It’s become commonplace that reporting in all media is driven by bad news. The heinous crime, devastation or disaster is believed to drive the curiosity of readers and viewers.
Let’s take a break from that today: There is far too much to celebrate in Louisiana’s outdoors than to stare at news telling of a Monroe man admitting to killing a bald eagle or lingering problems along the coast.
Today, we near the end of another season when outdoorsmen across our state turned out by the thousands — maybe tens of thousands because of the broad scope of Louisiana’s out-of-doors pursuits — to help others and to advance the causes of so many among us.
So far this year, volunteers
recruited enough freshwater and saltwater fishermen to help Children’s Hospitals in Baton Rouge and New Orleans; Our Lake of the Lake’s Children’s Miracle Network;
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (the Memphis, Tenn. institution continues to list Louisiana children among its most numerous patients); and other campaigns to fight cancer, breast cancer, muscular dystrophy, MS, autism, children’s diabetes and communities’ needs; and aid Lions’ Clubs and Rotary Clubs.
Shotgunners competing in as many as 30 skeet, trap and sporting clays events have matched those efforts.
We’re not talking nickels and dimes here: At first report, the money raised from all these activities totals more than $1.5 million. And all that money came from the pockets of Capital City area outdoorsmen.
Most of those efforts conclude with Sunday’s 1 p.m.-4 p.m. annual Hunters for the Hungry Committee’s Clean Out Your Freezer Day. It’s 18 years old this year and is among the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank’s successes. This drive has averaged collecting 10,000 pounds of frozen game/meat and fish annually, which further shows the commitment area outdoorsmen have made to our communities.
Go ahead, clean out that freezer to make room for all the deer, ducks, rabbits, speckled trout, redfish and freshwater gamefish you’re going to catch in the next four months. You need the room, and the hungry need the protein.
Collection sites include:
• old Alex Box Stadium parking lot (Nicholson Drive at Skip Bertman Drive).
• Bowie Outfitters.
• Spillway Sportsman in Brusly.
• Cabela’s in Gonzales.
• Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs.
• F.S. Williams in Ethel.
• Basin River Electrical Supply in Plaquemine.
• Soprano’s Supermarket in Livonia.
• Feliciana Seafood & Deli in St. Francisville.
• CCA Louisiana office on Industriplex.
• Baton Rouge Fire stations on Lobdell Drive and Sharp Road.
• Baker Fire station on Groom Road.
• Central Fire station on Sullivan Road.
• St. George Fire stations on Antioch Road and George O’Neal Lane.
• Zachary Fire station on Main Street.