D8 SUNDAY ncvrr>ac: R 20, 1996 LIFESPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL V OUTDOORS Three weeks and counting until big fall season TOMMIE BERGER fisheries biologist, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks * Pheasant numbers expected to be down in most parts of state We are three weeks away from probably the most popular hunting season of the year. Upland game birds — pheasants, quail and prairie chickens — are sought by good numbers of Kansas residents as well as hunters from a number of other states. The opening weekend for pheasant and quail starts Nov. 9. Prairie chicken season traditionally opens the weekend before. This year the date is Nov. 4. The prairie chicken opener does not seem to garner as * much attention as it used to. Many pheasant hunters make their opening weekend trek to the western part of the state to chase the elusive long-tail roosters. This yearly tradition fills western Kansas motels far in advance of the season and is a boost to the towns' economies. This year, hunters are going to find far western Kansas pheasant populations lower than in 1995 and perhaps as low as they have been for years. I promised a number of weeks ago to provide an accurate forecast for pheasant and quail when the final brood count and rural mail carrier surveys were complete. Let me start with a short note on prairie chickens. Chicken populations seem to be at a low ebb. Both greater and lesser prairie chicken numbers are less than yearly trend averages, so don't look for a banner season, although localized populations may provide some good hunting. Because of decreasing population trends, the season and bag limit has been reduced on lesser chickens again this year. Now for pheasants. Overall, these birds were hit hard by the drought last spring. Green wheat nesting cover was poor in the early nesting season. Except for northeast Kansas, the entire pheasant range was affected. Most of Kansas will see pheasant numbers no better than the low numbers of 1995 and the southwest and north-central regions will be noticeably lower. Actual predictions for north-central Kansas indicate that numbers are down from 1995 in all but the extreme eastern portion where numbers appear to have generally increased. Numbers seem to be better as you proceed east, although there are isolated pockets of good bird numbers in some areas. Localized hail storms may have affected birds in some areas. The bright spot seems to be northeast Kansas where populations appear to be significantly improved over 1995, but one must remember that the overall pheasant density in this region is typically lower than the density farther west. Cover conditions with all the summer and fall rains are heavy in all areas of Kansas. Weedy draws will provide excellent cover as will the extremely heavy and sometimes weedy milo stubble. Quail numbers appear to be well above trend averages and production was good statewide. We had some great quail hunting last year and it should improve in 1996. Quail numbers generally increase from west to east in the state and our north-central area will provide some great gunning. Mixed bag hunting is popular here, so be sure to load that shotgun with loads that will knock down that rooster and not make hamburger out of those quail that get up at the same time or in the same field. Just a quick reminder. If you do go to far western Kansas for the pheasant opener, the quail season doesn't start out there until Nov. 16. If you have not already planned your opening weekend hunt, you certainly will want to consider the information here. Check with your landowner friends. They should have a fairly good idea of the bird numbers on their land. You might want to consider an opening weekend quail hunt and plan to take that occasional rooster that'gets up instead of going west for pheasants. Weather conditions on opening weekend and even between now and then will likely have an affect on your success. Don't forget that there are more than 100,000 acres of Walk-in Hunter Access lands available for hunters this year, also. If we look closely at the upland game bird picture, the 1996-97 season certainly will not be a record year for bird harvest. Cover conditions will likely make you earn every bird. A good hunting dog will be a valuable asset. If you don't have one, try to hunt with a buddy who does. And remember, opening weekend will be the most crowded weekend of the season. With the current conditions, there will still be plenty of birds left for the quality hunts later. Speaking from experience, opening weekend pheasant hunters can often be a bowhunters ally as they push deer from the heavy cover and the crop fields right past your tree stand. I've also had several friends that wished that they would have had a bow instead of a shotgun in their hand when blocking a weedy draw and that record mule deer buck went sneaking by. Birds, insects are on the move By