It’s the last Sunday in September and, for Louisiana outdoorsmen, the last weekend before we launch into months of a hunting season. True, we’ve had our practice time through the first splits of the dove season, and we’ve taken our fair share of early migrating teal.
Yet it means more: It’s Clean Out Your Freezer Day in the Capital City area, and a chance to put into practice the motto of the local Hunters for the Hungry crew — “hunters who care share.”
Frozen game and fish, any frozen meats, are the target for this program that’s provided more than 200,000 pounds to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Volunteers will man collection sites from 1-4 p.m. In addition to a possible tax deduction for your effort, anyone donating to the cause can have their name put in a hat for a shot at .270 Thompson Center Venture camo rifle and Nikon scope donated by South LA QDMA.
The collection sites include: Old Alex Box Stadium parking lot at Skip Bertman Drive, LSU; CCA-Louisiana office on Industriplex; Bowie Outfitters, 8630 Perkins Road; fire stations on Sharp Road and South Wooddale Boulevard; Baker Fire Station on Groom Road; Central Fire Station on Sullivan Road; St. George Fire stations on Antioch Road and George O’Neal Lane; and Zachary Fire Station on Main Street.
Other area sites are Spillway Sportsman in Brusly; Cabela’s in Gonzales; Bass Pro Shops in Denham Springs; Feliciana Seafood & Deli and Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville; and, the Red Boot Deli in Clinton.
Your donation could give you that “feel-good” feeling to offset what you’re likely to see from the Saints taking on the Panthers.
Remembering these men
Randy Wiles was a friend and terrific pitcher, and his family and friends gathered Wednesday to remember his life. Randy pitched for LSU in the early 1970s, and if you remember Skip Bertman’s days at LSU and recall left-handers like Mark Guthrie, Mike Sirotka and Lane Mestepey, then know Wiles was their equal, maybe better, and would have been a superstar for Bertman. He was that good, and we’ll miss him. Condolences to his wife, Margie, and his family.
Gone, too, is Lawrence Peter Berra. There was no reason why this legendary Yankees catcher should have taken one minute to talk to a young State-Times sportswriter years ago when he was an Astros coach. He did, and it was memorable, and proved something anyone who knew him said about “Yogi.” He was a very giving man, a true legend, and I’m thankful to have met him.
Harold Sharp passed away earlier this month. With Ray Scott, Sharp pioneered tournament bass fishing and was B.A.S.S.’ first tournament director. He, too, was a wonderful person, filled with life, a man’s man, someone who gave more than he got, and he will be missed.