The big news in high-power rifle competition at the National Matches at Camp Perry is that perennial champion David Tubb did not win the event this year, but rather finished second to rifleman Norman Houle, who took home his first overall high-power title.
Houle, of West Warwick, R.I., fired a 2381-105X out of a possible 2400 to outpoint nearly 600 shooters, including Tubb, an 11-time champion from Canadian, Texas, who fired 2375-116X as runner-up. The X-score refers to perfect center-shot bull s eye and is kept to break possible ties.
Third place went to Sherri Gallagher, a Prescott, Ariz., coed who fired 2370-97X and who was named woman and collegiate champion.
Long-range rifle championships and the Palma Individual Rifle Match continued through yesterday to conclude the six-week National Rifle and Pistol matches. A long-range firing school is being conducted through tomorrow to close out Camp Perry s national competition for 2004.
In earlier competition at the Matches, Kent Roach, of Toledo, won the Scott Trophy in one leg of the high-power competition, rapid-fire sitting.
Roach fired a perfect 200 with 15 X-shots out of a possible 20X with his .223 match rifle. It only took 20 years, he said of his achievement. He fired against some 600 competitors.
A drawing for special teal hunts at Magee Marsh State Wildlife Area is set for tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the area check-station, behind the Sportsmen s Migratory Bird Center, 13229 West State Rt. 2, Oak Harbor.
Participants in the drawing for the early teal season, which is set for Sept. 1 through 9, should be on hand by 6 p.m. For other details, call Magee, 419-898-0960.
The Maumee Valley Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation, has scheduled a Women in the Outdoors activities day for Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at Adams Conservation Club, 240 South King Rd., Holland.
Females 14 and older can participate in four activities during the day, including archery, shotgun, handgun, GPS orientation, fly-tying, camping, kayaking, backpacking, basic auto skills, self-defense, plant identification, primitive cooking, rifle marksmanship, map and compass reading, wild turkey hunting, and waterfowl hunting.
To register call Cindy Cottrell, 419-841-4883.
It took a catch averaging better than three pounds a fish excellent for Lake Erie s western basin in August, awesome in most lakes elsewhere to win the recent annual captains walleye tournament for members of the West Sister Charter Boat Association.
The three top teams, by captain, with their seven-fish entry weights, include: Paul Pacholski, first, 21.66 pounds; Craig Adams, second, 21.48 pounds, and Mike Patterson, third, 21 pounds. Sixteen teams vied for the association s annual bragging rights in this casting-only event.
A total of 354 young anglers, aged 14 and under, competed in the 13th annual Kids Derby of the Northwestern Ohio Bass Masters, held Sunday at Mallard Lake at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark.
Ron Farmer, club president, said that the rain held off through the morning s fishing and most of lunch. Following are derby winners:
5 and under Matthew Leth, 6.25 pounds, first; Cal Gilson, 1.43 pounds, second, and Matthew Parsells, 1.33 pounds, third.
6 through 9 Kylie Masales, 4.98 pounds, first, plus the big fish award for a 4.79-pound carp; Cory Buck, 4.07 pounds, second, and Kaleb Greger, 3.92 pounds, third.
10 through 14 Cody Swicegood, 3.64 pounds, first; Alex Jendrzejak, 3.48 pounds, second, and Chance Ruch, 2.08 pounds, third.
More white-faced hornet nests are being sought by Russell Lamp, who collects stinging insects for the pharmaceutical industry. Lamp said he will remove nests the size of a basketball or larger for free. Call him at 419-836-3710.
The collector said he also will be seeking yellowjacket ground nests in the month of September. Call him for details.
Today through Thursday Toledo Trap and Ske et Club, 3150 State Rt. 295, Berkey; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, trapshoot, 11 a.m.; call the club, 419-829-5101.
Tonight Sand dunes hike, Oak Openings Preserve Metropark, Girdham Road, 7:30; also, tomorrow, seniors evening, 8:30, Wildwood Preserve Metropark, Visitor Center, call for reservations at 419-535-3057 extension 101; also, Friday, naturalist volunteer training, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Wildwood, Metz Visitor Center, repeats Saturday 1 to 3:30 p.m.; also, Friday, family days, fish the canal, Providence Metropark, Kimble s Landing, 10 a.m., ages 5 to 12, call for reservations 419-832-6006; Saturday, nature photo shoot, 2 p.m., hummingbirds, Secor Metropark, Nature Photography center, call for reservations 419-829-6866; also, Sunday, nature stories for families, 2 p.m., Secor, Nature Center.
Tomorrow Maumee River canoeing, 7 p.m., Farnsworth Metropark, Northwest Ohio Canoe and Kayak Club, call Herb Delventhal, 419-784-3953; also, Saturday, Auglaize River history and nature expedition, 10 a.m., two to four hours, 3.5 miles, from Power Dam to Riverside Cemetery, call Delventhal; also, Sunday, paddling the Pigeon River in Indiana, call Kevin, 419-393-2103.
Tomorrow Bowshoot, Lincoln Bowmen, 4 p.m., 26245 King Rd., Romulus, Mich., begin four-week outdoor league, call Laurie Jacques, 734-942-0906; also, Saturday and Sunday, MAA state shoot at Lincoln, 28-target 3-D measured yardage shoots; also, Sunday, Adams Conservation Club/Winnetka Bowmen, 240 South King Rd., Holland, register 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 30 3-D deer hunting course call Doc Merkin, 419-841-9896.
Tomorrow Adult CMP shoot, 9 a.m., Sandusky County Sportsmen s Club, State Rt. 600 east of Gibsonburg, call Bob Caswall, 419-862-2861; also, Thursday, trapshoot, 6 p.m.; also, Saturday, youth CMP shoot, call Caswall.
Friday Program on katydids, 9 p.m., Van Buren State Park, nature center, State Rt. 613 east of I-75 north of Findlay; repeats Saturday, 9 p.m., Mary Jane Thurston State Park, campground amphitheater, State Rt. 65 west of Grand Rapids; call 419-832-7662.
Friday and Saturday Track and trail overnighter for ages 12 to 17, White Star Park, Sandusky County Road 65 at State Rt. 300, Gibsonburg, 6 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday, call the Sandusky County Park District to register, 419-334-4495 or 1-888-200-5577.
Saturday Auto tour and viewing of scenic aquatic beds of pond lily, water lily, and American lotus, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, 1400 West State Rt. 2, Oak Harbor, call the refuge 419-898-0014; also, program on trees and grasses of the refuge, 1 p.m.
Saturday Toledo Naturalists Association, 7:30 p.m., Andersons activity center, 1833 South Holland-Sylvania Rd., program by Art Weber on a celebration of nature through photography.
Saturday Program on insects, including walking sticks, lady bugs, and ant lions, 10 a.m., age 6 to 12, Bradner Preserve, call the Wood County Park District, 419-353-1897.
Saturday Hunter s education, lecture and examination for home-study students, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Wolf Creek Sportsmen s Association, 349 Teachout Rd, north of State Rt. 2, Curtice; call Jim Daniels, 419-698-3417, or 1-800-WILDLIFE.
Monday through Aug. 25 Boating education course, 6 to 9 nightly, Ottawa Park Nature Center, call city of Toledo boating education office, 419-936-3848.