Last weekend”s general waterfowl season finale ended relatively well, reported local waterfowler Harry Boyle.
“The season finished up OK, but not great,” Boyle observed. “There were plenty of birds up and flying, but the sprig outnumbered all other species by at least five to one. We will definitely have a lot of ducks for next year. I don”t think we”ve ever had greater numbers, but they are getting very smart.”
Boyle added, “The youth hunts at areas that still have water should do fine, because the birds have not been disturbed for almost a week.”
Youth waterfowl hunts
Although the general waterfowl hunting season is over, this Saturday and Sunday will be “Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days.” All youth hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult. All hunters must have a valid California Junior Hunting License, and be age 15 or younger. Reservations are still required to hunt in Department of Fish and Game wildlife areas.
The Chico Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold its annual fundraising banquet at 5 p.m. on Feb. 26, at the Chico Masonic Lodge. A fantastic assortment of raffle and auction items will be available, including fine guns, wildlife art, guided hunts and hunting equipment. The Butte Creek Ecological Reserve is donating an opening-day hunt for two in Zone B, along with a quail hunt for two on the Musty Buck Ridge.
A special feature of the event will include the awarding of a $250 scholarship to a high school student from Chico. The recipient must have a current California hunting license and NWTF membership, maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be committed to the preservation of the hunting tradition. The winner will also be allowed to compete for a statewide NWTF scholarship of $1,000, and a national-level award of $10,000.
The “Chuck Graves Conservation Award” will also be given out. In previous years, this honor has been given to people who promote conservation and hunting in our area. The award is named for the biologist who is considered the father of California”s wild turkey hunting program.
Catering will be by Steelhead Bar-B-Que. Tickets are $65 single, $100 couple, $35 youths younger than 18. Discounted raffle tickets are the special early bird incentive for tickets purchased before Feb. 15. Call 570-6284 for tickets or more information.
Chico Bass Club
The Chico Bass Club held its monthly meeting this week at Logan”s Roadhouse. Agenda items included discussion of the group”s grant application with the Butte County Fish and Game Commission to help with the continuation of the Florida-strain bass stocking project for Lake Oroville. Also discussed was the club”s upcoming February tournament at Bullard”s Bar Reservoir. There was no club tournament in January.
The group”s primary focus is on its annual fundraising tournament. The “Lake Oroville Open” will be held April 16. The popular event helps fund club activities, including a fishing line recycling program at Horseshoe Lake and Paradise Lake, and assisting at the children”s fishing events in Chico and Gridley. More details on the open tournament will be forthcoming in this column in April.
The Butte County Fish and Game Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Conference Room 1 of the Chico Municipal Center. Agenda items will include a Warden”s Report, Biologist Report, and awarding of the financial grants for 2012. The public is invited.
A few tickets remain for the Chico Ducks Unlimited banquet, being held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Palms at 2947 Nord Ave. in Chico. Dinner price is $50 single, $90 couple, $40 youth. Last-minute tickets can be purchased at the Tackle Box in Chico.
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