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The Mountain Messenger, Sunday, March 26, 1995 1B "IB The opening day of spring gobbler season, April 24, is only about a month away. The season ends on May 20. Now Is the time to start scouting for the big day. In your early scouting trips, don't be discouraged if you do not hear any gobblers. I don't even get out too early this time of year. What I look for are the hens. If you can find where the hens are spending most of their time, you can be sure the gobblers are close by. The flocks of gobblers will start to break up around the first part of April. There will be a good bit of gobblers and fighting as the birds claim their territories. This is the time you want to get out early and listen for the location of head dominant bird in the area. I have heard a gobbler on the same point from before the season open unbl it closed so they can be real homebod- ies. If thegobblers are hunted hard and scared from their chosen spot, they will move on. If you are hunting such a bird. be careful not to spook him. If you are out of posi- tion, go back another day and try something new. The very worse thing you can do is to rty to sneak up on him. This is not only dangerous, but it almost never works. If you spook him, you may never get another chance. If you can hunt this same bird a few days in a row without letting him know you are around, you stand an excellent chance of figuring him out and getting your shot. When the season comes in, most of the hens will be laying or starting to sit. You can be sure the gobblers will be close to the same area. Nesting hens needs water, cover and feeding areas. They also like to be near open fields and food plots. These open areas offer fresh grass and other spring food sources. If you can locate all of these things, there will probably be gobblers around. If you are finding fresh scratching day after day in one of these areas, it is most likely already sitting, she will some- times come off the nest later on in the morning and start a loud series of calls. Nothing will get a gobbler going any faster then this. I have heard it happen and it is a great time to get a gobbler. If the hens are not sitting, they will try to slip off from the gobbler. When the gobbler looks up and finds that his hens have all slipped away, it Is another peak gobbling time. Don many of gobbler hunts, I haven, t heard one gobbler un- til after 10 a.m. It can be very frustrating to sit from before daylight until I0 a.m. without hearing a sound. This is where your scou.ting will pay off. If there are gobblers around, you sometimes Just have to wait them out. One thing I caution hunters about during their scouting is calling to gobblers. I almost never use a turkey caller when scouting. Big gobblers are be- coming very call shy from all of the preseason calling and will shut up at the first call they hear. Use a crow call or an owl hooter at daylight to get a gobbler to sound off. Don't overdo it--just get him started and try to figure out his daily routine when he comes down. If the weather cooperates and the gobblers gobble, this should be one great spring season. Fourth Annual Great Spring is here. The birds are singing. The river is clear. It's time to commune with nature again. Unfortunately our enjoy- ment of the Greenbrier River and its environs is always tem- pered by the sight of refuse left by those with a different agenda. In order that we all might better appreciate this wonderful re- source which we are so fortu- nate to have in our backyards, the Greenbrier River Watershed Association is again conducting the annual "Great Greenbrier River Cleanup" on Saturday, April 8. Except for a few favorite party sites, we have notices that areas that were thoroughly cleaned up in past years have remained so. (Apparently no one wants to be the first to trash a clean site.) So this year we are concentrat- ing on a few historic and active dump sites as well as the party places. We hope that what we have observed in the past will continue and eventually the riv- erbanks will no longer be seen as merely convenient dump sites. We thank all of you who have helped with the cleanup in the past and hope you will return this year. Bring all your friends and introduce them to the fun and fellowship this event always generates. If you would like more infor- mation on how you to can par- ticipate in a spring cleaning of your most significant local re- source, contact: Dave Cowan, 497-3553; Mark Blumenstein, 445-7822 or Leslie McCarty, 653-4722. If you are interested in help- ing with the cleanup from the river itself, see the offer by Virgil Hanshaw elesewhere in this newspaper. Ry Bohrnstedt Thomas Bohrnstedt Bohrnstedts Risin Ry and Thomas Bohrnstedt are on the fast track towards success in the tennis world if their achievements in the last 'flve years mean anything. RoD Bohrnstedt, tennis coach at The Greenbrier and father of the two boys talked at length about the two rising tennis stars. Both Ry and Thomas started practicing and playing tennis when they were around l 1- years-old "They grew up to- gether on the tennis court," said their father who,. not surpris- ingly, comes from a family of tennis pros himself and conse- quently played tennis at UCLA on a scholarship. Those of you unaware of the Bohrnstedt boy's tennis proD- hess should consider that Ry, an 16-year-old senior member of the Greenbrier East tennis squad is considered to be one of the three top tennis players in the state and is considered the one to bet for the men's state tennis championship. Ry was all-state in his Junior year at East and ranks 15 in Boys 16 Singles in the Mid-Atlantic Ten- nis Association, which is com- prised of teams from West Vir- ginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. According to the senior Bohrnstedt, Ry