4-20-14

WBSA Members,

I’ve held off for two or three days before sending this note to our membership… I was hoping that some news might come in that I could share... but it has not.

Probably most of you are aware of the boating accident on Lake Erie that has taken away two of our club members and two of their relatives and friends. For members further away who may not have heard, a short and sad update.

Bryan Huff and Amy Santus, club members, LEWT contestants and friends, were lost Wednesday evening in a boating accident that still is not fully explained – the investigation continues. Ramped in at Turtle Point, they hade been fishing near the islands and sent a cell phone message that they were heading back in.

The boat was found semi-submerged near the Locust Point reefs, and the bodies of Amy and her 17 year-old niece Paige Widmer were found in the reef area. Bryan and his friend Andrew Rose have not yet been found.

The Ohio Division of Watercraft has said that the recovered boat does not show damage that might explain the accident. Our prayers and thoughts are with the families of these fine people.

Fred

 

Amy and Bryan, from Bryan’s Facebook Page

4-14-2014

Magee East Tournament Review

Better late than never at the Cabela’s, Crown Battery, Sharpnack Direct, Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) season opener hosted by “Magee East” Marina and Campground.

After an unusually bitter winter that left thick ice across the western basin of Lake Erie until the end of March, the season opening LEWT event was postponed one week to April 12.  “What a group of anglers we have” commented LEWT tournament Director Joe Yingling.  “Even after having to reschedule, we still have a full field of 50 teams entered in this tournament.”

When the LEWT anglers returned after a generally pleasant and sunny day on the lake, the team of Jason Pelz and Matt Clifton had brought home a giant bag of five fish weighing 46.44 pounds to take the win.  Second place went to Gary Bowman and Paul Curmi with 44.01 pounds, Randy Eyre and Corey Miller took the third spot with 43.32 pounds.

The first place Big Fish cash award also went to Pelz and Clifton for landing a 13.17 pound beast.  The team of Jeff Graves and Todd Rainigh took second place with a 12.11 pound walleye.

LEWT sponsor Medina Plating once again has sponsored our Early Bird award that goes to the top finishing team that entered all four events before the Early Bird deadline.  Pelz and Clifton continued their sweep of the top awards by winning the $150 prize.

Long time LEWT supporter Sharpnack Direct offers a cash prize to the highest finishing LEWT angler who owns a vehicle purchased from Sharpnack.  Randy Eyre won the $150 cash award.

James Moes and David Gahn took home the $100 cash for the Don “Ole Pete” Peterson Memorial Award

The top finishers reported that they were slow trolling crankbaits in the southern area of the reef complex.  A total of 216 walleye were brought to the scales by 48 teams, with the average weight being 7.40 pounds.

Big thanks to Eric Hirzel, Ted Thomas and their friendly staff at “Magee East” for being a fantastic host. They had a huge job to do in a short period of time to get the docks set and prepare the marina for the tournament.  They opened up early on tournament morning and had coffee, donuts, and breakfast sandwiches available to our teams.

The remaining 2013 LEWT schedule is as follows:

May 3 – Lakeside - Lakevue Marina “Waldo Peppers LEWT”

May 17 – Sandusky – City Ramp “Hi-Way Bait, Tackle and Lodging LEWT”

June 7&8 –Huron- City Ramp – “Erie Outfitters LEWT Championship”

The WBSA is a social based club for anglers that fish in the Western and Central Basins of Lake Erie and its tributaries. Membership is open to anyone interested in fishing, no matter their location or skill level. Our goal is to present information in a manner that will help sustain and improve fishing in one of the greatest inland sport fisheries in the world. Scientific information, fishing techniques, locations and presentations are presented at our meetings by expert and knowledgeable speakers and tournament anglers from our group. These anglers are very open with techniques, and will help any member that is trying to learn new methods.

For more information about the LEWT please visit www.wbsa.us

Please support our 2014 LEWT sponsors: Cabela’s, Crown Battery Systems, Sharpnack Direct in Willard, Medina Plating, Waldo Peppers Restaurant, Smooth Moves, Worldwide Marine Underwriters, Reef Runner Lures, Vic’s Sports Center, Erie Outfitters, Navionics, Rednek Outfitters, Hi-Way Bait Tackle and Lodging,

 

March 11, 2014

WBSA MEETING NOTICE AND UPDATE

WHEN: Thursday March 27, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

 

WHERE: The Brass Pelican, 414 West Perkins Ave., Sandusky, Ohio

Food and drinks can be ordered from the menu

 

A new season of fishing is ready to start up! Here’s a pre-tournament get-together to share some important updates from Tournament Director Joe Yingling and others, along with fishing information.

