Despite threatening skies, today is a great day for southern Illinois families as they attend Southern Illinois Hunting & Fishing Days. This annual free event held on the campus of John A. Logan College annually draws upwards of 40,000 people. This year’s event spreads over more of the campus than in years past.

As has been my schedule for more than a dozen years I begin by attending the sponsor’s breakfast and then the Don Gasaway Youth Goose Calling Contest. Youngsters compete in two classes. They are the Juniors (age 12 and under) and Intermediates (age 13 to 16.)

Following the competition in each class First through Third place receives merchandise and plaques. Additionally all competitors received some merchandise gifts. Then proud parents and friends take advantage of the photo op.

Then it is out to the outdoor events which include such things as the Kids Fishing pond, bowfishing instruction, agility dogs demos, Dock Dogs competition, BB gun range, archery ranges, Grizzly bear display, fishing instruction, reptiles and more.

Adult divisions of waterfowl calling contests continue throughout the day and into tomorrow.

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