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Aubrey Shepherd All Affected By Pollution lllmmminTmnin "" 111 ||||||||||m'mn|||||gn||H|TMTMt||| I n A large flathead catfish was reportedly caught from Town Branch near the Southgate Shopping Center about a year ago. Catfish, carp, and green sunfish may be about the only catchable fish left in Town Branch. Certainly, the constant dirty condition of the water these days is doing the game fish _populations no good. With the south end of Fayetteville being developed as an industrial area, many people likely would be afraid to eat any sort of fish 'taken from Town Branch. The fact is that pollution of any sort is going to affect everyone, even those who are directly responsible for it, in many cases. The current furor over the new sewage treatment plant planned for the Illinois River is an example of such a case. ; A lot of folks in Northwest Arkansas think that Â·we'll only be hurting those Okies with their scenic river which is a great tourist attraction for them. But a great many people hereabouts fish, float, swim, and admire the Illinois River in our state, where it is admittedly not as beautiful as it is in Oklahoma. It would appear that careful planning could prevent the Â·lowering of water quality in any area stream. Technology can do marvels. Why not keep our smallmouth .streams clean? ; The heavily forested Ozarks are being cleared at an alarming rate. Part of the reason is that many landowners feel that hardwood forests .are non-productive. Nothing could be further from the truth. Few environments on earth are better suited than these lovely hills to sustain human and animal life with a minimum of required labor. : These hills are valuable to everyone, but the butdoorsman is in a position uniquely suited to help- Ing to insure the survival of the forests on the area hills and with the forests the clear streams and all the wildlife and fish associated with unspoiled habitat. The hunter may help to insure himself a place to "hunt by offering to share his game with landowners who are kind enough to allow him access to their property. -: Because many landowners do not know how prop- 'erly to prepare game for the table, the hunter may do well to invite the owner of his favorite hunting woods or fields to a wild game dinner to demonstrate how 'delightful natural foods are. In fall, the main dishes of venison, squirrel, duck, rabbit, quail, dove, or turkey may be supplemented by side dishes of wild .fruits and nuts taken from nearby forests. 'Â· In May, the outdoorsman may combine a trip to many area streams and ponds with a berry picking expedition along the back roads and highways. bn a float trip, a person may catch fish, shoot a sqi'irrel, and pick enough berries to make a cobbler. Â·Of course, one must be careful these days. In some areas berry vines have been destroyed or contaminated by spraying with chemical defoliants. This is especially easy to see along railroad right-of-way clearings. Women Protesting Defoliants Even some private landowners are using the chemical defoliants, despite reports that 2,4,5,T and other preparations may be hazardous to human health. Women concerned about documented and possible birth defects and other side effects of the use. of such chemicals are joining with hunters, fishermen and others concerned for the..environment in protesting their use. Making landowners come to appreciate the value of their forested lands is "one effective way to ensure that the environment and h u m a n life are protected. The Ozark Society and all the individuals who have worked for preservation of the Buffalo River are to be congratulated. But the job is not complete. Much planning'is still to be done. For instance, one may ask whether in view of the poor ability of the region's soil to retain moisture are public restrooms and designated camping areas going to prevent pollution in the park or merely concentrate waste materials and create pockets of pollution which need not exist? Persons interested in helping to "plan the future development and growth of Buffalo National River" are urged to begin to put their ideas into writing. Those wishing lojgake oral statements at one of the two public meeffcfr are asked to give written notice to the superinteiiclent of Buffalo National River -- P.O. Box 1173, Harrison, Ark. 72601 -- by July 1,1974. The two public hearings are supposed to allow discussion of the master plan and the environmental impact statement. The first public meeting will fake place at 8 a.m., Thursday, July 18 in the Federal Building, Room 4110 at Little Rock. The other hearing will begin at 8 a.m. Friday, July 19 in the Council Room of the City Hall in Harrison. The master plan d r a f t and an environmental impact statement, exploring alternative courses of action in the planning of Buffalo National River, are available for inspection at Buffalo National River headquarters, the Hot Springs National Park superintendent's office, and at the courthouses in Marion, Newton, Searcy and Baxter Counties. Written statement. 