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  • DABLEMONT: On the subject of walking

  • Last week I told my brother-in-law that I was almost out of gas.  I said if he would follow me for a ways he could give me a ride to town when I did run out, but he said he had read in last week’s column how much I enjoyed walking and therefore I could just walk to town!  I should point out I love walking in the woods, but I hate walking on pavement!

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  • Last week I told my brother-in-law that I was almost out of gas.  I said if he would follow me for a ways he could give me a ride to town when I did run out, but he said he had read in last week’s column how much I enjoyed walking and therefore I could just walk to town!  I should point out I love walking in the woods, but I hate walking on pavement!
    It dawned on me then that there are so many disabled hunters and outdoorsmen, and those who physically are limited in how far they can walk, who use the ATV’s I so often ridicule in this column.  I certainly find no fault in those who are handicapped in some way enjoying the outdoors with those off-road vehicles.  I think it is wonderful that they can do that, unless it is a public area where those are prohibited.
    What I protest is seeing someone who is young and healthy riding one of those ATV’s just because they are too lazy, or often just too fat, to walk a mile or so.  And like I said, those folks are usually more shooters than hunters.  We have just entered a time when those who just want to kill something want to do it as easily and quickly as possible, and ATV’s are their most important tool.  But those folks don’t realize how healthy it can be to just walk, and how much you can become aware of in the woods by moving quietly and slowly on your feet.
    Thankfully that day last week I didn’t run out of gas.  My brother-in-law wouldn’t have really made me walk, but he would have probably charged me two or three dollars for the ride.  And while I am not lazy, I am indeed frugal!
    I urge you to not throw away the legs and loins of a wild turkey.  They are absolutely delicious when you know how to prepare them, and if you throw them away, you are discarding about one third of the meat.  Personally, I feel that anyone who would waste any part of one of God’s creatures which men hunt to eat, is a very uncaring person who may not deserve to have the privilege.
    Hunters do it because a turkey’s leg, like a pheasant’s leg, is full of tendons and ligaments.  If you just put the legs in a big pot or pan and boil them for about an hour or until the meat comes away from the ligaments and tendons. Then you will have a lot of dark meat ready to use in soups or stews or with noodles, with casseroles, etc.
    I know many of you readers listen to my “Outdoorsman’s” radio program on Sunday mornings, and I want you to pay special attention on April 28 when my daughter, Dr. Lori Dablemont Cohen will join me to talk about tick-bite diseases such as spotted fever and lime disease.  Listeners can call in to ask her questions, and she will also discuss the “mad deer” malady known as chronic wasting disease.
    Page 2 of 2 - That will be from 8:06 to 9:00 a.m. April 28, on 560 AM radio, KWTO out of Springfield, Mo.  You can also listen on the computer at radiospringfield.com
    My website is www.larrydablemontoutdoors.blogspot.com and you can e-mail me at lightninridge@windstream.net.  Write to me at Box 22, Bolivar, Mo. 65613.

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