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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 1943
Well, fellows the time has come when this scribe has been asked to trade in his typewriter for a Garand and a Khaki uniform. Uncle Sam has called and I leave for the Toledo induction center the 20th, and I hope, the Marine Corps. I’ve had a swell time here in Bluffton and have really enjoyed spending my Monday evenings down here at the News hammering away at the column. I want to take up a little space in thanking the Club president, Gene Benroth, for all the help he has given in supplying the local articles. If this column is to continue in the future Gene will be responsible for it and in thanking him for the cooperation he has given me I wish him the best of luck. To the rest of the Club, the Directors and my friends here, I want to say that you’ve really made a stranger feel at home. I’ve never been in a more sportsmen-minded community than this and I’m glad to have had a part in what I believe is one of the most active Sportsmen’s Clubs in the State of Ohio. I hope that this Club and its in terests continue to grow as they have in the past. At present it has a bigger job than it ever had before. Next time you happen to glance over the pictures of Bluffton’s young men in Hankish’s Confectionery who have gone to fight for their country think this over Just what do you at home owe the boys behind the guns? There’s one thing you can be sure of—When we come back we want to find this country as we left it! Our wildlife had better still be here, our forests had better not be ravished and raped as they were by greedy and selfish industries during the last war and another thing, there had better not be another dust bowl like the one which resulted from World War I. Quite a few of us won’t come back, some will, a great majority of those are going to need the quiet and beauty that our great outdoors has to offer, to reconstruct tired bodies and harried minds. You folks at home are depending on those fellows behind the guns. We aren’t going to let you down, there are millions of us out there who knew how to shoot long before we thought of fighting any wars, you can bet that just as long as we can squeeze a trigger, if that be our job, that we’ll be there fighting for our American heritage. I think I’m expressing the views of quite a few fellows: the kids that you just a few years ago started off to school and went fishing and hunt ing for the first time, we don’t like war, but ... we are in it now! We didn’t ask for it but we know’ that the quicker it’s over, the better for all concerned, then we can come back home Back to what we’ve fought for, our woods, our lakes, and streams and the right for a fellow’ to ramble over the field with his dog and gun or to cast a fly on a swift trout stream. Your job at home is just as big and important and tough as ours is under fire, we won’t let you down. Are you going to do the same for us? Keep uncooked, w’ell-cured meat in a dark, cool, dry, airy place. Leave wrapping on ham, bacon, and other cured meat until ready to cook. D. C. BIXEL, O.D. GORDON BIXEL, O.D. Citizen* Bank Bidr., Bluffton EYESIGHT SPECIALISTS Office Hours: 8:30 A. M-—5:30 P. M. Eveninra: Mon.. Wed., Fri., Sat. 7:30 to 8:30 P. M. Closed Thursday Afternoon. WITH THE SPORTSMEN’S CLUB By Paul Saucier Trying to finish courses up early at the College has caused things to sort of pile up on the editor and this being my last week, I’d better get them on paper. I’ve been in on a few of the tree planting expeditions lately sponsored by the club and, be lieve it or not, the Directors of the Sportsmen’s Club can even plant trees. Thursday evening the Directors held their meeting on a hill behind Elmer Klay’s property on West Elin street where they planted one of the tree units issued by the Conser vation Department and they did get those trees planted too. Cliff Elliot took pictures of the planting. The picture will be sent to the Ohio Conservation Bulletin for publica tion. Gene Benroth tells me that photographs of most of the units and those who helped plant them are to be taken and the pictures sent to the bulletin. Saturday a week ago John Schmidt in charge of the following group of scouts: John Bracy, May nard Pogue, David Steams, Dean Nisw’ander, Gene Patterson, Bob Ramseyer, Don Augsburger, Maurice Kohli, Coach A. C. Burcky and son Billy and myself planted a unit of trees opposite Riley creek from the College Cabin at the College farm. After “Schmidty” told the boys that as soon as we had the trees in, the eats were on him—then those trees really were put in their proper set ting in a hurry. The trees and shrubs in all of the units came in very good condition and this weather has really given them a break, so it looks like in a few years w'e may see some very favorable results. This spring weather has persuaded me to do quite a little hiking around and I was very much surprised to encounter on one of those strolls a Canada Goose. The bird was stand ing along the opposite bank of the Riley out by the College farm w’hen we encountered it. I expected it to leave when it spotted us but instead it causually strolled around and after omitting a