Did you get your Buck this season? Wilson Murphy of Prattville sure got his! a nice 7 pointer that weighed over 200lbs! ~postoak~
This weekend is the last of the season and like most folks, I am not ready for it to end! A major illness kept me out of the woods as much as I would have liked and with the Christmas committments we all make to family and church, the time has just rolled on by! Hopefully, lots of you have your freezers filled with fresh venison and are ready to move on to our February hunting seasons of small game, which is very entertaining hunting and can provide some very fine winter meal starters.
Squirrel hunting in February is fantastic. The trees are bare and the bushy tails are much easier to spot,stalk and shoot! This past weekend I walked the perimeter road on the lower end of a tract we hunt in Tuscaloosa near the Black Warrior river, As I slowly stalked along the trail looking at the activity on the many scrapes along the way, most of which were showing the rut is mostly over in that area. I noticed the squirrels were in a very active feeding mode and I saw no less than 25 to 30 at various locations along the two miles of trail. I have seen this type of activity many times through the years but, this was happening from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on a bright sunny day! I found myself wishing I had my Remington 22 rifle instead of the 30-06 I was toting.
These squirrels seemed as brazen as the ones on that commercial that attack the guy in the park! They would sit on limbs or hang off the sides of trees, barking and shaking their tails in protest as they watched me go by. It was great! I stopped several times and chatted out some squirrel barks and whines and that really set them off! Squirrels cames out of hiding to join in the cacaphony and they seemed to cheer when I walked on, like they had succeeded in driving some big predator away! But, this big predator will return in a couple of weeks with that 22 rifle and silence a few of the squirrels. I can taste that fried squirrel and gravy already!
I finally stalked on around to my chosen deer stand and after placing a couple of Tink’s scent bombs in some limbs near the stand and I got settled in for the hunt. From 3:00 until 4:30 there was not a deer on the field. Then the does came piling out of the pine thicket until 12 of them were out in the green field over to my right, about 20 minutes later they were joined by a young spike. Then, they all paused feeding and looked back toward the thicket and I thought, now, here comes that “wall hanger” but, out stepped a nice 8 pointer who was clearly a young buck. He was a very nice young buck but, not the kind we shoot so I just enjoyed the rest of the hunt in a great stand at a beautiful place. That was a nice hunt! I love to just sit and enjoy the act of hunting sometimes without taking an animal, just soaking up the solitude of the great Alabama we all love so much!
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My good friends at the ALABAMA WILDLIFE FEDERATION have some wonderful family centered activities coming to Lanark in Millbrook! Check out the info for more details!
Make Plans to Come Run Wild at the Critter Crawl Get ready to run, walk or even crawl at the Alabama Nature Center’s Fourth Annual Critter Crawl on Saturday, February 15. This year, the Critter Crawl has expanded with a brand new mapped 10K run in addition to the 5K run along beautiful trails located at Lanark in Millbrook.
“We’re excited to expand the course this year in order to accommodate all ages, abilities and endurance,” said Elizabeth Johnson, Critter Crawl Coordinator. ”Bring the family and make plans to enjoy the great outdoors and nature at its’ best.”
The Critter Crawl is a 10K and 5K TRAIL RUN benefiting the Alabama Nature Center that takes runners through a portion of the Alabama Nature Center’s 5 mile trail system. There will also be a 1 mile race beginning at 10:00 am. Tech shirts are guaranteed for participants registering before February 1, 2014. Shirts come in Mens, Ladies and Kids sizes! Extras will be ordered but run out fast.
Pre-registration cost is $25 (10K and 5K) or $20 (1 Mile). Day-Of Registration we will add an additional $5.00.Prizes will be awarded for male and female overall, Masters (40+) and Grand Masters (50+). Also, three deep in the following age groups: 8 and under, 9-12, 13-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-69, 70+.
Don’t forget to dress the part and run in your most creative Alabama critter costume – prizes will be awarded so be creative! Music and food will be provided, plus door prizes and lots of room for kids to play. The 5k starts at 9:00 am and 1 mile starts at 10:00 am; both races start and finish at the ANC pavilion. Please visit www.alabamawildlife.org or call Elizabeth Johnson at 334-285-4550 for more information or register online at www.active.com. Participants may pick up race packets at the ANC Pavilion Friday, February 14 from 1pm-5pm.
The Alabama Nature Center, a hands-on outdoor education facility located at Lanark in Millbrook, Alabama, is a joint project of the Alabama Wildlife Federation and benefactors Isabel and Wiley Hill. The Lanark property, State Headquarters for the Alabama Wildlife Federation, contains 350 acres of striking forests, fields, streams, wetlands and ponds that are traversed by five miles of trails and boardwalks including a tree top viewing platform. The Alabama Nature Center hosts a variety of outdoor education programs including Lanark Field Days events for youth and school groups, Expedition Lanark Summer Day Camp for children aged 5 – 15, and monthly weekend events for the general public.For more information about the Alabama Nature Center and the Alabama Wildlife Federation, call 334-285-4550 or visit www.alabamawildlife.org.
Hope you get your buck, or doe before the season is gone! and when you do, send me a photo so I can share your good hunt! Just email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Hunting and Good Times are waiting, in Central Alabama Outdoors!