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www.journalpress.com Changing tactics m,ay yield a better hunt MARK FIKE Here we are weeks into the deer season, and many nice deer have been harvested. The remaining deer are growing wary of truck doors slamming, engines running andgunshots. Two weeks ago, we may have gotten away with some small missteps in the woods, such as a stick cracking, or a cough or clearing of the throat. However, with the rut winding down fast, the deer are back in 100 percent survival mode. If you have not seen deer the past few days you have gone out, it may be time for a change of game plan. Here are some suggestions that I have used throughout the years that have gotten me sleets when previously, shots were not to be had. • If you drive into a property to hunt, and there is a different way in, a different place to park or you can avoid using your lights, do so. Deer get conditioned to hear- ing a truck and then being chased, spooked or shot at. If they associ- ate one noise with a bad result soon after, you may be blowing your chances of seeing deer. I pull only as far as I have to pull into proper- ties that I hunt, so the deer are less likely to put the sound of my truck together with danger. Sometimes I even get dropped off on the far side of a property and then hunt my way to the stand. I often wonder if the deer pattern us as much as we try to pattern them. Show up at a later time, and you might get extra sleep and a nice deer. • Timing can be everything. If you are hunting at the exact same time each week on a regular ba- sis, perhaps it is time to sleep in an hour and then take your time heading to the property to hunt. In the past 20 years during my discussions with taxidermists, I have heard of countless deer they mount being taken after 9 a.m. This is even truer the later in the season we get. I often wonder if the deer pattern us as much as we try to pattern them. Show up at a later time, and you might get extra sleep and a nice deer. Some hunters like to be in the stand before sunrise That can be a great tactic. However, I gave that up many years ago because I bumped too many deer on my way in. While deer may not spook as bad since they could not see what was making the noise as I hustled to my stand, they did run off. In- stead, I am at the location at day- break and hunt my way to my spot. I see a lot of deer on the way, and often bag one before I get to my stand. • Just as I suggested driving into a property from a different approach, I would strongly suggest not using the same trails or ap- proaches to stands at this point in the season, as well. Once I began taking a different route to stands, or even changing stand locations,1 began seeing more deer. I start this tactic once my deer sightings be- gin to dwindle. Take a look at a to- pography map if you need to, and then figure out a different route. It may take you longer, it may be a pain, but the outcome should be worth it. A side note about different routes and approaches that I should men- tion is that many times these changes yield new hunting stand locations, a puzzle piece that falls into place about where deer hide and the discovery of a new bed- ding area or escape route. I would not trade the times I took a dif- ferent route to a stand or hunting spot. I have learned far too much on those roundabout walks. As gun season continues and Thanksgiving approaches, please be sure to obey the law, have up- to-date written permission to hunt, and wear your blaze orange. This is a great time of year to spend with family and friends. Let's keep it safe while we enjoy the woods and fresh venison, rabbit, squirrel or waterfowl. Outdoors Report MARK AND MISSY FIKE it, as well. The rut has peaked and may be on the downhill slide. Some does are reportedly still being chased. I witnessed this Friday evening, but the main activity, is certainly wan- ing. Look for bucks to still be seek- ing does, but also look for does to be more interested in food now. There seem to be plenty of squirrels if you are near nut-bearing trees. Rabbits are in good supply, as well. Duck hunting was spotty, according to the reports we heard. With our rain- fall being low, many swamps and sloughs are empty, causing some of us to have nowhere to duck hunt. If you are hunting on Sunday, you must have a written permission slip saying you may hunt on Sunday. You cannot simply have a permission slip to hunt. It has to specify Sunday on THE JOURNAL Wednesday, Nov, 