dozen or so curious honks it lazily took off and flew but a short distance down stream. The bird had probably become lost dur ing the spring migration. Reports have come in that chucks are plentiful this spring and Mon day Dick Berky, Warren Sites, and myself secured a couple of fully feathered crow’s from a nest which I had spotted Sunday. We w’ere rather surprised to find young birds almost ready to leave the nest this early in the season. Merlin Zurcher has con sented to care for the two crows and we intend to use them as live decoys in a little crow shooting spree in the near future. Along with Russ Mont gomery’s owl and a good crow call plus a few shootin’ irons ... it looks mighty bad for those black maraud ers. Especially if Dick Berky and Wilbur Niswander keep on hitting wing shots like they have in the past few days. Never again will yours truly kid Dick about his ability to shoot. For Jesse Mangus’ information the fur output in these parts should be good next season. I’ve seen musk rats working along the Riley, both night and day and the other after noon one took a notion to gather some grass not four feet from where I was standing. Contented that it had enough for one trip it took to the water and swam down the creek. Since gas is becoming a thing be longing only to the man with the “C” card more people are having a chance to enjoy themselves out in the open. This time of the year DO YOU HAVE A LAND CONTRACT? Why not let us Appraise your property to pay off that land contract or refinance your present loan? NO CHARGE IF YOUR LOAN IS NOT GRANTED You will appreciate the service we can render. We have a financial plan for your own individual requirements. SOUTH SIDE BUILDING & LOAN ASSOCIATION 128 WEST HIGH ST, LIMA, OHIO nothing is as enjoyable as an after noon out in the woods or along the creek just seeing what kind of a show Outdoor Ohio can put on for you. And by the way to those who like wildflowers now is the time to find them in bloom, saying nothing of how the mushrooms are poppin’ this time of the year. By a unamious vote of the board of directors of the Bluffton Com munity Sportsmen’s Club, the Bluff ton Bowmen Archery Club has be come an affiliate association. The archery club under the plan will share the third floor of the Town Hall with the Sportsmen’s Club. The meeting quarters has sufficient room to accommodate both organizations and an indoor archery range will be installed in the large auditorium formerly used by the Odd Fellows Association. The archery club is headed by Miss Della Krebill as president and Mrs. Dallas Berry as Sec’y-Treas. Plans are made to have weekly meetings. A private outdoor range will be constructed for use by the members during the summer months. Harry Wingate, manager of the Swiss Inn on the Dixie south of town, will erect an archery range at his gas station for use of the public. Anyone interested in archery to the extent that they would like to try out the sport prior to joining the archery club will be furnished equip ment on a rental plan at Wingate’s range. Interested persons are in vited to attend meetings. The next meeting will be Friday night, 8:30 p. m., at the archery range on the third floor of the town hall. This meeting is open to the public and you are requested to bring your equipment to the meeting for prac tice shooting. Here is a proposition for you farmer folks—the club had ap propriated a considerable sum of money to be used for the purchasing of feed for the College Game Re serve and the feeding of wildlife dur ing the winter months in other areas. This sum is very nearly ex hausted and the club needs addi tional ear corn for the squirrel feed ers constructed on the college cam pus. We will be interested in ex changing a club membership costing one dollar for an equivalent amonut of corn to maintain our feeding pro gram. membership card and the corn will be called for at your farm. It is estimated the club will need 50 bushels of corn for the next 12 months. The reserve has thirteen squirrel dens installed and four large feeders that need replenishing about every 12 days. The club has contracted THE BLUFFTON NEWS, BLUFFTON, OHIO Nay isjus More BLACK caappic -ifcE LARGEST TREE EAST OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS IS A SYCAMORE NEAR Beverly* 0 sycamore 42feet 7inches IN CIRCUMFERENCE for’two more game reserves in the area. These two reserves will be equipped with squirrel and coon dens, in the next few weeks. Plans are being discussed to maintain feeders for wildlife in the two new reserves. These new reserves are set up by the state primarily as squirrel and raccoon propagation areas, and work done by the club will be for the propagation of this type of game. A grebe picked up on the highway Monday by Staff Sgt. Racine Warren home on furlough was turned over to Si Diller for treatment. The bird, about the size of a hen pheas ant will be cared for until it is able to mend a broken wing bone and fly again. Apparently the grebe had. hit a wire while flying. This swim ming bird nests along reeds, is an excellent diver and is able to swim long distances under water. The grebe is a relative of the loon, has lobate toes instead of webbed feet, and the tail