Plenty of fun waiting in Carp

JEFF MORRISON, OTTAWA SUN

, Last Updated: 1:04 PM ET

Once the seventh annual Valley Fishing and Outdoors show gets underway tomorrow, it will signify Spring officially arriving.

The annual show, held at the Carp Arena and Fairgrounds, attracts sportsmen from across the region and features everything from fishing, casting ponds and fishing simulators to archery and shooting.

The water-craft section is being expanded and a greater variety of outdoor exhibits is expected.

Check out seminars by turkey-man Adrian Hare of Quaker Boy Game Calls.

The "gobbler guru" will be sharing helpful hints to make your turkey hunt more successful and enjoyable.

Adrian has gained considerable experience throughout the years by travelling around North America, guiding and hunting for gobblers.

Do yourself a favour and stop by the Kanata Archery Club booth -- where the kids can try their luck shooting targets, while the adults test equipment provided by the Gobble 'N Grunt archery store.

For more information on the newly re-formed local archery club, check out: www.KanataArcheryClub.com

PLENTY OF EXPERTS: Big Jim McLaughlin and Dave Mercer will be on hand this weekend at the Carp show, providing information and techniques to make your fishing trip a success. Mercer is the host of Facts of Fishing on OLN; while McLaughlin produces Ontario's largest free angling publication; Just Fishing. Do not miss Kert Lavigne's muskie seminars. Kert has been involved with muskie fishing for a number of years and runs a muskie charter business. For more information on the show, contact Dave Arbour at (613) 257-7489 or by e-mail at davl.arbour@sympatico.ca

EXTENSION PERIOD: The Ministry of Natural Resources extended the deadline to May 1 for public comment on two fishing regulation EBR postings. The Ministry feels that although these proposals have been publicized, there may still be some anglers who would like to comment. The government believes the magazine media coverage of the proposed changes is just hitting newsstands now, and wants to allow enough time for anglers to read these articles and respond to the proposals. Sun readers were informed in this column of the proposed changes the week they were announced. The MNR's review of the Southern Region walleye fishing regulations is found at: http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/envregistry/026183ex.htm. The EBR registry number is: XB06E6001. The Proposed 2007 Recreational Fishing Regulations for the new Fisheries Management Zones for Ontario is found at: http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/envregistry/027028ex.htm. Background info on these postings can also be found at: http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/fishing/fmz/index.html.

OUTDOORS FOUR YEARS: This week marks the four-year anniversary of the Sun outdoors column and it's been a great ride. A big thanks to all the readers, as I owe it all to you folks. I've had the opportunity to chat with thousands of avid sports men and women over the past four years, as well as countless numbers of hunting and fishing clubs, organizations and government representatives from every corner of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Kudos to all the outdoor enthusiasts who have supported and contributed to this column's success.

jeffm@mail.magma.ca


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