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Clarification on coyote controversy

Mention the word coyote around a farmer, landowner or hunter and the discussion heats up fast.
Remark that you have seen one recently and everyone listens and has a story of their own. Coyotes, or Canis latrans, have been around since the late 50’s in Virginia but it has only been a decade or so since those of us in the Northern Neck have been noticing them.

As the canines reproduced and sought new habitat, their numbers increased and they have adapted to the subdivisions, farms and woodlands in our area. The increase in numbers has caused some conflicts with landowners as of late and now the citizens are moving to do something about old Mr. Coyote.

 A few hunters have complained that coyotes are finding their shot deer before they can track

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King George Middle School’s Outdoors Club

Many of the people that live in King George might not know that King George Middle School has an Outdoors Club. Nearly 60 kids have joined this club so far.

The leaders of the club are Mark Fike, Sara Smigielski, and Kevin Linza. The kids attend during 7th period rotation once a month. Sometimes when a student or leader would like to present a lesson on anything outdoors, then some of the kids sign up to stay after school.

A few weeks ago I attended a seminar on how to clean a deer properly after you have shot it. During that after school seminar our local conservation police officer, Frank Spuchesi, brought in a hindquarter of deer. It

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Snakehead fish caught in Machodoc Creek

Like his father, Mark Rollins has been working the waters of Machodoc Creek and the Potomac River for many years and he has seen many things over those years while crabbing and fishing. When he set his crab pots last Tuesday he never imagined what he’d find when he pulled those pots. Perhaps a croaker or maybe a few perch or even a catfish would wiggle within the confines of the mesh pot. While he did catch a few of those fish, he also

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Spring is ideal for outdoor photos

Each season has things about it that appeal to people. Some prefer one season over another for various reasons. No one season is perfect for everyone, but certainly we can find something about each season that we really like.

When I was young I really was not that fond of spring. I disliked the teasing weather changes. Summer and fall were more to my liking. However, as I grew older and became less fond of winter, I also saw spring from a different perspective. Even though the weather can be a tease with one day in the 80s and the next in the 50s, I will take the warm days even as few as they are as a sign of good weather to come.
One of the neatest and most promising things about spring, in my opinion, is the new life that comes with

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Catfish moving upriver in Rapp

Last weekend I made a quick trip to Fredericksburg to check out the shad and herring run. I made a stop at Old Mill Park and wandered down to the river for a firsthand report for you. While there I was able to observe a Marine and his daughter on the opposite shoreline fishing. The weather was cool and even a bit dreary. However, all that was forgotten when the man’s rod doubled over and he ran across the gravel bar to grab the rod and set the hook. A few minutes later I was impressed to see a big catfish approximately 2

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Pull out your fishing rig: Prespawn is on in ponds

It is hard to believe that March is already upon us and fishing is already picking up. In fact, I have heard of white perch in the Rappahannock, “40-inch plus” stripers in the Potomac and the bass and crappie have roe or eggs already and are fattening up before they disperse those eggs in nests. Now is the time when fishing can be unpredictable and challenging, but rewarding too.
Ponds are a favorite destination for me in the spring. The waters of most ponds, except those with cold springs

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