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If I won $1 million, bass boat, truck would be mine

Instant fame and fortune swept over Arkansas angler Scott Suggs on Aug. 5 when he won the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita near Hot Springs in his home state.

The instant fortune that Suggs pocketed for taking first place was a cool $1 million. It marked the first time in history that an angler won $1 million for winning a single event.

By taking the championship,
Suggs joins other bass fishing greats who have won more than $1 million in their careers such as Kevin VanDam, Denny Brauer, Rick Clunn, Jay Yelas and Larry Nixon, to name a few.

ďIíve been so close so many times, but Iíve never been able to close it,Ē Suggs said afterward. ďItís been a long road since the last time I won, but itís great to do it here on my home water.

ďWinning a million dollars hasnít quite sunk in yet. The more I think about it, the better it gets. Itís just great to have my name up there with the champions like Darrel Robertson, Rick Clunn and the whole other list of them. Itís just great that my name will be up there as the first million-dollar winner. Itís just unbelievable, thatís all I can say.Ē

If I were Suggs, I might be at a loss for words, also — for a minute or two at least.

After that, I would give a new truck and bass boat some thought. I also would think about giving myself a few nice presents and saving the rest of the cash for bad tournament days.

Youth dove hunts

Because of the severe drought, itís uncertain how dove hunting will turn out this season.

Even so, the season will carry on.

That includes the youth dove hunts brought to us by the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The dove hunts will take place statewide for the seventh straight year.

More than 10,000 young hunters have participated in this annual event. Of those, 2,695 were new to the sport of hunting.

In cooperation with landowners, local volunteers, businesses and organizations, these dove hunts are scheduled at 33 sites in 31 counties throughout Alabama.

The list includes Colbert, Lawrence and Cullman counties.

Young hunters must be under 16 years old and accompanied by their parent or an adult who is at least 25. The adult must hold a valid state hunting license and a Harvest Information Program stamp.

ďWithout the support of the Alabama Conservation and Natural Resources Foundation, state and local sponsors and local landowners, these youth dove hunts would not be possible,Ē Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries director Corky Pugh said. ďWe encourage bird hunters to pass on the tradition to young people today so that future generations can also learn the enjoyment of the outdoors and dove hunting.Ē

Pre-registration begins Aug. 30 and is necessary for all youth dove hunts. When you pre-register, you will receive directions to a field in your area, start time and other pertinent information. Before each hunt, there will be a short welcome session with reminders on hunting safety.

Dove hunting for our zone of the state is slated to start Sept. 15. For more information, check out the list on

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Paul Stackhouse
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