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6 Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 THE JOURNAL MA.KF,KE FUN It is February, my driveway is in 4WD only mode due to the frozen subsurface keeping the water from draining. The extensive mud makes for long sticky trenches, and I am looking forward to some fishing and spring gobbler hunting. Fast forward to spring please! While we are waiting for a nice break from the slop and cold weather, there are some things to begin think- ing about and doing. First, a quick calendar of events that outdoorsmen and women should think about. March 5-6 -- gun show at the Expo Center in Fredericksburg. Such shows often have some good bargains on ev- erything from ammo and knives to other outdoor related items. A good way to beat the winter blues when it is still too cold to do much outside. March 19-20 -- Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show down in Whit- estone. Paintings, carvings, photog- raphy and sculptures are available for viewing and purchase at this annual event. Proceeds benefit White Stone Volunteer Fire Department. Informa- tion: or contact 804- 435-6355 April 2 -- Middle Potomac River Annual Ducks Unlimited Dinner 6 -10 p.m., Colonial Beach Moose Lodge #1267 4780 James Monroe Highway Colonial Beach. Contact Mike Worrell 804-445-4849 April 2-3 -- Youth Spring Gobbler Weekend. Take a youth hunting for their spring gobbler and enjoy knock- ing the dust off your box call. Youth and apprentices get the first crack at o1' Tom and for a great reason. Hook a hunter and get someone new afield. April 9 -- Opening weekend of spring gobbler season for the rest of us. Turkey have already been seen fre- quenting fields. It won't be long before they start strutting. April 16 -- Free Fishing Day for kids at Old Cossey Pond in Freder- icksburg. Trout are typically stocked the night before and fishing is shut down until the kids get a crack at it starting at 9. Only youth 15 and yonder can fish from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. / There are many ways to have fun during the offseason. One of the fa- vorites of my family is to shoot some day pigeons. One hundred rounds of 12 or 20-gauge shotshells is cheaper than $25 at a local mass retailer and a box of 90 pigeons is around $10. Get a hand thrower on the cheap and have a blast. A second option, ff you squirreled away some cash, is to head to a local game bird preserve for a half day of upland hunting. The game bird pre- serve seasons go until April. A guided hunt usually costs around $200 and if you can hit what you are aiming at, these fully guided hunts will allow you to come home with a few suppers in your hunting vest. Pheasant, chu- kar and quail are fine eating! Projects Get those duck boxes and bird nest boxes up ASAP. Birds of all species will be looking for a place to nest. Go online to get plans for specifics about certain species of birds and their needs. If you own or lease land and want to plant a game food plot on it, now is a good time to get a soil test done. Head over to the Virginia Coopera- tive Extension Office for a low-cost kit. Now is a great time to get out in the woods and freshen up "Posted" signs. Spring gobbler season is com- ing and trespassers can be more ag- gressively prosecuted when they are caught on posted land. It is easier to see fence lines to accurately post land. Get your fishing rods out and put new line on the reds, oil them and clean them up. Inspect rods for wear in the eyes. Check over the boat. On the next warm day take the time to fire up the boat motor, check batter- ies, lube trailer bearings, check flare expiration dates and look at personal flotation devices for serviceabil- ity. Better to find out now that your boat battery is dead and not able to be charged than when your buddy pulls up and starts loading his gear in your boat at the ramp! If you fish the Potomac River, time to renew-those Potomac River Sport Fishing pleasure boat licenses. -lead to a local game bird preserve for some hunting this winter. Photos courtesy Mark like The King George School Board cancelled school on March 1 to ac- commodate the presidential prima- ry. The gyms or cafeterias of all five schools are used as polling places. This week's last-minute decision on Monday night was made follow- ing discussion of a Feb. 12 letter from Lorrie Gump, county general regis- trar. Gump said voter registration had increased 45 percent above the usual primary election statistics. It conveyed the request from the Electoral Board, saying the antici- pated high voter turnout could cause safety and logistical issues at the five county schools "causing disturbanc- es to children and teachers." Supt. Rob Benson endorsed the closure request. "I think we should close schools and be better safe than sorry," Benson said. 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