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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Roanoke now is one of seven localities in Virginia that have a chapter of the Quality Deer Management Association, a national organization committed to improving the health of the deer herd and enhancing the hunting experience.
Twenty-two people turned out recently to help organize the Roanoke branch, evidence that there is growing interest in QDM. Albert Crigger of Roanoke County, a member of the national organization for 13 years, was elected president. He and Jacob Kegley of Bedford spearheaded efforts to start the new chapter. Kegley was elected treasurer. James Hancock, is vice president.
There still is plenty of time for hunters to get involved in the new chapter, Crigger said. In fact, the position of secretary is open, and volunteers are needed to staff a booth at the August 3 Sportsman's Warehouse Expo in Roanoke. The chapter's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Roanoke Branch received donations from the Rockingham Branch to help the new chapter get on its feet. One of its first objectives will be to sponsor a fund-raising banquet, Crigger said. Other goals include:
Other chapters have spent time on antler point restrictions (APR), which seeks to improve the quality of bucks by protecting the younger males. Crigger said that wasn't discussed during the organization meeting.
It was, however, a topic last week at a Department of Game and Inland Fisheries board meeting in Richmond when the agency expanded APR to five additional counties: Alleghany, Augusta, Bath, Highland and Rockbridge.
Tough fishing on James sends B.A.S.S. winner on long run to Chickahominy
Randy Howell won the tough 2013 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open on Virginia's James River last weekend by mashing his outboard throttle forward and running 40-plus gas-guzzling miles to the Chickahominy River to find fish.
Once there, he reported catching 80-percent of his bass on a wacky-rigged Yamamoto Senko soft stickworm. His three day limit of 47 pounds, 11 ounces was worth $1000 a pound.
Don't let Howell's Alabama license plate fool you into thinking he outfoxed the local boys. Howell grew up near Lake Gaston, about an hour's drive from the James/Chickahominy fishing grounds.
Second was Mike Hicks of Goochland with 41-10. Big-name pro Michael Isconelli of New Jersey was third with 41-4.
Kelly Pratt of Williamsburg, the winner in 2011, placed fourth, which is the same spot he held last year. He entered 40 pounds, 4 ounces.
In addition to Hicks and Pratt, two other angers from Virginia made the top 10, Wayne Vaughan of Chester (fifth) and Steve Colgin of Lanexa (10th) .
For Howell, it will be back home in Alabama come February. His win in Virginia qualified him for the Bassmaster Classic, to be held on Lake Guntersville, Ala.
Never heard of John Hutchens? A lot of crooks have
Capt. John Hutchens is the recipient of the 2013 national Guy Bradley Award for his work as a Conservation Police Officer for the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The award is a prestigious recognition that goes to one person in the country per year.
So how come you've probably never have heard of the good captain?
That is because for 31 years he has served as the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries undercover agent. Covert officers simply don't have their names and faces flashed around. But that is OK now. Hutchens is retiring.
So is Col. Dee Watts, chief of the DGIF law enforcement division. He officially has announced his retirement after 26 years with the agency.
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