The Herald Bulletin

July 11, 2013

Bubblegum color attracts bass


The Herald Bulletin

---- — A Facebook message Sunday night put me on the water Monday morning.

It was from my nephew Darin Bramwell who lives in Virginia. He was in town and wondered if I knew of a good place to fish.

It was good to see my brother Roger’s son. We met at a local pit and before I had the boat ready, Darin caught two bass from the bank. He was using a four-inch Gary Yamamoto Sinko type worm in bubblegum color. The bubblegum angler put it on me, Darin caught six bass and I only three.

Tuesday afternoon I went berry picking behind the barn. The deep shaded black raspberries were ripe as were a few blackberries. This is the time where these two overlap. The two will become one in my next pie.

A cool breeze was blowing my hair and the sky to the west was turning dark. This was a great time to be outdoors.

Local butterfly expert Peggy Packard once asked me if I knew where there was a lot of milkweed. I did, picked some seed pods and gave them to her.

The monarch is on the decline because so much of the milkweed has been eradicated by herbicides. I find them in overgrown fields and briar patches; same place I find rabbits and blackberries.

You can learn about the monarch butterfly and ways to help conserve the species in a workshop at Ouabache State Park on July 28.

The program runs from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Participants will receive milkweed seeds and a monarch caterpillar to take home.

Participants should meet at the Campview Shelter in Campground A. Advance registration is encouraged by emailing jamstutz@dnr.IN.gov. A fee of $5 per person is due upon arrival.

Ouabache State Park (stateparks.IN.gov/2975.htm) is at 4930 E. St. Rd. 201, Bluffton, 46714.

It is time to think about putting in for all those special hunts the DNR has to offer. The following will get you where you need to go.

Hunters can apply for a reserved hunt online by visiting IndianaOutdoor.IN.gov and clicking on the “Register for a Reserved Hunt” link. The online method is the only way to apply.

All applicants must possess a valid hunting license for the hunt for which they apply. All applications must be completed by the application deadline to be eligible for the drawing. Hunters will be selected through a random Dove Hunt Draw: Online application deadline is July 28.

Military/Refuge Firearm and Archery Deer Hunt Draw: Online application deadline is Aug. 25. Hunts on Military/Refuge properties may be cancelled at any time.

Youth Firearm Deer Hunt at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge: Online application deadline is Aug. 25

Pheasant Hunt Draw: Online application deadline is Sept. 29. Adults should not apply for the Nov. 25 hunt, which is reserved for youth (17 and younger) only.

Deer Creek Deer Hunt: Online application deadline is Aug. 15.

Deer Creek Rabbit and Quail Hunt: Online application deadline is Aug. 15.

Applications for waterfowl draw hunts begin in late August. Pheasant put-and-take registration will be available Sept. 1.