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What's in Outdoors and Fishing's Future will be at the Bowyer Building, Lyon County Fair Grounds.
Sept 30, 2017
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Press Release -
JCCC brings Crappie University to Overland Park
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is offering a continuing education course with a new hook, literally, for anyone interested in crappie fishing, beginner to avid.
Called Crappie University and taught by a team of expert crappie-fishing instructors, the 8-hour course encompasses four 2-hour night classes and costs $89 per person. The enrollment fee covers all course materials, including samples of crappie lures and jigheads.
The JCCC Crappie University begins on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and continues on the Monday night dates of Feb. 13, 20 and 27. Class times are 7:30 – 9:30 p.m., and all four classes will be held at JCCC campus in Overland Park, Kan.
“Crappie fishing is no longer just a cane pole and bobber sport, and the pursuit of this sport fish has never been more popular,” said Crappie University’s founder Gary White. “Across the country, the crappie is gaining on bass as the number one sport fish.”
“Crappie University is not a seminar, it’s an accelerated course in the strategies and techniques for becoming a better crappie angler. Our instructors are the best-of-the-best on their respective topics.”
With the advent of several crappie fishing tournament trails, new and unique ways to catch the species under a variety of conditions are constantly being found and refined. Each Crappie University instructor has a technique he relies on most when the fishing gets tough. From spider rigging and long lining, to dock shooting, pushing crankbaits and other specialty techniques, the course instructors will share their knowledge on how they find and catch crappie. A question-and-answer session is included each night.
“It has been said that 90 percent of the fish are in 10 percent of the water. While that may not be true in every instance, these instructors know exactly where to find the crappie in every season of the year. They are crappie pros and guides who have developed their techniques through trial and error,” added White.
The JCCC Crappie University instructional staff includes Barry Morrow, “the crappie coach.” A retired school superintendent and wrestling coach, Morrow is now a full-time crappie guide in Oklahoma and Missouri. He has been featured on the Sportsman’s Channel and fishes several crappie trails that travel the country. Morrow has won three Crappie Masters events and is the back-to-back winner of the Missouri State Championship. He is known nationwide for helping coach anglers in the art of crappie “catching.”
Another instructor is Lake of the Ozark’s Terry Blankenship, a frequent crappie tournament angler who has won many events over his career. Blankenship is considered one of the best in the country at “dock shooting,” a specialty crappie fishing technique that uses a rod and reel to “shoot” a crappie jig bow-and-arrow style up underneath docks where other techniques can’t reach. Also an expert with marine electronics, he’s been featured in many publication and television shows on a wide variety of crappie fishing topics.
Additional instructors include year-round crappie anglers Kevin Rogers and Jim Dant.
Rogers, in his 25 years as a crappie tournament pro, has racked up 34 event wins in five different states, including a win of the June 2016 Crappie Masters event on Truman Lake. Rogers and his dad Charlie were named the 2016 Crappie Masters national Team of the Year, by accumulating the most points for the season.
Dant, who lives near St. Louis, is also familiar with the winner’s circle. He has 17 Top 3 finishes in crappie tournaments over the past six years. Familiar with many waters in the region, he has great information on best jig colors and techniques.
To enroll in the 2017 Crappie University at Johnson County Community College, call the campus at 913-469-2323.
For more information about Crappie University, visit www.CrappieUniversity.com.
My Christmas Wish……….Responsible Firearm Ownership.
Christmas is just around the corner. If you are thinking about buying a youngster a firearm for Christmas, even a BB gun or an air rifle; please take a couple of things into consideration. Are firearms safe in your home and can your child be trusted with such a responsibility?
There are many positive things a child can learn from firearms safety education and especially the shooting sports. These include safe habits when handling a firearm and instilling responsibility that can last a lifetime.
Proper handling of a firearm and learning to be a safe shooter teaches responsibility and respect. Self-discipline and control must also be mastered in order to hit the target. Learning to hold a firearm steady and to shoot a gun accurately teaches concentration and helps develop hand-eye coordination. Knowing the shooter alone is ultimately responsible for his or her performance teaches self-reliance and builds self-esteem.
Parents should realize a child’s age isn’t the most important factor when deciding whether there should be a firearm in the house or if the child should be allowed to be around firearms. Mindful, responsible parents know their child better than anyone else. Can the child follow directions and handle responsibility? Is the youngster mature enough to make decisions that will ensure his or her own safety and the safety of others? And last but not least, do the parents themselves have the knowledge and experience to give proper instruction in the basics of firearm safety? Supervision and instruction on basic firearm safety rules should also have been a part of the child’s Christmas gift. Hands-on instruction and training, repeated over and over, along with a thorough understanding of the safety rules will teach the child that nothing can be taken for granted concerning gun safety.
If a new gun is on your child’s Christmas list and you are still apprehensive about giving such a gift, you might want to have your child sign a FIREARMS RESPONSIBILITY CONTRACT. In this written contract the child promises to learn and obey all the rules of safe firearms handling.
Get a copy of the Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety, review them and discuss their meaning. Make it a point to attend a Hunter Safety Education class if you haven’t already done so, even if you don’t plan on becoming a hunter.
A promise from the child should be made to never play with firearms because they are not toys, and that includes BB guns.
Where children are concerned, firearms should be used only with the permission of a responsible adult and under their strict supervision. Treat every gun as if it were loaded and never aim it at something you do not intend to shoot. It should be clearly understood there will be an automatic forfeiture of shooting privileges for whatever length of time agreed upon, if the Firearms Responsibility Contract isn’t adhered to.
An Automobile Responsibility Contract may come into play in years to come when a decision is made to turn the young driver loose with the family vehicle for the first time. Knowing the youngster’s ability to follow directions, handle responsibility and be trusted will make such a decision that much easier.
If you do own a gun already, always remember to unload the firearm carefully and completely before taking it into the house. Never load a sporting firearm in the home. Always make sure that firearms are securely stored in a location inaccessible to children. You might even treat yourself to a new gun safe for Christmas!
Ammunition should be stored in a separate location, locked up and inaccessible to children. Place firearms in their proper storage location immediately after returning from a hunting trip or a day at the range. When you remove your gun from storage, always recheck it to confirm that it is still unloaded. It is a gun owner’s responsibility to make sure his firearms are not casually accessible to anyone---especially curious young people who might be looking for Christmas presents.
For more information on firearm safety education, programs and events, contact the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. Tel 203-426-2359 www.nssf.org
Or call Eddie Eagle 1-800-231-0752 for their latest program information.
You might also give the Lyon County 4-H Extension Office a call, 620-341-3220 and ask about their shooting sports program.