is rudimentary. Its body has a greyish color and the front of the neck is marked by a red band of feathers. In the last few weeks complaints have been floating around which are aimed at those rabbits and pheasants which Jack Berry declares are tak ing turns watching for the first green shoots to appear in his victory garden. Not only Jack’s garden but it seems that the rabbits so far have not needed a food rationing book due to the bountiful gardens within the city limits. Just how you will eliminate this menace we don’t know but, there is a booklet put out to help the victory gardner to protect his plants! Leaflet No. 236 “Protecting Victory Gardens from Animal Pests” (issued free by writing the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Chicago). This publication deals largely with the cottontail rab bit, and how to keep him out of the garden. In an effort to find a nesting place i to rear its young in complete safety, a rabbit finally decided to choose a location on the Triplett Company lawn just at the rear of the flag pole. The lawn completely enclosed by a high fence affords excellent protec tion for the nest of young rabbits. The only’ party disturbed in the rear ing plan is the lawn caretaker who has some difficulty in mow’ing near the nest. W’hat kind of bait is best? Fish ermen don’t agree on the best kinds of bait for taking various types of fish from Ohio waters but most of them are eager for more informa tion on the subject. Without getting into any argu ments as to the merits and demerits of baits, it is interesting to look at the records on census reports, com piled by E. W. Wickliff of the Ohio Division of Conservation and Natural Resources, for a total of 4,585 fish caught. These census reports show that live crawfish, especially soft shelled craws, took more smallmouth bass, while minnows were responsible for the catching of nine out of ten of the crappies taken. The lowly angleworm enticed the most fish to bite on hook and line and these in clude rock bass, blue gills, sunfish, bullheads, channel catfish and suck ers, while doughballs proved the downfall of four-fifths of all carp taken. Of the total number of fish taken, worms were responsible for 60%, minnows, 20%, doughballs 10% and crawfish 8%. The winning team of a member ship contest held by the club direc tors will be entertained at a dinner at the Walnut Grill Thursday even ing. The winning team led by’ Herb Rupright will be fed by the losing team led by Si Diller as captain. Membership this year will be con siderably larger than the 339 on the role last year. Jack Filhart takes great pride in the apple orchard near hia home on under ontosntes AS TOLD BY CONSERVATION DlV/SION Month ees crappies are TAKEN IN MAY THAN AT ANY OTHER SEASON* cmmts- wmiyr c**Afna :0‘ WMIT« CRAPPIBS ARP COMMON THROueHOUT THK STATS IN PONP reservoirs or euueeisH parts OF LARGE STREAMS. 61. ACK CRAPPISS ARE COMMON ON(_Y IM THE NORTHERN SECTIONS* BOTH SITE ON LIVE MINNOWS OR SPINNERS* SH flow TEMPERATURE iS required to preserve bait Minnows where they have no SPECIAL AERATION ies\ |7i i i kk North Jackson street. Last week he became aware that other eatables besides apples are grown in the orchard for under one tree he picked up three nice big sponge mushrooms. Judging from the number of people taking to the woods last Sun day there should have been a great harvest of sponge mushrooms. Cars were parked by nearly every good woods and many orchards were scoured by eager enthusiasts search ing for this spring delicacy. Some folks were successful, others gather ed a scattered few for their efforts. Elmer Ludwig was probably the luckiest for he gathered around six dozen nice mushrooms near a stump in the Dardio woods. Mrs. Ludwig and Verne Dardio accompanying Elmer were not without luck for they were each able to gather a few before the day was over. Veterans at the game of mush room hunting are Carl and Ray Mumma of Bluffton, and Jay Mumma of Toledo. These three were able to gather only a few mushrooms Sun day afternoon. Carl feels that the coming week end will be the peak for this season and that the warm weather with the rains falling the past few days should produce an abundance of sponge mushrooms. Mushrooms can be gathered the last of April and as late as the first of June, but the first ten days of May I is the best time in the opinion of these men. Albert Benroth picked up four sponge mushrooms under an apple tree near the Tipple farm, but was unable to find more after searching several additional orchards and woods. Maynard Geiger always hits the jack pot when he goes a mushroom ing. Last Friday he made a find of 38 nice big ones. Maynard hunts with his father Menno Geiger and this probably accounts for some of his uncanny ability to find these choice delicacies. Menno, a lumber- I I K5 w S i Bl Turtles Numerous In Local Streams (Continued from page 1) son on turtle hunting this year. Turtles and frogs may be taken from the waters at any time, except from May 1 to June 15, inclusive. No Limit There are no legal lengths, bag or possession limits in open seeason and sportsmen are permitted to sell them. They may be taken in any way, except that if a trap is used each mesh shall measure