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A roundup of outdoor sports notes

Princeton will have another Hunters’ Safety Course Sept. 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Met. If your son or daughter plan to hunt with you this fall, they will need this course. They need to attend both sessions.

If you wish to register or if you have any questions,ácall Joe Sledgister at 815-866-7470. Don’t delay, because this class fills up quickly..

• I have received word that there have been some decent catches of bluegill and crappie in the canal and good bass catches at Mautino’s and some farm ponds. Early morning or evenings have seen the most success. I don’t know about catfish, but now is the time for some good catches.

• Squirrel season is in now, and you should be able to get some of these furry critters. Make sure you use plenty of tick spray because they are out there also. Give yourself a thorough check when you get home because there might be a tick on you anyway. It always pays to be safe.

• It won’t belong before deer archery season will be here. Make sure you have permission for the land you plan to hunt. If you are still looking for a place to hunt, you might hunt at the Hennepin Canal Parkway or Mautino’s. To find out their rules and regulations, you should call 815-454-2328 (Parkway office) for that info.

• Some of the local duck hunters are starting to get their blinds prepared for the upcoming duck season. As usual, we don’t know what the weather will be like for the next two months, but we hope that everyone is prepared and that we will have a good season.

• Next week, my wife and I will head to Albany, Ga,, to participate in a ceremony for my son Kipp. After waiting several years, he received word of his promotion. He will now be a full bird colonel in the Marine Corps.

He has informed me that I am to bring his shotguns and fishing gear to Albany. This area is a hotbed for quail, and he plans to do as much hunting as possible. While growing up in Bureau County, he and I spent some quality time fishing and hunting. I hope to join him this fall after he gets settled.

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

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