Fall-like beautiful weather provided a perfect setting for the North Missouri Sportsmen’s Alliance’s 2nd Annual Outdoor Fun Day, held last Saturday at the Livingston County Fairgrounds and Litton Center.
Fall-like beautiful weather provided a perfect setting for the North Missouri Sportsmen’s Alliance’s 2nd Annual Outdoor Fun Day, held last Saturday at the Livingston County Fairgrounds and Litton Center. Excited chatter and squeals of delight from the youngsters attending provided a great vocal accompaniment to the day-long activities, as young people fished in the well-stocked Litton Center Pond and shot arrows at the archery range. Best of all, the day’s activities were absolutely free, with contributions from the event’s many sponsors covering the tab. When the youngsters first arrived and registered they were allowed to select a free fishing lure for future use and received directions to the archery range and the pond where the Conservation Department was set up to provide rods and reels and even the bait for them to use to fish as long as they liked. Several fish were brought in by excited young anglers, most of them bluegills and hybrid sunfish, but enough bigger bass to keep their interest up. A short walk from the pond took them to the archery range where Quail Forever and MDC volunteers were ready to offer assistance and instruction when needed. Fishing and archery activities were available from 9 AM-3 PM, so kids could take a break if they desired and go back for more fun later on. Also available were class-type sessions for youngsters and their accompanying adults on several types of outdoor activities, including a duck and goose calling demonstration and instruction by CHS student Gunnar Leach, who was a calling competition champion at a very early age, catfishing tips from MDC’s Greg Pitchford and local angler Judd Cunningham, handgun safety instruction using laser-equipped handguns from Roger Bernskoetter, a trapping seminar specifically on how to set for hard-to-catch mink from veteran trapper Tim Wilson, turkey hunting tactics with Bill Wehrle, outdoor cooking demonstrated by T.J. Peacher, and retriever training by Brian Anderson and his Lab. Anyone who developed an appetite from all the fresh air and outdoor activities could “fill up” at an “all you can eat” fried fish and trimmings luncheon prepared by Chef Jeff Frampton and his Chillicothe HyVee crew. The food was great, believe me! At the first Outdoor Fun Day a year ago, there was a bigger than expected crowd of hungry attendees almost ran them out of food, but Frampton was well prepared this year with a bigger food supply and there was plenty for all. NMSA president Steve Shoot had this to say about this year’s Fun Day, “For the second year in a row Missouri weather cooperated and we held our outdoor activities on as beautiful a September day as you’ll ever experience. Through an unfortunate series of events, we found our event on the same day as the Chillicothe Chautauqua, which I understand also enjoyed great attendance due to the super weather. We will be sure not to let this same day scenario happen again so more people will be better able to attend both events. The Alliance committee will be meeting soon to critique what we perceive we did right and wrong and how to provide an even better event next year. And yes, we will be having a 3rd Annual Outdoor Fun Day next September!”