19, 2014 7 Blake Johnson, 1 5, took this buck Nov. 8 with his muzzleloader. He has taken several small bucks and does, but this is his biggest one by far. We would like to run hunting and fishing pictures that are tastefully aken (no blood, guts etc...). Please be mindful of safety when taking photos. Watch where guns are pointed. Clean up your background, as well. Cans or trash in the back of a truck are not tasteful when you have dinner on your tailgate. Send the photos for consideration to: outdoors@journalpress.com. Tell us the name of the angler/hunter, the species, when taken and with what. If an age is appropriate, give us that, too. Subrnitted photo FISHING Fishing is still very good. Rockfish and crappie are the main attraction. Rappahannock River: Donna at Kerfs Tackle in Spotsylvania reported crappie were hitting around the Fred- ericksburg City Dock and Little Falls. Catfish are hitting during the day, but few anglers are out targeting them. Potomac River: Kerfs reported Aquia Creek was hot for perch and crappie using jigs and tube baits Striped bass were hitting up and down the river. Colonial Beach to the mouth of the river is the best area. Light tackle anglers are taking fish using RatLTraps and jerkbaits. Some spoons are good for jigging. See salt- water section for more info. Inland waters: Pond action was great for crappie on small minnows. Some bass are also hitting on min- nows. High Point Marina at Lake Anna reports good crappie action on small minnows, and bass action on jerk- baits and suspending baits. Striper action is good all over the lake now, but many anglers are heading uplake in search of the better action. Sassy shads, jigging spoons and live bait are the best choices. Saltwater: Capt. Ryan Rogers re- ports great rockfish action. The fish are pushing 32 inches, and they are beginning to troll for some of them. Donna had a number of custom- ers report that chumming menhaden is working very well at the mouth of the Potomac. Many customers are re- porting sea lice on the fish, meaning they came from the ocean. The larger fish definitely are here now, with big- ger fish on the way. Fox Insurance At Fox Plaza Aato * Home • Life Commedcal Trucks Local and Long Distance -Call For Free Quotes~ 1(800)645-3699 Caroline Branch Ashland Branch 12227 Jefferson Davis Hwy., 514A N. Washington Hwy., Woodford, VA 22580 Ashland, VA 23005 00uto &&, One. Financing for Everyone! FinancianciGn Para Todos! Inspected, Ready-To-Go Used Cars & Trucks , / 24-Hour 7 Days A Week 0 Full Service Propane Filling Available Serving Westmoreland, King George, and Surrounding Areas "We Love To Help People, As We Take Care Of Their Pets" Veterinary Services Offered: wellness and sick exams, vaccinations, dentistry, general surgery, micro-chipping, c-sections, spay/neuter, dermatology, and limited after hours emergencies. Appointments & Walk-ins: (804) 493-0838 Visit Our Web Page: www.mobilevetvan.com Come Visit us on Mondays and Wednesdays. We are conveniently located on Rt. 3, Oak Grove, VA. Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (lunch 3-4 p.m.). Schedule a house call on Thursdays & Fridays. , CARPET . HARDWOOD * LAMINATE ' VINYL & TILE Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri. 9am- 6pro Thurs. 9am- 8pm Sat. 9am- 4pro 540-898-4993 * 4424 Lafayette Bivd, • Fredericksburg www.showscorpersondflooring.com The Chimney Sweep & Duct Cleaning "COMPLETE CHIMNEY SERVICE & REPAIR • CHIMNEY RELINING • PROFESSIONAL DUCT CLEANING i" • DRYER VENT CLEANING • GUTTER CLEANING Certified, Licensed, Insurance .. (540)720-3546  James B. Dunlap O.V.lq. Dr. Bill Bolecek V (540) 775.3777 (540) 775.2980 DTOMAC00I00E ANIMAL HOSPITAL www.potomacridgeanimalhospital.com Doctors' Hours By Appointment Located in King George on Rt. 205 1 1/2 Miles East of Rt. 301 Keep Your Name & Phone Number Front and Center All Year Long/ 00l)e 00OUtlla[ Print Shop Call (540) 709-7288 or email Lori@journalpress.com - PROFESS!!)NAL PLUMIHNG --" ' SOLUTIONS, INC. PLUMBING SERVICE & REMODELING • DRAIN CLEANING • FAUCET REPAIR/INSTALL WATER & SEWER LINE REPAIR/INSTALL • GARBAGE DISPOSALS WELL & SEWER PUMP • SUMP PUMP ° BAHERY BACK UP SUMP POMP WATER HEATER REPAIR/INSTALL [] 'lok (5401 775-1500 Matt Haydenr Master Plumber Emil: matt@myplumbingsolutions.com • Visit my website: MyPlumbingSolutions.com Walker Sand 0 Stone 12542 James Madison Pkwy. (Rt. 301) Commercial & Residential • Pick-up or We Will Deliver SPECIALIZING IN: 'MASONRY SAND ' CRUSHED STONE ' COMPOST 'FILL DIRT ' GABION STONE Shredded Mulch For Sale ,  540-775-5024: ( ) V'mit Us On The Web www.walkersand.com Keith & Patty Pool Track Promoters (540) 27]-4429 poolpatty22]OB@yahooxom wNw.kinggeorgespeedway.net  10324 James Madison Pkwy., King George, VA 22485 !l T/'" I ' / Lawn Care • Roof Cleaning Spring & Fall Clean Up Pressure Washing • Gutter Cleaning 804-296-8040 00ERMA TITEA T Pest and Termite Control mmmmmmmmmmmmm PROTECTORS OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT Serving the King George Area for over 46 years! Check us out at: www.PermaTreat.com FREE INSPECTION & Telephone Estimates (540) 775-2667 Proud Sponsors of Adopt-a-Pet Programs Lawn Care & Planting, LLC Landscaping and Design Retaing Walls: Wood/Slate. ding. Seeding. Tree Plantings. er-Grown Replantings. Pruning. Mulching. Limbing Trees. Grass Cuing Fax: (540) 663-9123 Residential • Commercial, Home Owner's Associations LANE ( RECYCLING keeping Colonial Beach green For weekly cu'rbside service, m6 call(703) 217-26190r u email: lanerecycling@yahoo.com Over 30 Years Experience • Roofing • Siding • Whole Jobs orRepairs • Fully Insured Free Estimates 5401775-5440 WWW.BREYERSROOFING.COM Affordable Custom Built Homes TOP QUALITY Local Builder. Liceused & Insured Homes-Finished Basements- Additions-Decks call today (540) 775-5680 PADGETT DECORATORS Sen,ing King George, Colonial Beach & gstmoreland Is Your Home In Need Of A Facelift? . • Painting & Drywall/ Light Carpentry • 30 Years Experience • Licensed & Insured James Padgett Ou,ner Cell: (703) 407-9639 8030 Kings Hwy., King George, VA 22485 www.journalpress.com Changing tactics m,ay yield a better hunt MARK FIKE Here we are weeks into the deer season, and many nice deer have been harvested. The remaining deer are growing wary of truck doors slamming, engines running andgunshots. Two weeks ago, we may have gotten away with some small missteps in the woods, such as a stick cracking, or a cough or clearing of the throat. However, with the rut winding down fast, the deer are back in 100 percent survival mode. If you have not seen deer the past few days you have gone out, it may be time for a change of game plan. Here are some suggestions that I have used throughout the years that have gotten me sleets when previously, shots were not to be had. • If you drive into a property to hunt, and there is a different way in, a different place to park or you can avoid using your lights, do so. Deer get conditioned to hear- ing a truck and then being chased, spooked or shot at. If they associ- ate one noise with a bad result soon after, you may be blowing your chances of seeing deer. I pull only as far as I have to pull into proper- ties that I hunt, so the deer are less likely to put the sound of my truck together with danger. Sometimes I even get dropped off on the far side of a property and then hunt my way to the stand. I often wonder if the deer pattern us as much as we try to pattern them. Show up at a later time, and you might get extra sleep and a nice deer. • Timing can be everything. If you are hunting at the exact same time each week on a regular ba- sis, perhaps it is time to sleep in an hour and then take your time heading to the property to hunt. In the past 20 years during my discussions with taxidermists, I have heard of countless deer they mount being taken after 9 a.m. This is even truer the later in the season we get. I often wonder if the deer pattern us as much as we try to pattern them. Show up at a later time, and you might get extra sleep and a nice deer. Some hunters like to be in the stand before sunrise That can be a great tactic. However, I gave that up many years ago because I bumped too many deer on my way in. While deer may not spook as bad since they could not see what was making the noise as I hustled to my stand, they did run off. In- stead, I am at the location at day- break and hunt my way to my spot. I see a lot of deer on the way, and often bag one before I get to my stand. • Just as I suggested driving into a property from a different approach, I would strongly suggest not using the same trails or ap- proaches to stands at this point in the season, as well. Once I began taking a different route to stands, or even changing stand locations,1 began seeing more deer. I start this tactic once my deer sightings be- gin to dwindle. Take a look at a to- pography map if you need to, and then figure out a different route. It may take you longer, it may be a pain, but the outcome