 

Welcome New Members! – WBSA has grown by at least 17 new members this spring and to them we give a hearty welcome. Here’s looking forward to meeting you at club meetings, tournaments, outings, and best of all, on the water.

WBSA Dues Reminder – Most club members already have renewed their memberships, but just in case – April 1 is the deadline each year for renewals.

LEWT Tournament Schedule –

April 5 Magee East, blow day 4/6

May 3 Lakevue, blow day 5/4

May 17 Sandusky blow day 5/18

June 7 & 8 Huron LEWT 2 day championship

We encourage all tournament contestants to remain for the entire weigh-in at judging events.

Cold Winter, Healthy Fry? - It’s often been observed that some of Lake Erie’s better hatches of walleye and yellow perch seem to follow cold winters with lots of ice cover. If so, our current winter should be reason for optimism. Dr. Stu Ludsin of OSU’s Aquatic Ecology Lab recently reported results of research on winter temperature effects upon yellow perch eggs. His research showed that after relatively warm winters, eggs produced by yellow perch tend to be smaller with a lower fat content. That can result in smaller, weaker fry with lower survivability. Eggs produced under colder conditions were of higher quality, which can result in more robust fry.

While the research looked primarily at perch, walleye are very closely related and spawn at very similar temperatures. Lake Erie is overdue for a strong walleye hatch – hopefully something like the megahatch of 2003. Maybe the relentless winter of 2013-14 can give the lake a boost.

 

Lake Committee Meeting Will Determine Walleye and Perch Quotas - The international Great Lakes Fishery Commission will hold its 2014 Lakes Committee Meetings on March 24-28 in Windsor, Ontario. Of particular interest to the club, the Lake Erie Committee will meet the afternoon of Thursday, March 27 and the morning of Friday, March 28. The 2014 walleye and yellow perch harvest quotas will be announced at the Friday morning session, and this will determine any changes in bag limits that would be imposed on May 1. More details on the Lakes Committee Meetings can be found at: http://www.glfc.org/temp/2014_Lake_Committee_Meetings_Announcement.pdf .   An update to the club will come following the quota anouncements.

 

Stay Legal – Ohio’s 2014-15 fishing and hunting licenses became valid on March 1, and last year’s licenses expired on February 28. License agents are located in stores throughout the state, but if you want to save a little time, get your licenses online at https://www.oh.wildlifelicense.com/index_hf.php . Just pay by credit card and print the licenses on your own printer.

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11-25-13

 

2013 WBSA Christmas Party!

When:  Saturday, December 14, 2013

Cocktails at 5:00 p.m., Dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Where:  Waldo Pepper’s Bar & Grill

4046 E. Harbor Road Port Clinton, OH 43452

Come and enjoy a fine Christmas dinner courtesy of the Western Basin Sportfishing Association!  Attending club members may bring one sponsored guest; additional dinner tickets are $20.00 each.  A cash bar is available.

A great speaker:  After dinner, Travis Hartman, a Division of Wildlife biologist and WBSA member, will give us a look at the state of the Lake Erie fishery.

Join other WBSA members for a great dinner, fishing talk and

holiday cheer!

IMPORTANT – We need an accurate count for the restaurant, so please RSVP by December 10 to Aaron Humbert, the evening’s MC at:

aaronhumbert@embarqmail.com

 

 

June 4, 2013

Lewt Championship winners, Dan Woodward & Randy Eyre. (above)

2013 LEWT team of the Year, Joseph Bird and Bret Berkey

Big weights at the top under windy conditions at the Cabela’s, Crown Battery, Sharpnack Direct, Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) “Championship” tournament, hosted by Erie Outfitters of Sheffield Lake Ohio.