has improved immensely, "Only two years ago Ry was ranked 39." When asked about' Ry's strong points, the senior Bohrn- stedt stated hands down "his aggressive and confident play." He has a good serve, a good forehand and he volleys very well." Ry is being coached by Jamie McCallister of Mar nsville, Virginia who is head pro at the Greenbrier Ten- nis Club. Perhaps Ry is prepar- ing himself for the onslaught of coUege scouts trying to "inter- est" him in their programs. "You Just about have to be a marketing agent to deal with the dozen plus college scouts trying to land this budding tennis pro," said the senior Bohrnstedt. Ry really wants to go somewhere where he can play tennis all year-round. He has some inter- est in schools recruiting him from Mexico,. Arizona and Re- land College in Florida, the Number one ranked Division 11 school in the naUon in tennis. Thomas, on the other hand, at the age of 16 Is the self-de- scribed "comedian" of the fam- fly, but every bit as serious on the tennis court. "Quick and tenacious" are the words used by his father to describe him. Thomas is ranked #36 In the state and last year defeated the third ranked player in the Mid- Atlantic Region. Thomas also sported the best record on the high school team last year. According to his father, Tho- mas needs to be more aggres- sive, but he is a quick intelli- gent, unrelenting competitor who is also an excellent athlete torn between his love for the in- creasingly popular game of soc- cer which he excels at and may play on the college level if the opportunity presents itself. What kind of schedule does it take to remain competitive on this level? "Both boys practice year-round, 5-6 days a week on an average of two hours daily-- quite a commitment for a teen- ager these days." Bohrnstedt stressed athletics to the children at a young age so that they could be ready when they foqnd a sport that holds their interest. "Most importantly, you must en- joy yourself. If you don't enjoy it, you will burn yourself out." Robert Zopp, tennis coach for Greenbrier East was out of town and unavailable for comment, but history speaks for itself con- cerning the nine man, nine woman tennis team who were sectional title winners last year; won the Coalfield Conference and were State runners-up. The beauty of it all is theyX, e all re- turned for this year's competi- tion. As for Ry and Thomas in- dividual goals: Ry hopes to win the Men's State Championship. Thomas hopes to continue his climb to the top of the ranks and in between--what else? Work on that comedy routine. [G.E. plays their first match next 7Ywsday against Bluefield at East. Please see results of that match and comments from Coach Zopp in "Sports" next week in the Mountain Messen- ger.] A double elimination softball tournament will be held April 21-23. It will be sponsored by the Ronceverte Police Association. The first 12 teams to sign up will be accepted. There is a $70 entry fee. For more information contact Brian Walker 647-4264 or City Hall 647-5455. Come and watch two teams fiercely compete in the eques- trian sport of Polo on March 26. The University of Virginia Men's Polo Team challenges the Uni- versity of Virginia's Alumni AU- Star Team. The match will take place inside the coliseum at the Virginia Horse Center at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. Admis- sion is is $4. Come early with friends for the Luncheon Buffet that is open to the public and starts at 12:30. Buffet prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children un- der 12 years of age. For further information call the Virginia Horse Center at 703/463-2194. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Billy Morgan - 645-4625 Dean Hanson - 497-2421 Alderson Livestock - 445-2945 Virgil Hanshaw, owner of the Greenbrler River Company, is offering the use of his canoes for those participating in this year's Great Greenbrier River Cleanup (see separate article). Hanshaw said he will waive the rental fee for the boats for anyone 18 years of age or older who agrees to help pick up trash along the river on cleanup day. Saturday, April 8. "I have about 50 canoes and I hope every last one is used for the cleanup." Hanshaw said while discussing the importance of the Greenbrler River to this area. The offer includes delivery of boats to the put-in point at Island Park in Ronceverte, re- trieval at Fort Spring and trans- portation of participants back to Greenbrier Campground. So, to insure you won't miss out on this generous offer, re- serve your boat early (645-2760 or 1-800-775-2203}. Spend a wonderful day on the river with your friends while helping out with a little spring cleaning. Front row: Kristen Legg, Rachel Issenberg; middle row: Joshua Gesner, Marilyn Hinkle, and Scott Legg; back row: Don Pickles, Mark Hinkle and Dave Brown. (Jason Amar not pictured). in Nine of the forty-six students enrolled at the Lewisburg Mari- tal Arts Club were advanced in belt ranking after a test con- ducted on February 28. Advancing to the rank of fifth gup (green belt/brown tip) was Marilyn Hinkle of Lewisburg. Mark Hinkle and Joshua Gesner advanced to sixth gup (green belt). Krlsten Legg advanced to seventh gup {purple/green tip} while Don Pickles advanced to eighth gup (purple belt}. Scott Legg, Dave Brown, Jason Amar, and Rachel Issenberg all ad- vanced to ninth gup (yellow belt) ranking. The test was conducted by Third Degree Black Belt and Certified International Instruc- tor Wayne Perkins and Black Belt candidate Carlos White. Each promotion has been certi- fied by the World Martial Arts Association of Detroit, Michigan, Master Edward Cahill, Presi- dent. RCA 18INCH DISHES Available Now For Installation Call For Details. III TODAYS BEST SATELLITE ENTERTAINMENT III Ill I PELLET STOVES - $1495.00. 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