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Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 Web Final

August 2016

Talmage Dunn

Talmage Dunn bowhuntor@yahoo.com 252-267-5437 District 1 Wildlife Rep for NCBA Deer season will be upon us in a few weeks. I have one question for you....Are you ready? Prepping for the upcoming season is much more than just pulling out last year’s equipmant and stepping into the field.getting prepared begins by scouting your area. If you are hunting private land or with a club you have to be out at the fields/ woods area several times before hun ting season looking for deer. I don’t mean walking in on their trails and leaving your scent evrywhere, but truly scouting your area. If you can get out at various times during the off season using a pair of binoculars or a spotting scope, look for the deer in your hunting area. Make copious notes in a trail journal or on a map. Note the patterns and time of day you spot the deer. Food sources are important. What are the food sources that they are keying in on? Check out the forest... are there any fruit trees on your property? White acorn trees? What crops are being planted nearby? Each of these can give you a clue to the patterns the deer are using and enable you to have a more successful season. In the event you are unable to get out several times for some self-scouting trips,, try and obtain a trail camera. These devices can be invaluable to a hunter that is not able to put the time in the field to observe the deer, whether due to work or family obligations. A trail-cam could be the next best thing to being there. If nothing else it will show you the multitude of animals on the property you are hunting. However, remember your secent will be in the areas that you place the camera(s). Suppose you aren’t in a club or don’t have any private land access.... The State of North Carolina has many management areas that are available to be hunted. Some have archery only hunting areas. My favorite is Butner wildlife management area or Pisgah National forest area. There are areas all around the state where one can go to hunt. You could also consider going up to some of the area farmers, preferably not the day before hunting season and certainly not in your cammies, and inquire about permission to hunt on their property. You could offer to do some work for them or help them out in some way. When you become a member of the NCBA permission to hunt cards are issued with the membership packet. You need to develop a rapport with the landowners. In many parts of the state hunters are helping control the deer on some of the golf courses, check out your local courses! If the deer on your properties are not being chased regularly by dogs or overhunted by too many people then the deer patterns will not alter as much in the fall from their summer habits. Check with the landowners that are out in the fields nearby to see if they can give you information on the deer patterns they observe. Whatever you do in getting prepared for the upcoming season, check your equipment, practice shooting, and have fun! Upcoming events: NCBA Annual Picnic, August 7th, Guilford Bowhunters, Starting around 12:30. Check our website for more details. 30 Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 albemarletradewinds.com

I don’t like going to the Vet By: Scruffy Little Dog Everybody knows that dogs don’t like going to the vet. I usually start shaking when they carry me in the front door of the vet’s office. I won’t mention some of the things they do there. It’s embarrassing. A couple weeks ago I went in for my shots. That’s not too bad. Mom and Dad decided that it was time for me to be fixed and I have a herniated belly button since birth that was starting to bother me a little. They seemed worried. I hear them talking and in the past, they haven’t had good experiences at other Vet’s offices. This time, they took me to Small Paws Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Temple explained everything to my human parents and they seemed to be not as worried. She examined me then the nice lady at the front desk set up an appointment for the operation. When the big day came it wasn’t any fun but I made it through OK. The nice people there made sure I had enough pain meds and I was back home the same afternoon. That made Mom happy. 10 days later I had my stitches out and am almost back to normal. I am back practicing my favorite hobby - Hanging out the car window! Wave if you see me. Going to the vet will never be my favorite thing to do. Small Paws in Elizabeth City is as good as it gets for a little dogs vet visits. I give them a rating of 5 out of 5 paws. collinsmaintenancejanitorial@ gmail.com All of our clients get their own QR code for free when purchasing an ad. For more Dr. Dave recipes, a book is available by contacting Dr Dave at 252-312-0295 All proceeds go to the Oak Grove United Methodist Church Squirrel Stew 3 Squirrels 2 onions chopped coarse 1 green peeper chopped coarse 2 large potatoes diced ¼ cup of celery 4tbsp.of chili powder salt and pepper to taste dash or three of hot sauce 1 cup of cooked rice After cleaning and skinning squirrels cover with water and cook until tender. Remove meat from bones and put back into broth. Bring to a boil and add all other ingredients except rice. Cook for about 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add cooked rice and serve hot serves 6. Give Small Paws a call and tell them a scruffy little dog sent you. (252) 384-0109 facebook.com/AlbemarleTradingPost Albemarle Tradewinds August 2016 31