Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Sports

September 6, 2012

Competitive fishing

Fishermen gear up for Masonic tournament

GLASGOW — Competitive bass fishermen are getting their gear ready for the one-day Masonic Charities Bass Tournament this coming Saturday on Barren River Lake.

The take-off will be from Port Oliver Ramp at 6 a.m. Saturday and the tournament will end at 2 p.m. that same day. Entry fee is $60 per boat with a $1,000 payout for first place. You can still get information by calling Bill Hart at (270) 678-5335 or (270) 670-7538, Steve Lowe at (270) 646-2660 or (270) 670-2639, Gary Morrison at (270) 606-0112, Len Piercy at (270) 459-0786, or Sparky Wiggington, (502) 432-9109.

Other big tournaments coming up soon at Barren River Lake will be another stop of the Walmart series Sept. 22 which is a closed tournament and the 2012 Bowling Green Firefighters Association Open Bass Tournament  on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 6 a.m.-2 p.m., at Port Oliver.

This is a three fish tournament with the total weight of three bass (largemouth, smallmouth or Kentucky bass) per boat to determine prize winners. All bass must be ” or larger.

Entry fee is $30 per person with a 50 percent payback (one place per 20 entries.) For more information or an entry form, contact Michael Bean at beanm22@gmail.com.

Also keep in mind the Barren Bassmasters 37th annual Open Fall Classic will be out of Port Oliver on Oct. 13.

 

The regular monthly membership meeting of the Barren River Rod and Gun Club will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse at Lucas. The meal will be potluck with a business meeting to follow. Members are reminded that yearly dues are payable on or after Sept. 1.

 

Some outdoor activities like boating are scaled back after Labor Day. Not so with hunting.

That’s just getting underway and among those seasons opening on Sept. 1 was dove season. The weather in these parts offered some challenges Saturday, but dove hunting devotees took to the fields in good numbers anyway, hoping to get some action between the showers.

Lee McClellan, outdoor writer for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, says the season looks pretty good despite some discouraging weather conditions.

“There are plenty of doves around Kentucky,” said Rocky Pritchert, KDFWR migratory bird coordinator. “It’s a mixed bag. Some dove fields are looking good while some were affected by the drought.”

“The first thing I look for when setting up in a dove field is a dead tree or snag,” Pritchert said. “Then, I look for the flight patterns of the doves. Survey where they enter the field and where they exit. Find the entry spot and set up near there. It is better to find a place where they enter the field than where they exit.” Doves often fly into a field through gaps in trees or a swale in the ground.

“A dead tree that is in one of these flight patterns is a great spot,” Pritchert said. “They often land in dead trees before entering the field to feed.”

Doves also use power lines for the same purpose. Studying these features and setting up near them makes for a much more eventful day. A poorly chosen spot in a good field leads to frustration when others down all of the doves. It is like watching someone from the opposite end of the boat catch all of the fish. Study and choose wisely.

This year, flexibility in choosing your dove hunting areas after opening weekend extends your hunting season.

“I hunt doves where I can find them,” Pritchert said. “I’ll hunt silage fields and fallow fields covered in foxtail.”

Hunters can also stretch the dove season by quitting earlier in the day. Wear drab clothing while dove hunting. Camouflage clothing is best, but tans and greens also work. Avoid white tee shirts and loudly colored shorts.

The first segment of the dove season closes Oct. 24. The second segment runs from Nov. 22 through Nov. 30, while the third segment of the season opens Dec. 29 and closes Jan. 4, 2013. The daily limit is 15 doves.

Also in the hunting vein, Kentucky’s 2012-13 deer season opened  with the beginning of archery hunting Sept. 1. We’re told by outdoor writer Art Lander, Jr. that last year’s deer season was arguably the state’s best ever.

A record 68 bucks taken in Kentucky qualified for entry into the Boone & Crockett record books, a record for the state.  Kentucky hunters also posted the fourth best overall harvest with 119,656 deer, the highest total since the 2008-09 season.

In 96 of Kentucky’s 120 counties, hunters bagged more deer than in the 2010-11 deer season.  The trophy deer taken in Kentucky last season included 52 bucks with typical antlers scoring 160 or higher and 16 bucks with non-typical antlers scoring 185 or higher. A decade ago, Kentucky produced just 34 Boone & Crockett record book deer. Kentucky’s deer herd is now estimated to number about 850,000, down from one million in 2003.

Kentucky’s fall squirrel season, a 193-day split season that kicks off the calendar of fall hunting, is now open and runs through Nov. 9. The season re-opens Nov. 12 and closes Feb. 28, 2013.

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