The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 6, 1996 · Page 38
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P8 SUNDAY 6,1996 LIFESPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL OUTDOORS TOMMIE BERGER fisheries biologist, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Take note of changes in duck season October has arrived and with it a number of hunting seasons. Don't give up on that fall fishing just yet, but it's difficult this time of year. Archery deer season started the first day for the month. Dove and early prairie chicken seasons continue, and the duck hunting season starts in some areas on the 12th. Just too many things to do in October. This week we'll examine the changes in the duck season. First and foremost, duck numbers are up, which is great news for the ardent waterfowl hunters. The fall flight this year looks to be the largest in more than 25 years — an estimated 89.5 million ducks, 16 percent more than a year ago. This marks the third consecutive season in which duck numbers have rebounded from the drought of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Predictions are that few waterfowl hunters have seen more ducks than will be viewed this fall. Mallards, pintails, green-winged teal, gadwall, and scaup numbers are similar to last year. Blue-winged teal, shovelers, redheads and canvasbacks are well above last year's numbers, some at all-time record highs. Widgeons appear to be the only duck that has decreased in numbers. Waterfowl hunters should be aware that major changes have been enacted for the Kansas duck seasons. A late-season zone has been established to accommodate those hunters who hunt rivers and reservoirs late in the fall. An early season zone will accommodate hunters who. hunt shallow marshes early in the fall, before the first hard freeze. A High Plains Zone will still be in effect in the western third of the state west of K- 283, as in past years. The Early Low Plains Duck Zone is carved out of the west-central part of the state and includes popular marsh areas,to include Jamestown, Cheyenne Bottoms, and McPherson Wetlands. Be sure to check the regulations brochure for the exact boundaries of this zone. This zone does not include any major reservoirs, except for Cedar Bluff and it does not include the Quivira area. The Late Low Plains Duck Zone takes in all of Kansas east of the Early and High Plains areas and it includes most of the larger reservoirs and rivers that generally do not freeze as quickly. The season dates here are Nov. 2- Dec. 15 and Dec. 21-Jan. 5. The High Plains area of western Kansas dates are Oct. 12-Dec. 1 and Dec. 7- Jan. 7. As you can see, there are only two segments in each zone instead of three, as we've had in past years. Waterfowl hunters need to be aware of the other regulations that along with migratory waterfowl season. Since waterfowl hunting decreased in popularity during the drought years, there are likely several of you who haven't recently hunted ducks. All waterfowl hunters 16 years and older must have both a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp and a Kansas State Waterfowl Habitat Stamp. The Federal Stamp is available at U.S. Post Offices for $15. The State Stamp is available at Wildlife and Parks Offices. Kansas requires non-toxic shot for all waterfowl hunting, whether on public or private land. On many of the waterfowl marshes, nontoxic shot is the only shotgun load allowed for all hunting, including waterfowl, upland game or small game. Nontoxic shot this year includes steel, bismuth, and steel-shot coated with copper, nickel or zinc chromate. It is illegal to possess lead shot while hunting waterfowl or in Non- Toxic Shot Only Zones. That means no lead in the gun, in your pocket, or in reach while hunting. Lead shot left in the vehicle is not considered in possession. A plugged shotgun is also required. No more than three shells are allowed in a pump or semi-automatic while hunting waterfowl. Shooting hours are as usual — one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limit is five ducks, except that one hen mallard, pintail, canvasback and mottled duck may be included. No more that two wood ducks and