Outdoor Briefs April 5, 2013

By Kevin Tate/Outdoors Writer

Free fishing rodeo set for Presley Lake
A free youth fishing rodeo is set for Saturday, April 13, at Elvis Presley Lake.
Open to children age 15 and under, the event will include prizes for catching tagged fish, learning exhibits and other hands-on activities. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and fishing begins at 9.
The event is sponsored by Bishop’s BBQ Grill, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks and the city of Tupelo.
For more information, contact Tupelo Parks and Recreation at 841-6440.

Kid turkey tips add fun, flavor to hunt
“Safety is the first thing that comes to mind when I’m going to be hunting with a kid,” Steven Bush, with Mossy Oak, says. “You have to make sure the kid has a gun he or she can handle.”
“I’m a big fan of having young kids use a shooting stick 100 percent of the time,” Rusty McDaniels, also with Mossy Oak, says. “I like for them to either use a bipod mounted on the gun or use a set of separate shooting sticks as a prop for the gun the whole time you’re stopped and set up.”
“You have to make sure you make it fun for them,” Bush said. “Tell them what they’re looking at and what they’re listening to.”
“If you can, build a blind for the kids in advance,” Bush added. “Some of the best hunts I’ve videoed have been with kids who’ve taken their first turkey.
“When you’re a part of that, you feel like you’ve witnessed a watershed moment in their lives. They really appreciate it and enjoy it all the way along. It’s truly rewarding.”