Cash takes ladies junior championship

Friday, July 1, 2016

By PAUL DAVIS

Outdoors Editor

If there's one thing Missouri's high school female trap shooters should have learned lately, it's that you better bring your A-game when you're competing against Poplar Bluff's gals.

Two weeks ago, it was Cattarah Caringer making her mark at the Scholastic Clay Target Program shoot. At this past weekend's Missouri Trapshooting Association's AIM (Academics, Integrity and Marksmanship) shoot, it was soon-to-be junior Hannah Cash's turn to shine, and she's certainly no stranger to winning.

Cash shot a 196 out of 200 to win the ladies junior division championship, beating out at least 20 others for the title. Put another way, her score equates to a hit success of 98 percent.

"I shot the same two weekends in a row, but I was super happy I only missed four clays," Cash said. "I kept telling my mom 'don't tell me how I'm doing' because I thought I was doing bad, then I won first in ladies. I was so excited, it made me feel amazing."

Cash will move up to the varsity squad in the coming season and enjoys being a team player.

"I just try my hardest and be the best I can be," she said. "(Even on) the days I'm having a hard time, I still put a smile on my face and load houses, keep score and pull. I just help out any way I can."

Other Poplar Bluff shooters also did well over the weekend: Hunter Seal shot his first 50, and Jon Pike, on the junior high squad, was able to shoot his first 25-straight round.

Poplar Bluff's trap team will compete next on Aug. 1-2 at the AIM Nationals in Sparta, Ill.

Bass

Circuit

Even though it was pretty hot, 51 teams fished Saturday's Wappapello Bass Circuit tournament.

The team of Turnbough and Jones easily had the top stringer weight, bringing 21.76 pounds to the scales. It certainly helped their case when they caught the day's big bass, which weighed 6.35 pounds.

Second place was earned by Magnell and Fowler with 17.06 pounds, and Hutson and Hutson grabbed third with 16.06 pounds.

Fourth place went to Holmes and Young with 15.88 pounds, and Manion and Manion rounded out the top five with 14.98 pounds.

The organization's next tournament will be held July 23.

Smallmouth

Winners

Sixteen teams fished Saturday's Current River Smallmouth Association tournament at Doniphan, Mo., and at the end of the day, the team of Joachim and Joachim came out on top. The pair had 8.39 pounds, including the second-biggest fish of the day, which weighed 2.62 pounds.

Bishop and Hampton grabbed the second spot with 7.69 pounds, and Dougherty and Foster were close behind in third with 7.62 pounds.

Rector and Rector earned the fourth spot with 7.44 pounds, and the top five was rounded out by Nicholson and Nicholson with 7.18 pounds.

The team of Smith and Louis had the big bass, which weighed 2.75 pounds.

After three tournaments in June, the club's next event won't be until July 23. That will be its King of the River contest, fished from Van Buren, Mo.

Frog

Season

Bullfrog aficionados rejoice - sunset tonight is the opening of Missouri's frog season.

You can take bullfrogs and green frogs in Missouri using either a fishing or hunting license.

If using a fishing license, you can take frogs by hand, hand net, atlatl, gig, bow, trotline, throwline limb line, bank line, jugline, snagging, snaring, grabbing or with a pole and line.

For those pursuing frogs with a hunting license, you can take them with a rimfire rifle or pistol, pellet rifle, bow, crossbow, atlatl, by hand or a hand net.

Either way you do it, the daily limit is eight total frogs, with a possession limit of 16.

Shallow, slack water spots and flatland ditches tend to be the best places to find frogs, so focus your efforts there. If it looks snaky where you are, you're probably in a good spot.

For the most part, frogging tends to be a social thing, with one guy driving a boat and others doing the dirty work. With that in mind, if you hunt them with others, be sure to separate your frogs from your partner's to avoid any potential overlimit tickets.

The frogging season will continue through the end of October.

Duck

Stamps

If you're a waterfowl hunter or wildlife watcher, you probably know the importance of the federal duck stamp program and what it's done to purchase refuge lands across the country.

With that said, today is the last day your 2015-16 duck stamp can be used. The new 2016-17 federal duck stamp, featuring flying trumpeter swans, went on sale last Friday and becomes effective tomorrow.

The stamps cost $25, and while most people (with the exception of a particularly uniformed big-box employee) think they're only a requirement for waterfowl hunters, they also can be used in lieu of a daily entrance fee at the Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and other refuges around the country.

These days, the stamps typically are purchased online and mailed to you, though you may be able to occasionally find one at a post office, if they even bother to order any. You also can pick one up at the Mingo refuge visitor center during its business hours of 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Classic

Canceled

If you have been looking forward to attending this July's Missouri Deer Classic at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., you're out of luck.

Apparently, the show has been canceled because of a "sudden loss of being able to use the facility in St. Charles," whatever that means.

For many years, the show was held during the spring in Columbia, Mo., and only recently moved to St. Charles. According to organizers, they now are looking for another central-Missouri location to host the event in the spring of 2017.

Bear vs.

Pickup

Did you happen to see the video of the black bear hit by a pickup truck along Highway 60, near Willow Springs, Mo., last week?

To be more specific, the truck didn't hit the bear, but rather, the bear hit the truck, and it was all caught on a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper's dash camera.

In the video, the bear is seen in broad daylight running across the highway median, straight toward the silver pickup, which was traveling in the east-bound lanes less than two miles west of Willow Springs, near the intersection of U.S. 60 and Highway AM.

The bear never slowed or altered its path and ran smack into the left-rear quarter panel of the truck before stumbling for a second, then regaining its composure and running up the steep roadside embankment. For his part, the driver of the truck tried to avoid the collision by slowing slightly and driving onto the shoulder of the road, but alas, he was struck.

It's always been said bears don't have very good eyesight, but dang, when there's a big silver pickup barreling toward you ...?

According to Troop G's public information officer, Sgt. Jeff Kinder, the bear apparently kept going, while the truck sustained minor damage. Can you imagine if that guy had been driving a motorcycle or scooter? Yowsa!

If you assume the truck's driver was doing 65 mph because the trooper was right behind him, and the bear was running full tilt, it doesn't leave much to the imagination about the severe headache ol' Yogi probably had, if he even made it very far. My gut feeling is he didn't.

If you haven't seen the video, head over to the highway patrol's Facebook page and check it out. The page is public, so you don't need to be logged in to see it.

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