Today is Friday, October 31, 2014
Is there an October lull?

I have liked this October. The week of rain probably hurt the bowhunting to some extent. Early in the season, I had predicted we might set and archery kill record.

Now, I am not so sure. But except for the one week (which I avoided - more about that later), the weather was about as good for hunting as you could ask.

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Categories, satisfaction & testosteronies

A feeling of satisfaction, contentment, that feeling that you get when a job is completed and well done. I had this exact feeling a couple weeks ago in early October.

I had been hunting three times. The first hunt, an afternoon jaunt, I let a buck walk, even though he presented a perfect, broadside, 12-yard shot. It was getting late and I didn't want to be blood trailing and field dressing in the dark. I guess my age is showing.

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First choice

I can still smell, sometimes, even see it. The clean crisp smell of late autumn, the smell of the leaves as I gathered some kindling. The dusty smell of the one room cabin, the ashes in the old wood stove and the shallow, muddy river. I had use of the place and permission to hunt the farm for a couple weeks and I had come to kill the genetically best of the breed.

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Camp Wolf

It was a quiet night, just the right quiet. He played the harmonica softly, just fooling around with a tune. The miles and toll of the weather showed in his perpetually tanned face. The Doc sat with eyes closed, just listening, not dozing.

They had covered miles that day, resting themselves and the horses less often that they would have liked. Now, supper resting comfortably in their bellies, the camp was secure and dry, the horses cared for and hobbled in the small meadow near the creek.

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The Letter

A few days ago, I ran across a letter written 18-years ago. It is from a fellow hunter who shall remain nameless even though he gave me permission to print the letter and use his name. It is to a young woman, a college student, an anti-hunter who wrote to him objecting to a picture that ran in a local newspaper. I thought this an appropriate time to run the letter and his reply.

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A new opening and a look back

Our archery deer season opens this Saturday, Sept. 27 at daylight. I probably will go, it is a bit of a tradition for me.

The rules are the same -- three does per day, no more than three bucks the entire season no matter what equipment. Hunt safe and if you climb, use a fall restraint system. We use to call them safety belts.

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Do not call her Flo

Our archery season is about open. In fact, it opens Sept. 27, in 10 days. That approaching event made me think of a hunter I know from down in Georgia. Let me tell you a little about her.

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Two things you can do on a hot day

The weather liars said it would be 95, August 26. I had on a jogging suit hoody and rain pants and was not sweating. I was working hard, too. Not as hard as the Judge who just about refuses to use the trolling motor. He would rather scull. That suits me fine cause I would rather catch trout.

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The great myths of deer hunting

He came with head down, nose to the ground, walking exactly as I had. But I knew the rubber boots would defeat his sense of smell.  Knee-high rubber boots make it impossible for a deer to smell where you walk.

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The war starts at Noon Monday
The war starts at Noon Monday

It will sound like a small war. Enough gun powder will be burnt to supply a small army. In fact, there will be a small army out and about when dove season 2014 opens at noon September 1.

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A pond for all seasons Read more...
Dave, David, Earl, Judge, General Read more...
Let's go North, way up North Read more...
Elvin’s reality show Read more...
No need to hurry Read more...
Doldrums, dog days and just plain hot Read more...
A rattlesnake food plot  Read more...
The deadliest days Read more...
A moving sky  Read more...
Great way to start the day Read more...
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