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Last chance for hunting in 2013

By ROGER WILLIAMS, SWT Outdoors206283_531982796828103_661345506_n

Christmas celebrations are behind us. We all received a few new toys. Now we again have time to go hunting.

The muzzle loader is cleaned and ready to seek venison once again and I am anxious to carry it to the woods this last week of 2013.

The weather is cold and fronts move to and fro across our region causing the deer to think it might be spring on some days and deep winter on others.

A change of 30 to 35 degrees from one day to another causes me to watch the forecasts carefully so I will know how to dress on the day I choose to go afield.

The area in which I hunt allows either sex hunting beginning Dec 30 thru Jan 4, 2014 in National Forests as well as on privately owned land.

Hopefully you have been able to fill your freezers with deer meat during this period of temperature “yo-yo” weather we are currently experiencing.

The late rut is mostly over but there are usually a few does that haven’t mated and are still seeking bucks. Sometimes a chase can be observed even this late in the year. Most bucks are now recuperating and feeding heavily prior to the winter weather extremes. It makes perfect sense to set up a stand near the herds feeding sites and to watch for them as they constantly add fat to their bodies.

Perhaps you received a gift this Christmas, if you dropped enough hints to family and friends, to enhance your hunting skills.

I particularly liked the “grunt-wheeze call” and “rattling -bag calls” available from most retailers. It is not too late to use a gift card for these necessary aides to deer hunting so they can be used during the coming week.

Fresh venison tenderloin biscuits and red- eye gravy makes my mouth water just imagining a plateful of this delicious fare.

I must get busy since I have not taken a deer as yet this year. I am a hunter and I am confident that the larder can still be filled. I have a week to accomplish this feat. 

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