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Hunters’ safety courses coming up

This is important if you have a son or daughter that you want to take hunting this fall.

If they haven’t taken their hunters’ safety course yet, they can take the course at the Chillicothe Sportsman’s Club in August. The dates are as follows: Thursday, Aug. 9, from 6 to 9:30 p.m., Friday is the same, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. You must attend all sessions.

The address of the club is 21228 N. Yankee Lane just north of Chillicothe. For more info or to register, call Lowell Bennett at 309-274-5586.

I haven’t had much time fishing since we got back from Canada. However, I got invited to go bass fishing last weekend with Rick Menzel. We left early in the morning to go to Rawson’s ponds. It was a beautiful fishing morning, overcast with a slight breeze.

We launched his boat and took off. In less than 15 minutes, I had a big strike on my buzzbait. I fought the bass for less than a minute, but I was happy that bass were hitting the surface.

About 20 minutes later, I had another big strike and landed a nice 4-pound bass. Then Rick took over with his rubber worm. In the next 2 hours, he caught several bass but not too big. Rick and I neither one care a great deal about size, as long as we are catching fish.

Then the wind picked up. I caught one more, and he caught about three. We decided it was too windy and decided to go home.

When we got to the pier, Rick went to get the trailer. I was to watch the boat. When I wasn’t paying attention, the boat drifted from the pier and I panicked. I thought the water was shallow where we put the boat in, so I waded out to get it. But stupid is as stupid does; I forgot to take my cellphone out of my pocket. When I got out of the water, it was buzzing like crazy.

When I got home, I took it out to Wally World and the young man blow dried it and told me to take it home and charge it. I did, and luckily, it still works. Phew!

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

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