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February21, 2018 Page 3B Reporter MONROE OUTDOORS b es } Johnson Woth the pening day fTurkey eason rap- idly approaching, Monroe County turkey hunters are preparing for the big day. Since many hunters have a checklist of things they want to accom- plish before the season begins, I would like to suggest one task you should always have on your preseason checklist-- make sure there is no bait on your hunting lands. Being charged with hunting turkeys over bait is a serious matter. If a wildlife enforcement office finds you hunting over or near bait, you are subject to a $5,000 fine and/or up to 12 months in jail. Each winter many local turkey hunters try to supplement the acorns and other natural foods eaten by turkeys via supplemental feeding. This can take the form of either planting food plots or feeding them corn or other grain. When mast such as acorns and other seeds are scarce, supplemental feeding can help insure the big birds have plenty to eat throughout the harshest days of winter. Although it is per- fectly legal to hunt big game near a wildlife food plot, it is illegal to hunt too close to a loca- tion where :!!!iiiii!ii!ii!iii!;,ili:;ii! i!!:~@!iiiiG:w;ii>L 8!: Terry Johnson corn, wheat, other grains, and foods have been placed, exposed, deposited, or scattered to constitute a lure, attraction, or entice- ment of turkeys. It is also illegal to put out bait in a manner that will cause hunting on an adjacent property to be prohibited. How close is too close? It is unlawful to hunt within 200 yards or within line of sight of the bait. With that in mind, if you have been feeding deer, turkeys, or other game this past winter, this activity should be stopped as soon as pos- siblg. The reason for this is it is unlawful to hunt a baited area for a period of 10 days following com- plete removal of all bait. In addition, when you are scouting your hunt- ing lands, keep a sharp eye out for bait that may have been placed on your land by poachers. Remove it and/or call our local wildlife enforce- ment officer. During the Turkey Hunting season even though you did not know the bait is there, if an officer finds you hun.t- ing nearby, it will be dif- ficult to explain why you should not be charged with hunting over bait. Nowadays it is hard to believe we came close to losing the wild turkey during the twentieth cen- tury. There were many reasons for the plight of the wild turkey, including habitat loss, year-round hunting, market hunting, and baiting. However, state wildlife agencies, hunters and other conservationists dedicated themselves to A wild turkey gobblers shows off his plumage. (Photo by Terry Johnson) making sure the wild success story was repeat: turkey would not follow ed countless times across the passenger pigeon the land. Currently wild into the mists of extinc- turkeys can be found in tion and implemented 49 of the 50 states and comprehensive wild number more than 300 turkey restoration plans million birds. throughout the country. While the future of tur- Locally turkey resto- keys in Monroe County ration efforts began in and the rest of the state the early 1970's when a remains rosy, we cannot handful of hens and gob- take our wild turkeys for blers were released near granted. For that reason, Russellville. This was we do not need to hunt followed by two other this magnificent bird releases in the east- in an unsportsmanlike ern half of the county, manner, such as hunt- All told, well less than ing over bait. Our laws, 50 wild turkeys were rules, and regulations released in the county, are designed to insure we The Monroe County do not over-harvest this precious wild resource. Baiting was outlawed because it concentrates birds in one location where they can be easily shot. On top of that, why should anyone tarnish a sport by shooting a gob- bler feeding over a pile of corn? Such an act would never be considered by the vast majority of hunt- ers who harvest turkeys by skillfully calling wily gobblers within shotgun range. This is a perfect example of what hunters refer to as fair chase. If you have any ques- tions about baiting, have found bait placed on your land by others or know of baiting taking place on the lands of oth- ers, contact the Georgia Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-241- 4113 or Macon Law Enforcement (478-751- 6415). Terry Johnson is the retired Program Manager of the Georgia Nongame-Endan- gered Wildlife Program. He has written the informative column 'Monroe Outdoors" for the Reporter for many years. Email him at tjwoodduck@bellsouth, net. ByWill Davis publisher@mymcr.net The Mary Persons boys soccer team suffered maybe its worst week in years with road losses to Upson- Lee and Perry that will make repeat- ing as region champs a very tall chore. On Friday, the Bulldogs (5-2-1, 2-2 region) were walloped 6-1 by Perry on the road. It was the biggest margin of defeat for the MP boys under coach Allen Luton, and the program's worst defeat since 2012 when the Bulldogs lost to Woodward Academy 5-0 in Round 3 of the state playoffs. MP had to play the game without speedy senior Jakob Cox, who was suspended for one game after getting two yellow cards earlier in the week against Upson-Lee. On top of that several Bulldogs were playing with various injuries. Sophomore Julian Rivera had the only goal for the Bulldogs. Luton said due to injuries and sus- pensions he had to b ng four boys up from JV for the game and that it was just a perfect storm making life hard for his team. "Sometimes you have to go through adversity to get better," said Luton. '%Ve've got to dig deep right now." Luton also credited Perry for being a deep and talented team. ' When you're undermanned and banged up, you have to make up for it with competitive spirit," said Luton. 