Conservation-It was a busy week By: Kevin Williams, Grundy County Conservation Director
August 22, 2014
It was a busy week for Grundy County Conservation last week. Boy, does it seem like I’ve said those words a few times this summer. Our Hunter Safety Class was held on Wednesday and was attended by fourteen people. With all the unexpected work in July resulting from the storms, we kept pushing the date back for this year’s course and it might have hurt attendance a bit. Generally we try to get it in right after school get out for the summer – before vacations start. I’m afraid this year with the “down to the wire” date we chose right before school reconvened, it left the football boys out of the mix. I’ve found that left to choose between the hunter education course and the football practices there is no real choice. Faced with things like losing your spot on the team or at the least sitting out a few games, the choice will be the ball. The students in this year’s class were attentive and made for a good day of learning. It was nice to have Tyson Brown, new Grundy/Marshall IDNR Conservation Officer, teaching the rules & regulations portion of the course this year. Come to think of it, Maybe Tyson will consent to an interview for a news column topic in a week or two. I’ll see what I can do about that. We finished the Hunter Safety Course at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and jumped right into the final preparations for the Scheels All Sports 3D Bowshoot on the weekend. Everything was ready by 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. That’s when it started but the first shooters were there closer to 7 than 7:30. There is always a rush to get started as soon as possible by shooters on Saturday. Whether it is to beat the heat or to finish early enough to get on to other projects yet that day, I don’t know. But it always seems to be that way. I did a quick calculation and with 153 shooters, by the end of the two day event, there had been about 7,200 arrows shot on the course. And judging from all the comments that were directed my way, a good time was had by all. I could end the column breathing a sigh of relief and looking forward to a “down” week as far as work but no. One, more big event remains on our calendar – the annual Pioneer Craft Fair in Morrison on September 14. And before we could catch our breath from the bowshoot, the new play equipment for Miller Park arrived Monday morning and installation starts Wednesday which is when the edging and fall protection arrives at the site, as well. That’s the first of several changes with that park coming shortly. I’ll be taking a few pictures and have that as a whole big announcement column topic shortly.
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