Technology, spider blocks and hunting
Forget the TV, get outside
From the “duh” file, the Outdoor Foundation in Washington D.C. on Wedneday released a report on why more young people don’t spend time outdoors.
Technology (video games, the Internet, etc.) was a primary reason, along with lack of time, lack of transportation and poor parental influence, which frankly can explain the other three.
Expense, dirt and discomfort (When I was kid, getting dirty was the main reason for going outside) and actual danger of outdoor adventures (Again, this would have been a selling point when I was young) were other reasons cited by the youth surveyed.
“Lack of parental push for outdoor activities is a top barrier,” according to the report. “Parents are busy with work or some may find that putting their kids in front of the TV is easier than going outside.”
Kids still go outside today. They just take technology with them.
Next time I’m in Rocky Mountain National Park and my daughter is texting, I’m dropping her cell phone down the mountainside.
Making the fishing better at Thunderbird
Well, here are some people who do take their kids outside.
Members of the North Oklahoma City Bassmasters and OKC Junior Bassmasters clubs are helping make fishing better at Lake Thunderbird.
Club members recently built 180 “spider blocks” and placed them in the lake in nine different locations.
The effort was part of a habitat enhancement project of the Oklahoma B.A.S.S. Federation Nation funded by a grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.
The Federation purchased more than 200,000 feet of polyethylene pipe, 3,000 concrete blocks and several tons of cement mix, distributing the materials to Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation offices around the state.
Local bass clubs, FFA Chapters and other volunteers were then recruited to build and deploy the blocks.
The state Wildlife Department provided personnel and pontoon barges to assist with placing the blocks in public waters at locations marked with “Fishing Area ” buoys.
The plastic pipe is non-polluting, will last many more years than traditional brush or tree limbs, is less prone to snag lures and hooks, and attracts many species of fish.
For more information about the North Oklahoma City Bassmasters or OKC Junior Bassmasters, visit www.northokcbassmasters.com
Teal, goose season to open
Two hunting seasons open Saturday (Sept. 11): the resident Canada goose season and the September teal season.
The daily bag limit on resident Canada geese has been increased to eight this season.
Teal season remains open statewide through Sept 26. The last day resident Canada geese can be hunted is Sept. 20.