'TIopefully well use that and these grow- ing pains to get better down the road." Perry, which played a tough non-region schedule, improved to 3-2-1 on the year and 2-0 in region. The defending region champ Bulldogs now sit behind Perry and Upson-Lee in the region standings, MP sophomore Julian Rivera scored the Dogs'lone goal in an unexpected 6-1 loss at Perry on Friday. (Photo/Will Davis) but will get another shot at both teams at home later in the season. Last Tuesday, Feb. 27, NIP suffered a much closer 4-3 loss to Upson-Lee in Thomaston. In both losses, Luton moved striker Jacob Anthony, one of MFs leading scor- ers, to defense to try to contain speedy players for both Upson-Lee and Perry. It didn't appear to work. The Bulldogs actually trailed 3-0 before Luton moved Anthony back to striker, and MP began to claw back into it. Senior midfielder Alex Rivera struck on two long mis- siles to make it 3-2 and suddenly the Bulldogs had a chance. But as the clock wound down, defender Jakob Cox was carded for tripping in the box to give Upsen a PK, leading to their fourth goal. A review of the video seemed to indicate the Upson player merely fell forward, but the damage was done, and Cox would have to sit out the next game as well. Anthony added a third goal to make it 4-3 before time expired. Dawson Daniel had two assists for the Bulldogs, who were outshot 19 to 11 by the Knights. Keeper Brock Hulsey recorded seven saves. Upson-Lee is now 7-0 on the year and 2-0 in region. Luton said his boys showed a lot of heart fighting back from 3-0. 'Tm just real proud of the guys for coming back," said Luton. "A lot of teams would've quit. We showed a lot of heart. I'm not gonna say we deserved to win but there were questionable calls both ways. I've seen the video and ifs just we're not gonna cry and blame the refs. Ultimately they were the better team that night." Luton noted MP will get beth Upson- Lee and Perry at home later in the spring. The Bulldogs will try to get back on track this week with two winnable games, hosting Howard on Tuesday, March 6 before heading to Tattnall Square Academy for a non-region game on Friday. MP will then host West Laurens on Tuesday, March 13. Boys games start at 7:30 p.m. Continued from Front home by Morgan County on Feb. 19 to fall to 1-2 before regrouping with the three-game winning streak that started with the Eagles Landing victory. MP head coach Clae Mathis said he thinks the early-season roller coaster stems from his squad's inexperience. He noted that MP started last season 6-5 before reeling off eight straight wins to get into playoff posi- tion and believes the same thing is possible for this year's team. The Bulldogs were next scheduled to travel to Morgan County for a mad rematch at 5:55 p.m. on Wednesday. MP will then face Jordan in a road doubleheader on Saturday with Game 1 at noon and Game 2 immediately afterward at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs will then face Central (Macon) in a road rematch at 4:30 p.n on Monday, March 12 before returning home to host Eagles Landing at 5:55 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13. Meanwhile, the Mary Persons JV baseball team faced off with Schley County in a home doubleheader on Wednesday. Playing fiwinning games, the Bulldogs rallied from a four-run deficit in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the Wildcats 4-4 in Game 1. Hogan had a two-run single in the inning and scored the tying run on a wild pitch. In Game 2, MP got off to a 3-0 lead with a trio of runs in the bottom of the second, capped by a successful squeeze bunt. However, Schley County answered with three runs in the top of the third inning, all with two outs, against MP starter Keller Smith to tie the contest at 3-3. The Wildcats then went ahead for good in the top of the fifth inning with four more runs, again all with two outs, to seize a 7-3 advantage. MP responded with two runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth, but a popout to foul terri- tory just wide of first base with the bases loaded ended the Dogs' comeback bid in a 7-5 loss. The MP JV squad was next scheduled to face Jones County in a mad doubleheader beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Game 2 will begin immediately after Game 1 at 5:55 p.m. The JV Bulldogs will then return home to face Veterans in a doubleheader starting at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday. Game 2 will commence immediately after Game 1 at 5:55 p.m. Monroe Elite Tigers foot- ball team member Mason Stephens was named the "Born to Compete"8U Of- fensive Player of the Year at a gala in East Point on Feb. 11. Stephens, 8, is the son of Wanda Walker and is a third grader at K.B. Sut- ton Elementary. Stephens, who plays a number of skill positions, is pictured with Born to Compete founder Alex Benson. Born to Compete is an organiza- tion that promotes youth sports in Georgia. PUBLIC NOTICE A Trust has been created under the Will of Sarah L. Wadley Burt to provide scholarships for boys from Monroe County to attend the University of Georgia. Scholarship grants are awarded based on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis. The criteria upon which the selection of grantees is based on scholastic ability and financial needs. The Trust was established in Memory of Mrs. Burt's grandfather, Brigadier General Edward Dorr Tracy and her son, 1st Lt. William Giroud Burt, Jr. The sum of $60,000.00 has been awarded for scholarships to attend the University of Georgia during the Fall, Winter and Spring semesters. Young men wishing to apply for scholarships should make application to the selection committee chair Benson Ham at PO Box 850, Forsyth, GA 31029. Applications may be picked up at Ham & Jenkins, 8 West Johnston Street, Forsyth. Applications should be submitted by April 16, 2018. Car + Home = See me t~)r Car and Home Insurance and save. StateFarm" LIKE A Cd,)OD NEIGHBOR, STATE FARM IS THERE' Providing Insurance and Financial Servia, s