two redheads can be taken in one day. Possession limit is two jbag limits. TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Salinan Rob Pickrell stands in front of his Camaro he used to win the Pro Solo 2 E Street Prepared national title last month in Topeka. A SOLO SALUTE It took five years, but Salinan Rob Pickrell finally won a Pro Solo 2 championship REC CALENDAR Basketball • NOVEMBER 9-10 AT LINDSBORQ — Llndsborg Quarterback Club-sponsored tournament (or 6th, 7ln grade boys and girts ... entry fee $100 ... call Dwlght Swlsher (913-227-2750, day; 913-227-3578, evening).; Basketball clinics : • OCTOBER 12-13 AT HUTCHINSON — Rand* Stange's Mutch Nike Clinic ... registration fee $45, $5Q after Oct. 5 ... Bob Muggins, Charlie Spoonhour, Randy Smlthson, Bob Sundvold ... call Darby Rich (316-665' 3585). ; Golf : • OCTOBER 12 AT SALINA ... Four-man scramble; at Municipal Golf Course... entry fee $25 per person .., call (913) 828-7450. Running ! • OCTOBER 19 AT LINDSBORQ — Coronado Heights Run ... 5K, 15K runs, 2-mlle walk ... 8 a.m start (Main & Grant)... entry fee $10... late fee $12 after Oct.' 18 ... call 913-227-3308 or 913-227-2911 or Steve Me-, Qaughey (913-227-3394). '• • OCTOBER 19 AT MANHATTAN — "Run For thei Heath of It" Road Race 1996 ... 1-mlle youth run (8:45 a.m.), 2-mlle fun run/walk (9:10 a.m.), 5K run (9:45 a.m.)... entry fees $5, $7 and $12 before Oct. 18... call Mike Burgess (913-539-3581). Softball • OCTOBER 12-13 AT CANTON — Season Finals Coed Softball tournament... entry deadline Oct. 9... entry fee $90... hit own balls ... call John or Qlna Middleton (316-628-4526). i • OCTOBER 1? AT MCPHERSON....Men's Class D and E slow pitch tournaments.... entry fee $85... guar-| antee four games .... contact (316) 241-7368. . • OCTOBER 19 AT MCPHERSON .... Co-Ed toumai. ment... entry fee $85 ... guarantee four games ... con' • tact (318) 241-7368. ' • OCTOBER 19-20 AT SALINA — Roam Dog 4 Coi ed Softball/Pumpkin Tournament... entry fee $70 anq one pumpkin ... entry deadline Oct. 18 ... call Abbla Worth (913-823-5581). ' • OCTOBER 26-27 AT SAUNA — Monster Maslj ; men's slow-pitch tournament at East Crawford Area ,. ( ', entry fee $85... Sunday homerun contest, $5 fee... em try deadline Oct. 21 ... call Brian White (913-826-7434;.' Tennis '• • OCTOBER 12-13 AT SALINA — Men's 18-oldej ; draw-for-your-partner tournament at Oakdale Park ..i entry fee $20 ... entry deadline Oct. 9 ... call Bob Warkentlne (913-823-9351). J Volleyball ' • OCTOBER 12 AT LINCOLN — Coed toumamen] ; at Lincoln Grade School... 9 a.m. start... entry fee $6q ~ per team ... entry deadline Oct. 1 ... call Dora Schroedt. er (913-436-2405). iv. Volleyball league By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal R ob Pickrell has been racing his 1983 red Camaro for five years and has already made his mark as one of the top drivers in Kansas and the Midwest. Pickrell, 36, became the first Salman to win a national championship last month when he claimed the E Street Prepared national title at the annual Sports Car Club of America's Pro Solo 2 races at Topeka's Forbes Field. "After I had won it, there were a lot of former and current national champs coming up to me and saying, 'what's that cloud doing under your feet,' " Pickrell said. "Winning something like this is the pinnacle of our sport." The national championship was a top of the ladder for Pickrell in the sport of auto racing. He finished 32nd, 25th and 20th in the first three years before earning a fifth- place trophy in 1991. "It's a lot more fun to place and get trophies," said Pickrell, who has competed in the National Solo Championships since 1988, the first three years with a 1988 Firebird in the Stock division. Pickrell, the president of Royal Tire Co. in Salina, said the Street Prepared division allowed for "dramatic" changes on his Camaro as opposed to minor changes in the Stock division with the Firebird. The Pro Solo 2 format features two "mir- "To win at that level takes many years of experience. It takes time, practice and a lot of help from people who know what they're doing." Rob Pickrell Salina Sports Car Club of America driver ror-image courses" of one-third to a half- mile in