You can bet that Jonathon Randall will be guarding the location of his favorite bow fishing spot on Smithville Lake.
Randall, of Conception Junction Mo., set a Bowfishing Association of America world record for river carpsuckers when he shot an 11-pound, 2-ounce fish on April 23. In the process he set a Missouri “alternative methods” state record, breaking a mark he set last year.
And all in the same place.
“I shot this fish about 20 yards from where I got last year’s state-record river carpsucker,” he told the Missouri Department of Conservation. “I’m still in shock that this happened.”
Randall’s fish measured 25 1/2 inches and had a girth of 20 1/2 inches. The department said river carpsuckers, unlike carp, generally are 12 to 15 inches long. They prefer quiet, silt-bottom pools, backwaters and oxbow lakes off large streams. But they often thrive in large impoundments such as Smithville that have turbid water.
“As soon as I pulled the fish out of the water, I knew it was bigger than the river carpsucker I caught last year,” said Randall, who broke his own Missouri state record by almost two pounds.
Writers aid veterans with disabilities
The Outdoor Writers of Kansas recently donated $1,000 to a fund that purchases hunting and fishing licenses for Kansas military veterans with disabilities. But the group is hoping that is only the start.
In making the donation, the group challenged other organizations and individuals to match its donation.
Each year the Kansas Legislature appropriates funds to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to provide hunting and fishing licenses to Kansas veterans who are considered 30 percent or more disabled because of service-related injuries.
At first those funds were adequate. But applications have climbed in recent years, and the funds have run out. That’s when the department turned to donations. There are now several hundred unfilled applications awaiting funding.
To donate, send checks made out to Wild Trust, specifying the Disabled Veterans License account. Mail checks to KDWPT, c/o Wild Trust, 512 SE 25th Ave., Pratt, KS 67124.
Pulling the trigger for conservation
The Pull for Conservation Shoot to benefit the Conservation Federation of Missouri will be Saturday at Geiger Shooting Range in St. Joseph.
The event, put on by NW Electric Power Cooperative Inc., will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will be from 8 to 9 a.m.
The competition is open to the public and will feature individual and team competitions. Prizes will be awarded to the top placers in several shooting divisions.
Entry fees will be $35 for individuals (for 50 clay targets) or $50 for two-man scramble teams (for 75 targets). Registration will be accepted on site or in advance via the website confedmo.org.