We’re sitting here on the cusp of one of my favorite times of year. Its spring; dogwoods and azaleas are blooming, everything is turning green, except for the yellow dust that falls like a heavy mist from my pine trees. I’ve already had to break out the lawn mower so, yes, it is spring.
As much as I enjoy watching the metamorphosis of the drab shades of winter evolve into a kaleidoscope of color, there is another experience that supersedes being there for the birth of yet another spring. Wild turkey season opens in Louisiana and the prospect of hearing a longbeard gobbler sound off from the roost and watching him in full strut, slowly shuffle his way to my gun makes other springtime happenings pale in comparison.
This Friday, March 24, 2017, Winnfield Senior High School will be hosting the Tiger Relays. For an admission cost of $5 per person, you can watch 15 area schools compete in both field and running events.
Competing in the Tiger Relays will be boys’ and girls’ teams from Bolton, Buckeye, Bunkie, Grace Christian, Grant, Lakeview, Many, Marksville, Menard, Montgomery, Oak Hill, Pineville, St. Mary’s, Tioga, and our own Tigers from Winnfield Senior High School.
Mr. Eric Hardaway is the head coach for the WHSH boys track team, while Mr. Chase Bartlett coaches the girls team. Assistant coaches are Mr. Charles Carrol, Ms. Kelli Edwards, and Mr. Larry Neikirk. The coaches and athletes invite members of the community to join them at 3:45 p.m. for Field Events, and 5:30 p.m. for Running Events.
To earn All District, a runner must place in the top ten at the District Meet. Congratulations to these kids and for the WSHS Boys/Girls Cross Country Teams for an outstanding year! Shout Out to Such An Awesome Coach. Coach Charles Carroll we appreciate everything you do.
The arrival to my mailbox of turkey hunting magazines and catalogs advertising the latest in turkey hunting gear and a spring that is approaching quickly have turned me on to the upcoming wild turkey season in Louisiana.
Don’t look now but the season is right here on us. Youth and physically challenged hunters can legally go after gobblers March 18 and 19 while regular season opens in all designated areas March 25 with season in Area A ending April 23.
The 14th annual Trista Tyler Scholarship Bass Tournament will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Red River Midway Marina at St. Maurice, La. Cost per 2 man team is $200.00 (includes $10.00 per boat big bass pot). $2,000 is guaranteed for 1st place. 60% pay back on entries–100% pay back on big bass. Number of places paid will be based on total of entries. Boats will leave in the order in which they are registered beginning at safe daylight. Entries are being accepted now c/o Karen Tyler, 264 Mars Hill Church Road, Atlanta, La. 71404 and will be accepted at the landing beginning at 5:00 a.m. Weighin is at 3:00 p.m.
Proceeds from the tournament go to a scholarship fund in which qualifying Seniors at each Winn Parish High School receive $500 in memory of Trista Tyler who tragically lost her life in an auto accident in June, 2003. In 2016, $9,500 was awarded to students from this scholarship.
The Bass Masters tour has been on the map for years with professional anglers from across the country with names like Dance, Martin and Van Dam having their success on the tournament trail splashed across the pages of outdoor magazines year after year.
Thanks to Ray Scott who started the whole bass tournament business, the sport has made a handful of the better competitive anglers quite wealthy.
While bass fishermen have dominated the sport of competitive fishing since the get-go, there’s a new kid on the block that is growing by leaps and bounds around the country. Crappie fisherman now have a circuit all their own. Prize money has not yet reached the plateau enjoyed by professional bass anglers but perch jerking for cash continues to escalate. Crappie Masters is exploding in popularity around the country and when there is a qualifying tournament anywhere in the local area, the interest from fishermen and spectators reaches a fever-pitch level.
LaTerrion Green and other students gathered at Winnfield Senior High School as he penned his letter of intent with Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. It isn’t often that a high school athlete is able to take his game to the next level, and Green recognized that he was being given a rare opportunity. Flanked by his family members and high school coaches, the soft-spoken, giant of a young man, proudly signed his letter of intent to continue his football career.
On February 13th, the community volunteers who coordinate the annual Shop With A Cop event joined together to recognize the efforts and successes of the Winnfield Senior High School Lady Tiger Basketball team.
Pilot Club is active in local safety events where they strive to educate others about brain safety practices in sports and many other activities. Our Fill the Helmet campaign raises funds to purchase safety protection gear for sports such as football, baseball and softball. In March, April and May, dates are set to collect donations at Walmart and on the corner at the light in front of the high school.
There is a real good chance that when I hit the woods in a few weeks checking for turkey sign, I’ll find a bonus. Likely, I’ll find a shed buck antler or two. Seldom does a year go by that I don’t run across discarded headgear from a good buck or a dinky little spike or fork-horn. Now that deer season is over, bucks are starting to drop antlers and there are some people who have taken the sport of looking for shed antlers to a new level; some even belong to clubs whose members compete to see who can find the biggest and the most sheds during the off-season.