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Johnnie Lohrum carried a cross seven miles in the rain from Versailles to his home in Osgood on US 421 on Good Friday. He then hung on the cross for a couple of hours. He’s been doing this tribute on Good Friday for 23 years as a way to show what Jesus Christ did for us, he said. One motorist stopped and shook his hand as he was walking with the cross. MARY MATTINGLY PHOTO
The wild turkey youth seminar filled up quickly at the Laughery Valley Fish and Game Club. Over 50 kids attended the workshop where they heard expert Ray Eye speak. Read the story below. Pick up a copy of the Osgood Journal at your local newsstand and read Eye's hunting tips.
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Tarter and Crum Trust applications due April 30

Applications for the donations from the Frank Tarter Community Trust and the Ray Herman and Louise Herman Crum Community Trust may be submitted by tax exempt organizations from the Osgood and the rural community surrounding Osgood. Due to IRS regulations, only non-profit organizations are eligible to receive funds from the trust. These applications are available at the Comer & Ertel Law Office, 115 West Ripley Street, Osgood, during normal business hours.

Grant guidelines, applications and grant report forms can also be accessed on the Internet at the Ripley County Community Foundation website ( under “grants.” The applications must be returned by April 30 to William Gloyd, trust committee chairman, PO Box 195, Osgood, IN 47037. Please direct any questions to Bill at 812-689-5872.

Celebrated hunter has ‘Eye’ on turkeys

Sandy Day Howard

World renowned wild turkey hunter Ray Eye took center stage as the keynote presenter for the Laughery Valley Wild Turkey Seminar for Youth held in March at the Laughery Valley Fish and Game Club (LVFG). Nationally known hunter, videographer, radio and television personality, and guide, Eye has been stalking mid-western gobblers for over 50 years and is known in the hunting world as “The Outdoor Living Legend.”

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Turkey hunter expert Ray Eye, pictured left, was the featured speaker at the seminar.

Featured in such magazines as Outdoor Life and The Wall Street Journal where he was called “America’s premier turkey hunter,” Eye has won state, national, open, grand national, all American, and world turkey calling championships throughout the United States. The celebrated hunter, whose program “Eye on the Outdoors” can be seen on The Outdoor Channel, is the author of “The Turkey Hunting Bible: Tips, Tactics, and Secrets of a Professional Turkey Hunter and has produced hunting videos and shorts for various television programs.

The entertaining speaker shared turkey tips with 44 kids plus a large group of parents at the club’s annual event where registration was limited to only 50 aspiring young hunters. Eye, known to be an amusing orator, had no trouble keeping the group’s attention for the morning by telling of his early outdoor education on Johnson Mountain in Missouri, hunting on his grandfather’s farm. He shared his experiences and tactics on how to bag one of the big birds as he spoke about turkeys, hunting safety, setting up for the hunt, and more of his tried and true secrets to a successful kill. Conservation Officer Cory Norrod was on hand to speak to the young hopefuls about hunting ethics and many door prizes were awarded at the program’s end.

“This particular seminar was a unique opportunity for the youth of this area to engage with a true wild turkey expert,” club member Gary Johnson said of the event. Johnson, a central figure in Laughery Valley Fish and Game and the club’s public relations officer, assists in organizing the event each year. Also at the center of the annual affair is Bob Hughes. Both Hughes and Johnson are avid hunters and conservationists, and dedicate a large part of their free time to the sport and the cause of the LVFG organization. Both have hunted Eye’s property in Hillsboro, Missouri with the master and were able to convince the turkey hunting specialist to speak at the LVFG event.

Back story
The two were instrumental in bringing wild turkeys back to southeastern Indiana in 1984 when five guys from LVFG convinced the Department of Natural Resources to reintroduce the species that had been extinct in southeastern Indiana since the 1800s. Nineteen sites in seven counties were selected for the project which required teams of conservationists, veterinarians, and others to trap, ship, and then release the birds in suitable habitats in the specified locations. Johnson counts those months of reintroducing the wild turkey to our community as one of the milestones in his life, humbly acknowledging that prior to that time, he knew little about the sport or the bearded birds.

“Every turkey hunter in southeast Indiana would have fit into the front of a pickup truck!” Johnson laughed. “There was no turkey hunting because there were no turkeys until that year.” Within three years after the turkeys were transplanted, they had reproduced at such a rate that they were no longer considered endangered in the area. “There were turkeys everywhere!” Johnson said.

According to Hughes, Laughery Valley Fish and Game is dedicated to positive practices and the safe, responsible, and ethical pursuit of fish and game and the shooting sports. This conservation minded group, 150 plus members strong, is a non-profit organization that serves as the fish and wildlife committee for Historic Hoosier Hills and are dedicated to preserving and maintaining a healthy area for wildlife and small game populations.

Dependent on donations, grants and fundraisers, the club sponsors and conducts an impressive number of programs for the hunting and fishing community. Dozens of hunter education classes, archery and gun shoots, wildlife and conservation and projects, workshops, seminars and other programs have been offered by the organization and its members for youth and adults. Women Armed and Ready, a self defense group growing in numbers throughout the tristate, also meets at the Laughery Valley property as does the National Rifle Association.

All the club’s activities and workshops are offered free of charge at their location at 4852 Friendship Road, about 4½ miles off US 50W. The LVFG clubhouse sits among 52 acres and overlooks a pond, shooting ranges, trails, and a shelter. Habitat developments and food plots have been planted to benefit wildlife.

Eye, who has presented over 2,300 seminars across North America, has taken birds with shotguns, muzzle loaders, compound and recurve bows. As for Eye’s ‘body count’, the wild turkey serial killer doesn’t know how many of the feathered waddlers he’s actually taken over the years, nor does he care. Eye says the only counting should be how many others have been introduced to the outdoors and turkey hunting and how much experience and knowledge has been shared with them.

Club plans April 10, 11
Plans for other events at the club are ongoing. The annual Hunter’s Education Class will be held Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 11. The club’s annual Fishing Derby is scheduled for May 16.

“We’d like the community to know that we’re here for the youth coming up in this area,” Hughes stated after the morning’s activities had ended. “We want kids to be educated on land, forestry, wildlife, and all types of conservation.”
Today, thanks to the efforts of men like Johnson, Hughes, and Ray Eye, southeastern Indiana wildlife and woodlands are being preserved and maintained, safe and ethical hunting and fishing practices are being taught, and more and more people are now enjoying shooting sports, conservationism, and a love for the great outdoors. “The knowledge creates the caring.” Johnson said.

To learn more about Laughery Valley Fish and Game Club and any of their events, check them out on Facebook or phone Historic Hoosier Hills at 812-689-4107.

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