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September 29, 2013

OUTDOOR COLUMN: Bow season set to open this Tuesday

GOSHEN — If you haven’t done so already, inspect your arrows and bow string, target practice and prep those camo clothes.

It’s time to deer hunt.    

Archery season opens Tuesday for hunters in both Indiana and Michigan. While recreational hunters tend to wait until the leaves fall and most of the corn comes down, die-hards are gonna be in the woods Tuesday morning.

They’ve been preparing for weeks and have scouted potential areas. They know the deer are less wary opening day before the woods get overtaken by other hunters.

Corn harvest has been spotty, and most trees are still in full bloom. Deer like to hide in the corn and those tree leaves can make getting a shot off somewhat difficult.

But that’s all part of the intrigue for serious bow shooters who simply love going into the woods.

While Indiana’s bow season runs through Jan. 5, Michigan’s first bow season runs until Nov. 14, then opens again Dec. 1-Jan. 1.

Indiana offers the best prospects because of the impact EHD virus has had on southwest Michigan deer herds.

“There’s still deer out there,” said southwest Michigan biologist Ken Kesson.

In northern Indiana, parts of Elkhart County also were hit with the virus last year, so there will be pockets where hunting could be tough. Also, hunters took a high number of does last season, so the size of the herd is expected to be down somewhat.

But it’s big bucks that hard corps hunters are after and there’s always a few of those around.

This week’s opener might present the best opportunity to get one.

Hunter ed class

The Lakeville Conservation Club will host a free Hunter Education Course Oct. 12-13 at the club house.

To receive certificates, students must attend both classes which run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is desired, either by signing up at www.register-ed.com/programs/indiana/agency:25 or calling call Dave Braniff, 574-784-3919.

Steelhead program

Want to learn more about how to catch steelhead from the St. Joseph River? The Michiana Steelheaders will provide you a refresher course Wednesday night at its general meeting that is open to the public.

Bill Julian of Wild Bill’s Charters will provide a seminar on the techniques he uses on his guide trips.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the De Amici Club in Mishawaka. Julian will speak at 8 p.m. There is no charge for the program.

Hoosier Pro winners

Dan Milligan (Bremen) and Kris Shipley (Syracuse) won the Hoosier Pro event on Lake Wawasee last week with 14.49 pounds despite experiencing boat mechanical issues early in the morning.

They won $280 by using power fishing tactics on Syracuse Lake.

Phillip Duracz (Chesterton) and Steve Coleman (Whiting, Ind.) were second ($168) with 13.19 pounds by fishing docks with grubs and wacky worms.

Rick Rogers (Warsaw) and Dan O’Neil (Ft. Wayne) were third ($112) with four fish weighing 11.91 pounds, to include the big bass of the tournament, a 4.55-pound largemouth. They fished tubes and beavers on the flats.

There were 41 bass recorded for 92.18 pounds.

Youth waterfowl event

The Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area will host a Youth Waterfowl event Oct. 12.

Hunt activities begin at 4:30 a.m. (CDT) with safety instructions, followed by a duck hunt and lunch.

The hunt is limited to youths ages 15 and under and all must have a valid fishing license. Each hunter will be paired with a guide and all equipment will be provided, including guns and ammunition, if needed.

Space is limited so pre-registration is required by calling 574-896-3522 by Oct. 4. Anyone needing the use of a gun should reserve it at that time.

River Classic winners

Mike Smoker (Elkhart) and Jeff Burkett (Osceola) captured the River Wednesday Classic on Austin Lake, Mich. recently.

The winners ($900) had five fish weighing 14.43 pounds that included a 4.54-pounder that earned them big bass prize ($250). They caught their fish on spinnerbaits and tubes.

 Kris Thornton (Osceola) and Chuck Lee (South Bend) were second ($650) with a 12.16-pound limit caught on a popper and D’s Tubes.

Teddy Bradley and Tom Bell (Mishawaka) had a limit weighing 8.69 pounds for third place ($500), also caught on poppers and D’s Tubes.

Contact Louie at stoutoutdoors@comcast.net.

 

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