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5K -July 4, 1976 Sunday Gasette-Mail Charleston, West Virginia 'Nielsen 9 Ratings Give Outdoor Views The hunting and fishing version of the Nielsen ratings in West Virginia is an annual questionnaire sent out by the wildlife division of the Department of Natural Resources. The questionnaires are mailed to outdoor clubs whose addresses are known to the DNR. and they are also available to individuals and clubs at the annual sectional meetings held to discuss regulations. If the results of these questionnaires can be given much credibility, and even the DNR isn't sure they can, then West Virginia hunters are pretty evenly divided on what kind of turkey season they want and they favor opening additional counties to antlerless deer hunting on a permit basis, as the counties become eligible. For their part, fishermen favor a 12-inch size limit on bass at some of the over- fished impoundments, such as East Lynn Lake in Wayne County where the size limit is already in effect. Anglers voted overwhelmingly to also impose the size limit at the yet-to-be-opened Beech Fork Lake, also in Wayne County. A sizeable percentage of hunters, both individuals and clubs, also favor keeping the fall turkey season just like it is. The 1976 fall season, for example, will begin with small game season on Oct. 16 and close Nov. 13. A second season will be held Dec. 13-18. DNR game biologists favor starting the fall turkey season one week later than small game season, their reasoning being that this would decrease the kill and speed up the process of extending the turkey population into new areas. There is fairly strong support among hunters for this proposal, judging from the results of the questionnaires. A large percentage of hunters favored opening other counties of the state to an- tlerless deer hunting as they become eligible. Some western counties are already eligible under the criteria established by the game biologists. The DNR is reluctant to make this move, however, fearing widespread opposition from landowners and the silent majority of hunters. * * * The 12-inch size limit on bass at certain lakes, principally East Lynn and Beech Fork, received almost unanimous support. Overfishing has already occurred at East Lynn, and perhaps a size limit from the beginning will prevent a repeat at Beech Fork. Count me among a minority that favors a statewide size limit on bass. Perhaps this would not help increase the bass population, but I do not believe the state agency in charge of protecting and perpetuat- By Skip Johnson ing natural resources, including wildlife, should officially condone keeping eight and 10-inch bass. Before leaving the subject of the questionnaires, it should be emphasized again that the returns on them don't necessarily mean much. For one thing, there appears to be an abnormally heavy response from special interest groups, which is like baseball fans stuffing the ballot boxes in voting for the All-Star Game participants. Jim Ruckel, assistant chief of the wildlife division in charge of game management, believes a more-reliable sampling of hunter and fishermen opinion could be obtained by picking names from the license list and mailing questionnaires to 'them. * * * The mystery of the Pocahontas County mountain lions may never be solved, but the possibility still exists that they entered West Virginia of their own free will. A story in Outdoor Life Magazine tells about mountain lions being positively identified in North Carolina. Five park rangers got a clear look at a mountain lion, or cougar as they are commonly called, as it chased three deer through a meadow in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park last year. This was the first confirmed sighting in North Carolina, but other evidence has turned up, including tracks and hair samples. Wildlife officials in North Carolina believe the cougars migrated into the state from Florida, where land clearing has diminished their habitat in recent years. Cougars have also reportedly been seen in Virginia, and this wide-ranging animal could easily come into West Virginia. Some probably have, judging from numerous reports of them being seen or heard. * * * The Capitol City Bassmasters Club wanted to hold a night fishing tourney at Button Lake recently, but the Army Corps of Engineers drew a curtain of darkness over the club's plans. Sixteen fishermen were gathered at the lake waiting for the starting hour when Gerry Freeman, reservoir manager, showed up and pointed out that a permit is required before such a tourney can be held on a Corps reservoir. Permits must be applied for 30 days in advance, he added. So the Capitol City Bassmasters had to cancel their tourney. One way of looking at it, they got more sleep that night than they otherwise would have. Â· Â«Â» John Ailes of Romney, chairman of the state water resources appeals board and not the most popular man with environmentalists these days, has escaped to the Rocky Mountains. Ailes is visiting his sister, Mrs. Marshall Sprague, in Colorado Springs, and is trout fishing in the Rockies. "My sister is an artist with a fly rod," said Ailes. "I'd put her up against anyone." Ailes