2008-09-25 / Sports

Field Notes 09/25/08

Feral pigs free game to hunters
STATEWIDE — Hunters are reminded to be on the lookout for wild pigs during the 2008 hunting seasons.
Found in all but 20 of the state’s 83 counties, the wild swine are a threat to natural resources and agriculture. A coalition of farmers and agricultural organizations produced a poster this year declaring “Wanted Dead (Not Alive). Last seen in 63 counties” and sports photos of the renegade pigs, which are typically escaped from game ranches.
These are not small animals, either, as some reported shooting several that topped the scales at 200 pounds. Sows generally produce litters nearing a dozen, and although the state doesn’t have exact numbers on the wild pigs, they are citing their existence in the wild as a crisis. They have reportedly menaced joggers in and around Midland and destroyed lawns and farm fields. A farmer in Midland also reported an unconfirmed pack of 50 ruining his corn crop.

Steady shooters
STURGIS — The 2008 State 4-H Shooting Sports tournament was held at the St. Joseph County Conservation and Sportsman Club in Sturgis on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Michigan 4-H shooters had the opportunity to test their skills against other youth from all over the state and competed for individual and team awards in BB gun, trap, skeet, muzzleloading, air rifle, target archery, and 3-D archery. Shooters qualified at local competitions. More than 370 Michigan 4-H members participated in the event. Lapeer County sharp shots included: 4. Beginner BB Gun; Jenilee Hurford; 3. Jr. Air Rifle 3 position Levi Horton; 8. CodyLee Turrell; 1. Sr. Air Rifle 3 position Grant Hurford; 2. Uriah Horton, 4. Sierra Horton; 3. Open Air Rifle Team, Lapeer County Hot Shots. Team members include: Grant Hurford, Levi Horton, Jenilee Hurford, Channon Turrell, Sierra Horton, CodyLee Turrell and Uriah Horton.

Field Notes by Lisa Paine

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