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6 Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016 THE JOURNAL MARK FIKE loader. If you have not, please check to see if your muzzleloader still has a bul- Blowing up your barrel when you fire the rifle due to Muzzleloader season opens this let in it from last year before you reload. weekend and it coincides with the The easiest way to do that is to put your a doHblc lo~d isnot a good way to start the season. rut in our local area. The deer should ramrod down the barrel (WITHOUT -Mark Fike be moving more than normal. How- a cap, with the rifle on safe) and see if ever with many hunters reporting it goes down to your "loaded" line or MUST wear blaze orange now when lets can travel a long way and when massive amounts of acorns in the goes past that line. Blowing up your walking in the woods starting Satur- they get to where they are going, they woods, don't expect the deer to be barrel when you fire the rifle due to a day through the end of all deer sea- will do some damage and possible easy pickings this year. While I am double load is not a good way to start sons. Unless you want your season to kill someone or someone's animal. hearing of the woods littered with the season. If in doubt, carefully break get more expensive (ticket from the Remember to uncap your rifle be- acorns, my property that I hunt is down the rifle, remove the breech plug Conservation Police Officer) and less fore putting it in the truck. A capped very spotty. A few trees had plenty and clean the rifle, safe, put it on and leave it on until rifle is a loaded rifle and a loaded of acorns that fell but most of those , Next, remember that: "muzzle- you arrive at your spot. Even then it rifle in a moving vehicle is illegal. have been eaten already by squirrels loader deer hunters and persons is a good idea to leave it on or at least Don't exceed your rifle's recom- and deer. Still, with the rut about to accompanying a muzzleloader deer hang it within arm's reach, mended load. Some rifles will ac- begin, deer movement will be better hunter shall wear blaze orange, ex- Please be mindful of where you cept 150 grains of powder and oth- in the coming two weeks than it will cept when physicallylocated in a tree are shooting and the backstop you ers only 100 grains. Also, never put be the rest of the seasOn, stand or other stationary hunting lo- should have. Don't shoot at skylined smokeless powder in a rifle rated for By now most have sighted in, cations" deer, particularly those Uphill on the blackpowder. Follow the maker's rec- checked or at least fired their muzzle- ALL hunters and their partners crest. Those huge muzzleloader bul- ommendations! Muzzleloader season starts this weekend, check Photo by Mark Fike your muzzl616ader now. Club members get deer by the jawbone photo by Mark Fike Outdoor Club learns to tell deer age by their teeth and wear patterns. Last week we had club day at the with a sampling of various• deer middle school for an hour. Some jawbones that were tagged through of the King George Outdoor Club the DMAP program last season. members chose to learn about ar- The jawbones were labeled with chery, some viewed some hunting the age, location of harvest etc... safety tips and some were able to After viewing the video, the stu- learn how to inspect a deer jawbone dents were able to look at labeled and determine its age. jawbones before trying their hand The youth that did the latter at aging a jawbone without the tags viewed a short video clip about the on them. Many students were able methods to remove a jawbone and to get within one year of being cor- then they learned about the man- rect and a handful had the skill ner in which to determine how old down perfectly before they left. a deer was by looking at the teeth on Hopefully this will allow them to the deer and the wear patterns, go out with family, friends or hunt Aaron Proctor, our district VD- clubs and educate them on the GIF wildlife biologist, supplied us management tool as well. MARK AND MISSY FIKE ing to try staying open in Novem- ber until it gets really cold on Fri- Fishing reports were few and far days, Saturdays and Sundays from between. Most of this is likely due to 7 AM until 6 PM. the wind and the approaching hunt- Lake Anna anglers were tak- ing season. Many guys are probably ing good bass near midlake on the saving their leave for the next few grass. Striper were hitting topwater weeks when the rut kicks in. where they were chasing bait. Some hybrid striped bass were also tak- RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER ing spoons. Ken's Tackle reported that lots of Ponds--bass anglers are catch- catfish were caught on the Rappah- ing plenty of fish on plastic worms. annock River just below town. Some One angler reported that green was of these were quite big. Some really the color for him. big smallmouth were also hitting in SALTWATER the same stretch of river. When we Saltwater action reports include say big, we mean 4-5 pound small- some better class of keeper striper mouth and some over that. showing up in the chum lines in Maryland waters. Capt. Ryan Hog- POTOMAC RIVER ers of the Midnight Sun has repeat- Ken's Tackle reported that in edly put his clients on fish the past Aquia Creek anglers were catching few weeks. Many of the fish are lots of ring perch and white perch sublegal but they get their limit of this week. There were also lots of keepers. A few gray and speckled rockfish in that area. Some were trout are in the mix as well as a few keepers. Snakeheads are hitting top- bluefish. water frogs and bass baits in the re- ceding grassy areas. Aqua Land Marina reported that catfish were hitting pretty well on bloodworms. They have not heard much else from the river. INLAND Motts Run said that not many an- glers are going out this past week. Fish are still biting but not many taking advantage of it. Motts is go- Photo by Mark like HUNTING Youth leader, Patrick Anthes, from our church caught this chunky pound and The rut is very near to beginning, a half bass right at dark. We caught crappie, sunfish and largemouth bass in a It seems as if overnight scrapes are farm pond in Caroline County. showing up and rubs have been oped piece of property that butts up Archery deer Oct 1-Nov 18th showing up with bucks marking to your backyard, does not give you Archery turkey Oct 1-Nov 12th territory. Please remember not to permission to walk over and start Fall turkey season for KG and trespass. Trespassing is a big prob- hunting, even if you have done it for Westmoreland Oct 29th-Nov lem in our area. With more subdivi- sions and less private blocks of land years. It is wrong. Be sure of your 1 lth it is inevitable that it will occur. 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