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How to prevent, recognize and treat snake bites

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Jan Carter Jul 23. 11 Replies

Our slithering foes will soon be out and aboutAlthough nearly 8,000 people are bit by venomous snakes each year, there are usually no more than eight deaths. However, this should not lead backpackers…Continue

Tags: treat, snake, bites, and, recognize

Outdoor Gardening

Started by Sue OldsWidow. Last reply by Jan Carter Jul 22. 135 Replies

Lots of things to do in the spring, one is knowing when to plant and when to wait.May 10th is my last frost date, passed down from my grandmother. She said you plant something that comes up before…Continue

$500 a Day Fine for Vegetable Garden

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Jan Carter Jul 14. 1 Reply

Jason and Jennifer Helvenston of Orlando, Florida decided to plant a vegetable garden, on their own private property of 20 years. They had to plant it in the front yard as that was the best spot for…Continue

Tags: too, big, government, gardens, vegetable

Abandoned fawns

Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by Jan Carter Jun 17. 1 Reply

When we are out and about in the woods and fields this time of year we might happen to find a deer fawn that appears to be abandoned.  The poor little thing is all alone with no mother anywhere…Continue


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Comment by Jan Carter on July 26, 2015 at 17:18

also I did not realize there was a squirrel season LOL.  I thought they were open game

Comment by Jan Carter on July 26, 2015 at 17:13


I asked because we have had quite a few out checking stands and working on sighting in.  We are no longer walking down in the valley but along the road.  I understand we will not be back in the valley until well into the winter since that is where our hunters go

Comment by Charles Sample on July 26, 2015 at 15:37

Our first season to open is dove on Sep. 12, then squirrel and rabbit on Sep. 15.  Archery deer season opens on Oct. 15, muzzleloader season opens on Nov. 16, and gun deer season opens on Nov. 21.  All three run through Jan. 31.  The limit is a buck and a doe a day with a three buck season limit.

I will use Sep. to sight in my crossbow, muzzleloader, and .30-06 rilfle.  Also to make sure my deer stands are ready.  At least one of them needs some repairs.  I will set up my portable ground blind in mid Sep. to use for bow hunting.  The deer will be used to it being there by bow season.

Comment by Jan Carter on July 26, 2015 at 13:13

How do you get ready for fall, the different hunting types and seasons?  Most of our begin in September but there seems to be a good amount of talk going on about using next month to set sights and practice.  Some of the younger folks are getting excited about the bow season

Comment by Jan Carter on July 8, 2015 at 22:02

Just thought I would share, I liked it

Mato (Bear) was not big enough to harm anybody. His mother called him Matochikala (Small Bear) in the language of the Lakota People.

When his mother awoke from her long sleep, she took Small Bear out into the bright sunshine of spring. "What are these creatures flying high above my head?" asked Small Bear. "Wanbli," (Eagle) his mother replied in her low gruff voice. "It is from Eagle that we learn to live our life in dignity. Eagle's eyes are keener than our own, so we always listen to warnings he sends from above." 
Small Bear's mother led him across the sweet-smelling meadow to the edge of a river where she would teach him to drink. He put his nose into the cold, clear mini (water) and took a taste. The shock of the rushing water made him instantly alert and watchful. Many years later, when he had grown into his warrior name, Mato would remember his first drink. Whenever he needed clarity of thought or alertness for hunting, he would plunge himself into the river to prepare himself for the task.

Mato remembered his early days with fondness, for his mother was a great teacher. She always protected him and gave him guidance for living the fullness of life. She taught him how to hunt for grubs inside the rotting trunks of fallen fir trees. She taught him which flowers and grasses were sweetest, which roots would make him strong, and which berries would fill out his flesh for his first long winter's sleep.

And she taught him how to catch the Hogan Luta (red fish) as they came crashing up against him in the slippery river. Mato's mother showed him a special place between two craggy rocks where he could lodge himself. "Wait quietly and with patience in this place," she said, "and the great red flashing, thrashing things will jump right into your mouth."

And so it was that the people learned to fish... by watching Mato and his mother. From that time forth, Mato and the people never went hungry, as long as he and his brothers could be seen fishing in the river.

Mato has taught the Lakota People much, however Mato does not like interaction with any of the two legged animals known as Wicasa (Man). Therefore when we go into the land of Mato we must show respect and keep our distance. Remember Mato would rather not waste his time dealing with us so follow these steps If you encounter Mato (the bear).

Remember: Black bear attacks are uncommon. In most cases, a bear will avoid human contact. It is never safe to approach a bear. If a bear stands on his hind legs, he is trying to detect scents; he is not necessarily behaving aggressively

1: Give any bear you encounter a way to escape.

2: Step off the trail and slowly walk away.

3: If you see bear cubs, steer clear and leave the area.

4: If you encounter a bear, stay calm. Do not run or make sudden movements. Back away slowly as you face the bear.

5: Avoid direct eye contact with the bear.

6: In the unlikely event you are attacked, fight back. Shout, be aggressive, and use rocks, sticks, or hands to fend off an attack.

Comment by Jan Carter on July 6, 2015 at 19:09

It's summer time and lots of folks are hitting the trails again for the long summer day hikes and back packing trips in to the deeper bush to get away from it all

Environmental Awareness

Thanks to Fiddleback Forge for making this info available!!

Comment by Jan Carter on July 2, 2015 at 10:02

Well, due to cloud cover I missed last nights BUCK MOON.  I hope some of you were able to see it

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, July’s first moon is also called the buck moon, because this is the time of year when bucks begin to grow their antlers.

Right now, the moon is 99.5 percent full and could be seen beautifully last night in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, who are having a rendezvous this month with Regulus – the brightest star in the constellation Leo – playing a starring role.

Today is a good day to go fishing, the almanac says.

July is a lucky month with two full moons tonight and on July 31

Comment by Tobias Gibson on June 8, 2015 at 11:31

Just throwing out an idea and figured this is one of the best place to start.  I'm thinking of either forming a group to discuss fishing.  I'm think everything from sharing fishing stories, advice on gear, etc.   Of course  a good chunk would also focus on collecting vintage tackle and knives as well as what you use when you go fishing today.  Would people be interested in such a group?

Comment by Charles Sample on May 13, 2015 at 15:02

Very funny Tobias!  Poor Jay!

BTW I went to college at Vanderbilt.

Comment by Tobias Gibson on May 13, 2015 at 13:28

Does Jay Cutler have a vacation home in Western Massachusetts?  I can picture a drunken Bears fan chasing him with a dull hatchet!


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