News of the wild: Trapshooters, hunter education and catfish camp

Posted: Jul. 27, 2013 12:01 am Updated: Aug. 24, 2013 1:15 am

Trapshooters nearly perfect in monthly shoot

A near perfect day for shooting led to four nearly perfect rounds during the Quincy Gun Club's monthly registered trapshoot.

In the 16-yard singles, four shooters -- Ken Mitchell, John Upschulte, Jim McKinnon and Bill Klodt -- missed only one bird and tied for first with 99s. In Class A, Charlie Main shot a 96. In Class B, Jerry Schaller and Don Gilmore shot 97s. In Class C, Larry Heitholt shot a 97. In the handicap division, Ron Eisenberg posed a 94.

In 18-21 yards, Schaller, Charlie Emerick, Matthew Vancil and Jim Hugenberg posted 96s. In the 22-24 yards, Lucas Hugenberg shot a 95. In the 25-27 yards, Upschulte shot a 92.

In doubles action, William Faeth shot a 92. In Class A, Ken Jones posted an 89. In Class B, Thomas Fierge shot an 81. In Class C, Dan Nichols posted an 83.

The next registered shoot is Aug. 4. The gun club is open to the public Thursdays noon to late evening and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m.


Hunter safety education course on tap

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will hold a hunter safety education course Aug. 16-17 at the community building in Paloma. All participants are required to complete the whole course, which runs from 6-10 p.m. Aug. 16 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 17.

The course covers the basics of hunter responsibility and ethics, treestand safety, firearms and ammunition, field safety, first aid, bowhunting, muzzleloading, wildlife conservation and identification, and state regulations.

Persons completing the minimum 10 hours of instruction and successfully completing the final examination will receive a State of Illinois Certificate of Competency and a graduate patch. For more information or to register, contact Ron Cook at (217) 936-2712.


MDC to hold catfish camp

The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold a free two-day catfish camp Aug. 17-18 at Ted Shanks Conservation Area with catfish biology, regulations and fishing presentations.

Participants will spend Saturday evening on the river setting lines and will check the lines Sunday morning. Camping and pole-and-line fishing will be available Saturday evening for those interested.

"This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors together," said Rob Garver, an MDC outdoor skills specialist. "Parents will learn right alongside their kids the ins and outs of river fishing for big cats.

"Biologists will be there to help the participants understand the life of the catfish and MDC conservation agents will be there to help them understand the rules and regulations of catfishing. With expert advice and a little luck, the families should go home with plenty of fish that's ready to cook."

Discover Nature programs are designed to help adults and children explore nature and master outdoor skills together.

The Discover Nature: Catfish Camp is free and open to all ages. A valid fishing permit is required for anglers ages 16 to 65 and participants 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

To register, or for more information, contact Garver at or (660) 785-2420.

Ted Shanks Conservation Area is located 17 miles south of Hannibal on Highway 79, then east on Route TT. It borders 8.75 miles of Mississippi River frontage, 4.75 miles of the Salt River and 2.25 miles of river bluffs.




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