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Hi guys. I am not sure if this is the right place to post this. I am currently working toward my Eagle Scout rank and was wondering if you guys have any ideas for a community project. I would like to do something fishing related but I am at a loss at what to do. I was thinking of installing PVC line recycling bins at a popular fishing location. What do you think?

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Contact your local conservation office and ask the same question. I'm sure they have lots of things they need help with.

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I built a bird sanctuary for mine- don't do that- it was lame and everyone got poison ivy.

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My only concern would be who maintains and cleans the recycling bins once they're installed. Like Mic said- you may try contacting a local MDC office, your city park's department, or DNR/Missouri State Parks- they probably have a list of things which can be done.

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I'd be happy to have one installed at my campground, as would other outfitters I assume. Once in place I have no problem with the maintenance, I have meant to put one in on my own but haven't gotten around to it.

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I'd take one as well.

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I built a bird sanctuary for mine- don't do that- it was lame and everyone got poison ivy.

What is it with Eagle Scout service projects? I was involved with 4 or 5 of those back in the day . . . and every single one of them, a few of us got the worst poison ivy.

Whatever you do, don't clear brush at Wilson's Creek Nat'l Battlefield. Copperheads and poison ivy were everywhere.

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Alright this has nothing to do with your project but since you mentioned the PVC recycling bins I have to tell this story.

Last week I was at a park with my 9 year old daughter. We were walking around a small fishing pond and ran across one of those bins. Sophi asks what it is and I explain to her that it's a place to put your used fishing line. She asked if you could put other trash in there. I said sure just to make the conversation simple. So it's like a trash can she said. I just responded yes as we continued on. Probably about 5 minutes later she asked if I would make her one for her bedroom so she could put small pieces of paper and broken crayons in it. :lol:

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For mine I built fish attractors for the local conservation area. A bunch of buckets, a ton of pvc cut to random lengths and quickreeted in.

If you do those saw the lip of the buckets off so there is nothingn to get snagged on for fisherman.

I made 24 for a fairly resonable cost, and it took us one morning to build them all and another week for the concrete to cure. super easy.

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Brian and Justin, I would love to install the line receptacles. The only problem is that it is a bit of a drive from Springfield to your locations. I have camped at Sunburst and 11pt Canoe Rental with my scout troop. They were both wonderful places to stay. I also still need to catch a fish on the riverfront at Sunburst. I got skunked last time!

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Fish attractors also are a good idea.

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It is nice to hear a young man giving a a gift to all of us. Thank you flyrodman for whatever you decide to do,

Mr. and Mrs. BilletHead

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Brian and Justin, I would love to install the line receptacles. The only problem is that it is a bit of a drive from Springfield to your locations. I have camped at Sunburst and 11pt Canoe Rental with my scout troop. They were both wonderful places to stay. I also still need to catch a fish on the riverfront at Sunburst. I got skunked last time!

You are far from the only one skunked here, took me a month to get my first flyrod trout on the NF.

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Hi guys. I am not sure if this is the right place to post this. I am currently working toward my Eagle Scout rank and was wondering if you guys have any ideas for a community project. I would like to do something fishing related but I am at a loss at what to do. I was thinking of installing PVC line recycling bins at a popular fishing location. What do you think?

It is a great idea. I just want to add and you may already know this, but, add a cap to it. An unintended consequence has been birds getting into them and getting tangled up in the line and dying.

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If you are going to do this project ( i did it when i was in scouts ) Us 10 to 12'' Pvc cap the top and bottom, Save the cut-out and use a hinge and install it back over the hole to keep critters out. Our first year we maintained them and found wood ducks and squirrels nested in them. Second year we did the hinge and had no problem. Us screw on caps so whomever emptys them they can place a trash can under the bottom unscre it and the top and push the debris down with a stick or broom handle.

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