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Big game harvest stats released

Each spring I eagerly await the stats on the previous hunting season. I enjoy seeing the numbers and extrapolating the story they tell. This year was of particular interest because of several variables that impacted the behavior and harvest of big game. When the figures were released just before the weekend, I had several theories on what the data would show.
Throughout the season, reports about the hunting season were very odd. Some hunters in other areas of the state claimed they had observed

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Tips for river fishing in late winter

Late winter river fishing can be tough. In fact, it can be very frustrating because with a nice warm spell like we just experienced and sunshine, anglers venture out and expect to catch fish in their usual haunts from the fall fishing trips. Often this never accomplishes much more than chilly fingers, a dead boat battery and unused bait unless the fishing is approached differently.  

Like everyone else, all it takes for me to get the fishing bug is a few warm days and I start eyeing my fishing rods with serious interest. Over the years I have learned a few things from experience and from others that make my time on the water more efficient and successful in terms of putting slabs of fish in the cooler or live well.

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Beagles plus young guns equals great fun on rabbit’s trail

My daughters and I had been invited by a good friend to go on a rabbit hunt with him and his daughter. A few adults joined us to help supervise the youngsters while hunting. When I exited the truck and began rustling through my gear to get it together, the girls began chatting excitedly. The men were already discussing how they were going to run the dogs and then it happened.
The tailgate dropped and the dog box was opened. All talking suddenly ceased and a mass of brown and black, with a bit of white thrown in, began oozing out of the box and many sets of little feet hit the ground. Snorts, snuffles and sniffing began earnestly in mere seconds. Not one minute later, the first bay of the morning sounded off. I had barely managed to load the youth scatterguns that my daughters were going to use.

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Hunters’ ranks grow with more women participating

As a schoolteacher I get to see and meet a number of people, particularly young people. When I first started teaching in King George I attended a hunter education class with my wife. Hunter education classes serve several purposes. First, the class is an excellent course that teaches new or novice hunters the safest ways to hunt effectively. Typically the all-day course goes over everything from basic firearms safety to basic hunting techniques as well as ethics and morals while in the field. We have an excellent cadre of instructors in our area and they do a great job of getting the material across to students of all ages. Second, the class serves as a qualification for those seeking a concealed weapons permit. Third, many adults take a refresher course as I did while mentoring a young person or novice to hunting.

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Small game cooks up into tasty soups and tacos

Small game seasons are still going strong and judging by the number of squirrels visiting the area around my chicken coops and bird feeders, their numbers have increased or they are hard up for food.
Squirrels and rabbits make up most of the small game interest in our area and both are very tasty and easy to prepare into various meals. Perhaps the toughest part about cooking these fine meats is the field dressing and pre-cooking effort.
When I field dress my squirrels, I always skin them and then simply quarter the meat. There is little meat on the ribs so normally I won’t bother with it. Rabbit on the other hand can easily be skinned and quartered and the backstrap of a rabbit, particularly a large rabbit, is well worth a few extra cuts with a sharp knife to carve it out. That strip of boneless meat is prized at our house and is the first one to disappear.

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Father-daughter hunt ends in a smile and meat in the freezer

The last day of deer season dawned a bit chilly, but it did nothing to cut into the excitement of young Casey Sanders. She was in her father’s truck, headed to a piece of property he hunts with family and friends. The duo was taking part in a few man drives for deer on a local property and they were hopeful that Casey would be able to be with her dad when he tagged a deer.

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