Outdoor Briefs

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2000

Homer halibut derby update

The July winners of the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, announced earlier this week, were as follows:

1- David Chaparro, Chicago, 337 pounds. Caught July 9 aboard Inlet Charters' Fringe Benefit, David Flower, skipper. Chaparro continues to lead the summer-long derby as well.

2- Dale Hassinger, Prospect, Pa., 323.6 pounds. Caught July 17 aboard Alaska Luxury Charters' Quintessence, Dale Seekins, skipper.

3- Ryan Russell, Merrit Island, Fla., 307.2 pounds. Caught July 26 aboard North Country Charters' Ida Nina, Chuck Hanshaw, skipper.

4- Steve Johnson, Pongoteague, Va., 285.2 pounds. Caught aboard Homer Ocean Charters' Tomahawk II, Greg Sutter, skipper.

5- Jay Whitson, Tempe, Ariz., 276.6 pounds. Caught July 2 aboard Aurora Sportfishing's Northern Lights, Mark Millspaugh, skipper.

Travel plan can save lives

FAIRBANKS -- One way to help ensure your safe return from a hunting trip is to complete a Search and Rescue Prevention Travel Plan.

The travel plans are available at local trooper detachments The form contains information needed to begin a search if there is an emergency, such as where and how long you will be hunting, how you got there, what supplies you have and who is in the hunting party.

Hunters should leave the plan with someone who can contact troopers in the event they are overdue. A new travel plan should be completed each time you travel into the field.

Valley cow moose hunt delayed

ANCHORAGE -- Above average winter moose mortality from deep snow, highway vehicle and train kills and wolf predation will delay the return of popular cow moose hunts in Game Management Sub-unit 14A, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says.

Herman Griese, Palmer area wildlife biologist, said deep snow reduced the winter survival rate of moose.

Making the most of your shotgun this fall

When the birds fly this fall, many gunners will miss their first shot, and miss badly.

According to longtime shooters, their mistakes invariably will be:

They shoot too quickly. Good shooters will wait a half-second between settling on the bird and pulling the trigger.

They aim their gun. Instead of trying to settle your sights right on the bird, point your gun and move in the same direction it's moving. Swing with the target and pull the trigger. Point, don't aim.

When they pull the trigger, many shooters stop following the target with their barrel. Because of that, they shoot behind the bird.

They lead the target too much. There is no rule of thumb, but it is common sense to lead fast-flying teal more than lumbering sage grouse.

They misjudge the distance to the target. To learn how to judge distance, pick something in your path, guess how far away it is and then walk off the distance. Another good trick is to set your decoys so the one that is farthest from your shooting position is 40 yards.

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