Anyone interested in archery can thank a longtime archer by the name of Holles Wilbur Allen for coming up with the very first compound bow built with wheels and pulleys in the early 1970s. But soon after — still in the early '70s — another avid and longtime archer, Tom Jennings, was largely credited with bringing compound bows to the masses and was often referred to as “Mr. Compound Bow.” Jennings was born in 1924 and died in February of this year at 88 years old. Those of us who have shot recurves and long bows through the years, then graduating to the new compound bows, can thank both archers for sharing their talents.
The April 2013 issue of the Inside Archery Magazine offers a nice article on Jennings. Those of us who have shot archery for years can appreciate to share his story. They tell how Jennings himself was an exceptional recurve bower, but after testing the Allen bow, officially discontinued his traditional work and jumped full force into improving and developing compounds.
The Jennings Compound Bows Corporation became the first company licensed to build compound bows resulting with Jennings having to run full force to barely keep up with orders because of the popularity.
Inside Archery reports, “Tom Jennings dedicated his life to the sport of bowhunting. He fought for acceptance of compound bows in hunting seasons and in target competition. Jennings' tireless efforts were honored when he was inducted into the Archery Hall of Fame in 1999.”
• SB 1223 (license simplification): The Arizona House voted on April 15 to pass the Senate Bill. Now if governor Jan Brewer signs the bill, the Arizona Game and Fish Department will engage in an outreach effort to solicit for public input on a conceptual license structure and fees at various public meetings statewide. I'll report further as meeting dates are set or visit www.azgfd.gov/licensesimplification.
• Best not feed wildlife: Game and Fish reports this spring has been fairly dry causing wildlife to come closer to communities for a free handout. It is suggested when driving to be on the lookout for these animals crossing roads. It actually doesn't help the animals by feeding them but puts them in harms way. It also brings in larger predator animals where they all can encounter human conflict. Consider also disease that can be spread from one animal to another as well by them being in close contact with one another away from their own protected natural habitat.
• Lyme disease awareness - Tips to protect yourself, family and pet: 40,000 cases of lyme disease are documented in the U.S. alone every year with 2013 predicted to be another bad year. Ticks can be in your yard in shaded areas with leaves with high humidity. A good idea to do periodic tick checks (on yourself, children and pets) and carefully remove any found, wear light colored clothing so ticks are easier to find. When on a hike, bike or walk, try to remain in the center of a trail in order to minimize your exposure. Remember, ticks cannot fly, they crawl up. Avoid sitting directly on the ground, woodpiles or fallen logs or areas where ticks love to live. Wear tick repellent clothing when possible. Check www.insectshield.com.
• June 22 Prairie Dog Shoot: For information, call Doug Beach at 446-1122. Details forthcoming.
• ABA - Yuma Region: If you missed the change in location for yesterday's leg of this weekends competition, get to Mittry Lake early this morning so you don't miss today's event. The angler appreciation raffle will follow weigh-in later today. Watch next week's column for results of this weekends tournaments or call tournament director Jeff Woods at 1-951-201-9461.
• YumaProAm Series: Today's Pro Am Tournament will launch between 5:30 to 5:45 a.m. (should be ready to fish by 5:15 a.m.) at Fisher's Landing for today's competition. If you aren't going to make it to the water, check results in a forthcoming column. Call Bob La Londe at 580-1270 or visit email@example.com. or www.YumaBassMan.com. March results: La Londe reports Mac McDermott/Luke VonDorsten came in with over 20 pounds along with a 6.98 pound kicker for first place and first place big bass. Second went to Bobbi McDermott/Matt Yates with 16.43 and a 6.14 pound kicker. Following up in third with 13.32 were Robert Murray and Tyler Shady. Bob writes, “It's warming up out there so bring lots of water. The flip bite has started but the topwater bite is undecided.”
• Desert Bass Anglers: Colorado River Team Tournament is Saturday, open to all anglers with tournament approved boats. Call Mac or Bobbi McDermott at 726-1984 with questions.
• Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club: The IRS Bass Derby saw 21 teams fishing with the big fish winners Richard Gill/Chris Walker with 6.06; 1. Richard Gill/Chris Walker with 18.15; 2. David and Jonathan Parrish 15.90; 3. Mike Gaither/Johnny Fugate 14.88. Good fishing, guys! Big bass derby with dinner and Calcutta is May 18-19 with sign-up at Sportsmen's Hideaway. Call David or Jon Parrish at 941-6168 or Richard Gill at 580-5646. Keep practicing for the June 1-2 Ted Townsend Memorial Catfish Derby (call Matt Phillips 941-1341 or Mark Loghry 726-4896). Also June 15 will see the military appreciation, open to all Yuma area military. Float tube derby at local waters with Billy Morgan 210-2478 and Charlie Hansen 341-4051 in charge.
• Wednesday Jackpot Derby: $5 sign-up at the Fisher's Landing gas dock by 8 a.m. each Wednesday with the biggest fish weighed in, any species, taking the pot. Call Jimmy Phipps at 782-2207.
• Swede Ferguson Monthly Memorial Bass Derby: Pay the $10 entry anytime during the month and weigh in your catch at Fisher's dock with the winner determined the last day each month. Call Phipps for details.
• Martinez Lake MCAS Recreation Area: Call Mike Castello at 783-3422 to learn about camping, fishing and enjoying the outdoors at the recreation area at Martinez Lake, open to all military personnel and families.
• Bass Class on the Water: A unique fishing class to learn tips, techniques, tactics, locations and bait selection with instruction on rigging and selection of gear and lures. Everything needed to catch bass like the pros with a fully rigged bass boat and all gear provided. Call Dave Willhide at 782-2621.
• Safety paramount when out on a boat: Game and Fish reports the most important thing to do when on the water is to be “situationally aware.” That means, know what is going on around you, conditions on the water can change quickly. In high winds, rough conditions, stormy weather and at night, break out the life jackets and put them on. If it starts looking bad, it can be bad. Boat safe, boat smart and boat sober! Boaters should keep the closest shore over their right shoulder and not cut blind corners where oncoming boaters can't see them. All people on board must have a readily available, properly sized U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Children 12 and younger must wear them anytime a boat is under way. Boat smart by taking a boating safety education class to learn the navigation rules of the waterways — it'll help cut down on difficulties on the water. An online course may be found at www.boat-ed.com/arizona/index.html.
• Renegade Archers of Yuma: Shoot the trail of 3D animals at 8 a.m. (change to earlier time because of the heat) Sunday at the Foothills Archery range, south of I-8 and east of south Foothills Blvd., close to the Gila Mountain Range. Fun practice and enjoyment for the whole family with $3 adult fees ($5 couple/family). Youngsters, all ages, always shoot free of charge with free use of equipment available for those not having their own by calling Jean 247-4450 or Kevin 726-0953 prior to the shoot day. Ask for directions to the range.
• Southwest Bowhunters: Shoot archery each Sunday at 8 a.m. at Adair Park with the practice range open all week. Call Wayne Wittenberg at 341-0140 or Uschi House at 345-3770.
• Yuma Trap and Skeet Club: Open trap and skeet at Adair park 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through April. Scholastic clay target practice for young shooters each Wednesday. Call Gary Knight at 210-0805. The board meeting will be 6 p.m. Monday at Round Table Pizza, 16th Street and Avenue B.
• Yuma Territorial Longrifles Club: Open black powder matches 1st and 3rd Saturday's at Adair Park with the monthly meeting preceding the match on the 1st Saturday. Shooting begins at 8:30 a.m. Call Dennis Hansel at 342-7573.
• Cholla Gun Club: Although metallic silhouette matches at Adair Park will not resume until fall, the range is open for practice for shooters during daylight hours. Practice safety first!
• Yuma Rifle and Pistol Club: Call Paul Lerma at 783-6766 or Gerald Brooker at 305-9681 for shooting dates in May at the Adair Park big bore range.
• Yuma Matchmasters: Shooters sign-up at 7:30 a.m. for Sunday's Cowboy Match at the Adair Park small bore range. Beginning in May through September, sign-up will be at 6:30 a.m. Check Sprague's.com for latest matchmaster information or call Ron Gissendaner at 726-0022 or Ruth Wilmot at 726-7727.
Contact Jean Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 247-4450.