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By The Bakersfield Californian
Remember when you were asked to get out and vote for the right people to run our state government? Remember when you were way too busy trying to make a living in this lousy economy to take a few minutes to get out and vote? Well, guess what? If you are not already aware, the Democrat-controlled state legislature recently passed several oppressive bills concerning gun control that will greatly impact all law-abiding gun owners and sportsmen.
About the only recourse for sportsmen and gun owners now is to petition our governor and ask him to veto these bills before they become law and really impact our 2nd Amendment rights. Are you still too busy to make that phone call?
New sporting clay league
Although the first shoot has already occurred, the Kern County Gun Club will continue to offer a sporting clays league for the next five weeks on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m.Complete with qualified instruction, shooters can have a barrel of fun. The cost for the league is only $20 per week for 50 targets and prizes will be offered for the most improved shooter and high league scorer based on five scores. Contact the gun club at www.kerncountygunclub.com for more information.
Kern County Gun club dinner
The Kern County Gun Club will also be holding its annual dinner and auction at 6:30 p.m. June 14 p.m. at the Bakersfield Elks Club on 30th Street. Dinner tickets, which include an open bar, are $100 each. Live and silent auctions, special drawings, games and ladies' and youth tables will be available on this fundraising evening. For more information, contact Ken Ferra at (661) 332-4680 or Dick O'Rear at (661) 978-1799.
Hunter education classes
Kern Shooting Sports will offer a two-day hunter safety course July 13-14. Only pre-registered applicants will be allowed to take the class. Prospective first time hunters and those hunters with misplaced or lost licenses must retake the class in order to get registered in the Automated Licensing System (ALS). The California State Department of Fish and Wildlife will no longer accept sworn affidavits as proof of hunter safety requirements.
Bird hunters are advised that this will be one of the last local hunter safety offerings before dove season begins on Sept. 1, and deer hunters need their licenses before taking to the field in July for bow hunters or August for riflemen.
KSF is also offering a one-day internet course on July 15, once again for preregistered students.
Contact Jay Busby at (661) 871-9025 for more information, especially if you want to have your kids shooting this season.
The Taft Friends of the National Rifle Association committee invites the general public to attend their annual fundraiser June 13 at 5 p.m.
Held at the Cookhouse at 205 N. 10th St. in Taft, the popular event promises to give away plenty of quality firearms, custom knives, special wildlife art, and ladies merchandise plus many more items created especially for this dinner and auction.
Dinner tickets are $50 each. Contact Travis Milner at 661-203-5880, Tom Porter at (661) 599-7652 or Gary Morris at (661) 768-4387 for more information on this really neat night of fun, games, food and beverage.
Sporting clays fundraiser
The Renegade baseball club will have a special fundraising sporting clay shoot at the Kern County Gun Club on June 22. Proceeds will benefit the team's upcoming baseball tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., in July. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. with shooting beginning at 9. The shooting is open to all men and women. Lunch and awards will immediately follow the shoot. Contact Jennifer Wilkins at (661) 340-5710 or Matt Wilkins at (661) 201-9103 for more information on how you can support the youth baseball team.
Crappie bite slows at Isabella
With cooling runoff waters halting the crappie action at Isabella Lake, sportsmen can still look forward to another run later this month during the full moon.
The egg-laden fish have moved into deeper haunts near the 20-25-foot mark and are holding on outside structures and trees. Our last venture up there only netted the three of us a total of 13 crappie and two nice catfish, however, a rapidly rising lake, coupled with a rising barometer and cooling water temperatures may have something to do with the slow bite. Look for things to return to normal when conditions stabilize.