6 ALL AROUND WISE, Decatur, Texas, Thursday, October 30, 2008 WISE OUTDOORS By LUKE CLAYTON At what age should youngsters begin hunting This is a question that will spark myriad replies around the campfire. I’m sure we’ve all heard comments such as “my little Johnny shot his first buck when he was only 4 years old,” or “I was hunting deer, harvesting them and doing my own field dressing chores when I was 10.” In truth, some youngsters develop faster than others, both mentally and physically. I remember well back in the late 50s, taking my J.C. Higgins single shot .22 rifle nto the woods behind our arm in rural Red River ounty on squirrel hunts hen I was only 8. I was unting alone and, in retropect, probably a year or two efore I should have been. ike most youngsters in the ounty, hunting and shooting was a way of life and we all naturally gravitated to the woods and water. My wife and I have two sons that I trained to shoot and hunt, and both were, in my opinion, ready to hunt on their own at around 12 years old. Both boys harvested several wild hogs while hunting with me when they were 9 to 11 years old. Before that, they spent countless hours with me in dove fields and deer blinds as a spectator, learning the basics such as how to track game and how far to lead a crossing dove. I started them both shooting BB guns at 6 years old. They each graduated to pellet rifles then, when they were about 8, they got their first scoped .22 rifle. They practiced only when Dad was present, and they practiced alone, no group shooting sessions with other youngsters. I’ve found it best to work with youngsters on a one-on-one basis when learning the basics of shooting and firearm safety. Each boy received his first 20- gauge shotgun at the age of 11 and both quickly became excellent wingshots. They were hunting birds with me a year or so before I allowed them to actually harvest deer. Through osmosis, if nothing else, I’ve learned a thing or two about getting youngsters started in shooting and hunting. I now have a total of five grandsons, four of which are old enough to begin the training process that will hopefully one day cause them to develop a full blown love for the outdoors, the game animals and hunting. At present, they appear to be right on track. Between myself, and the boys’ other grandfather, they have all been exposed to the outdoors, and they are soaking up the experience like little sponges! Let me share a few of the things I’ve learned about youngsters and shooting and hunting. Understand, they are only one man’s opinions. Hopefully you can use them as a basis and build upon them with your own experiences. Safety always first Instill in youth the fact that guns, beginning with their first BB gun, are deadly and Continued on page 7 Buy your pump, pressure tank & supplies from us. Pay a driller to produce the hole. 1/2 hp $299 Since 1856 3/4 hp $354 1 hp $405 5 hp $1465 5 Year Warranty Made to Perform in Sand Pressure Tanks Starting at $140 220 Long Street Bowie, TX 76230 HHH Well Sales (940) 872-6883 (800) 227-1806 Do you have a hearing problem Do you have an understanding problem Call us to schedule your hearing examination & consultation. Our promise to you. We promise Our promise to you. We promise to to provide provide you you with outstanding with outstanding customer customer care and state-of-the-art care and state-of-theart instruments hearing to instruments help you hear better. to help hearing you Satisfaction hear better. with your Satisfaction new hearing with your instruments new hearing is our top instruments priority. We will is guide our top you through priority. the We important will guide steps you to improve through your the hearing important and get you steps to back improve to your your daily life. hearing and get you back to your daily life. RACTICE MAKES PERFECT — The author’s grandsons, Trevor (shooting) and Tyler Clayton, ractice with the 50 caliber muzzleloader. Introducing Zon from Starkey. Where art meets science. With its advanced technology, Zon automatically adjusts to the most challenging listening conditions. With its sleek design that contours the shape of your ear, Zon provides a comfortable yet discreet solution for your hearing. Whether you’ve tried wearing a hearing aid or not, you won’t believe the difference. Try on the most modern, automatic and reliable hearing aid available today. The technology doesn’t get any better than this. Dr. Judy DeMorest Board Certified Audiologist ENT & Allergy Clinic, PA Joanne Pham, M.D. 1600 W. US Business 380, Suite A Decatur, Texas 76234 940-627-7997
WISE OUTDOORS ALL AROUND WISE, Decatur, Texas, Thursday, October 30, 2008 7 Continued from 6 powerful tools that, if used properly, will add countless hours of enjoyment to their lives but, if used improperly, have the potential to create much harm. Beginning with that first air rifle, show them exactly how the safety works and instill in them the hard rule that they are never to point their rifle at anything they do not intend to shoot. If they are walking behind you, teach them to carry the rifle so that the muzzle is pointing behind them, in a direction that if the rifle should discharge, nobody would be hit. Conversely, if they are in front, keep the muzzle pointed to the side, in a safe direction. This most basic rule of firearm safety will help avoid the lions share of firearm accidents. What caliber to choose At some point, probably around the age of 9 or 10, it’s time to graduate a youngster to that first big game rifle, one that will cleanly harvest deer size game. By now, the basics of rifle shooting will be well ingrained from much practice with first the air rifles, then the .22. Recoil is a big factor to consider. The little rifles they learned with had no recoil. A rifle shooting a projectile large enough to harvest a deer or wild hog must inherently ‘kick’ a little. The trick is for the young hunter to shoot a rifle with minimal recoil. Forget the magnums and even bigger 30 calibers. A little .22/250 packs enough punch, if shot placement is good, to harvest the biggest buck in the woods. I know, I’ve seen the diminutive little caliber used successfully many times. The 6MM, .243 or .257 Roberts all make great ‘starter’ deer rifles. The trick is for the youngster to shoot a caliber he or she is comfortable with and achieve a