Cox Conserves hero

Cox Conserves

With this year's Cox Conserves Hero John Walther, seventh from left, are, Katie Ruiz, Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana; Fran Gladden, Cox Communications; David Cresson, CCA Louisiana CEO; Kristy Hitchcock, Cox Conserves Hero runner-up; Anthony Pope, Cox Communications regional manager; Jeremy Theriot, Cox Communications; Sarah Olivier, Trust for Public Land; Boo Thomas, Center for Planning Excellence CEO; and Sharon Truxillo, Cox Communications.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO FROM ERIN OSWALT

Now that hunting seasons are in full swing, and fishermen are finding speckled trout and redfish in the interior marshes, and freshwater folks are reveling in bass and sac-a-lait catches, it’s time to catch up on news from November.

Walther’s work

When John Walther made the commitment to lead a CCA-Louisiana committee a little more than 10 years ago, he couldn’t have known his passion for conservation would lead to him being chosen to receive one of the state’s more acknowledged awards.

Earlier in November, Walther was named Louisiana’s 2017 Cox Conserves Hero, an award from Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land.

Walther has headed a group responsible for gathering private, corporation and government backers in establishing as many as 20 artificial reefs from east to west across coastal Louisiana.

Walther designated the $10,000 that goes with his award to CCA Louisiana for continued work to establish additional reefs.

The Cox announcement indicated Walther was one of three public nominations. The other nominees, Kristy Hitchcock and Scott Howard selected Urban Conservancy and NOLA Parks for All for $5,000 awards.

Arizona, California, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington are other states with Cox Conserves Heroes programs.

Calendar guns

Louisiana Ducks Unlimited has its annual 2018 “gun” calendars for sale, and the lure here is buying one of the 4,500 calendars gives you a chance to win one, or more, of the 157 guns drawn raffle-style Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout next year, and the five $1,000 Cabela's gift cards drawn Dec. 18, 2018.

Cost is $60, which includes a one-year DU membership, and you can won more than once because winning numbers are returned to the drawing.

You need to be 21 years old to enter. For details go to website: la.ducks.org.

One lucky veteran

Robert Sadowski, an Army veteran with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and currently a firefighter in Granby, Massachusetts, is the winner of the Fish with Jordan Lee Sweepstakes.

Lee is the reigning Bassmaster Classic champion, and Sadowski was drawn from among 350,000 entries for what B.A.S.S. folks described as a “trip to a to-be-determined fishery in the United States with Lee. The prize includes round-trip airfare, two nights/three days of hotel accommodations, a rental car and $500 spending money.”

And there’s more: Sadowski’s grand prize also includes a depthfinder, $3,000 in gift cards, lures, a Hydrowave H2, outboard engine equipment, reds, reels, tackle box and outerwear.

B.A.S.S. also announced a Kevin VanDam Sweepstakes running through Dec. 31 with a $45,000 prize value of $45,000. The winner will be selected on Jan. 4, 2018. For more, go to the Bassmaster website: Bassmaster.com/sweepstakes.

Big news

November’s fishing trade news was big: Lew’s Holdings Corporation, the folks making Lew’s reels and rods bought Strike King Lure Company.

Lew’s CEO Gary Remensnyder said, “Similar to Lew’s, Strike King has been tremendously successful because of its focus on product innovation, outstanding marketing, and exceptional service to its retail partners and consumers.”