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Several hunters safety courses planned in area

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:27 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:38 p.m. CDT
William Mennem holds his 20-pound flathead catfish he caught on the Hennepin Canal.

In my last article, I informed you I would get the available Hunters’ Safety Courses that are coming up. Since squirrel and dove season are almost upon us, any youth that wants to hunt and hasn’t had the course should enroll now.

There are two courses that will be offered in the next two months. The first one will be held at the Chillicothe Sportsman’s Club Aug. 7-9. Instruction will include firearm safety, wildlife management, hunter ethics and  survival. They will also offer courses Sept. 11-13 and Oct. 9-11.

Their address is 21228 N. Yankee Lane on the north edge of Chillicothe. For more information about the course and to reserve a seat, you should contact Lowell Bennett at 309-274-5586.

Locally, there will another course to be held at the Bureau County Metro Center Sept. 27-28. You will need  to get your reservation in soon, as the course fills up rapidly. To get your reservation, you need to call the Met at 815-872-0840. For any additional information, call Bob Stevens at 815-866-7835.


Coming up really soon will be the Spring Valley Walleye Club’s annual four-man scramble. This really a good time. They really put on a spread. Your entry fee entitles you to golf, cart, beverage and a walleye lunch.

To find out more information about this event or to pre-register, go to their website, Springvalleywalleyeclub.org and click on calendar of events. Then click on golf outing for your info and entry form.

Mark this down for Aug. 9 at Spring Creek Golf Course. A fun time will be had by all.


I received a call from William Mennem telling me about his recent good fortune on the canal. He and his friend, Tony Gonzales, got to the canal about 7:30 a.m. and decided to fish in the lock. Around 8 a.m., he caught a 3-pound channel cat. Ten minutes later, he hooked onto what he thought was a snag. He tugged at it a couple of times, and then the snag started to move. He then knew he had a pretty good fish because the so-called snag did what he wanted.

The fish then travelled down the lock toward open water. He told Tony to get the big net because he thought this was a big fish.

“Yeah, right,” Tony laughed. But then they saw it, and he agreed that they needed the big net.

They had a little trouble getting the fish into the dipnet, but when they did, it turned out to be a 20-pound flathead. They were really excited.

They stayed longer and caught five more channels weighing 2-3 pounds each. Congratulations, Bill, for a great catfish day.

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