has-gained the enmity of environmentalists because of the appeals board's recent decisions that have gone against state water resources chief John Hall, particularly the most recent decision that cleared the way for the operation of a coal preparation plant on the Shavers Fork River in Randolph County. But, says Ailes, he calls 'em as he sees 'em. The Pocahontas Times reported recently that a bear wandered into the back yard of U.S. Forest Service ranger Ron Scott of Richwood. Scott's five-year-old son first noticed the bear and told the rest of the family about it in a somewhat enthusiastic manner. The bear stayed in the yard a few minutes and then wandered across the North Fork of the Cherry River and into the woods. The Pocahontas newspaper also reported the catching of a 27-inch brown trout in Stony Creek by Robert Jackson of Marlinton, and the catching of a 23 1/2-inch brown in Deer Creek by Stanley Green of Frost. Relaxed Dave Hill Shoots 68, Goes Out Front by Four MILWAUKEE (AP) - A relaxed Dave Hill, maintaining superb consistency, fired a four-under-par 68 Saturday for a 15-under total of 201 and a four-stroke lead after three rounds of the $130,000 Greater Milwaukee Open golf tournament. Hill, one stroke behind second-round leader Fuzzy Zoeller at the start of the third round, overtook the young second- year pro on the third hole and mounted his lead despite his first two bogeys of the tournament. Homero Blaneas also shot a third-round 68 and was runnerup at 205. Dyer Ousts '75 Senior Champion WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS-William H. Dyer of Morgantown knocked off defending champion Henry McCoy of Sistersville in a 22-hole semi-final match Saturday in the West Virginia Senior Amateur Championship. "We both hit some unbelievable shots," McCoy said. "I holed out a trap shot on No. 3 and then skulled a shot on No. 11 that went 30 yards right into the cup. Dyer made some great shots over trees. Dyer made an 18-foot'par putt on the first playoff hole to keep the match alive. After routine pars on No. 2. Dyer missed the third green but got a break when McCoy three-putted for a bogey. Â·'I had the match in my hands right there and gave it away," McCoy said. "But it was raining and I had an uphill putt and left it short. On the fourth hole, I got into trouble and Dyer won with a bogey." E.B. Wray of Beckley defeated A. H. D'Antoni of Huntington, 4 and 3, in the other semifinal match. Wray and Dyer will play today for the State Senior title. Thomas H. Bloch of Weirton defeated Warmer M. Sheets of Eleanor, 3 and 2, and George Curry of Morgantown topped Richard A. Huber of South Charleston, 2 and 1, in the first flight. Second flight semifinals: Donald F. McClure of Dunbar def. Mike Deleridge of Oak Hill, 1 up, and Andrew Hofman of Wheeling def. William Lawrence of Huntington, 1 up. Third flight semifinals: Howard Cody of St. Albans def. James G. Thomas of Huntinton, 4 and 3; and David Rains of White Sulphur Springs def. R. E. Short of Beckley, 6 and 4. Fourth flight semifinals: Lon Carter of Richwood def. L.M. LaFollette of Charleston, 4 and 2, and Ed Rabel, Sr. of St. Â» Albans def; Frederick Games of Huntington, 4 and 3. Zoeller. former Indiana amateur champion, bogeyed his last two holes for a 74 over the 7.010-yard Tuckaway Country Club course. He was tied for third at 206 with Ed Sneed, who won here in 1974. and Johnny Jacobs. "I'd like to win tomorrow, but I don't really give a damn, I really don't," said Hill, known for a fiery temperament. "Golf should be fun," he said. "The game basically isn't that important. Winning really isn't that important. "It used to a religion, but not anymore. I'm looking forward to when I can quit." Hill, who shot 66 and 67 in his first two rounds, is emerging from what he des- cibed as a 17- month slump, although he came here ranked 38th among this year's money winners with $44,195 and has made the cut in all 18 tournaments that he has entered. "But I've been grinding for every quarter I made," said Hill, whose 12th tournament victory in 18 years on the tour was in last year's Sahara Invitational. "Nothing has come easy. I've managed to make cuts, but I wasn't making much money." "I played the first eight holes like I'd like to play the rest of my life," he said. "The wind wore me down a little after that and I didn't feel quite as comfortable, but I felt I could have had six birdies between the second and seventh holes." H i l l missed what he described a "simple" birdie putts of 18 feet on No. 3 six feet on No. 6. However, he sank birdie putts of 30 feet on 16 and 15 feet on Nos. 5 and 12. Barney Thompson of Barboursville has a 72-69-72--213 score after three rounds. Blancas, who had been in a five-way tie at seven under after two rounds, said the crosswinds which sprung up Saturday affected his strategy. "The wind was never really right in front or in back of me, but always seemed to be over either my left of right shoulder," Blancas said. "I would have to shoot over the left or the right of the bunkers and let the wind bring it back to the hole. "When you become a veteran player you know which holes to attack and which to play more conservatively," said Blancas, who has won four tournaments in 13 years on the tour. "Younger guys who try to birdie every hole often wind up with bogeys instead." Jacobs, who had a bogey and five birdies on his first seven holes, finished with a 7Q Saturday while Sneed shot 69. Next, bracketed at seven-under 209, were 1975 U.S. Open champion Lou Graham, along with Fred Marti, Joe Porter and Bill Kratzert. Graham shot a third- round'Â£p, while Marti had a 71 and Porter and Kratzert shot 68s. Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate, Masters champ Ray Floyd and Johnny Miller are among the better-known players who are skipping this tournament and its relatively low purse in order to prepare for next week's British OPEN. Dave Hill . Homero Blancas Fuzzy Zoeller Johnny Jacobs Ed Sneed Fred Marti Lou Graham Bill Kratzerl Joe Porter Glbby Gilbert Jim AAasserio Bob E. Smith Andy North Mac McLendon Gay Brewer Gary McCord Cesar Sanudo Ken Still Jerry Heard Dennis Tizlani fioz Lunn Lionel Hebert Lee Elder Ron Cerrudo Barney Thompson Dave Eichelberger Art Wall Jr. Grler Jones Rik Massengale Richard Crawford Howard Twitty Forrest Fezler John Lister Frank Beard Bobby Walzel Dale Douglass Bruce Crampton Jack Ewing Bud All in Pat Fitzsimmons Bob Goalby Andy Thompson Steve Melnyk Calvin Peete Ed Dougherty Bob Menne. 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Tass said the Soviets won the men's competion 123-109 and the Russian women beat the Americans 90.-54. The score of the meet, held in Tallinn, Estonia, was 92'/2-84V4 at the end of Friday's competition. Among the American.stars was Michael Kee, IB, of Dorchester, Mass, and Southern Iliinois University, who won a special trophy at the end of the meet for his .jo-second finish in the 100-meter dash. It was the fifth meet between the Soviet and American junior track and field teams. Orphaned This bison calf, being held by Clyde Campbell, a supervisor at the French Creek State Game Farm, was orphaned when its mother died giving birth. The calf will be raised by game farm personnel. Campbell said bison calves are orphaned this way in about the same ratio as cattle. (Photo by Ferrell Friend) Anderson Traces Injuries To Lack of Spring Training CINCINNATI (AP) - "We've had more injuries this season than any other," moaned Cincinnati Reds Manager Sparky Anderson. "Why? Spring training." Or rather, the lack of it. The Reds, like many other clubs, have been beset by nagging injuries in the first half of the season. Anderson blames the shortened camps in Florida for the lineup juggling he's had to do much of the year. "All injuries are basically due to spring training," he said. "You've got to have it. If you don't, you're just not in the condition you ought to be in." Snagged negotiations between owners and the players' association delayed the opening of training camps by three weeks this year, but Anderson attributed part of the problem to players not being in shape when they reported. He noted that the Philadelphia Phillies, the winningest--and probably the healthiest--team in the league, conducted well-attended informal workouts during the lockout by baseball owners. "If I were a baseball player I'd take two weeks off after the season, then go right to a gym for two hours a day, five days a week," Anderson said. The slim, tanned Anderson conceded he viewed the situation as an outsider, but added. "If I was lucky enough to be in the big leagues 10 or 15 years, I wouldn't take a chance. There's no way I'd jeopardize - my body. 93,000 Trees Planted BARTOW-U.S. Forest Service crews and Department of Natural Resources personnel have completed the planting of 93,000 trees on the Greenbrier Ranger District of the Monongahela National Forest, district ranger Roger Bucklew said Saturday. the trees were planted in the bottoms along the side streams of tht Greenbrier River and Laurel Fork of Cheat River. In" the past, Bucklew noted, beaver activity along the streams left the banks bare of forest cover. "This poses some problems as well as providing some benefits to wildlife using the areas," Bucklew added. He said the benefits include providing open areas with diversity along the edge of the forest. These open areas abound with a: different variety of plants than found under the tree canopy, Bucklew pointed out. * * * . ' SUCH PLANTS provide, in addition to the forage use, an abundance of insect life which is vital to newly-hatched turkeys each spring. Tbe primary adverse effect of'the bare stream banks is the warming of the water so as to harm the native brook trout often found in side streams in the higher moun-. tains, the ranger said. Bucklew said a careful review v/as made of the stream bottoms to be sure that only areas were shade was actually needed were planted. An analysis of the' total open area planted showed a need for '. about 50 per cent to be planted, with the r remaining areas to be left in an open Â·Â· condition for other wildlife use. Some of the tree species planted included European alder, European larch, sycamores and Norway spruce. Certain areas, were planted with alders so as to not harm. the beaver colonies presenton these streams. 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