As a youth growing up in Ohio I attended Boy Scout Camp (Lazarus) and YMCA Camp (Willson) and enjoyed myself well enough. But had there been camp opportunities such as those offered by the Lake & Trails Organization focusing on fishing, boating and shooting sports, you couldn’t have dragged me away from FFA Camp Muskingum, where these long-weekend camps are presented to youths age 9 to 17.
I actually attended “camp” at Camp Muskingum the summer I graduated from OSU when I won a scholarship to attend National Aquatics School there. Located hard on the shore of beautiful Leesville Lake, the setting and facilities are exceptional and I can only imagine the hook and bullet fun that takes place there during these spring and fall camps — for the campers as well as the adults who get to attend as sponsors of up to three youths each.
If there’s a child in your life who seems to be drawn to the outdoors, I recommend that you look into what these camps offer, including sponsorship opportunities made available to kids who may need financial assistance to attend. But don’t delay — these camps fill up fast once registration opens about this time each spring.
Getting the lead out
Speaking of hunting and fishing, President Barack Obama’s order on the day before leaving office barring the use of lead fishing tackle and ammunition on hundreds of thousands of acres managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has angered anglers and hunters and their proponents. The American Sportfishing Association and B.A.S.S., among others, have called on President Trump to put a hold on the order, which they say was issued without stakeholder input.
Many environmental groups have pushed for a ban on lead ammunition and fishing tackle based on the known toxic effect on animals that ingest lead, and lead shot has been barred from use for waterfowl hunting since 1991 after research showed ducks and other birds suffered lethal lead poisoning from eating the pellets. Opponents say such a sweeping ban on lead is unnecessary to protect animals and would hurt their business.