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Posing a problem to an engineer is like tormenting a cat with a laser pointer. He'll run headlong into walls chasing a solution.

"Laser pointer" sessions often arise after hours at hunting industry trade shows, when industry colleagues tweak each others' noses, often under the influence of adult beverages. It happened recently when a marketing representative speculated to some representatives from Leupold & Stevens that a bullet fired from a rifle rises or falls, depending on which direction the shooter is facing, with the earth's rotation.

If the shooter is facing north or south, a shooter must factor in drift in relation to earth rotation.

Leupold & Stevens is a prominent manufacturer of premium riflescopes.

Apparently this started quite an argument that has not been settled.

I doubt earth rotation influences a bullet's path at all because all of the factors in the equation are constant. The shooter and the target are rotating at the same rate, and the distance between points A and B are constant. Therefore, the rotational arc between points A and B is constant as well.

It's sort of like why somebody sitting in the front seat of a car traveling 70 miles per hour can toss a ball in the air and have it come straight down in his hand instead of the ball hitting a person sitting in the back seat.

Commissioner's Cup

The Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation will hold its first Commissioner's Cup high school bass fishing tournament June 1-2 on Lake Hamilton, at the Andrew Hulsey State Fish Hatchery in Hot Springs.

Teams will consist of two high school anglers in grades 9-12 and their boat captain. All anglers will fish both days.

Teams may qualify for the tournament three ways. They must finish in the top 20 of any of Arkansas' major youth bass fishing circuits in which more than 20 teams participate annually, or they must finish in the top five of a circuit that has fewer than five boats per season. Or, they must finish first in season standings in their high school.

At least one team member must reside in Arkansas.

The names of participants and captains must be submitted by email to Deke Whitbeck ( no later than 5 p.m. Sunday. The Commissioner's Cup tournament committee will select participants. Circuit directors will be notified no later than Tuesday with invitations to the tournament.

The winning team will win a $4,000 scholarship and a custom trophy. Second place will win a $2,000 scholarship, and third place will win a $1,000 scholarship.

Winners will also be recognized in the AGFC Fishing Guidebook as well as recognition at the annual Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame Banquet.

Outdoor Hall of Fame

The Game and Fish Foundation will induct four new members into its Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame on Aug. 24 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.

Inductees will be Tommy and Catherine Murchison of Cabot, Maryann King of London and Woody Futrell of Nashville.

Tommy and Catherine Murchison founded the Arkansas Big Buck Classic in 1990 to celebrate Arkansas' deer hunting culture. It outgrew multiple venues before moving to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds.

The Classic is now one of the nation's premier deer hunting expositions, helping educate Arkansas sportsmen about deer management.

An authority on Arkansas native plants, King founded Pine Ridge Gardens in London, in Pope County. She has educated generations of naturalists about native plants and their role in creating habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. She provides plants for many Arkansas state parks and Game and Fish Commission nature centers.

A pioneer in the state's boating industry, Futrell built Futrell Marine into one of Arkansas' leading boat dealerships.

The Game and Fish Foundation will bestow its Legacy Award to the McCollum family of Stuttgart. The McCollum family is credited with inventing the current business model of the modern duck club, taking a place in the history of Arkansas duck hunting.

Sports on 05/16/2019

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