The Associated Press One of the great wildlife phenomena is under way. It's the annual migration of millions of birds and insects from their summer homes on temperate prairies to wintering grounds in the tropics. "You can tell by radar. There are more birds up in the atmosphere at night than at any other time of year," said Sidney Gauthreaux, professor of biological sciences at Clemson University. "That's because you've got both the adults and the young of the year. In the spring, you've had quite a bit of overwintering mortality." Migration reduces that. "The bottom line is survival," Gauthreaux said. "The animals cannot survive the temperate zone winter. Their food source is eliminated. Some escape in time. We call that hibernation. Some escape in space. We call that migration." Why do they go to all the trouble to fly from the tropics to a place where they cannot survive the winter? Gauthreaux noted that during the summer, birds have plentiful food resources. Birds raise their young and spend their last days eating, building a layer of fat under the skin to store fuel for the migratory flight. "They look like little butter balls," Gauthreaux said. Most species feed and rest during the day and migrate at night. RECREATION CALENDAR Basketball • NOVEMBER 9-10 AT LINDSBOHQ — Undsborg Quarterback Club-sponsored tournament for 7th, 8th grade boys and girls ... entry fee $100 ... call Dwlghl Swlsher (913-227-2750, day; 913-227-3576, evening). • NOVEMBER 16-17 AT McPHERSON — McPherson Basketball Club Tlpoff Classic ... entry fee $125 ... 5th, 6th, 7th grade divisions, boys and girts ... entry deadline Oct. 27... call Todd Whltehlll (316-241-2745). • NOVEMBER 16-17 AT SAUNA — Girls tournament at Sallna YWCA for grades 5,6 and 7... entry fee $75 ... eight-team limit... entry deadline Nov. 8 ... call Chuck Vogan (913-827-1087). Cycling • OCTOBER 27 AT UNDSBORQ — Fifth annual Falun Classic... a 32-mile bicycle ride ... 1 p.m. start at the Swenssen Park bandshell, Llndsborg ... $10 entrance fee ($5 for riders 16-under)... helmets required ... call 316-227-3380, Ext. 8181 or 8181. OCTOBER 26 AT AT ELLINWOOD — The Qreat Pumpkin Run... 6K run (3.1 miles)... 7 p.m. start at 2nd & Main ... entry fee $10 (by Oct. 21), or $12 (after Oct. 21)... write to: Recreation Director, Box 278, Elllnwood, Ks. 67626. Shooting • OCTOBER 25-27 AT OTTAWA STATE LAKE — Prairie Longrifles annual 'Fall shoot" ,. rifle, pistol, knife, hawk events ... men's, women's junior divisions ... entry fee $15 single event, $25 for family ... call Al Slater (913-488-3631). Softball > OCTOBER 26-27 AT SAUNA — Monster Mash men's slow-pitch tournament at East Crawford Area ... entry fee $85... Sunday homerun contest, $5 fee... entry deadline Oct. 21 ... call Brian White (913-826-7434). 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 classes free except for live fire classes... call 913-827-0027 or 913-823-7669. • Hunter Education classes — Nov. 2-3 at Kanopo- Us State Park ... pre-regislering required ... call 913546-2565. • Children'* cros» country — Thursday youth cross country meets for grades 2 through junior high at Schilling School... 4 p.m. starts ... Oct. 24 ... ribbons awarded ... call Dwight Under (913-825-5171). • Drop-In basketball — At Roosevelt-Lincoln Junior High ... Oct. 6-May 21 ... Tuesday and Wednesdays, Oct. 8-23.6:30-10:00 p.m.... after Oct. 23, Monday and Wednesdays, 6:30-10:00 p.m.... call 913-826-7434. • Basketball referees needed — The Sallna Parks & Recreation Department Is now taking applications for the 1996-97 season ... men's league begins Nov. 25 ... must be able to work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings ... call Tim Kerbs (913-826-7434). • Trout fishing permits — Fishermen must purchase an $8 permit during the trout season ol Oct. 15 to April 15 ... the dolly creel limit Is five trout... possession limit 15 ... valid fishing license required. • City league basketball — Sallna Parks & Recreation men's teams... entry deadline Nov. 6... extended deadline Nov. 12 ($20 late extra fee)... leagues start Nov. 25 ... call 913-826-7434. DAVIS TURNEFVThe Sallna Journal Joe Profltt of Hays, an instructor for Bob Lelker's School of Karate and Self-Defense, takes students through forms and warmups during a class at Salina's Memorial Hall on Wednesday. Art of mind and body Often misunderstood, martial arts is as much mental training as physical By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal Joe Profitt says the sport of martial arts has been misunderstood for years. "In the past, people got the wrong idea about those who took martial arts," Profitt said. "They thought that all people who studied karate wanted to do was go into bars and pick fights." Profitt, who works for the RANS Aircraft Co. in Hays (research and development), said that's far from the truth. Profitt, a first-degree black belt, has been teaching the Ji-do Kwan Tae Kwon Do (Korean) and Go Ju Ryu (Okinawan) form of karate for three years as part of Bob Leiker's School of Karate and Self-Defense, a Hays-based program. Profitt, 30, has been involved with the Salina classes since this summer. During the summer, 32 persons enrolled for two four-month sessions, while six youngsters are currently taking his hour-long class twice a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) at Memorial Hall. Several classes are available for adults and youth. Profitt said the emphasis is on building confidence and character, improving coordination, increasing strength and "We tell the students what they learn in class, stays in class. The only time we want them to use (karate) is if they have to defend themselves." Joe Profitt Instructor In martial arts endurance, and teaching discipline. Dues are $25 per month for the first family member and $20 for each additional member. "We're pretty strict with what we teach in class," Profitt said. "We teU the students what they learn in class, stays in class. The only time we want them to use (karate) is if they have to defend themselves. "Some of the parents are looking for discipline for the kids," Profitt said. "These classes also build confidence in the kids and helps them get in touch with their abilities." Profitt teaches forms (Katas), weapons forms and sparring in his class. Students start by learning basic stances, blocks and kicks. As they progress in class, students are also able to compete in local, state and national competitions. The students begin in the white-belt class and work their way up to green, blue, purple, red and black. White belts must learn six Katas (forms) before advancing to green. Profitt said it took him seven years to become a black belt. The average time is five to eight years. Two of Profitt's current students are brothers — 12-year-old Michael, a sixth- grader at Heusner Grade School, and 14- year-old Jonathan Olivigni, the sons of • Oynne and Fran Olivigni of Salina. Jonathan, a student at Salina South Middle School, has been taking the classes for five months. He says he's close to becoming a green belt. "I always wanted to take a karate class," Jonathan said. "It just looked like it was interesting stuff to learn. I think it's something that can help me from getting into trouble." Jonathan said he knows four of the six Katas needed to become a green belt. "I'm planning on doing this for a long time," Jonathan said. "I've become more confident and I'm in a little better shape. "I'd love to end up being a black belt." V FITNESS Men's obsession with abs at all-time highf Survey reveals most men rate stomach muscles as top priority By Scrlpps Howard News Service Michael deHerrera used to do 5,000 crunches — partial sit-ups — every other day to chisel his abdominal muscles. Now he does only 500 a day, supplemented with a daily 2-mile run, an hour of aerobics and an hour of weight lifting every day, and two 30-minute Awesome Abs classes a week. He's still hesitant to photograph the results, though his personal trainer swears deHerrera could compete against Calvin Klein underwear models any day. "I'm the least athletic person in my family," says deHerrera, who works in his family's real estate company. "If I had my abs in the paper, I'd never hear the end of it." Thirty-five-year-old deHerrera didn't start worrying about his midsection until a year ago when he noticed that his youthful body was starting to go south on him. Some might say he now worries about it too much ("Get a hobby," is the advice of the Fitness Products Council's national spokesman). But like thousands of others his age, deHerrera feels compelled to reclaim his former physique. "Men have probably always been vain, but baby boomers are convinced that they don't have to age," says Michael Lafavore, 43, editor of Men's Health magazine told The New York Times. And in this age of corporate downsizing, they worry that aging may cost them their jobs. Business consultants tell executives how important it is to look youthful, Lafavore adds, and they're beginning to pay attention to changes that make them look old — wrinkles, thinning hair and flabby beer bellies. Sixty percent of those who responded to a MarketFacts study chose abs as the area they'd most like to tone. Legs came second, scoring a measly 14 percent. "Abdominals have become the American obsession," says Marsha Macro, fitness director at Denver's International Wellness Center. "Except for the women who have just had a baby, it's kind of a man thing." A plethora of products has sprung up to feed that hunger for washboard abs (now called six- packs because of the three ridges that appear on each side of a well- built set of abs). Most health clubs teach abs classes. The best-selling Men's Health issues advertise ways to "Lose Your Gut For Good!"x Menswear manufacturers offer* lines of slimming boxers and Tj* shirts for men. 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