Arkansas Ben gets dual wins in Butler County
Forgetfulness is supposed to happen as you grow older and it happened to me today. I rounded up all my notes for the column, and when I sat down to the computer, I realized I had left my notes on the Butler County Coon Hunters Club's event last Friday at home. I do remember some of the winners and can mention them, but the remainder will have to wait or I'll call them in later today.
Lawton Robinson of Pocahontas, Ark., was a double winner with his black and tan hound, Arkansas Ben. Ben finished out into his show championship at our last event last week and won the male show championship this week. Arkansas Ben also won the Nite Champion part of the hunt for a dual win.
There were two casts of nite champions and one registered cast. One champion cast treed on five raccoons, but couldn't locate them because of the leaves, or they were treed on a den tree. The cast Ben was on scored on one coon and a couple of trees they couldn't see the game.
In the bench show, Craig Clay's daughter won best male of show with a black and tan and another black and tan was named best female of show. I'll have those names next week.
"What's wrong with the hunts? What's wrong with the bass tournaments? These two questions have come to my mind quite a bit lately.
First, the hunts. They interest me because I intend to try to resume my competition hunting next year. Part of this decision is my great grandson, Brayden Glass, who now owns a 3-month-old bluetick male that will be ready for competition in the spring. If he shows improvement this winter as he has been doing around the house, I'll have to help Brayden handle him in hunts next year.
The hunt and show entries have fallen off quite a bit lately. We have hunters in Butler County who will not, for some reason, hunt in our local hunts. I hope it is because they don't want to face the competition, but I think there are other reasons for not hunting here, but no one will talk about it. We usually have several club members who watch the bench show, but as soon as the show is over, they disappear. I know there aren't as many competition coon hunters as there have been in the past, but I do know there are more than what is showing up at the hunts. This is happening at other clubs, so Butler County is not by itself in this situation.
Hopefully at the club's meeting Nov. 5, reasons for these actions will be aired.
As for the bass tournaments, Superbass in the past has had more than 100 boats in their events, but now the entries have fallen to the 30s for the tournament with a new name. Superbass is now the Ultimate Bass Fishing Challenge. The Big O has had as many as 160 boats in their fall event, and now they are putting about 60 boats in their event.
Why? The tournaments are expensive and some of the former contestants I have talked to just hate to spend $100 to enter an event they feel they cannot win. Usually, the same handful of contestants are in the top 10 and some contestants, even though they are good fishermen and women, just cannot compete with the anglers who fish the lake regularly.
Also, there are some contestants who feel they don't stand a chance because of illegal activities that are going on at Wappapello. I heard before a recent tournament, pleasure fishermen hooked onto two live boxes on the lake and turned them in.
If, in the future, you are fishing at Wappapello, or any lake which hosts tournaments and find a live box with fish, leave it there and notify authorities, either the Corps of Engineers, sheriff's department or conservation officers. Let them handle the situation.
I have a live box that was brought in by a pleasure angler and it could hold a lot of fish. It is still out of the water.
The other day, I went to Ozark Meats to check on the deer processing and other business. As I passed the old Fabic Ranch, I noticed a large group of geese feeding near one of the bigger lakes on the ranch.
When I returned home, they were still in the field and I stopped to try to count them. I counted more than 60 and the birds kept watching me and moving away from the road. It looked like all the geese were Canadas and I didn't want to spook them, so I drove on toward home.
This is the same area where I watched several flocks fly over just before dark a couple weeks ago. My thoughts are that with the recent opening of goose season in Missouri, it would be unique to hunt geese in the hills of Carter County.
There are a couple of UKC hunts in the area this weekend. There is a hunt at Myrtle, Mo., and a show and hunt at the Clearwater Coon Hunters Association at Patterson, Mo.
On Oct. 28, Myrtle has a hunt with an 8 p.m. entry deadline.
On Oct. 29, the Patterson event will have a show at 6 p.m. and hunt entries close at 7. These are MCHF, MCHA Show-Me Showdown and Governors Cup points events.