News from the Tennessee Valley Sports

Watching out for waterfowl
Ducks Unlimited has a way for people to help support conservation programs

Doug Lasher of Decatur serves as director of fundraising and volunteer relations for Ducks Unlimited for the South Mississippi Region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

He wants to get the word out about potential problems in duck populations and duck hunting, and we’re happy to oblige him in his good work.

“The Senate is currently debating this year’s Farm Bill and unfortunately funding for conservation programs vital to waterfowl population success are in jeopardy,” Lasher said in a letter. “In short, we stand to lose a significant amount of habitat that would ultimately lead to fewer birds in the air and lower hunter harvest totals.

“We can keep this from happening,” Lasher added. “We have proven that our phone calls can change the course of legislation destined to hurt the resource we all hold so dear.”

Lasher is asking outdoor enthusiasts to go to and follow the instructions to contact your senators.

Bassmaster names

If you’re wondering if any of the big names of professional bass fishing are planning to fish the Bassmaster Southern Open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday on Wheeler Lake, let me share a little inside information with you.

Please keep in mind that some of the names may already be on the list, but as always, don’t count them present until they arrive at Decatur’s Ingalls Harbor.

Some of the names I here quite often that are on the participant list include Todd Auten of South Carolina, Mark Davis of Arkansas, Art Ferguson of Michigan, Timmy Horton of Muscle Shoals, Michael Iaconelli of New Jersey, Terry Seagraves of Florida, Terry Scroggins of Florida, Marty Stone of North Carolina, Gerald Swindle of Warrior and Jimmy Mason of Rogersville.

These are just a few who are going to battle for bass, while at the same time entertaining the crowd. And with the fish biting like they have been lately, it could turn out to be one of the biggest tournament catches in the history of Wheeler Lake.

Keep in mind that this isn’t the only big tournament heading to Decatur.

The Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Wild Card Regional will fish on Wheeler Lake on Nov. 2-3.

Deer hunting tip

Jackie Bushman, chief executive officer of Buckmasters, offers the following deer hunting tip to make your trips to the woods a little bit better, and we’re passing it along to you:

Experienced hunters know how important it is to make a setup well before hunting season and then to leave it alone until opening day.

If you know deer frequent that area and will continue to do so from scouting time through the start of the season, that’s great advice. One thing hunters often overlook, however, is that the setup itself might change over time and even throughout each day.

For example, how many times have you gone scouting in the morning or evening, picked out a great spot and cut shooting lanes, only to find, when you finally arrive to hunt, that the sun, which wasn’t a factor when you made the setup, is now shining directly in your face?

Test your setup at all the times of the day you intend to hunt it. The time to find out you need to make adjustments is not when you have a bow or gun in your hand.

Lastly, if you live in an area of the country that will see a heavy leaf drop during hunting season, take that into consideration when selecting a setup. Leaves you had been counting on to break up your outline might be gone in a surprisingly short amount of time.

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Paul Stackhouse
Paul Stackhouse

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