Woods & Water
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!