at least four inches on a side. The turtles “hole up” for the win ter and with the coming of warm spring weather head down the small streams towards bigger waters. Later as the weather becomes considerably wafmer the female locates a sand bank or a convenient place in a near by field and using her tail as an auger will pivot round and round in a circle until a hole in the earth is made in which she lays her eggs. Frequently several dozen of these small eggs can be found in a single nest. Egg laying time is the period when the turtle is extremely brave and the turtle will vigorously defend herself. The eggs are then left to be incubated by the warm rays of the sun. Turtle Eggs Turtle eggs of the snapper and soft shell varieties are about the size of a ping-pong ball and are very edible. One nest of eggs is laid by turtles in the Bluffton locality each season. Nests of snapper turtles have been found containing as many as 70 eggs. Turtles are caught in the creeks and quarries of Bluffton. They gen erally prefer the creek as a habitat since they are almost entirely vege tarian. The snapper turtle is an ex ception to this rule and will eat fish or even on occasion will pull a duckling under the water and de vour it. The following varieties of turtle are found in the Bluffton area: snapper, painted, blandings, box, spotted, soft shell and musk. None of these is poisonous. Of all these the snapper turtle is the largest, Bluffton sportsmen having caught this variety in a size too large for an average wash tub. Caught Many Ways Turtles are caught in a variety of ways: handnets, specially built traps or even with hook and line. Lester Hahn, Bluffton sportsman living on West Elm street, has developed his own technique and catches the tur tles by reaching into the under water hole with his hand pulling them out by the tail. Further de scription of this method will be giv en in next weeks installment. I Few people realize how much tur tie meat is available around here. Local turtle hunters and trappers state that there is an almost un limited supply in the two streams man for a good many years, can tell ash and elm and other trees a mile away that seem to lend assist ance in some manner in causing the mushroom spawn to flourish. So these two hunters waste little time looking at the places where there aren’t mushrooms. Fred Zehrbach found some 20 mushrooms of the large grey type in the woods Monday evening. PAGE THREE and its tributaries. Probably the reason why turtles are not easten more frequently is not so much the prejudice against them but their foridding appearance which makes the task of preparation for the table seem like an all day job. Dressing Turtles Yet, we are told by the sportsmen here, that it is no more of a trick to dress a turtle than it is to dress a chicken. Turtle can be prepared for eating in several ways and in the opinion of most local hunters baking the meat in an oven produces the most delicious flavors. Preparing the meat is similar to the preparation of dressing pheasant or chicken. Like dressing a bird you first chop off the head. Lifting the turtle by its tail will cause him to stick his head out and then a noose can be slipped over the head, making the severing of the head an easier task. The claws are sharp, so to avoid injury cut off the feet and hands at the “ankle” and “wrist” respectively. Now nail the turtle to a board or tree, belly out, and you are ready for the removal of the shell. Cut the skin from the shell, and after pulling it back over the legs separate the shell into two parts by cutting exactly through the point of junction of the belly plate and the back shell. Lift the belly plate off, and after removing the entrails, the four quarters can be removed. The tenderloins can then be cut from along the middle of the back just outside the ribs. Skin out the neck and base of tail and there will be ready eight chunks of meat of three distinct kinds. All fat must be cleaned away in preparing the meat. In frying, soak meat first over night in salt water, or diluted vinegar. The meat can be used for soups rather than frying. The eggs found inside the turtle make excellent omelettes and French toast. It is not possible to boil turtle eggs. Jim Luce, of Lake George, Michigan, well known to many Bluff ton people, gives the following re cipe: Separate the yolk from the white, add a small amount of sugar, thick cream or condensed milk, beat well, add seasoning and fry in butter. Personal experiences of Bluffton turtle hunters will be described in the next issue of the News. Compulsory registration of Austral ian women was made effective Oct. 15, 1942 and at that time, there was a Woman’s Land Army totaling 1,538. The enrollment increased to 1,900 by the end of 1942. Women in the Land Army are granted free uniforms, free transportation, four weeks annual I sick leave and two weeks holiday on I pay, and are to be provided with in insurance against occupational acci dents. Francis Basinger, D. D. S. Evan Basinger, D. D. S. Telephone 271-W Bluffton, Ohio MUNSON R. BIXEL, M. D. Office Hour*: 8:30-10 A. M. 1-3 P. M. 7-8 P. M. Office, 118 Cherry St. Phone 120-F Bluffton, O. 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