By LOUIE STOUT
THE GOSHEN NEWS
A pair of tremendous hunting opportunities for area youngsters is being offered this month.
Best of all, they’ll learn the safe and correct way to hunt from seasoned veterans.
They can sample rabbit hunting at Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Are Oct. 19 or participate in a controlled pheasant hunt Oct. 26 at the Maier Pheasant Farm in Bremen.
Or what the heck? Do both!
Here are the details:
Youth rabbit hunt at Tri-County
The free hunt is from 8 a.m. to noon. Youths will be partnered with an experienced hunter, and various beagle dog handlers will guide them as they trail rabbits through fields and woods.
Participants must be age 17 or younger on Oct. 19 and possess a valid Indiana resident youth hunting license. Non-resident youths may participate but must possess a valid non-resident Indiana youth hunting license.
Space is limited. Interested youths must register by calling Tri-County FWA between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The registration deadline is Oct. 16.
If the number of registered youths exceeds space, Tri-County will draw to select hunters.
Parents or other adults may accompany children on the hunt, but cannot hunt. Each child is allowed to bring a shotgun providing it is unloaded, cased and in good working order. Shotguns and ammunition will be provided for those who do not have them.
For more information, contact Don LeCount at (574) 551-1461 or email@example.com , or call Tri-County FWA at (574) 834-4461.
at Maier Farm
The event is free to youths under 18 years of age and from any state. All participants must bring a “hunter orange” clothing article, be accompanied by an adult and parents sign a waiver of liability.
Participants will be offered two hunting groups, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Two Pheasant will be placed in the field for each participant and guides with dogs will be provided.
In addition to hunting, other activities include firearms safety discussion, trap shooting, rifle target shooting (guns and ammo provided), archery, reloading, trapping education and bird cleaning. For more information, contact Brad or Kim Ruppert, 574-277-5373, firstname.lastname@example.org
Salmon on the move
Trout and salmon continue to move up the St. Joseph River at South Bend and Mishawaka. More than 800 passed through the South Bend ladder between Sept. 17-30 and more likely have arrived this week.
The latest number comprised of 476 steelhead, 262 coho and 67 king salmon, according to Lake Michigan biologist Brian Breidert. That brings the fall run numbers to 5,671 steelhead, 279 coho, 81 kings and 1 brook trout.
More salmon are expected and, when the waters cool, some Michigan strain of steelhead show start to move. Most of the fish in the river now are Indiana’s Skamania steelhead.
“Many of the king salmon we’ve observed at the South Bend ladder were well over 15 pounds each,” Breidert added. “It should be a good fall fishery.”
Kayak fishing contest
Gull Lake Marine will host its first ever Gull Lake Marine Open Kayak Fishing Tournament Oct. 19.
The Marina is east of Kalamazoo near Richland, Mich.
The contest is a catch-measure-photo-and-release event in which contestants can enter two bass, or two pike and two panfish. You must use a camera phone or digital camera and record fish lengths on a log sheet provided by the marina. Only artificial lures may be used but trolling, casting or drifting is allows.
Entry fee is $25 and all proceeds will be paid back to the top three finishers and tackle prizes will be awarded randomly.
The contest runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and food and refreshments will be made available afterwards. Call Dave Mull, 269-548-8897, for details.
Contact Goshen News outdoor writer Louie Stout at email@example.com.