The teams of anglers arriving Saturday at the Huron boat facility to fish the 2013 LEWT Championship were met by rain, wind, and dark skies as they prepared to fish the final tournament event of 2013. A tight race for the 2013 LEWT Team of the Year had eight teams within 14 points of the lead going into the Championship tournament. Unfortunately, increasing winds caused the second scheduled day of the event on Sunday to be canceled.

Bringing five fish to the scales weighing 44.24 pounds was the team of Randy Eyre and Daniel Woodward to take the win. In second place with five fish weighing 41.02 pounds was Joseph Bird and Bret Berkey. Jeff Lash and Tim Joseph took the third spot with five fish weighing in at 38.63 pounds.

Jim Swick and Dave Dungan brought in the largest walleye of the tournament at 10.45 pounds to win the first place Big Fish cash prize. Second place cash went to Jay Gullet and Scott Geitgey for a 10.10 pound walleye.

Joseph Bird and Bret Berkey were boosted by their strong second place finish at the Championship to capture the prestigious 2013 LEWT Team of the Year title. LEWT sponsor Smooth Moves is awarding our Team of the Year anglers a pair of Smooth Moves Ultra Suspension seats. Tournament host “Erie Outfitters” is also supplying embroidered Team of the Year jackets to each of our winning team members.

Eyre and Woodward also cashed in on the $150 Medina Plating Early Bird award that goes to the top finishing team that entered all four events before the Early Bird deadline. 

Randy Eyre also won a $500 Ranger Cup contingency award! Qualified Ranger boat owners receive $500 from Ranger Boats for winning a LEWT tournament.

LEWT title sponsor Sharpnack Direct pays a cash prize to the highest finishing LEWT angler who owns a vehicle purchased from Sharpnack. Aaron Humbert won this $150 cash award.

Blue Water Fishing products awarded the top finishing team at the championship using their products a $250 cash award and a pair of Blue Water rod holders. Kurt Doller and Darrell Wood walked away with this fine prize.

Using a random drawing, four teams were awarded vouchers for a free electronic mapping chart from LEWT sponsor Navionics.

The top three teams in the Team of the Year race will receive bids to represent the WBSA/LEWT at the Cabela’s National Team Championship event in 2014, sponsored by The Walleye Federation.

The 48 teams brought 176 walleye to the scales that averaged 6.27 pounds. Teams mentioned fishing from Kelley’s Island clear over to Lorain. The winners used Reefrunner crank baits to pull their winning bag, while the rest of the teams reported using a mixed bag of crank baits and crawler harnesses.

For more information about WBSA/LEWT, and full results on our tournaments and Team of the Year standings, please visit www.wbsa.us

The Western Basin Sportfishing Association is a social based club for anglers that fish in the Western and Central Basins of Lake Erie and its tributaries. Membership is open to anyone interested in fishing, no matter their location or skill level. Our goal is to present information in a manner that will help sustain and improve fishing in one of the greatest inland sport fisheries in the world. Scientific information, fishing techniques, locations and presentations are presented at our meetings by expert and knowledgeable speakers and tournament anglers from our group. These anglers are very open with techniques, and will help any member that is trying to learn new methods.

Please support our 2013 LEWT sponsors: Sharpnack Direct in Willard, Cabela’s, Crown Battery, Medina Plating, Waldo Peppers Restaurant, Happy Hooker Bait and Tackle, Blue Water Fishing Products, Smooth Moves, Reef Runner Lures, Vic’s Sports Center, Erie Outfitters, Ole Pete's Tackle, Navionics, Rednek Outfitters, Hi-Way Bait Tackle and Lodging, Hi Tech Custom Painted Baits

May 6, 2013.

 

A very tight finish at the Cabela’s, Crown Battery, Sharpnack Direct, Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) tournament hosted by Hi-Way Bait, Tackle and Lodging.

Teams fishing in the third LEWT tournament of the 2013 season were met with mostly sunny skies and 10-15 knot east winds as they arrived at the Sandusky boat launch facility. “The weather has been stable the past few days” commented LEWT tournament Director Joe Yingling. “But the persistent east and northeast winds usually indicate a tougher bite for the walleye fishing.”

Topping the weights coming to the scales was the team of Mike Robertson and Joe Horstman with five fish weighing 36.18 pounds to take the win. Less than one half pound behind them with five fish weighing 35.73 pounds was Joseph Bird and Bret Berkey. Ryan Wall and Rob Hoover took third place with five fish weighing in at 35.15 pounds. Only 1.29 pounds separated first place from fifth place.

