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Outdoors

  • No luck with ducks? How about some goose?

    I received a call from Stephen at the Enterprise office, and my first thought was “What did I mess up?”
    When he got on the phone, I was told this was one of the early deadline weeks (office was closed Monday).
    “I knew that, but thanks for calling” was my response. That’s what I said. What I thought was, oh crap, forgot all about that!
    So, here I sit, five days after turning in my last column, wondering what to write about.

  • Nice, cold weather, but not enough ducks

    It’s been cold, real cold! When it’s this cold the inclination is to hunker down and avoid “being out in it” as much as possible.
    You know who complains the most? Not those who have to be out in it for extended time. It’s those whose exposure is limited to that distance between their vehicle and a building. This is usually around 50 yards and three minutes of “exposure time.”

  • Teaching, learning about hunting with an 11-year-old

    Finally, after scouting for days, heck weeks, I found a field that a small flock of Canada geese were using (feeding in). One field, one flock. That's it!
    Anyway, Tate, my 11-year-old grandson, was coming over from Adair County, and we figured on giving the geese a try. I'd previously tweaked his interest by having him "watch" the geese, so he was hyped at an opportunity to shoot one.

  • Sensations during a squirrel hunt

    Have you ever had the feeling that things, especially bugs, were crawling on you. Especially at night!

    Imagine you’re in bed, feet tucked under the blankets, where it’s dark, the kind of place where spiders like to hang out. All of a sudden you feel “something.”

    And it feels like it’s moving.

    But is it, or isn’t it?

  • Deer photo, Dec. 31

    Hallie Downs, 8, killed her first deer on Dec. 28 while hunting with her dad, Justin Gardner.

  • Still hoping to find some waterfowl

     Well, this is shaping up, so far, to be the season that wasn’t ... for waterfowlers, anyway!

    I heard and saw a few cranes fly over, but nowhere near the number of birds we usually see. The cranes are usually an indicator that the Canada geese aren’t far behind.

  • Gift ideas, and tips on getting your goose

     Every year I talk about gift cards as the perfect gift.

    And, every year, someone will tell me how “impersonal” a gift card is.

    I sort of see their point. It’s almost like saying, “I don’t care enough to actually shop for your gift.”

  • Deer photo, Dec. 17

     Andy Cox killed his first seven-point buck on Oct. 11. He is the son of Stuart and Kristen Cox. His grandparents are Rodger and Betty Cox and Marty and Julie Thomas.

  • The nastiest, wonderful time of the year

     I love December! I enjoy the hunting seasons and ... dare I admit it ... even the weather! Now if we could just designate which days would be “high blue” and those that’d be “nasty dark,” it’d be perfect.

  • Deer photos, Dec. 10