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Outdoors

  • Coyotes can created problems for pet owners and hunters

    No matter how you feel about them, you sometimes have to deal with them.
    Do you love your small pets?like cats and small dogs? Do you think you should only hunt what you intend to eat? Or maybe you believe in not hunting at all?just let nature take its own course.
    But maybe if something's really dangerous, it can/should be dealt with! This is a dilemma for some?for others it's a small choice.
    What I'm talkin' about are coyotes. Over the last several years they've just about taken over?and lost some fear of man.

  • Turtle catcher

    Peyton Hughes, son of Sara A. Hughes, and the late SGT. Jonathan Adam Hughes, recently caught these turtles at a local pond in Springfield with the help of his Uncle Terry Harmon.

  • Hunting with a crossbow

  • Kids Day and Ham Days Open Bass tourney are huge success

    It was a very busy and great weekend.
    We started early with the Kids Day at Sportsman's Lake on Saturday. Then even earlier on Sunday we were up for the 7 a.m. blast, or buzz off, at Fagan Branch for the Ham Days Open Bass Tournament.
    Back to Saturday... simply put, it was awesome!
    Our Kids Day started at 9 a.m. but before that a lot of preparation had taken place. This year Jason and Beth Spalding took on the responsibility of organizing our Kids Day. This included a bunch of running to get trophies and door prizes.

  • Saturday is Ham Days Kids Day at Sportsman Lake

    Before I get too far into my article I just want to thank Jason Spalding. Ya see, we weren't going to have the Ham Days Kids Day this year due to lack of funding.
    But Jason contacted Independent Stave and because of a very generous sponsorship from them, and a check from our Lebanon/Marion County Kiwanis Club, Saturday is back on.
    So when ya come out Saturday, find Jason and thank him for all he did!
    Here's the plan: Saturday, Sept. 22, we'll meet at our Sportsman Lake. We'll start at 9 a.m. and go until 2 p.m., or there about!

  • Perfect weather kicks off hunting seasons

    The last couple of weekends have been the perfect kickoff to hunting seasons. This was courtesy of the first dove season, which opened Sept. 1. Couldn't write about it before due to my last early deadline!
    I attended the Peterson shoot on opening day. Course there were numerous shoots, mostly by invitation only! But, the invitation process was a pretty loose deal. You hear about a shoot from somebody who was "invited" maybe twice removed. Then they'd say "come on out," so thus you were invited!

  • Hunters at the mercy of Mother Nature

    As always, the weather has a lot to do with the way doves fly... or don't fly.
    Dry, hot weather tends to turn their "I'm hungry" button on while high winds and rain mean, "I'm sayin' home."
    Now understand, I have to turn this article in early because of the holiday so the weather situation for Saturday is anybody's guess. It looks like it'll be raining but as this point, who knows! Guess it's like everything else... It'll be what it'll be.

  • Hunter education class is Sept. 6-8

    Last week I told you about this year's hunter education (orange card) class being held at the Sportsman's Club outside Calvary. I told you about it running from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, then 8 a.m. till noon on Saturday. Where I messed up was on the dates. Instead of being Sept. 7 thru 9, it's Sept. 6 thru 8. That's Sept. 6 and 7, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 8 will be from 8 a.m. till noon.

  • Hunter education is recommended

    Well, I told ya I'd let ya know about the Hunter Education Class (orange card) as soon as I found out something. Since then I received a call from George Hasty about the class.
    First, even if you aren't "required" by law to take the class, it is outstanding. Every time I've been I've learned something new. And this year there's something really new, as in a new instructor.
    Mary McCullen was our instructor for years, but retired this year. So, we'll have somebody new this year!

  • Hunting season 'breaks loose' Sept. 1

    Had to run this in early due to being out of town over the weekend, but back by the time you read this!

    Anyway, just to get you caught up on what's in store: Aug. 15 is the opening of our squirrel season. Then, on Sept. 1, it sorta breaks loose. On that date we have several openings. Archery deer season starts and we have the early resident goose season and dove season. Just remember, you can't shoot doves, on opening day only, until 11 a.m. And, if you're hunting geese and doves, don't have any lead shot with you while goose hunting.