Father and son duo David and Travis Hartman brought in a huge 11.53 pound walleye to win the Big Fish cash prize. Mike Naughton and Scott Hosier had the second largest fish of the day at 10.81 pounds.

Robertson and Horstman also cashed in on the the Medina Plating Early Bird award that goes to the top finishing team that entered all four events before the Early Bird deadline.

LEWT title sponsor Sharpnack Direct pays a cash prize to the highest finishing LEWT angler who owns a vehicle purchased from Sharpnack. Bud Wehrly came away with the $150 cash award.

The 48 teams brought 171 walleye to the scales that averaged 3.56 pounds. The general area north of Kelley’s island was the spot most mentioned by the anglers. The tournament winners used Reefrunner crankbaits to pull their winning bag, while the rest of the teams that cashed checks were using crawler harnesses. Many teams commented that Saturday was a much tougher bite than the day before the tournament, despite the stable weather pattern.

Special thanks to Hi-Way Bait, Tackle and Lodging in Marblehead for sponsoring this event. They also provided some great pizza at the weigh in for our anglers and spectators.

The final remaining 2013 LEWT tournament will be held: June 1st and 2nd –Huron- City Ramp – “Erie Outfitters LEWT Championship”

Please support our 2013 LEWT sponsors: Sharpnack Direct in Willard, Cabela’s, Crown Battery, Medina Plating, Waldo Peppers Restaurant, Happy Hooker Bait and Tackle, Blue Water Fishing Products, Smooth Moves, Reef Runner Lures, Vic’s Sports Center, Erie Outfitters, Ole Pete's Tackle, Navionics, Rednek Outfitters, Hi-Way Bait Tackle and Lodging, Hi Tech Custom Painted Baits.

April 23,2013

 

 

Rough and tough conditions at the Cabela’s, Crown Battery, Sharpnack Direct, Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) second 2013 tournament hosted by Waldo Peppers Restaurant.

After two straight days of 30 knot winds that caused the postponement of the tournament to Sunday, anglers were greeted with muddy water, cold temperatures, rapidly rising barometric pressure, and brisk east-northeast winds. “What a difference three weeks makes” said LEWT tournament Director Joe Yingling. “The last tournament we had perfect weather with sunny skies and calm winds, the requirement of dealing with these different conditions is what makes walleye tournament fishing such a challenge.”

Despite the tough conditions, the team of Michael Doornick and David Pontius brought home a bag of five fish weighing 36.90 pounds to take the win. Second place went to Dave Frey and Lonnie Hanchosky with five fish and 32.96 pounds, Jerome Doorlock and Todd Miller took the third spot with five fish weighing 29.54 pounds.

Randy Eyre and Daniel Woodward brought in a 9.82 pound walleye to win the Big Fish cash award. The team of Bob Barnhart and Eric Van Denk took second place with a 9.55 pound walleye.

Doornink and Pontius also won the Medina Plating Early Bird award that goes to the top finishing team that entered all four events before the Early Bird deadline.

LEWT title sponsor Sharpnack Direct offers a cash prize to the highest finishing LEWT angler who owns a vehicle purchased from Sharpnack. Aaron Humbert came away with the $150 cash award.

The tournament winners used deep diving Reef Runner lures in the area of Middle Bass Island to catch their winning bag. Again, crank baits were reported to catch the majority of the fish, with a couple caught on crawler harnesses. A total of 67 walleye were brought to the scales by 47 teams, with the average weight being 6.21 pounds.

A big “thank you” to Waldo Peppers restaurant in Port Clinton for sponsoring this event. They also provided some excellent food at the weigh in for our anglers, and spectators.

The remaining 2013 LEWT schedule is as follows:

May 4th – Sandusky – City Ramp “Hi-Way Bait, Tackle and Lodging LEWT”

June 1st and 2nd –Huron- City Ramp – “Erie Outfitters LEWT Championship”

The WBSA is a social based club for anglers that fish in the Western and Central Basins of Lake Erie and its tributaries. Membership is open to anyone interested in fishing, no matter their location or skill level. Our goal is to present information in a manner that will help sustain and improve fishing in one of the greatest inland sport fisheries in the world. Scientific information, fishing techniques, locations and presentations are presented at our meetings by expert and knowledgeable speakers and tournament anglers from our group. These anglers are very open with techniques, and will help any member that is trying to learn new methods.