length. Drivers are allowed a total of six runs on each course over a two-day period — four Saturday and two Sunday — with the quickest time on each course added together. The driver with the least amount of time on both courses is declared the winner. Drivers, at speeds from 40 (curves) to 60 miles per hour (straightaways), must complete the course that is outlined. If a driver misses a gate or starts too soon, they are disqualified for the run. Hitting a cone on the course also costs a driver two seconds. "A well-executed auto-cross race doesn't have many incidents," Pickrell said. "One thing is certain, you have to go faster each time or you will fall backwards." Pickrell entered the competition in Topeka ranked third overall in the E Street Prepared class. In order to win a national title, a driver must compete in four of the 10 events on the Pro Solo 2 circuit to claim the overall series championship. The Topeka event was the fourth for Pickrell, who raced in Salina (April 13-14), College Station, Texas (April 27-28) and Denver (Aug. 17-18). "Going into the Topeka races, I was 17 points behind the first-place driver and seven behind the second-place driver," Pickrell said. "I needed the beat the second- place guy by four-tenths of a second and the first-place driver by seven-tenths of a second to win the overall title." Pickrell did just that, becoming the first Salinan to win a national title in Pro Solo 2 or Solo II competition. "To win at that level takes many years of experience," Pickrell said. "It takes time, practice and a lot of help from people who know what they're doing." Pickrell said auto racing has become a family sport. His wife, Barbara, also races the Camaro in the women's division and their two sons are also future drivers. "(Salina driver) Bill Pembleton came into the store one day approaching me for sponsorship," Pickrell said. "I was invited to the first event, got talked into driving a Honda and I loved it. It's also something we can do together as a family. "At this point, we plan on racing for a long time," PickreU said. "I'd like to get Barbara a national championship, then we'll re-evaluate things." • AT SALINA YWCA — Play begins Oct. 21 on Mon> days and Tuesdays ... entry fee $125 per team plu' membership to YWCA ... entry deadline Oct. 14 ... ca' Amy Rledel (913-825-4626). Notices • Hunter Education classes — Oct. 28-29-30 at Southeast of Saline ... Nov. 4-5-6 at KSRTC Class' • room/KDOT classroom (double class)... Dec. 2-3-4 at' KSRTC classroom ... Feb. 23-25 AMBUCS ... all class;,' es free except for live fire classes ... call 913-827-0027... or 913-823-7669. «•-• • Chlldrens' cross country — Thursday youth crosl ' country meets for grades 2 through junior high a[' Schilling School... 4 p.m. starts ... Oct. 10, 17 and 24 ' ... ribbons awarded ... call Dwlght Under (913-825< 5171). '• • Drop-In basketball — At Roosevelt-Lincoln Junior High ... Oct. 8-May 21 ... Tuesday and Wednesdays! Oct. 8-23,6:30-10:00 p.m.... after Oct. 23, Monday ano> Wednesdays, 6:30-10:00 p.m.... call 913-826-7434. •*••• • Basketball organizational meeting — Wednes^ day, Oct. 9, at City-County Building (Room 109)... dis.-,. cusslon on 1996-97 recreational season ... call Tim- Kerbs (913-826-7434). Fishing results KANSAS SMALL WATER BASS ANGLERS September Tournament At Council Grove City Lake 1. Don Stewart, 6 fish, 968 points; 2. Randy Clark, Salina, 5, 593; 3. David Kahle, Herlngton, 5, 517. Big bass — Stewart, 18'/4-largemouth. Rutz, Cochran wir$ The Salina doubles tennis team" of Lee Rutz and Ken Cochran teammed up to win first place in . the Kansas Senior Olympics 60-64 age division championship. Rutz and Cochran defeated the Topeka duo of Mike Polford and Ray Haugnnacke, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6, in the title match to win the state championship for the second straight year. Rutz and Cochran will represent Kansas at the National Se- •_, nior Olympics May 21, 1997, in , Tucson, Ariz. OUTDOOR SPORTS EVERYTHING IN OUR STORE IS CIALORDE • ^.^ - »«^<«fc' s''« *. ?•. ' $100 Minimum Credit Pur SAU OOOP THRU OCf 13, Central Mai STORE 6 MtfMMMt Free APPRVE SHOP! 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