The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 23, 2013

Arnold wins Enid Bass Club tournament

By Gerry Augustin, Outdoor writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Bill Arnold won the Enid Bass Club’s recent tournament at Sooner Lake with catches of 6.93 pounds. He was followed by Chris Johnson with 4.35 pounds and Bob Paulson with 4.27 pounds.

Arnold caught the big bass (4.51 pounds). Paulson was second at 4.27 pounds.

Fourteen anglers competed in the tournament, catching only seven fish that were brought to the scales. The average weight was 2.82 pounds.

Enid Bass Club’s next tournament will be held on Grand Lake. This tournament also is the Bass Federation qualifier.



Outdoor trivia



Did you get the correct answers to last week’s questions? There is no record of a human being attacked by a wolf. Doesn’t sound right, but check it out yourself. The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards.  

Let’s go big with these questions this week:  What are considered the “big five” of Africa?  How much can a blue whale weigh?



Turkey season not far away



The opening day of the spring turkey season is April 6.  The season runs for 30 days. Are you ready?

Preseason scouting is important.  Search for roost trees in your area. A tall tree with an open canopy with feathers and droppings below is a good sign turkeys are using the tree for night roosting. Also, use your binoculars and trail camera to locate the travel route. There is no need to scout months ahead, as their travel routes will change. If you find a route one to two weeks ahead of season, the birds may still be using them on opening day.

When hunting turkeys, you must keep in mind they have very good eyesight.  A full camouflage covering the hunter from head to toe is the least that is needed. Make sure your camo matches the surroundings and does not make you stick out as an unnatural object for the area. Staying motionless is important. This is where a soft cushion to sit on comes in handy when hours slip by. If you can’t sit still, invest in a popup blind.

Invest in decoys. Purchasing at least two hens and one jake is a good start. If you hunt the same area every time out, arrange the decoys in different patterns. Some smart turkeys will learn your setup and put it together that a hunter is nearby. Look for a high point to make your set up so it is visible from a long way off. If the land is flat, set your decoys just outside of the edge of cover.

Long before the season begins, you should have patterned your shotgun. Set out a target between 10 and 25 yards, take shots with different loads and lead sizes to find out which gives you the best concentration of hits on the target. Your target will be about the size of your forearm making a fist. No. 4 four shot would be a good starting choice. A lighter shot may not have the penetration and heavier shot has fewer pellets.

For safety, never wear red, white or blue, as these colors are present in the gobbler’s head. When carrying your decoys in or out of the field, carry them in a bag. The same holds true for carrying your bird out. The movement of the decoys or live bird could make you a target for another hunter. Another good idea is to have a good backdrop, where slight movements will not attract the attention of another hunter.

Turkeys will leave their roost trees 10-30 minutes before sunrise, so you need to be in the field before first light. Set up in a shaded area with good visibility and clear shooting lanes.

Don’t rely on just one call. By having a box call, mouth call and slate you can be more enticing to the gobblers. Call softly at first, and if no answer, call louder. When a gobbler answers, stop calling unless you think he lost interest and is heading away from you. His curiosity will keep him coming in.



Outdoor calendar



March 30-31

• Youth turkey season open.

April 6

• Turkey season opens.

April 6-7

•  BASS Federation qualifier tournament on Grand Lake.



 Contact Gerry at outdoors4u@sbcglobal.net ?