Allen County turkey shoot scheduled for Sunday


By Al Smith - Guest Columnist



The Allen County Sportsmen & Farmers Association will hold a turkey shoot Sunday at its 1001 S. Kemp Road location. The first shoot goes off at 11:45 a.m. Prizes are turkeys, hams, and chickens.

Breakfast will be served beginning at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $5.

For further information, call Bill Stratton at 419-236-9082.

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Limaland bass pro Kyle Weisenburger had a “frustrating and disappointing” beginning to the FLW Tour last week at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas.

The Ottawa angler failed to qualify among the top 30 to fish the third day of the tourney. He wound up 128th. He caught 9 bass that weighed 15 pounds, 13 ounces in the first two days of the event.

“I definitely was hoping for better,” Weisenburger said after the first day. “I had a few opportunities that I didn’t capitalize on that really cost me from having a more successful day.”

He did better the second day and caught a 5-bass limit, but it was small at 8.5 pounds.

“It was frustrating and disappointing to say the least as you always want to come out of the gates strong. I’m just going to gear up and be ready for event 2,” he said.

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The next FLW Tour event is Feb. 7-10 on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Florida.

He did get a couple of days of practice on the lake on his way back home from Texas.

“Ohio to Texas to Florida and back to Ohio is one long journey. In 10 days, a few thousand miles and 7 days on the water,” Weisenburger said.

Terry Bolton of Benton, Kentucky, won the event on Sam Rayburn with a four-day total of 20 bass weighing 91 pounds, 3 ounces.

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A couple of notable changes in Lake Erie fishing are among proposals the Ohio Wildlife Council has suggested for approval among changes in fishing and hunting.

The main change would be increasing the daily bag limit of walleye, sauger or saugeye in Lake Erie when Ohio’s total allowable catch exceeds 3 million. The allotment of fish is overseen by the Lake Erie Committee of the Great Lakes Fishery Commission. The rule becomes a bit odd because both the Maumee and Sandusky rivers are considered part of Lake Erie. On Lake Erie and the Maumee the daily bag total would increased to 6 from 4 between March 1-April 30. It would not increase on the Sandusky. The daily quota would be 6 during the remainder of the year. This proposal would not take effect until 2020 if approved.

An additional proposed rule change concerning Lake Erie fishings will exempt nonresident anglers under the age of 16 from being required to obtain a nonresident Lake Erie nonresident fishing permit.

Other notable proposals include modifying waterfowl bag limits by decreasing the brant and pintail daily bag limit from 3 to 1 and 2 to 1, respectively; modifying the age requirements for youth hunting seasons so they are open to hunters age 17 or younger; allowing hunters to carry a printed or electronic version of their spring turkey, fall turkey or deer permit(s).

For a complete list of all proposed changes, visit the Winter 2019 Proposed Rule Summary at wildohio.gov.

Open houses, which will be held March 2 in all wildlife districts, give the public an opportunity to view and discuss suggested proposals and other wildlife issues. For those who cannot attend an open house, they may comment online at wildohio.gov beginning Feb. 14 Directions to open house can be found at that website of can call 800-945-3543.

Proposals concerning Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunting seasons will be presented at the next council meeting Feb. 13.

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With winter’s final arrival, one might be thinking of taking advantage of Michigan’s winter free fishing weekend Feb. 15-16. Those two days, everyone – residents and non-residents – can fish without a license, though all other fishing regulations still apply. The Michigan DNR also will waive the regular Recreation Passport requirement for vehicle access to state’s 103 state parks.

Michigan has celebrated the winter free fishing weekend annually since 1994 to build awareness of the state’s vast aquatic resources and fishing opportunities.

“There’s nothing better than bundling up and heading out on the ice for Michigan’s annual winter free fishing weekend,” said MDNR Fisheries Chief Jim Dexter. “There can be a great social component to ice fishing, making it a perfect activity for friends and family.”

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By Al Smith

Guest Columnist

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

Al Smith is a freelance outdoor writer. You may contact him at flyfishman7@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @alsmithFL

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