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KGP&R needs help “naming” new creature in front of their building

KGP&R needs help “naming” new creature in front of their building

This critter recently was found on the grassy area in front of the KGP&R offices. Another of one...

Colonial Beach council seeks school demolition estimates

Colonial Beach council seeks school demolition estimates

The Colonial Beach Town Council has voted unanimously to obtain estimates for the demolition of the ...

Westmoreland State Park becoming a go-to destination

Westmoreland State Park becoming a go-to destination

Majestic Westmoreland State Park, located on the Potomac River between George Washington’s birthplac...

Added gas wells at landfill to generate more revenue for King George County

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King George

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King George rezones property for Commercial Metals Company

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The King George Board of Supervisors approved rezoning 38.62-acres from agricultural to industrial use.
The rezoning paves the way for Commercial Metals Company to invest $12 million to relocate and ex...

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Colonial Beach

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Colonial Beach Pier a lure for water lovers

Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Colonial Beach Pier a lure for water lovers

No matter the season, whatever the weather, the Colonial Beach Municipal Pier remains a top attraction for fishermen, boaters, tourists and area residents.  

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Westmoreland

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Early morning drug raids net 11 suspects in Westmoreland

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

A six-month undercover investigation by the Tri-County Drug Task Force resulted in two recent early morning raids that led to the arrests of 11 people who now face drug-related charges in Westmoreland...

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Sports

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Drifters pummel Washington & Lee

Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Drifters pummel Washington & Lee

Last Thursday’s 18-4 Conference 43 win against the visiting Washington & Lee Eagles seems to have been a step in the right direction for Colonial Beach varsity softball team.

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Area Deaths

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Irene T. Jones

Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Irene T. Jones

Irene Treavo Jones, 83, of King George, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond.

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Columnists

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An Ode to the Lawnmower

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

For centuries authors and poets have written in praise of everything from beautiful women, to starry skies, fast cars, and even one poem, written by the Scotsman, Robert Burns, about a field mouse.   ...

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A few reminders for Muzzleloader season

This coming Saturday starts one of the most exciting times of the year for hunters. Muzzleloader season in our neck of the woods coincides with the pre-rut and the rut. Deer are very active during this period, and the woods are a very exciting place to be. Not only are turkey and squirrel scrounging for food before winter hits, but deer are feeding heavily, does are coming into heat, and bucks are starting to spar and chase does. Ifthere is a period of two weeks to be in the woods waiting on a chance at a nice deer, this is the time to do it.

If you have not sighted in your smokepole by now, you may be too late. Area stores are selling muzzleloader supplies like mad, and there are mere days left to get the job done. Some hunters, myself included, have at one time or another forgotten to fire out that last load from the previous season. Remember, safety first. Treat all firearms as if they were loaded. The year I left my rifle loaded (no primer on it, of course!), I checked it with my ramrod and realized I had indeed left the bullet seated in the barrel. Fortunately, I was able to back out the breech plug, and the power charges fell out and then I was able to push out the bullet safely. Upon doing so, I was so glad I did not fire it out. The barrel forward of the bullet was fouled with lots of orange rust. There is no telling how that might have ended if I fired the bullet out. In fact, when I ran a cleaning brush through the barrel, I watched the rust fall out of the barrel in a continuous cloud of rust dust. I had a pile of it on my floor in the basement. The lesson here is to not leave your smokepole loaded, and if you do, unload it carefully.

Do check your muzzleloader point of impact each season. Things change. No sense missing a great buck or a good doe for the freezer because you did not check the point of impact.

This season when you head to the woods, wear or at least carry some blaze orange with you, even if you don’t feel the need to wear it. During firearms deer season, we are all required to wear blaze orange.

However, during muzzleloader season, we are not required to wear it, but certainly it would be good to wear or at least have.

Last season I was hunting a piece of property that had not been hunted legally for years. An access road was located on the eastern side of the property near the property line. Unknown to me, hunters on the neighboring property were using it and trespassing. During opening week, one morning I was sitting on that side of the property when a huge BOOM rang out, scaring me it was so close. Because I did not have any orange, I was afraid to approach the trespasser for fear of being shot. I came back later to find a fresh gut pile as a thank you for the trespassing and poaching. Later that same year, I caught a guy in a tree well on our side of the property line who came from the other side of the property. He claimed he did not know he was over the line until I walked him back to HIS POSTED signs, keeping me out of HIS property. Later, hunting the same location, I noticed hunters running away from me as I approached with my blaze orange cap on, more than once. They ceremoniously put on their orange caps AFTER they ran to the property line as I approached. My blaze orange hat may have saved me from being shot. I suspect anyone who will break the law and trespass might not be the safest person to be in the woods with. So, consider wearing blaze orange at least on your way in and out of the woods.  And if you have continuous trespassing problems, hide a small trail cam out of sight like I have done to record the lawbreakers, and then deliver the goods to the conservation police officers.

Remember that muzzleloader bullets can do a lot of damage. They can travel a long way. Keep those shots in safe directions with solid backstops in mind beyond the deer. The bullets can go through the deer and keep on going. No skyline shots!

With the rarity of acorns this year, the deer are definitely foraging on other greenery. Keep that in mind when hunting. Keep safety on the top of your list and expect to see the deer moving more than normal to find food. Make sure what you are shooting at is indeed a deer. Let’s keep it safe out in the woods and enjoy the incredible temperatures and scenery as we partake of America’s oldest outdoor tradition.

Mark Fike

 

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