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Lee Wahlgren

Barlow leaves youth hooked on fishing

Last week had its moments of sadness. Princeton and Bureau County lost a long time citizen and friend, Steve Barlow. I want to share a Steve Barlow story few people know about.

About three years ago, Steve called me up and asked me to come to his house. I wondered what this call would lead to. Susan invited me in and led me to the kitchen. There was Steve at the kitchen table with two tackle boxes in front of him.

“Lee, my days of active fishing are over, and I want to see if you can put this gear to use,” he said.

He opened the boxes and there were many lures we had used in Canada.

He told me to take this on our Canada trip and offer the lures to any of the kids that want them. If they lost the lure, tough. At the end of the week, hand it back and we’ll use it next year. This we did and will continue to do so. That is the kind of guy Steve was. He had a tender spot in his heart for kids of the community.

• Mark your calender for the Bureau County Pheasants Forever Annual Banquet on
March 6 at the Bureau County Met in Princeton. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner starts
at 6 p.m. and the auction begins at 7 p.m. There will be more information in my next column for tickets, etc.

• A couple of months ago my wife and I received some good news. Our son Kipp, who is stationed in Okinawa, received orders that he was to return to the States for two weeks of officers training. We had not seen him and his family for a year and a half. So we left Friday morning to meet him on the East Coast. We thought we were beating the weather Princeton got Saturday, but we still got nailed throughout the state of Ohio. We picked them up at Reagan International and have been with them since. Two days of 65 degree weather in Jacksonville, N.C., has made it nice.

• I’m sad to miss the NWTF banquet this Saturday. It always has good food like ribeye and chicken breasts, and great outdoor items. Get out and support this fine organization.

• The PHS Sportsman’s Club is starting the first steps in preparation for our annual Canada trip. Still four months away, but we are getting things started. Some local people have asked about joining us. This is great. Just call me at home for information. Participants will need a passport. More information to come in my next article.

• Next week, I’ll tell you about Pheasants Forever. Until then, shoot a coyote.

Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at pdub51@gmail.com.