For more information about the LEWT you can visit www.wbsa.us

Please support our 2013 LEWT sponsors: Sharpnack Direct in Willard, Cabela’s, Crown Battery, Medina Plating, Waldo Peppers Restaurant, Happy Hooker Bait and Tackle, Blue Water Fishing Products, Smooth Moves, Reef Runner Lures, Vic’s Sports Center, Erie Outfitters, Ole Pete's Tackle, Navionics, Rednek Outfitters, Hi-Way Bait Tackle and Lodging, Hi Tech Custom Painted Baits.

 

April 1, 2013

 

 

Big bags brought to the scales at the Cabela’s, Crown Battery, Sharpnack Direct, Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) Season Opener hosted by “Happy Hooker” Bait and Tackle.


Sunny skies and light winds greeted the fifty teams fishing the sold out season opener held out of Fenwick Marina. “After the cold spring we have had this year I was pleased to have such good conditions for our tournament” commented LEWT tournament Director Joe Yingling. “I felt that these conditions would result in some big weights being brought to the scales.”

The LEWT anglers did not disappoint, with the team of Mike Knippenburg and Stephen Puruczky bringing home a whopping bag of five fish weighing 51.86 pounds to take the win. That was the second largest bag weight recorded in LEWT history. Second place went to Mike and Shane Solomy with 49.14 pounds, John Warrington and Andy Paramuschchuk took the third spot with 48.62 pounds.

The first place Big Fish cash award also went to Knippenburg and Puruczky for landing a 14.21 pound monster. The team of Barry Gropp and Jim Coolican took second place with a 13.34 pound walleye.

LEWT Title sponsor Medina Plating once again sponsored our Early Bird award that goes to the top finishing team that entered all four events before the Early Bird deadline. Knippenburg and Puruczky continued their sweep of the top awards by winning the $150 prize.

Long time LEWT supporter and title sponsor Sharpnack Direct offers a cash prize to the highest finishing LEWT angler who owns a vehicle purchased from Sharpnack. Scott Bogan came away with the $150 cash award.

The wide majority of the teams reported that they were slow trolling crankbaits in the area of the reef complex. A total of 142 walleye were brought to the scales by 50 teams, with the average weight being 8.33 pounds.

Very special thanks to Dave and Carolyn from “Happy Hooker” Bait and Tackle for opening their store early for our anglers needing last minute suppies. They also provided food for our anglers, their families, and our spectators at the weigh in.

The remaining 2013 LEWT schedule is as follows:

April 20th – Lakeside - Lakevue Marina “Waldo Peppers LEWT” (sold out)

May 4th – Sandusky – City Ramp “Hi-Way Bait, Tackle and Lodging LEWT”

June 1st and 2nd –Huron- City Ramp – “Erie Outfitters LEWT Championship”

The WBSA is a social based club for anglers that fish in the Western and Central Basins of Lake Erie and its tributaries. Membership is open to anyone interested in fishing, no matter their location or skill level. Our goal is to present information in a manner that will help sustain and improve fishing in one of the greatest inland sport fisheries in the world. Scientific information, fishing techniques, locations and presentations are presented at our meetings by expert and knowledgeable speakers and tournament anglers from our group. These anglers are very open with techniques, and will help any member that is trying to learn new methods.

For more information about the LEWT you can visit www.wbsa.us

Please support our 2013 LEWT sponsors: Sharpnack Direct in Willard, Cabela’s, Crown Battery, Medina Plating, Waldo Peppers Restaurant, Happy Hooker Bait and Tackle, Blue Water Fishing Products, Smooth Moves, Reef Runner Lures, Vic’s Sports Center, Erie Outfitters, Ole Pete's Tackle, Navionics, Rednek Outfitters, Hi-Way Bait Tackle and Lodging, Hi Tech Custom Painted Baits.

 

 

March 21, 2013.

WBSA/LEWT Founder, and former President and member of Board of Directors honored.

WBSA President Fred Snyder presented Marc Hudson with a distinguished service award during the March 21 club meeting held at the Brass Pelican in Sandusky.

