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A12 THE HAYS DAILY NEWS OUTDOORS FRIDAY • SEPTEMBER 20,2002 < Fishing report Cedar Bluff Reservoir — Largemouth bass fishing is good using soft plastics in cover around main lake points and on deeper ledges,, rocky points and road beds. White bass and wiper fishing is excellent using small topwater baits around schools of surfacing fish. Crappie fishing is fair at times fishing around flooded cover in about 20 feet of water. Fishing for channel catfish is good using minnows, shad parts and sunfish on set lines and rod and reel lakewide. Kirwin Reservoir — Catfishing is good using shad parts and live sunfish on rod and reel at night. Walleye fishing is fair using jig and worm combinations and crankbaits along the treelines and points.. White bass fishing is good trolling crankbaits and jigs in the mornings and evenings. Some surfacing action is begin reported. Bass fishing is fair using soft plastics and crankbaits along the deeper ledges and points. Sebelius Reservoir — Largemouth bass fishing is good using soft plastics around deeper cover lakewide. Catfishing is good using worms, live bait and soybean mixtures on set lines lakewide. Wiper fishing is fair using live bait around the mouth of Leoti Cove. Crappie fishing is good using jigs around flooded timber. Saugcye fishing is fair using jig and worm combinations and leeches on the roadbeds lakewide. Webster Reservoir — Fishing for channel catfish is good using live bait and cut bait on set lines near the timber edges. White bass and wiper fishing is good using jigs and spoons in deeper water and topwater baits around schools of surfacing fish. The best success on wipers is being reported using live green sunfish suspended in schools of wipers in deep water. Black bass fishing is good using soft plastics, spinnerbaits and crankbaits near points, ledges and deeper structure lakewide. Crappie fishing is fair using jigs and minnows in and around the timber, fish attractors and rocky points. Wilson Lake — Catfishing is good using live bait, liver and cut bait lakewide on set lines and rod and reel. White bass fishing is good using jigs and crankbaits around schools of surfacing fish in the mornings and evenings. Striper fishing is fair using large crankbaits and live bait over the deep water structure. Occasional topwater action is being reported from Minooka to the dam. Walleye fishing is fair trolling crankbaits and using jig and worm combinations on the deep flats and breaks. Smallmouth bass fishing is excellent using small artificials near rocky points and deeper weed patches lakewide. . Calendar of events Saturday — Furharvester education class, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the primitive cabins at Cedar Bluff State Park. Register by Sept. 16 by calling (785) 726-3212. Oct. 5 — Bowhunter Education Class 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge headquarters. This class is mandatory for 12-13 year olds who want to bowhunt deer in Kansas. Pre-enrollment is encouraged by calling Dennis Fredrickson at (785) 543-6228, Larry Stones at (785) 543-5820, Ron Sturgeon at (785) 346-2056, Charlie Stevens at (785) 454-3920, or by contacting refuge headquarters at (785) 543-6673. Oct. 13 — Exhibition shooting by Tom Knapp, 1 p.m. at the Hays City Sportsmans Club, sponsored by the Smoky Hill Chapter of Pheasants Forever and the Hays City Sportsmans Club. Knapp shoots for Benelli and Winchester. Seasons Archery antelope — Saturday through Sept. 29. Archery deer — Oct. 1 to Dec. 3, and Dec. 16 to 31. Fall turkey — Oct. 1 to Dec. 3, and Dec. 16 to 31. Bullfrog — Through Oct. 31; creel limit of eight frogs; a fishing license is required. Canada goose — Oct. 19 and 20 and Nov. 2 to Feb. 2; bag limit of three geese. Dark goose (Marais des Cygnes Valley and Southeast units) — Dec. 14 to Teb. 2. Bag limit is same as regular season. Special permit no longer required. Dove — Sunday through Oct. 27 and Nov. 9 to 11; bag limit of 15 birds; hunting license and HIP stamp required. Duck — Early zone Oct. 12 through Dec. 15 and Dec. 24 through Jan. 1; Late zone Oct. 26 through Nov. 3 and Nov. 9 through Jan. 12; High Plains zone Oct. 12 through Jan. 7 and Jan. 18 through Jan. 26. Bag limit of six ducks, with no more than one mottled duck, one pintail, two scaup, two redhead, two wood ducks and five mallards (no more than one hen mallard). Season closed on canvasback. Firearms antelope — Oct. 4 to 7. Firearms deer — Dec. 4 to 15. January antlerless deer — Jan. 1 to 12. Light goose — Oct. 19 to Feb. 2; bag limit of 20. No possession limit. Light goose conservation order — Feb. 3 to April 30. Muzzleloader antelope — Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, and Oct. 4-7. Muzzleloader deer — Sept. 14-27, and Dec. 4-15. Pheasant — Nov. 9 to Jan. 31; bag limit of four roosters. Pintail — Early zone Oct. 12 through Nov. 19; Late zone Oct. 26 through Nov. 3 and Nov. 9 through Dec. 8; High Plains zone Oct. 12 through Nov. 19; bag limit of one. Prairie chicken — Eastern zone through Oct. 15; Northwest zone Nov. 2 to Jan 31; Southwest zone Dec. 1 to Jan 31; bag limit of 1 in southwest zone and 2 in the other zones. Quail — Western zone Nov. 16 to Jan. 31; Eastern zone Nov. 9 to Jan. 31; bag limit of eight. Squirrel — Through Feb. 28; bag limit is eight squirrels; a hunting license is required. Teal — High Plains (west of U.S. Highway 283) Sept. 21 to 28; Low Plains (east of U.S. 283) Sept. 21 to 29; bag limit of four. White-fronted goose — Oct. 19 and 20 and Nov. 2 to Jan. 24; bag limit of two. Youth and disability deer — Sept. 28 to 29. Youth waterfowl hunts — High Plains and early zones Oct. 5 and 6; Late zone Oct. 12 and 13. Bag limit is the same as regular season. No canvasback or light geese. Gardener's corner Fall is the best time of year to add organic matter and till your vegetable or flower garden. Add a 3 to 4 inch layer of organic matter such as compost and work the soil deeply as possible. By properly working the soil this fall, spring tilling might not be necessary. — Tip from Terry Mannell, Ellis County Extension horticultural agent. West Nile takes toll on birds of prey KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Falcons, owls and other birds of prey are crowding rehabilitation clinics in Missouri and nationally with suspected cases of West Nile virus. Many of the birds are dying. Captive birds also are sick and dying. "We're seeing an incredible increase in the number of raptors with West Nile," said Sandi Leonard, a veterinarian for the Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park, which treats sick or injured birds. The center recently lost a merlin falcon and four red-tailed hawks to what appears to be West Nile, Leonard said. Two great horned owls have been treated. "This time of year, we normally only have one or two raptors in a week," she said. Raptors across the country are falling ill the with the disease, said Walter Crawford, executive director of the World Bird Sanctuary in the St. Louis suburb of Valley Park, Mo. "One center in Canada has lost 69 birds in a very short time," Crawford said. "Birds are dropping like flies. I just got off the phone with someone who lost a golden eagle in Indiana. It's really wreaking some havoc." The center works with endangered species and so far has lost no resident birds because of its mosquito control efforts, Crawford said. But the center's rehabilitation area is filled with listless and drooping owls and hawks the public found. Many have died. "It's increased drastically in the last 10 days," Crawford said last Friday. "We just picked up six birds yesterday" Though crows and blue jays are particularly sensitive to the virus, more than 120 species have tested positive for the virus, including native birds such as ruby-throated hummingbirds, Eastern bluebirds and Canada geese, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Raptors have seemed especially vulnerable in recent weeks. Ohio officials estimate that between 800 and 1,000 owls and hawks have died there. "Something has definitely been happening throughout the Midwest," National Audubon Society spokesman John Bianchi said. "Yeah, we're worried." Captive birds also have been striken with the disease. A snowy owl died last week at the Kansas City Zoo from what veterinarians think was the West Nile virus. A wedge-tailed eagle died earlier. Tests are pending on both. The Topeka Zoo recently lost a golden eagle in a confirmed case of West Nile. West Nile first appeared in the United States in 1999, when seven people infected with the virus in New York died. The mosquito-borne virus is most dangerous for children, the elderly and people with weak immune systems. So far, 94 people in Missouri have tested positive for West Nile. And a 61-year- old St. Louis man who tested positive for the virus died Tuesday, making him the second Missourian believed to have succumbed to the disease. ASSOCIATED PRESS Kurt Grabmayer, left, and Manfred Pfeffer of Austria's carp fishing team, display a huge carp they got this week from Sarulesti Lake in Sarulesti, Romania. Somewhere, rumor has it, there's a 90-pound carp lurking at the bottom of Sarulesti Lake. More than 200 fisherman from 30 countries — with good reason to believe this is no tall tale — have descended on this bleak plain to reel in the elusive creature. They come from around the world for big fish By ALISON MUTLER ASSOCIATEDPRESS SARULESTI, Romania — Somewhere, rumor has it, there's a 90- pound carp lurking at the bottom of Sarulesti Lake. And more than 200 fisherman from 30 countries — with good reason to believe this is no tall tale — have descended on this bleak plain to reel in the elusive creature. "That's why we come all this-way — for the big fish," 41-year-old British angler Steve Briggs said Tuesday, the halfway point of the fishing World Cup, a six-day tournament. An 82-pound carp was caught in the man-made lake in 1998 by an Austrian, and that remains the world record for common carp. This carp haven was a collection of four villages 28 miles from Bucharest until the 1980s. Then former communist dictator • Nicolae Ceausescu dammed the Danube River to flood the area in a misguided attempt to expand waterborne shipping. Residents were given 72 hours' notice that their homes would be submerged. In 1990, former tennis coach Robert Raduta leased the lake and land from the state and chased away poachers. He then built a hotel and stocked the lake with fish, building it into "the carp angler's Everest," according to the June edition of British Carpworld. He held his first World Cup in 1999. There are two parts to the competition — the biggest individual catch and the total weight of fish over the week. Contestants pay nearly $2,600 to enter and might spend as much on bait during the competition. Many doze by their rods, struggling out of