reasonable degree of accuracy. I expect my young charges to be able to keep three shots in a 4-inch circle at 100 yards all the time, when shooting from a good rest. When shooting at game, I tell them to wait for close shots that they know they can make and pass up anything else. ‘Reduced recoil’ cartridges are now available that contain less powder and are ideal for shots on game out to around 100 yards. I haven’t tried these for my trainees but have heard good reports on the lighter rounds, both in accuracy and performance on game. I’ve been shooting muzzleloaders for many years. Here’s a novel idea and one that I have put to practice: Start your youngster off with a muzzleloader! I did just that with my second son and he took his first several hogs and deer with a 50 caliber TC smokepole! Learning to load and shoot the modern inline muzzleloaders is a great way to teach youngsters how a rifle works, and the recoil can easily be adjusted by the amount of powder one pours down the muzzle. The past few days, I’ve been working with my 10- year-old twin grandsons, Trevor and Tyler. I have a TC Triumph 50 caliber that is amazingly accurate out to just over 150 yards and with the heavier charges, capable of harvesting game out to close to 200. I shoot 100 grains of Pyrodex and 250 grain sabots. I learned that if shots are kept less THE COUNSELING CORNER than 100 yards, 70 grains of powder and 225 grain bullets work just fine in younger hands. The felt recoil using this combination appears to be less than even the smaller caliber centerfires. The boys love shooting it. Gramps just makes it a point to do all the loading, placing of the primer, etc. The youngsters are handed the rifle, ready to shoot, and I take care of all the cleaning chores, at least for the next year or so. Granted, it’s a bit more work than shooting centerfires, but I like to have the ability to control recoil by adjusting the powder load. Special youth seasons Take advantage of the ‘early’ special youth hunts. This gives youngsters the opportunity to hunt game before the general seasons open. I’m planning to get to my duck hunting area near my home next week, bring the grandsons along and make a ‘brush blind’ in preparation for the special early youth duck season this month during the weekend of Oct. 25. Attention Voters To the Citizens of WiseCounty, One last tip when hunting with youngsters: Keep it fun and don’t expect too much from them. Make it a positive experience and bring along plenty of snacks and drinks. Your efforts will be rewarded with a new set of hunting partners that you can enjoy the rest of your life! ■ Listen to Outdoors With Luke Clayton at www.catfishradio.com. The WiseCounty Constable’s office is not funded nor is it intended to be a full time office. Therefore I will not promise something that I cannot deliver. I know that Commissioners Court does not want to have reserve officers working in the constable’s office. This adds expense and liability to the taxpayers even when the officers are not paid. I think that the commissioners will fund what they think is in the best interest of WiseCounty as it relates to public safety and budget. Right now we have more State Troopers than any county of our size in the state. They have 3 Supervisors, 20 Troopers plus 7 more officers dedicated to commercial motor vechicles. They are well trained to work traffic on highways like US 287/380/114 and will eventually get the problems under control. I worry about the truck traffic on 380 and 114 but I worry more about a group of reserve officers working traffic on such a dangerous road. If you do not know what you are doing then you can do more harm than good. I have heard that DPS policy is, “If you write tickets on the road, then you work accidents on the road” so we should cooperate with DPS instead of taking over their job. Duplication of work is not an effective use of our money. If the commissioners determine that more are needed then let them put the resources in the hands of already active and trained law enforcement, be it DPS or the Sheriff’s Office. I intend to do the constable’s job, not anyone else’s. By THE AMERICAN COUNSELING ASSOCIATION Improvements in health care and lifestyles have resulted in more of us living longer lives. Many families now have one or more parents in their 70s, 80s or older, parents who can complicate their grown children’s lives with care and help demands. It can be a difficult situation. While we may feel a strong sense of responsibility to an elderly parent, we also have very real obligations to our spouse and children. Balancing what we can do for an aging parent with our family’s and own needs can be difficult. One important consideration is how real an elderly parent’s needs may be. Health issues certainly can bring demands that we want and need to meet. But there are also elderly parents who are simply demanding, insisting that their adult children “owe” them and who present never-ending lists of needs, many of them unimportant. Giving in to such demands out of guilt often leaves a person feeling angry and frustrated, and can create the same anger and frustration in his or her spouse and children. Such resentment is natural when the demands are overwhelming and coming at the expense of the immediate family. In such cases, it’s necessary to look for alternatives to ease the stress, tension and overall burden the elderly parent is placing on the family. For example: ■ Are there siblings who can help Even when geographically separated, your siblings may find various, often surprising, ways to contribute and ease your burden if asked. ■ Are there neighbors or friends of your aging parent willing, perhaps eager, to help ■ Have you checked with Continued on page 8 When you elect a constable you are giving him full police powers to do what he wants. You need a responsible, level-headed officer in this position who will leave traffic enforcement, drug investigations, and Homeland Security to the proper agencies and assist them when called upon to do so. I will serve the Prect. 1 Justice of the Peace which is the basic responsibility of Constable of PCT 1, using whatever hours necessary to accomplish this duty as I have done for the past 16 years. “In the United States it is a privilege to elect our leaders. 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