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  • DABLEMONT: Various outdoor topics

  • After the article on great horned owls, a lady reader contacted me and said that she had been out jogging late in the afternoon in October of last year when an owl came down on her head and knocked her down.  She said its talons had cut her scalp a little.  She said the same thing happened again this past April, perhaps the same owl.  She asked if I knew why it would have done that.

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  • After the article on great horned owls, a lady reader contacted me and said that she had been out jogging late in the afternoon in October of last year when an owl came down on her head and knocked her down.  She said its talons had cut her scalp a little.  She said the same thing happened again this past April, perhaps the same owl.  She asked if I knew why it would have done that.  
    Of course there could be some logical reason.  In April, it might have been an owl with owlets nearby, thinking a jogger would be of danger of harming them.  In October, it might have seen her hair and thought she was a rabbit, running along.  You can never know for sure what makes wild creatures do strange things.  Owls are strange creatures, and I know they have good night vision, but maybe during daylight hours they don’t see as well.  There’s no way to know why an owl would strike someone with that kind of force, maybe it is a deranged owl that saw someone shoot his daddy when he was just young and wants to take out his revenge on humans.  But it happens on occasion, and you can come up with your own conclusions.   It is difficult to imagine that a bird weighing only 3 to 4 pounds could pack the kind of wallop a great horned owl can deliver.  If you remove the feathers from that owl, his body is amazingly scrawny looking.  Their size is attributable to about half feathers.
    A friend of mine was sitting in a tree stand bow hunting in years past when a red-tailed hawk dived down on him and knocked his hat off.  He said it was a strong blow, and it hurt.  I have written for many years that wild creatures are unpredictable and you cannot always find an answer for what happens.  When the ‘experts’ start telling you what a wild animal will or won’t do, they haven’t spent enough time in the woods.  ‘Always’, and ‘never’ are words which do not fit in nature.
    From what I have seen, there are more young turkey poults per hen this September than there have been in a long time.  Last year was a very good hatch, and I believe this year is better.  That bodes well for spring turkey hunters for the next few years.  Of course, I will look forward to getting out in the woods in October hunting squirrels and turkeys, but some of those young poults are just a little bigger than pheasants right now.  Still, they grow very fast when there’s plenty to eat.
    Knowing how good they are to eat makes it hard to pass up an eight or ten pound turkey, but if you shoot one that small, it doesn’t make a good story.  An outdoor writer often has to find different ways to tell the truth about things.  You have to say, ‘boy I got a nice turkey yesterday’ and then change the subject to how pretty the woods are or how dry it has been or how you think you might have seen a black bear, knowing all the time that it was black angus calf.  I asked a friend of mine last year how big his fall turkey was and he mumbled something like,  ‘I dunno,--about fifteen or sixteen or eight pounds.’ There’s a lot of that kind of estimating goes on with October turkeys.
    Page 2 of 2 - My email is lightninridge@windstream.net , and my mailing address is Box 22, Bolivar, Mo. 65613   The website is www.larrydablemontoutdoors.blogspot.com
     

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