years, not 127, but several!
This year while I was watching Marvin’s hole, waiting for him to appear, something unusual happened. Instead of a groundhog, all that popped out was a little umbrella, then it was gone!
So what did that mean? Well, for sure it meant it was raining. And, maybe we’ll get lucky and have an early spring.
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Last week when I wrote about the coyote shoot I did the best I could, with the information I had. This week I have more, better, information.
Seems Jeremy Sullivan and his partner did indeed take first place with a coyote worth one point and a bobcat worth three points.
In second place with a fox worth two points and a coyote worth one point was Michael McMahan, hunting by himself.
Boo Boo Brady and his partner John Boyd had one point with their coyote. Since there were other teams with one point, the ties were broken by weight. Boo Boo and John’s coyote weighed in at 40.5 pounds and gave them third place. A 40.5-pound coyote is one big dog!
Now that we’re into February we can hunt coyotes, at night, with lights!
Given that, a night tournament, say 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. with a breakfast at weigh-in, would be kind of cool.
Anybody interested in putting one on?
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Goose season ended on Jan. 31, as did rabbit season. While I didn’t have an opportunity to goose hunt during the last week, I did get to go on a rabbit hunt.
Lonnie and Daylen Moore, Ed Heckel and I, along with three of Lonnie’s beagles, hunted Ed’s property on a cold, breezy day last week.
While we didn’t put much of a dent in the rabbit population, or as Ed said, “We left plenty for seed,” we had a good, though cold, time!
When the day ended, Lonnie and I had one each while “Dead-Eye” Daylen had three. Notice Ed didn’t get any? Normally I’d dig on him for that. But, it’s no fun when he didn’t even get an opportunity to miss.
Good friends, a good day!
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Correction on Mid-KY Bass Anglers: Every tournament pays back to three places divided 50/30/20 percent, regardless of the number of entries.
Now, as for the schedule: On March 23 we’ll hold our Cabin Fever Open tournament. Launch at 9 a.m. with a 3 p.m. weigh-in. The rest of the dates are as follows:
April 6: Green River 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lone Valley
April 27: Springfield Reservoir 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 4: Barren River 7 a.m.-3 p.m. State Park
May 18: Willisburg 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 1: Taylorsville 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Possum Ridge
June 15: Springfield Reservoir 6 a.m.-12 p.m.
July 29: Green River 6 a.m.-2 p.m.
July 13: Salem Lake 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 27: Willisburg 6 a.m.-12 p.m.
Aug. 10: Green River 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Lone Valley
Sept. 7: Springfield Reservoir 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sept. 21: Fagan Branch (Ham Days Invitational) 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Oct. 4: Green River 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Lone Valley
Oct. 5: TBA 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
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I fully intend to have some Puddle Jumper events this summer. They’ll start later than the Mid-KY Bass Anglers tournaments and this year, due to Mid-KY’s schedule and holidays, we’ll have a few on Saturday’s.
So, don’t give up on the Puddle Jumpers just because there’s no schedule yet.
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That’s it for this week. So get out, enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, stay safe and I’ll see ya next week!