People will have the opportunity to learn more about shooting sports past and present at the Perry County 4-H Shooting Sports Expo at the county fairgrounds Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
While a variety of firearms will be on display at the Expo, no firearms will be sold at the event, which also will serve as a fund-raiser for 4-H shooting sports.
. Displays will include the following: antique ammo, custom guns, local animal furs provided by David Adams, weapons of World War I and II provided by Norman Held, and muzzleloaders provided by Albert Hagedorn.
Also, archery provided by E & E Guns, plus a Civil War display provided by Mark Laflin.
Admission is free but a container for donations will be available.
Lunch will be available for purchase by visitors.
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DEER BRUHAHA -- A Connersville couple raised a young deer and created a firestorm of media interest after officials originally planned to prosecute them.
Their intentions were good, however it is illegal to possess wild game without a special permit.
The Department of Natural Resources eventually asked that the charges be dismissed against the couple for illegal taking of a deer.
After reviewing the matter, Gov. Mike Pence recognized public pressure and asked the DNR to reevaluate the case. As a result of the governor’s request, the DNR has reexamined the case and sought dismissal of the charges.
The case involves a Connersville couple – Jeff and Jennifer Counceller – who took in a fawn deer in 2010 they said was injured. The couple was told at that time by an Indiana Conservation Officer from the DNR that it is illegal to possess a wild animal without a permit and the best option was to return the fawn to a wooded location.
They did not, and last summer they were found to still have the deer but no DNR permit authorizing them to possess it.
The case was turned over to the Fayette County prosecutor.
It would have been easier for the conservation officer to ignore the violation, but then how do they deal with other more serious violations of individuals keeping and or hoarding wild animals?
Common sense prevailed. Maybe?
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ART CONTEST -- Students across the United States have the opportunity to win prizes and national recognition while learning about state-fish species, aquatic habitats, and conservation. The state-fish art contest uses art to ignite children’s imagination while teaching them about the outdoors.
The 15th annual Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest is open to all students in grades K through 12. The first place winning artists will be invited to attend the organization's EXPO to be personally recognized on stage receiving prizes and trophies.
Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2013. Winners will be announced May 3, 2013.
To enter, young artists nationwide must create an original illustration of their chosen state-fish. A personal one page written essay, story or poem on its behavior, habitat, and conservation needs is also required.
Educators, homeschoolers and parents can learn more about the competition by visiting a website at www.statefishart.org for complete details and to download the FREE Fish On! Lesson Plan.
The 15th Annual State-Fish Art EXPO will be held at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, Georgia on the weekend of July 12 and 13, 2013.
Winners who attend the EXPO will be treated to the 15th Anniversary Celebration with a wide variety of family events throughout the weekend including a special Awards Ceremony to honor all the winners with prizes and trophies.