There are people around in just about every community who have the vision and tenacity to make things happen. They see a need and do whatever is necessary to turn a need into reality. Glenn Scriber is one of those people. Scriber, Police Juror from Ruston, started something several years ago that created excitement of not only local sportsmen but caught the attention of a national organization when he saw a need and put together a team that created a Whitetails Unlimited chapter in the local area. With attendance that filled the Ruston Civic Center each year and funds raised that bested other well established chapters around the country, the Lincoln Parish Chapter brought the national president down from Wisconsin to present awards to the Scriber and his team of workers for the phenomenal job they did. Now, Scriber is at it again. In just a few months, local archers and bow hunters will have their own spot to practice and compete with other archers. By the first of September, you’ll see folks gathering at Lincoln Parish Park to ply their archery skills when a 3-D archery range will open.
“The archery range is being made possible by a collaborative effort among the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, Trailblazer RD&D, corporate sponsorships and individual donations,” Scriber said. “Trailblazer committed foundation funding of $8,000 to the archery range in support of development of a community-based, sustainable recreational opportunity for Lincoln Parish and the surrounding areas.”
Ellzey Simmons, CEO of Trailblazer RC&D echoed Scriber’s enthusiasm about the upcoming project. “I am very excited to share news about the new Lincoln Parish 3-D Archery range. The range promises to be a huge economic and educational opportunity for Lincoln Parish and the surrounding areas and we are very happy to be a part of this groundbreaking project.”
Simmons added that the support received from partners and sponsors is an investment in the community. Bob Brotherton is President of the Trailblazer RC&D Board of Directors added his comments about the range.
“Archery is a growing sport all across Louisiana,” he said. “It is very popular in our public schools with students shooting in 4-H clubs and archery teams and the Lincoln Parish range will be a tremendous benefit for the parish and surrounding areas.”
Just what is a 3-D archery range and how is it set up? A typical range uses flat targets whereas a 3-D range uses three-dimensional animal targets to challenge archers at each station. Brotherton noted that a similar range is being planned by the Bossier and Webster Parish Police Juries. He visited a similar range in Texas and saw 1,500 to 2,000 competitors shooting 3-D targets. Scriber is optimistic that the range will be open to the public no later than September 1.
“Fees, hours of operation and range rules are being finalized. The range will be maintained by the Lincoln Parish Police Jury, a board consisting of Jury members and area citizens along with input from the Lincoln Parish Parks, Recreation and Tourism committee. If you have questions, you can give me a call at 318-680-4658,” Scriber said.
A tip of the hat and pat on the back is due for Glenn Scriber who once again, saw a need and put wheels in motion to make it happen.
NORTHEAST LOUISIANA FISHING REPORT
CANEY LAKE – Bass fishing has been best in the area around the state park. Crappie are hitting jigs and shiners around deep brush and lay-down timber. Catfishing is good tight lining cold worms and chicken livers. Both chinquapins and bluegills are doing quite well around spawning areas on crickets and worms. For information contact Bateaux’s at 259-6649, Hooks Marina at 249-2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
OUACHITA RIVER – The river is high but crappie have been fair in the bayou. No report on other species. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
LAKE D’ARBONNE – Crappie fishing has been fair on the flats on shiners and jigs for smaller fish but some of the bigger ones have been caught fairly shallow. Bass are in the creeks with some caught on crank baits, topwater lures and soft plastics. Bream fishing is good on worms and crickets. Catfishing continues to be good off the banks on night crawlers and cold worms. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323- 8707.
LAKE CLAIBORNE – The water is high with idle speed only allowed at this time. Bass fishing has been fair fishing at night with some to 5 ½ pounds caught on soft plastics. Crappie fishing has been good fishing jigs or shiners 15-20 feet deep. Catfishing has been good on trotlines and stump hooks. Bream are bedded and biting worms and crickets. No report on stripers. Late news is that Kel’s Cove has been sold to a group of investors from Ruston. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.
BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass fishing has been fair with them biting one day; slow the next Crappie have been fair while bream fishing is good. No report on catfish. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.
BLACK BAYOU – Bream fishing is good on crickets and worms. Bass are around the grass and pads and are hitting plastic frogs and lizards. Crappie are scattered and slow. Contact Honey Hole Tackle Shop 323-8707 for latest information.
LAKE POVERTY POINT – Bass and crappie are slow to fair. Catfish and bream fishing have both been good this week. For latest reports, call Poverty Point Marina at 318/878-0101.
LAKE ST. JOHN – No report. For information, call Ken Mahoney at 318-201-3821.
LAKE YUCATAN – The water is rising again and the only fishing success has been for catfish caught on trotlines. For information, call Surplus City Landing at 318/467-2259.