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World Outdoors: Boys & Girls Club Fishing Derby

Food, fun and tons of prizes awaited anglers in the 2018 Boys & Girls Club Fishing Derby. The 2019 event will be have more of everything, including a chance to win a new SUV.

The 4th annual Get Hooked Fishing Derby is Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Rock Island Conservation Club in Milan.

This event supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley. There will be over 200 prizes including 1 tagged catfish that could win you a 2019 Honda CRV EX from Zimmerman Honda. However, you must be 18 years of age or older to win the vehicle.

New in 2019, the cost to enter the derby is $10 for youth (17 and under) and $25 for adults.

The theme is “More Fish, Less Shoreline,” as the fishing area has been made smaller and additional fish will be stocked, in an effort to increase catches. Those fish species include catfish and sunfish.

This year, any fish you catch will get you a prize! Fishermen can still keep the catfish they catch, as in the past, but panfish must be returned to the water. Prizes also are awarded for catching predator fish.

For official rules, online registration, and where to pick up your participation packet, go to bgcmv.org and click on the get-hooked-fishing derby link.

Please note that an Illinois fishing license is required for this event if the participant is 16 years of age or older. Those can be purchased at most retailers that sell fishing equipment or online at the IL DNR website.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley has been serving the youth of the area since 1994 and is a member of the national non-profit chapter. They have 4 youth and teen centers across the Quad-Cities that enable children to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Special Deer dates: Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge has announced the 2019 applications for the special deer hunts at Lost Mound are now available.

Two managed deer hunts, one for youth (ages 10-17) and one for adults with disabilities (18 and older), are conducted within designated Closed Areas of Lost Mound (formerly the Savanna Army Depot). All hunters must be accompanied by an able-bodied adult attendant that is capable of tracking and retrieving a deer.

The application period ends July 31 and is open to both residents and non-residents. All applications will be entered into a random drawing for the 35 hunting sites.

All hunters, attendants and any accompanying individuals who were drawn must attend a mandatory safety orientation either on Saturday, Oct. 5, or Friday, Nov. 15. Both sessions are from 9 a.m.-noon at Manny’s Pizza in Savanna followed by a visit to the hunt area.

The youth hunt will be Oct. 12-13, which coincides with the Illinois Youth Deer Hunting season. All youth hunters must obtain and bring a Jo Daviess County Deer Youth Permit and certification of completion of a state-approved hunter safety course to the orientation.

The hunt for adults with disabilities is Nov. 16-17, which is the Saturday-Sunday prior to the first Illinois Firearms Deer Season. A minimum P2a Illinois disability classification (or similar disability certification from non-resident states) is required. Wheelchair-bound and amputee hunters will receive priority selection for hunt sites. A Jo Daviess County Deer Permit is not needed in order to apply for this hunt, as this permit is provided by the Refuge.

Application and regulations can be downloaded from fws.gov/refuge/upper_mississippi_river/visit/permits.html or picked up at the Refuge office (7071 Riverview Road, Thomson).

For more questions, contact the Refuge office at 815-273-2732.

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