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Outdoors Report - November 20, 2013

Overview
Fishing is rapidly shifting to mostly catfish and rockfish at this point. Deer season has picked up with the rut. Look for youth stories soon.

Read more: Outdoors Report - November 20, 2013

Firearms deer season is in; Be safe, be ethical and courteous

Although I was not in the deer woods on opening morning with a deer gun in hand, I heard the distant shots as we waited for a few ducks to grace us with their presence. The shooting picked up for deer hunters (and apparently some duck hunters very close to our position) as the tempo of gunfire also picked up.

Read more: Firearms deer season is in; Be safe, be ethical and courteous

CB Rockfish Tournament

This year’s Annual Colonial Beach Rockfish Tournament was held on Nov. 9 and 10. 

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Ladies Division - Christina Viviers brought in an 8.64 lb. Rockfish. 

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Guarantee Prizes left to right: First place Mike Harris 14.16; second place Scott Dickens 12.36; third place John Weber 12.10; fourth place Matt Mathes 11.84; and fifth place Jeff Jamett 11.60 (not shown).

Linda Farneth

Outdoors Report - November 13, 2013

Angler numbers are low, but for those still fishing the waters are still producing.

RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER
Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that crappie are biting well on the river. Try deep sunken treetops and logs. Striper and small bass are also active on the river. Small eels were taking some nice fish.

Read more: Outdoors Report - November 13, 2013

Outdoors Report - November 6, 2013

Angler numbers are dropping, especially because muzzleloader season came in. However, fishing is still decent.

Rappahannock River
Ken’s Tackle in Spotsylvania reported that some anglers are trolling very slow and picking up some striper.

Read more: Outdoors Report - November 6, 2013

Mrs. Drinks’ class collects insects

When Mrs. Drinks’ 7th grade Life Science class at King George Middle School went outside to collect insects, we had loads of fun finding all of the different insects! We caught anywhere from tiny little crickets to big Praying Mantises. Mrs. Misch, the King George County 4H Officer, helped us find, identify, and classify the insects. The most interesting of the insects we caught was the Praying Mantis, a green moth, and the Leaf Bug. No spiders though. They’re not insects, they’re arachnids!

We did this insect hunt because in science class, we were doing a unit on them and all different sorts of bugs, bugs, and more bugs! We worked on this subject/unit for about three days. We learned all about the different parts of them and even got to look at some under a digital microscope, seeing parts of them we had never seen before!

The classes all together caught about 75-150 insects. We caught two male Praying Mantises and two females. We took one female and male and put them in a cage and after about a week we had discovered an egg sack!

But the mystery was that we couldn’t find the male in either of the cages. Hmmmmm… It turns out that after the couple mate, the female eats the male’s head so he can’t move at all then eats the body later for the protein.

After we had all the fun we thought we could have, then comes along the pinning process! This was my favorite part of the whole project because we got to see all the bugs we caught when we went outside. This process was fun for MOST people but some, eh, not so much.

This project was my favorite one so far this year and I hope we get to do something like this next year in 8th grade with the other classes!

—Submitted by Nick Dean,
7th grader at KGMS

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