Since Thanksgiving, we have just kinda cruised around and the weather hasn’t been too bad. But last week and this week, we have found out what cold weather is all about.
But you know, it’s January, and that means it’s winter, and if it’s winter, it has a right to be cold. And it is. December and half of January just didn’t seem that cold. It just sorta snuck up on us.
Time to get some info out for some important meetings.
The Henry Decoy Show will be Sunday, Feb. 10, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Henry High School. This is a local show that has a lot of quality items for sale. As you know, the Illinois River has long been a hotbed for collectors of duck and goose decoys and waterfowl historical treasures. In the gym, there are lots of things to see, and you can do it in a short amount of time. Sandwiches, pies and drinks are also served.
There will be a Hunters’ Safety Course Friday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bureau County Metro Center. Students must attend both sessions. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Spring Valley Walleye Club and Illinois Walleye Trail will combine forces this spring on the Illinois River to launch the new “Battle on the Illinois River.”
The new event will take the place of the Spring Valley Walleye Club’s event formerly known as the Illinois River Classic. The Illinois Walleye Trail has conducted the weigh-in and organization of the Illinois River Classic for the past several years for the Spring Valley Walleye Club.
Bill Guerrini of the SVWC said the logic seemed simple to have one event on a prime date at the peak of season, combined entry fees, greater payouts, and more opportunities for the angler.
Registration will begin Friday, Feb. 1, and conclude Monday, March 11. Entry forms can be found at www.spring-valley-walleye.org. A mandatory rules meeting will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for registration.
• It’s not too early to think about our annual fishing trip to Black Bear Lodge in Red Lake Ontario, Canada this June. Please contact me for information if you are interested.
• I wanted to share this picture of the deer that Mike May, who was a member of the PHS Sportsman Club from the Class of 1986, shot during the second shotgun season. It was a 11-pointer, about 180 pounds.
Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at email@example.com