Itís here, almost. Weather or no, the 53d edition
of the Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel show opens Friday (February
16) for a 10-day run at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Spring, regardless,
There is so much about this colossal extravaganza
for sportsmen that I donít know where to start. But I must say that since
the late Harry Renfro started this thing I was a fledgling police reporter
and outdoor columnist for the stateís largest newspaper. It is only a trifle
ironic that the 53d--and many of itís predecessors--opens/opened on my
birthday. And I havenít missed a one.
In any event, I must tell you the hours. They
will be 3:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on both Fridays; 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on
both Saturdays; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both Sundays; noon to 3:00 p.m.
on Monday (February 19), 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on the only Tuesday (February
20) and the following Wednesday and Thursday (February 21 and 22).
Admission fee for adults is $10, if you buy your
ticket at the show. Advance tickets at Marsh Groceries will be $9 starting
February 12. Discount tickets available through February 15. The price
for two daysí admission is $18. Advance tickets discount childrenís tickets,
The popular Hawg Trough and seminars will be located
in Tackle Town. Hoosiers to staff the seminars will be Chris Walker, musky,
and Bill McDonald, a local tournament angler. Mike Delvisco, a pro bass
angler for more than 10 years, will head seminars on bass fishing.
Also on hand the first three days of the Sports
Show will be Indiana Turkey and Deer Exposition in Exposition Hall. Official
measurers will again be measuring racks for total scores. Deer racks may
be entered in the Hoosier Record Buck Program there. The Wall of Fame,
a collection of outstanding deer racks, is expected to be featured at the
Wrapped up in a neat little package is just about
everything outdoorsy (and even some indoorsy) Hoosiers want or need, from
travel and vacations
John Doe steps (blissfully) onto the front walk
(barefoot and in bathrobe) to pick up the morning newspaper and sinks into
the big chair by the roaring fire. But, wait a minute, there are black
and white runny tracks on the expensive oriental rug beneath his feet,
and something squishy between his toes.
Goose!. . . Canada goose!
Fear not! There is help on the way. The
Division of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled a series of three workshops
on the subject where a new deal on destruction of Canade goose nests WILL
BE ALLOWED WITHOUT A PERMIT. We are, of course, nearing the nesting season
and we are in Canada geese up to our gills, they say. (Bully, says I, watching
where I walk.)
The DFW will explain it all at the public meetings.
The first seminar is March 14 at Eastside Park in Washington. Seminars
also will be held March 20 at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis,
and March 22 at Salomon Park in Fort Wayne.
All seminars run from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. All workshop
sessions run from 11:00 a.m. to noon. All interested landowners; managers
of corporate campuses, golf courses or parks; and the general are invited.
(It should be understood that this reporter,
who hasnít popped a cap on a goose for several years, finds them delightful
on the table, and a work of God in the air or anywhere they be. The author
also hopes anyone who wrecks a Canada goose nest has a first-hand relationship
with the much-vaunted Jabez Stonesí painful whitlow on both thumbs.)
The DFW (not me) says: ďIf Canada geese have become
a problem on your property, register now to attend one of three seminars
being presented by the Department of Natural Resources' Urban Wildlife
Project. (Maybe an ingrown toenail or two would improve their thinking.)
ďThe seminars will cover various aspects of Canada
goose management, including relevant laws, basic biology and methods to
control goose damage. A special workshop on the proper techniques for egg
and nest destruction will follow.Ē (A little discomfort might be good for
them, too, and throw in the Feds.)
On with the folderol.
Advance registration is required to attend any
of these programs. To register or request further information, call the
Urban Wildlife Biologist, (812) 334-1137 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.