Ten years ago we didn't have a fishing club, or any real options for fishing a walleye tournament trail on Lake Erie.  A small group of people led by Marc Hudson had a vision, and because of that, today we have a fishing club with hundreds of members.  The very popular, well run and inexpensive Lake Erie Walleye Trail now sells out events weeks in advance.

The plaque reads: "Your leadership and vision as a Founder and President of this organization has been a key to our success and development, and a benefit to all our members"

This is an honor well deserved, Thank you, Marc!

 

March 2013
WBSA MEETING NOTICE
WHEN: Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Brass Pelican, 414 West Perkins Ave., Sandusky, Ohio

A new season of fishing is ready to start up! Let’s welcome it in with a get-together to share some important updates and fishing information.

SPEAKER: An officer from U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be on hand for a look at requirements and procedures for crossing the international border, fishing in Canada, and returning to the U.S., followed by an opportunity for your questions.

LAKE ERIE WALLEYE TRAIL: Come and meet our new tournament director, Joe Yingling. Joe is a former supervisor with the Ohio Division of Watercraft with years of experience guiding on Lake Erie and in Alaska. He will give an overview of the upcoming tournament series and field your questions. Joe is taking on a big job for WBSA, and can certainly use our help and support.

Marc Hudson has decided to resign as a member of the BOD's for the WBSA.

I would like to thank Marc for all of his time and effort that he has invseted into the WBSA and LEWT. Marc and I knew each other prior to the start up of the WBSA but the club allowed us to become good friends. I am sure there are many other people that can say the same. I wish him the best in all he does going forward.

Below is an excerpt from his resignation letter.

To the officers and Board of Directors of the WBSA. I am resigning from the club BOD, and also want to end my term as the Statutory Agent. I will remain in contact, with my present addresses, if any of you wish for historical or other info you may need, but I am turning a new direction and will be looking south for a new residence and new fishing atmosphere with my son.

Club business looks like it is continuing in a reasonable manner, and that my input is no longer required.

Thanks for all the support you have given the club and LEWT in the past, and also going onward.

Marc.


We will be holding elections later this year for the BOD after we get through the tournament series. We have a very good group of officers in place and look forward to the continued success of the club. If there are any questions feel free to contact me.

Matt D

October 2012

Club Meeting and Lake Erie Update – Please join us on October 28 as Travis Hartman, Ohio Division of Wildlife presents a long-anticipated update on the 2012 walleye and perch hatching success, future fishing outlook and much more!

 

When: Sunday, October 28, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

Where:  Sandusky Brown Derby RoadHouse, corner of Rt. 250 and Rt. 2

(5608 Milan Rd., Sandusky, Ohio)

 

Open ordering of food or snacks following Travis’ presentation

 

If you’re fishing that day, come in afterward and swap some stories!

 

WBSA Christmas Party – Mark your calendar for December 15, 2012 when we’ll get together for the annual club Christmas party; the location and time will be announced later.  Dinner will be courtesy of the club, and we’ll have a special winter presentation.  Club member and long-time ice guide John Hageman will present advanced ice fishing tips – techniques that guides use to get those walleyes to cooperate.

 

Another Outreach Walleye Success – Bob Hanko and Mike Loper held a great youth event on September 15 – the final Outreach Walleye fun youth tournament of the year, held on Lake Erie.  Outreach Walleye takes disadvantaged kids from around the state and lets them fish competitively with expert anglers on various waters around Ohio.  The winning kids from each event are invited to Lake Erie for a great finale – a day of fishing with WBSA members.

 

A special word of thanks goes to our club members who volunteered to take these kids out – Ron Bradway, Jeff Graves, Nick Meisner, Randy Eyre, Nick Zoeller, Ronnie Rhodes and Rob Cline.

 

We’re in a time when a smaller percentage of today’s kids are attracted to outdoor sports like fishing and hunting.  The electronic media and entertainment world have captured a lot of youthful attention, reducing youth participation in outdoor sports.  Yet these young folks, as they grow up, are the people we will depend upon to stand by the outdoor sports as others interests try to snip away at the freedoms to fish and hunt.   Any efforts to engage kids in outdoor sports and build their interests should be regarded as gold-star events; we all send our thanks.

 

Fred