1 ; may be sent to the River Superintendent at any time before August 5, 1974. In order to get adequate attention for one's ideas, a person ought to send in a written statement and then plan to make a short speech at one of the hearings. Largest Smallmouth The four pound smallmoufh bass caught a couple of weeks ago by Mike Drinkwater is the largest of its species to come to the attention of the fishing reporter so far this year. The site of Mike's catch -Arkansas' Kings River -- is famous for excellent smallmouth bass fishing. While a largemouth bass of four pounds would attract little notice on Table Rock Reservoir downstream from the part of the Kings River where Mike took his fish, a brownie such as Mike's is a lunker when taken from any water; Â· The smallmouth bass streams of Arkansas and Oklahoma are among the area's greatest assets. Steps are being taken to preserve the Buffalo and Oklahoma part of the Illinois. The U.S. Army Corns of Engineers has wisely decided not to dam the Mulberry River. However, other Arkansas and Oklahoma streams are not so fortunate. In southeastern Oklahoma, a dam is planned for the magnificent Giover River. In southwestern Arkansas, a dam is rapidly being completed on the beautiful Cossatot River. In north central Arkansas the Befl Foley Dam will soon be built if public pressure fc not effective in preventing the destruction of the Strawberry River. Lead Pellets Said Cause Of Duck Mortality LITTLE ROCK -- Recently quite an issue has developed over the use of inn shot for shotshells to be used in waterfowl hunting. This is the result of waterfowl mortality caused by ducks consuming lead pellets which fall on their feeding grounds. The result is lead poisoning which is fatal to the ducks. As one remedy for this situation many people have been calling for a switch to iron shot. However, shell manufacturers have pointed out many disadvantages of iron shot, among these less lulling power which would presumably result in more en Id prej ppling losses. At the last regular Commission meeting the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission leard a report from Waterfowl iiologist Dave Donaldson out- In Borrowed Boot At Table Rock Norlhwe* Arkantai TIMES, Sun., June 2, 1974 FAYCTTtVILLI, Â»RKÂ»NÂ«Â»I_ Bass Champion Nearly Sinks K1MBERLING CITY, Mo. -- ining both sides of this issue and at Donaldson's recommendation the Commission voted not to support a regulation calling for an immediate switch o iron shot. Donaldson pointed out that much of the information being used to make a case against load shot comes from a study done in 1951. He said before he Commission could take a definite stand against the use )f lead shot for duck hunting le felt there should be some nformatiqn collected a little more recently than 23 years ago. On the other h a n d . Donaldson pointed out th^.t studies and reports from shell manufacturers could be expected to be a little slanted. He said how ever that he was inclined to believe that at least the reports were current and the research had been done more recently than 20 years ago. A funny thing happened to Charlie Campbell of Forsyth, Missouri on his way to winning a berth in the 1974 Miller High Life BASS Masters Classic. He almost sank his borrowed boat. Campbell cays he wasn't nervous about leading the individual standings in the National Bassmaster Team 'Championship at Table Rock Lake, but he plugged the wrong drain hole in his bass boat. "The drain plug hole for the boat and the live-well were close together," said Campbell. "Â·In the dark, I made a mistake." The 16-foot bass boat filled up with water, a n d Campbell was lucky to return to the bank where he bilged it out in time to make the final start for ttie May 22-24 tournament. It was the only "mistake" he made. Campbell boated 25 bass and 55 Ibs. 15 ozs. to lead Missouri's favored six-man (earn to a come - from - behind victory over Virginia. 30 pounds. Woo Daves, a :hesterfield, Virginia dock worler, placed ppi River before, finished with freight . , second overall in She 144-mÂ»n field 38 Ibs. 6 ozs. BASKETBALL COACH C a m p b e l l , w h o coached Forsyth High School to the slate small school basketball title last year, faces the biggest challenge of his fishing career in late October. He will fish against the country's top professional fishermen on a "mystery" lake with a $15,000 winner-take-all purse at stake. Campbell is the wild-card entry from the Bass Anglers S p o r t s m a n Society's over 170,000 membership. S t a t e elimination tournaments were conducted in 24 states to hand pick the six^man teams for the 1974 Nationals. Some 347 affiliated Bass Clubs and 2,037 anglers participated in the state eliminaton scries. The professional a n g l e r s qualify Over $32,000 in awards -- the richest prize pot in 43 major B.A.S.S. events -- were up for grabs at Table Rock Lake, lo- :ated on the Missouri-Arkansas border. Fishing tackle, boats motors and rung I other gear valued at over $24.000 were contributed by interested fishing tackle and boating manufacturers. The sponsoring Bass Anglers Sportsman Society put up a $8,250 cash fund for the top five teams. There was a "hooker". The money is earmarked for environmental or bass fishing projects within their respective states. MISSOURI GETS $2,500 Missouri's share included $2,500 and a new 16-foot Hydra- Sports bass boat. The Missouri BASS Federation will use the boat to raise additional funds. The Missouri Federation recently contributed $1,500 f r o m last year's runner-up prize toward the purchasing of electronic tracking and tagging vil Ming the Fishery Research Center at Columbia, Missouri, helped coordinate the calch- and-release effort along with Richard Coleman, director of the Bass Research Foundation, a n independent Â· non-profit foundation that is supported by fishermen interested in the future of hass fishing. Coleman is headquartered in Montgomery, A l a . A released-alive effort of 82.2 percent of the 879 bass scored was reported. Virginia's nmncrup reward was $2,000. Third place North Carolina (106 Ibs. 1 oz.) netted $1,500. South Carolina (9-1 Ibs. 15 ozs.) received $1.250 for fourth. Ohio (90 Ibs. 12 ozs.