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I've been waiting for this coming week for a while. I sort of pick the third week of October as the official time the pre-rut starts. I think the weather either hastens that or stalls it

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I had been in the stand only 15 minutes when the doe appeared. When it crossed the path I came in on, she immediately smelled an unfamiliar odor and followed it with her eyes to my tree stand.

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One of the conditions that hunters must face this time of year is the fog. Sometimes it lingers seemingly all day, making it difficult to see especially when hunting with firearms.

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The weatherman said our temps were ten degrees below normal for this time of the year. I discovered he was right as I sat shivering in a treestand on opening morning.

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One of the benefits of hunting is getting to see so many different animals and other things that one just doesn't get to see otherwise. I have renamed one of my trail cameras, the zoo camera, because it always has pictures of so many different kinds of animals.

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One of the best places to put up a tree stand or blind, is in a funnel. A funnel is a small area where two or more ridges run out or down into a small hollow or trail.

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Just drive down the road and you can learn a lot about someone. For instance, if I see a truck with a NWTF bumper sticker and a Remington logo surrounded by camo accents, I'm sure they will pretty much help me if I have a need of any kind.

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At six a.m. my temperature gauge read eighty degrees. The humidity was stifl ing. The recent weather has not been fi t for man or beast and it's showing up in the lack of success most fishermen are enduring

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It's fun to see newcomers to the hunting and fishing sports. Whether it's an adult or youth, both bring a fresh sense of excitement that is contagious. And after a few times in the activity, they consider themselves a part of this special group.

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My fishing experiences as a youth were either alone or with the gang that made up Ford's Woods. What I learned about fishing came from the
same sources.

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I have to admit I can't stand going too long without checking my trial cameras. This is true especially this time of year. Even though the experts tell me to leave them alone until hunting season, I know I'm probably not even going to hunt some of these spots until the November rut anyway.

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In just a few weeks squirrel season will open in my area. These small game are not pursued as much as they used to be. But they are fun to hunt and are especially good for taking youth and first-time hunters into the woods.

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Something that happens to me quite often, is I wake up in a hotel and forget where I am. It may be that I'm on a hunting trip or away at a speaking gig, but I wake up and before my eyes open, my mind tells me I'm home.

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I often taken a book to the tree stand with me. I mostly do it during the evening hunts because the deer tend to be slower moving until just before dark. I've read many good books using this approach.

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Habitat is a word used quite often in the world of the outdoorsman. If you have lived more than a couple of decades, you have witnessed changes in the habitat in the area you live and/or hunt. As our population increases, houses will continue to take land that is the home to a variety of animals

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While Americans are fixed on our own Independence Day; the truth is, many different countries take one day each year and celebrate their freedom from another country or empire.

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I've told you about my fishing adventures with Mike. He's a local striper guide. I have fished with him on numerous occasions, but most of the time I am his helper when I have friends come and use his services.

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Even though a friend took me on my first turkey hunt, my first success came while hunting alone. That morning I remember that my tools of the trade amounted to a Lynch box call and a ten-gauge H and R shotgun.

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For most of my life I have owned dogs. For several years I even sold dogs, or rather traded pups for guns. My wife preferred cash. I preferred Ruger. But after years of doing that, I found it was much easier to care for one beast rather than two or more.

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Memorial Day has always symbolized more than its original purpose. It is supposed to allow us to reflect on the lives of those who died while serving in the armed forces in the United States.

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This is the year of the Cicadas. And no, a Cicada is not a new hybrid car. It's actually a type of flying insect that some call a locust, even though they are not related to the locust.

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There's nothing like barreling down the lake in the spring or summer at 5:00 in the morning.

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Jimmy is a very experienced and seasoned duck hunter. He's also taken his share of deer. He, however, has never had the thrill of seeing a strutting tom walk in front of his shotgun- that is until the other day.

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I can take you where two gobblers roost. They are in the same place about five out of seven days. We have been meeting and talking several mornings since the season opened.

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I have this love-hate relationship with the wind and rain. I don't ever remember getting excited to hunt in the rain or during high winds. I have done both several times

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