"Bayou Bill" Scifres
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55th Annual Boat, Sport & Travel Show
Copyright © 2009 by Bill Scifres

Well, it must be spring, or at least nigh onto it. Leastwise, the 55th annual edition of the Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show opens a 10-day run at the Indiana State Fairgrounds at 3 p.m. Friday, February 20. That is spring to me even if  ďthe north wind doth blow.Ē

Having chronicled this momentous outdoor-indoor event for more than half a century, I am compelled to say that this chapter of the show, hatched by the late Harry Renfro some 55 years ago, appears as big as ever in the face of adverse economic conditions. Time will tell that story.

As noted above, the show opens Friday (Feb. 20) and continues daily through Mar. 1. If that isnít spring, I donít know how to cajole it up.

Hours daily, by dates, will be 3 to 9 p. m. on the coming Friday; Feb. 21, 28 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Feb. 22 and March 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Feb. 27 1 to 9 p.m.

Admission fees will be $9 for adults and seniors, $7 for children 6 to 12 years old, with those 5 years old and younger admitted free. The two-day ticket goes for $18.

The annual turkey-deer exposition is scheduled for the first three days of the show.

For additional information on the sports show, call 1-877-892-1723.

ATTERBURY TURKEY -- The military are at Atterbury area has informed the Department of Natural Resources that military exercises will make it impossible to hunt that area this spring for wild turkey. Those who applied for hunting at the military area will be permitted to make another hunt selection by the DNR.

SUCKER TIME --We have not yet heard of anyone catching suckers on hook and line, or with gig (spear). However, this chilly-to-warm fluctuations of weather we are experiencing now is sucker time.

Smaller streams are still above normal but falling to spring levels and are clearing . . . ideal conditions for suckers. It should happen soon, and while I prefer garden worms as bait, the leftover bee moth larva is pretty good fare for old puckermouth. An eight or nine-foot flyrod with dark braided line is a great way to go. The two or three feet of line immediately above the hook works well as monofilament. The sucker is a wary fish . . . very good on the table.  

LATE GOOSE -- The extended season on Canada geese ended Sunday . . . as hunters were doing well in many methods of gunning. Maybe the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Department of Natural Resources (the nest wreckers) should let the season run a bit longer instead of advocating the wrecking of goose nests and eggs later in spring. Their plan is already before us.

Our Canada goose flock is something to be protected, no matter how squishy their droppings are between the toes of humans. The governor and president should be stepping in to halt forever this base plan of people we hire to do the exact opposite. So Canada geese are a bit greasy.  They still help fill hungry stomachs in times of need . . . which is NOW according to my watch and calendar.

There may be 1,000 Hoosiers who abhor geese for many reasons. Five million more citizens -- or somewhere along that line -- like the aesthetic smack that geese freely give to Hoosierland by being residents.

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