Woods & Wa­ter

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By Ken Sim­mers Fol­low Jor­dan Schatz on Twit­ter: @Jor­dan_Whig

Black­pow­der sea­son is about to ex­plode!

Next Thurs­day, Oct. 18, is the opener for muz­zleloader sea­son, part one. It will con­tinue for bucks un­til Oct. 20, dur­ing which time only one buck may be taken. A sec­ond may be taken dur­ing ri­fle sea­son or archery sea­son, but only two may be taken for the year.

Does? It’s a dif­fer­ent story. Ten does may be taken dur­ing muz­zleloader sea­son, al­though the real to­tal

may be much less. Doe sea­son is dif­fer­ent in length, too, as it runs un­til Oct. 27, dis­count­ing Sun­days, when hunt­ing is not al­lowed.

Hunter or­ange is a must, and there are sev­eral sug­ges­tions, as well. Wa­ter, sand­wiches, 20-inch rope, sharp knife, tree stand har­ness, pair of painter’s gloves, binoc­u­lars, ammo and gun would also be good.

When it comes to ri­fles, .50 is the choice, in-line is the pre­ferred arm. Sight in now if you have not yet done so. Match the ammo to the gun.

My T/C Omega prefers .50 240 grain bul­lets with a sabot and 100 grains pow­der. through sec­ond, re­spec­tively.

Pat­ter­son Mill, with a score of 334, placed first and qual­i­fied for the state meet as a team.

In ad­di­tion to Smethurst, four other golfers qual­i­fied for states in­di­vid­u­ally. Fall­ston’s Wil­liam Creery (76) and Paula Moon (80) earned medal­ist hon­ors and re­peated as tour­na­ment cham­pi­ons. They will be joined by team­mate Zach Barkorn,

My CVA prefers .50 245 grain Power­belts. Ei­ther will hit a 1 ½ cir­cle at 50 yards, which is about as far as I can see in the woods right now. When the leaves drop more, then I can see fur­ther, of course.

Use your binoc­u­lars to iden­tify a pos­si­ble deer. There are very things more dis­con­cert­ing than some­one peer­ing at you with a scope. I would as­sume that he is try­ing to kill me and re­spond ac­cord­ingly.

The rut is not yet in full swing, so leave the rut scents in the store un­til it’s re­ally time. Wash in un­scented soap and use un­scented de­odor­ant. You don’t want deer to smell you.

A lit­tle his­tory

who shot an 83, and Pat­ter­son Mill’s Mitchell Walz (80).

North Easts Zach Lockard just missed the Top 10, plac­ing 11th with a 90, while Elk­ton’s Caden Hart­ten placed 14th with a 95.

This marked the first year Moun­tain Branch held the district meet.

Way back in the days of WW II, the 29th Di­vi­sion was the pri­mary land­ing force in Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. I’m sure you have seen his­tory lessons on this in­va­sion, but it took men with a lot of back­bone to do this.

Last July, Va­lerie and I toured Nor­mandy, in­clud­ing said beaches and the ceme­tery. As she is now ad­ju­tant for the U.S. we are go­ing with the 29th south this week­end to tour the 29th Mu­seum at Roanoke, Va. We will join Com­man­der Howard Bond and oth­ers to head to the con­ven­tion.

Let’s go, 29th!

Rock Hall fish­ing

As the past few months have in­di­cated, Rock Hall is the place to fish for rock­fish. The size has ap­par­ently grown smaller. When Val and I fished there in July, 25 inches seemed to be the norm. Now it is 22 inches.

Paul Mont­gomery, Doug John­son, Bill Greiser, and Stan Ce­bula re­cently went to Rock Hall to try their luck, and this is what they found: lots of smaller fish, mixed with 22-inch fish. None­the­less, they all got their two fish in an hour, then caught some catfish, and sev­eral white perch.

Way to go, guys!

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