Ducks Unlimited, other events slated for local coalfields

Bob Fala Outdoors Columnist

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Ducks Unlimited (DU) is our nation’s oldest major conservation organization. Starting out circa the Dust Bowl era of the 1930’s, it has remained the mold for many hunting based groups that followed. And yes we do mean way before the currently popular Duck Dynasty program was ever hatched out.

DU is well known for its signature banquet fundraising circuit.

The local coalfields Guyana Chapter is hosting its 23rd Annual Event Friday evening, February 21 with doors opening at 5:30pm. This year’s event will again be held at the Special Occasions Banquet Hall along the Yuma Road just outside of Logan.

The Guyan DU Chapter covers a wide swath and the folks from nearby Mingo, Boone and Wyoming counties of the Mountain State, Kentucky and elsewhere are more than welcome. For tickets and further information, contact Banquet Chairman, Steve Ratz at 304-752-7841.

The blossoming Huff Creek Watershed Association will hold its major spring meeting on Saturday February 8, 7:00pm at the Cyclone Fire Department. Door prizes, raffle items and information on this year’s trout stocking, cleanup and fundraising are slated. Please try to attend or contribute to this hardworking new group. Contact Tim Jeffrey for further information at 304-682-4956.

The Buffalo Creek Watershed Association announces its mega annual Youth Trout Fishing Day on Monday April 14. Youngsters attending this year will receive a fish bag or creel for a new twist. If they hadn’t already got a fishing pole, one will be provided. Stay tuned and contact Perry Harvey with any questions at 304-583-6073.

And last but not least in the next nearby National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) Banquet to be held Saturday evening March 15 at the Chief Logan State Park Convention Center. Contact Doyle Gore at 304-239-2025 for more information.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) mustered up a small group of chartering chapter volunteers at this summer’s Chief Logan Hunting and Fishing Show. Stay tuned as their Regional Rep. Bill Carman has been in contact with some of these folks for the eventual kickoff.

Moving from the upcoming events to a little outdoor trivia, how about this one for starters? Televangelist Pat Robertson is the real life son of A. Willis Robertson, the Virginia US Congressman of the 1930’s era. He along with Senator Key Pittman of Nevada formed the duo of the famous “Pittman-Robertson (P-R) Act.” Along with Ducks Unlimited, the Duck Stamp (Migratory Bird Act) and the stated P-R funds obtained from sporting arms and ammunition, the major seminal funding sources of American wildlife conservation were born.

For another, the Outdoor Channel’s Montana “Wardens” has featured one officer by the name of Michael Fegley. He’s the spitting image of the 1990’s coal mining engineer and his dad, Tim Fegley if we’re not mistaken. Tim worked worked for Arch Coal’s, Logan County Wylo Strip job on Buffalo Creek back. If anyone has any further details, give us a call.

And lastly, the recent TV episode of Fly Rod Chronicles featuring West Virginia native sons Curtis Fleming, the host, along with special guest and basketball great Jerry West. They usually disclose the location of their fishing hole, but not this time. Indicated only as a “favorite” southern West Virginia trout stream, we think we’ve sluiced out the location. For a sampling thereof, DNR has a catch and release, fly fishing only reach along it. That is, Second Creek near the Monroe/Greenbrier county line.


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