sleeping bags when awakened by alarms of a fish biting. "It's one of the best places in the world for carp," said Kurt Grabmayer, who runs a rod and reel shop in Vienna, Austria, as he tenderly put a fish back into the water after it was weighed. Grabmayer is part of the Austrian team, which took the lead early Tuesday after a night of bountiful fishing. They reeled in five big ones, weighing a total of 198 pounds. Opinions differ on whether they're good eating, but the men who stalk them agree that carp are cunning and shy. They can live to be more than 50 years old, have long memories and are attracted by cherry and orange scented bait, which resemble candy. With swollen bellies and large scales, the carp in Sarulesti Lake grow big on a rich diet of crawfish, worms and mussels. They are so sharp they cut anglers' lines. "There are massive fish. It's good genetics," said Robbie Green, a cigar importer from Johannesburg, South Africa. "You have to build a picture in your mind, and find out where the (carp's) food lies," Green said. Raduta, who emigrated in the early 1980s and worked as a tennis coach with Ion Tiriac, the .former manager to Boris Becker, expected the fishing frenzy to peak Thursday. Although he believes the "big feller" probably is too wily to be hooked, he says the winner of the individual trophy most likely will pull in a fish weighing more than 55 pounds. Far removed from tradition, her idea was a happy anniversary dove hunt My wife and I celebrated our first anniversary this month and I must admit it was quite different than I had envisioned. I had no grand plan in mind, but I wanted it to be memorable, and it was. • I might have failed to elaborately plan this special day in our lives by taking control of the indecision. I asked her what she wanted to do in the planning phase, but she had no suggestions other than we should spend it together. I suggested a few things — a nice dinner, a movie, or a special trip to a romantic place — just the two of us. She agreed with the dinner idea, but after we reviewed the movie list nothing grabbed us as a must see. My inlaws offered to watch our 5-year old daughter. The stage was set for a romantic evening, but still we had no plan solidified. I offered a romantic dinner, a movie and an overnight stay in a classy motel. Heck, I even slipped the word "shopping" into the discussion. None of my ideas seemed to spark her enthusiasm, so she offered up this suggestion. What if we go to dinner and then get up early in the morning to go dove hunting? I paused with a look of utter dismay on my face and told her, "you're not normal." "Is this what you want to do?" I asked her. She looked at me, puzzled, and said " Uh oh, I feel a column coming on." I laughed as I agreed with her. My wife loves the outdoors, and I was Steven Hausler KANSAS OUTDOORS disappointed in myself that this was not even on my list of anniversary suggestions. It just seems so improper. To make a long story short, that's what we did. For us, it was pure and romantic, more so than I ever could have imagined. Nothing excites me more than seeing my wife dressed up in camo. I am sure this is a dream of every rugged outdoorsman—to see his wife clad in Realtree, Mossy Oak or Advantage. It turned out to be a wonderful anniversary for us. However, unless you know your wife well, I would not recommend it as an alternative to the traditional anniversary. My mind quickly replayed a common phrase I see during TV daredevil shows. It seems to fit this scenerio for normal people on their anniversaries — "WARNING! Do not try this at home." I guarantee the suggestion won't come from me, but for us, this could become an anniversary tradition. — Steven Hausler Is (he photo editor and outdoors editor lor the The Hays Dally News. For comments contactshausler@daltynews.net I Quiz by the NWTF tests your knowledge about wild turkeys To test your knowledge about the wild turkey, here is a trivia quiz by the. National Wild Turkey Federation 1. wild turkeys are found in 38 states and one Canadian province. It is the most abundant of the five subspecies found in the U.S. and Canada. (A: Osceola, B: Merriam's, C: Eastern, D: Rio Grande) 2. Some turkey's are black, some have red or blond tints. They can appear short as a button on-a jake, or sharp, curved and more than an inch long on a mature gobbler. ' 3.The NWTP- publishes r magazines., 4. Wild turkey hens lay a of eggs. • (A: Clutch, B: Brood, C: Rafter, D: Basket) S.In 1730, ' dressed wild turkeys sold for ' cents each in Massachusetts. 6, T or F: Since the founding of the National. WUd\Turkey Federation in 1973, wild turkey populations have soared from 1.3 million to 5.6 million in 2002. 7. A wild turkey'can fly miles per hour. 8. Eliminate the colors red, black, blue and when turkey hunting. 9. T or F: A turkey's eye is set into the side of the head for ' monocular vision; a slight turn of the head allows a 360- degree field of vision. 10. What is the name of the . NWTF's youth program that started in 1981 and now has more than 175,000 members? , Answer Key 1. C, Eastern; 2. Spurs; 3. Turkey .Call, The Caller, ; , Women in the dutdopip, X JAKES, and Wheelin' Spqr|f r - -,' men; 4. A, Clutch; 5.10; 6. True; # 7. 55; 8. .White; 9, Trueriq.- V JAKES or, (Juniors Acquiring•" Knowledge Ethics and jnanship); ;- Correct Answers — Bird Brain; 4 to 6, . tO;iQ,,Wild Turkey Wiz. ' & ''

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