Maybe I am just getting too old to remember, but it seems to me this has been one of the best and one of the longest periods of fall color ever. Here on Lightnin’ Ridge, some of the oaks turned red, others turned golden, and they stayed that way for three weeks. Believe it or not, there is still one oak which has all of its leaves left, and all of them are green. I suppose there is a non-comformist in every crowd. The winds which came over the weekend took care of most of the leaves, and the cold which moved in after the rain made me start moving firewood to the back porch.
The opening weekend of deer season went about as it always does. I took my daughter Christy to her tree stand deep in the woods, and I went off to another area and leaned up against a tree to take a nap. I never shoot a deer until she does, and a lot of that is because I like to hunt with a muzzle-loader in December. About 7:00 or so I saw a pair of does, and a half hour later, two more. The latter two had a nice buck following them, but he was moving pretty fast through the timber and it was more of a shot than I wanted to take. Christy dropped an eight point buck about 9 a.m. The antlers weren’t large and heavy; the buck was only two years old. We spent the rest of the weekend cutting up, processing and packaging deer meat, and ate some really good loin steaks on Saturday and Sunday.
The November-December issue of the Lightnin’ Ridge Outdoor Journal is now on the newsstands, and can be found in magazine sections of several stores, including Wal-Mart. We have published this old-fashioned magazine for ten years now, and I am always amazed how many readers have not seen it. We have sample back issues we can send out. If you would like to see one, just send us two dollars in postage and we will send a sample copy.
We had a contest to find the best outdoor story written by readers of this column, which we could use in our magazine. There were a great number of stories sent in, and we kept all of them on file. But the number of entries made it impossible to send acknowledgement to the various contributors, so I will thank all of you here in this column. The winner was a writer by the name of James L. Ford from Seneca, Mo. who sent in an article about running a trapline during his boyhood. Mr. Ford will receive a check in the amount of fifty dollars for his story. If you would like to write about an outdoor adventure of your own, the deadline for our February-March issue is December 15. Any length is okay, but we prefer articles between 1200 and 1800 words.
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