} took $1,000 for fifth. Defending champion Tennessee ranked seventh with 88 Ibs. 15 ozs. plug. George Bolton of Chesterfield, Va., streaked a shad - colored 3alsa-B over a hush top in the Long Creek area of the lake over in Arkansas. A 7 Ib. 11 oz. largemouth grabbed it. a n d Bolion had the big bass of the tournament and a new Fisher- Marine bass boat, Shoreline trailer and La/.i-Trol electric motor lo boot. Campbell, operator in now nearby a motel Branson, used a battered frog-colored topwater plug (Heddon's old- style Aara Spook) to boat most of his fish. He walked the big ng a big fish from the same on his favorite surface Short-Lived Record HARRISON -- Youn Danny Sexton of Harrison did not let the state record for blucgill set by Kerry Browning at 1 lb.-15 oz. stand very long. Sexton was fishing a stock pond with a friend when he caught what he knew was a whopping big bream. In fact he was so proud ot his fish he took it home and placed it in an aquarium. Two days later he read in the Arkansas Gazette Arkadelphia's Ricky Green Heads Field CLAEKSVILLE, Va. -- Ricky Green, the top money winner en the 1974 professional hass Ashing Tournament Trail, heads a 200-man field awaiting the $22.225 Virginia Invitational BASS Tournament at K e r r Reservoir June 5-7. Green of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, has pocketed $fi,613.70 in three tournaments. This is (.he fifth of six qualifying tournaments conducted by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Socviety to select c o n t e n d e r s for the 1974 Miller H i g h Life BASS Masters Classic. The top 24 season point scorers and tournament winners Sain the $15,000 winner-take-a hook and line world series to be fisheti in lale October on a mystery lake. Green, a chemist with Reynolds Aluminum Company, has already qualified for the finals. He won the Texas Invitational at Sam Rayburn Reservoir. He hat! announced earlier that he would noE be able lo fish the final two qualifying events, because of a shortage of vacation time. "I made a decision to fish the Virginia tournament, a n d just hope I can make arrangements to fish the remaining tournaments," saici Green, who holds the hottest rod and reel in competitive fishing this year. He has placed 1st. 2nd and 6 f h in his three B.A.S.S. events. Bill Dance of Memphis. Tenn. esds the Miller BASS Classic oint .standings with 162 points, Ireen ranks 2nd with 144 wints. Points are scored on the asis of 50 for a first place inish, 49 for second, etc. Kcrr Reservoir, a sprawling Jfl.OOO acre impoundment on the *?orth Carolina-Virginia border, known locally. as Buggs island Lake. By either name, t is one of (he top bass lakes Ihe country. Numerous 5raggin' largemouth hass in the 6 to 8 pound class are taken regularly. TOP NAMES ON HAND This will be the first national B.A.S.S. event in this area. There are 45 Virginia anglers entered along with 44 from North Carolina. All the top "names" from the pro circuit will he on hand including this season's winners. Tommy Martin, the winner in Arkansas: and Al Lindner, who won recently at Watts Bar Tennessee. Other top contenders for the $4,140 first prize are Roland Mann, Eufaula, Ala.; Stan Sloan. Nashville. Tenn.; Bobby Murray, the 1971 BASS Classic champion; Bobby Meador. Baton Rouge, La.; and Kayo Brcckenridge. t h e current Miller-BARS Classic lilleholder. The fishing pros earn "bonus" ounce for each hass veighed-in alive. The "Don't ill Your Catch" program has resulted in over 82 per cent of he fish scored being returned alive lo the lakes this season. Biologists from the Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries of Virginia will assist with the program at Kerr. Information will he used in conjunction with a bass population study scheduled to start in July. Headquarters for the Virginia Invitational will be the Lake Motel in Clarksville. In an Â· effort to maintain a high release figure, the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society has reduced its national tournament schedule during hot weather. The final 1974 professional B.A.S.S. event will be the Ail- American at C l a r k Hill on the South Caoolina-Georgia border September 2i-27. equipment to be used for scient- taugiit her record fish. hushes in stained water, Missouri, the runneruo last prompted him to weigh his fish located in the Flat Creek area and found it lipped the scales year at Pickwick Lake, Tennes- and the season s top 24 point off the James River arm near Conservation Department Ib.-l oz. This was later scorers selected. The fifth tour- Tagged bass caught and re- Cape Fair, Missouri. His big- eluding 71 Ibs. 8 ozs. nament in the pro eliminations leased during the team champ will be the $22,000 Virginia In tonship tournament will also be Ibs. 13 ozs., came on a Big-B Biologist Bob Baker, and thÂ» Virginia's team, w h i c h had vitational on June 5-7 balsa crank bail. He nailed the used to study migration habiti, not.fished west of the Mississ now on the books. about an hour after los- in the 43,000 acre reservoir. Ar- TWIN GUARD POLY TRACK CUSHION RIDE Tubeless Sizes ^WStVT""- A78xl3 Block A78xl3 White Â£78x14 Black E78xl4 White A78xl5 Black G78x15 Whiter H78x15 White L78x15 White Regular Price If Perfect $28 $31 $33 $36 $31 $42 _* 45 _ $51 Safe Price Each $15 $18 $20 $22 $17 I $24 _1 26 __ $28 Plus F.E.T. 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