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6 Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 THE JOURNAL Now is the time to sight in those muzzleloaders. The season starts Nov. 5. Photos by Mark Fike MARK FIKE posed by the students to the instruc- to purchase a license to hunt. The tors allowing for great discussion and course is free of charge. To enroll in a Last week, Volunteer Hunter Ed- teachable moments. The instructors hunter education class near you, visit ucation Instructors Mike Woods, also were able to share some of their and click on Darrell Nelson, Conservation Police experiences afield to drive home Education. Then "Find and register Officer Dobyns and I held a hunter some of the safety points, for a class near you". These courses education course for interested stu- On the final day of instruction, are packed full of great information. dents at King George Middle School Conservation Police Officer Cam- They are geared towards youth and after school hours. The course is de- eron Dobyns joined the hunter adults. signed to teach new hunters or pro- education instructors to present the Muzzleloader Season is Fast Ap- spective hunters how to participate law portion of the course. Officer proaching in hunting in a safe and ethical man- Dobyns went over the basic rules to Muzzleloader season is just a few her. Topics that are directly taught abide by while in the field hunting, weeks away. Deer are moving more include firearm safety, muzzleload- including bag limits, wearing of blaze now and it won't be long at all before ing, turkey hunting, archery, proper orange, validating big game tags and the smoke is belching from the muz- and safe use of equipment, game violations that he regularly encoun- zles of rifles and the butcher knives laws, hunting on the water, con- ters. His portion of the presentation are being put to good use. If you are servation and ethics to name a few. was well received and a number of a smokepole user, consider stocking Students are encouraged to practice comments and questions were asked up on your necessities now. My trip everything they are taught and to ask of him. Dobyns patiently and me- to several well-known merchants in questions during the course, thodically answered all the questions our area last week yielded only one The course ran three different days the students asked and even took box of my favorite propellant for my for a few hours each day. Students the time to show the students how muzzleloader. One place was sold out had to do some prestudy work to he personally validates his own big already and said they may or may not become familiar with the topics and game tags. get any more in. Another said th.ey complete a practice test before they After all the topics were presented "thought" they would get more in. could graduate from the course. The and questions were taken, the stu- Don't wait until the last minute instructors broke the material down dents got busy on a final exam. Ap- to sight in either. Strange problems into sections via lecture, Powerpoint proximately two dozen youth gradu- always seem to crop up when we and practical applications where stu- ated the course and are now aware of get in a hurry to get our gear ready. dents were able to put what they were the ethical and safe manner in which Take the time to sight in now when taught to practice under the supervi- to hunt properly, the pressure is not on to rush things. sion of the instructors. Hunter Education courses areRemember to follow through when Some very good questions were required of new hunters wanting sighting in and most of all, BE SAFE! Report MARK AND MISSY FIKE bloodworms. We also have con- in the lower and far upper reaches firmed reports of rockfish hitting of the bay. Not many in the mid Fishing reports were very few under feeding birds up and down bay areas. However, loads of small this past week but anglers were the river. Use sassy shads, spoons trout below keeper size around definitely out there. We tried to and RatLTraps to catch them. Most Point Lookout. Hopefully that talk to the folks at Ken's Tackle are between 17-26 inches. Go translates to some keeper fish next four different times but due to the deeper for the larger fish. year. Small spot are still around. number of customers trying to buy INLAND Very few big ones. A few puppy bait and lures we could not get aft Motts Run continues to see great drum are around the lower bays report from them. bream fishing from the piers on but not much else going on. RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER nightcrawlers and red wigglers. UPCOMING SEASONS Catfishing is a daytime venture Some smaller bass are hitting as Archery deer Oct. 1-Nov. 18 now with cooler water temps. I well. Archery turkey Oct. 1-Nov. 12. also got reports of HUGE small- Lake Anna is giving up some re- Youth Waterfowl Day mouth bass hitting around Little ally nice crappie off deeper struc- Oct. 22 SEE REGULATIONS FOR Falls and some really fat large- tare. Some surface action is avail- BAG LIMITS mouth bass as well. Look for crap- able for striper and hybrid bass Fall turkey season for KG and pie to be in schools now too. too. Westmoreland Oct. 29-Nov. 11. POTOMAC RIVER SALTWATER Muzzleloader Deer Season Aqua Land Marina reported Saltwater action reports include Nov. 5--18 ..... that rockfish were being caught on some keeper striper showing up Rabbit season Nov.5-Feb. 28. 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