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PF banquet set for Thursday

Today’s (Thursday) the day. Get out to the Met at 5 p.m. and check out all the raffle and auction items before it’s time to sit and eat for the annual Pheasants Forever banquet. Then at 6 p.m., enjoy your ribeye and porkchop. At 7 p.m., the fun begins. See ya there. Enjoy. Please support Pheasants Forever.

• It is hard to believe that the 2013 Master’s Walleye Circuit Spring Valley Tournament is less than three weeks away. Yes, Saturday and Sunday, the 23rd and 24th of March. This will the 27th annual tournament. It started out as a dream by a few men and graduated to one of the best tournament sites on the circuit.

If all the spots are taken, that would mean there would be 220 teams entered. Each team pays a fee of $650 and they will try to win the first prize total of $20,000.

Each team is allowed a five fish limit daily. The boundaries are from Starved Rock to the Henry Bridge. The total number of participants will be divided in half with the first flight leaving at 7 a.m. and back at 3 p.m. Second flight will leave at 7:30 a.m. and back at 4 p.m. Flights are reversed the second day.

All Spring Valley Walleye Club profits go to the Illinois River sauger-stocking program and other river projects taken on by the SVWC. The club donates $5,000 annually to the Illinois DNR fish hatchery in Marseilles in the form of needed equipment. That’s $130,000 in 26 years.

One of the things I thought was always neat is the weigh-in. The contestants bring their catch up to the scales for the official weigh-in. The weights are recorded and the fish are handed over to the DNR who will be taken all the eggs they can get for the restocking program.

One thing must be noted. Spectators are encouraged to attend the weigh-ins but cannot drive to Barto Landing. But this has been taken care of also. You can park your car at Hall High School and board a shuttle bus to Barto’s Landing. The buses run frequently so you won’t be stranded.

Congratulations to the SVWC and all the volunteers for the great job you do in running this tournament.

• We are starting to get our list ready for our annual Princeton High School Sportsman’s Canadian fishing trip. This is not limited to just our high school kids and their parents. In the past several years, we have taken several local fishermen who wanted to go. As of right now, we have 11 openings, so I do need some interested local fishermen to call me and sign up. Also, if you would like to sponsor a kid, I have a few who could use some financial help. If you want to go and want info, give me a call. Likewise, if you want to help a kid, give me a call.

This weekend would be a good time to get a coyote.

Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at pdub52@gmail.com

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