should be worth it. A side note about different routes and approaches that I should men- tion is that many times these changes yield new hunting stand locations, a puzzle piece that falls into place about where deer hide and the discovery of a new bed- ding area or escape route. I would not trade the times I took a dif- ferent route to a stand or hunting spot. I have learned far too much on those roundabout walks. As gun season continues and Thanksgiving approaches, please be sure to obey the law, have up- to-date written permission to hunt, and wear your blaze orange. This is a great time of year to spend with family and friends. Let's keep it safe while we enjoy the woods and fresh venison, rabbit, squirrel or waterfowl. Outdoors Report MARK AND MISSY FIKE it, as well. The rut has peaked and may be on the downhill slide. Some does are reportedly still being chased. I witnessed this Friday evening, but the main activity, is certainly wan- ing. Look for bucks to still be seek- ing does, but also look for does to be more interested in food now. There seem to be plenty of squirrels if you are near nut-bearing trees. Rabbits are in good supply, as well. Duck hunting was spotty, according to the reports we heard. With our rain- fall being low, many swamps and sloughs are empty, causing some of us to have nowhere to duck hunt. If you are hunting on Sunday, you must have a written permission slip saying you may hunt on Sunday. You cannot simply have a permission slip to hunt. It has to specify Sunday on THE JOURNAL Wednesday, Nov, 19, 2014 7 Blake Johnson, 1 5, took this buck Nov. 8 with his muzzleloader. He has taken several small bucks and does, but this is his biggest one by far. We would like to run hunting and fishing pictures that are tastefully aken (no blood, guts etc...). Please be mindful of safety when taking photos. Watch where guns are pointed. Clean up your background, as well. Cans or trash in the back of a truck are not tasteful when you have dinner on your tailgate. Send the photos for consideration to: outdoors@journalpress.com. Tell us the name of the angler/hunter, the species, when taken and with what. If an age is appropriate, give us that, too. Subrnitted photo FISHING Fishing is still very good. Rockfish and crappie are the main attraction. Rappahannock River: Donna at Kerfs Tackle in Spotsylvania reported crappie were hitting around the Fred- ericksburg City Dock and Little Falls. Catfish are hitting during the day, but few anglers are out targeting them. Potomac River: Kerfs reported Aquia Creek was hot for perch and crappie using jigs and tube baits Striped bass were hitting up and down the river. Colonial Beach to the mouth of the river is the best area. Light tackle anglers are taking fish using RatLTraps and jerkbaits. Some spoons are good for jigging. See salt- water section for more info. Inland waters: Pond action was great for crappie on small minnows. Some bass are also hitting on min- nows. High Point Marina at Lake Anna reports good crappie action on small minnows, and bass action on jerk- baits and suspending baits. Striper action is good all over the lake now, but many anglers are heading uplake in search of the better action. Sassy shads, jigging spoons and live bait are the best choices. Saltwater: Capt. Ryan Rogers re- ports great rockfish action. The fish are pushing 32 inches, and they are beginning to troll for some of them. Donna had a number of custom- ers report that chumming menhaden is working very well at the mouth of the Potomac. Many customers are re- porting sea lice on the fish, meaning they came from the ocean. The larger fish definitely are here now, with big- ger fish on the way. Fox Insurance At Fox Plaza Aato * Home • Life Commedcal Trucks Local and Long Distance -Call For Free Quotes~ 1(800)645-3699 Caroline Branch Ashland Branch 12227 Jefferson Davis Hwy., 514A N. Washington Hwy., Woodford, VA 22580 Ashland, VA 23005 00uto &&, One. Financing for Everyone! FinancianciGn Para Todos! Inspected, Ready-To-Go Used Cars & Trucks , / 24-Hour 7 Days A Week 0 Full Service Propane Filling Available Serving Westmoreland, King George, and Surrounding Areas "We Love To Help People, As We Take Care Of Their Pets" Veterinary Services Offered: wellness and sick exams, vaccinations, dentistry, general surgery, micro-chipping, c-sections, spay/neuter, dermatology, and limited after hours emergencies. Appointments & Walk-ins: (804) 493-0838 Visit Our Web Page: www.mobilevetvan.com Come Visit us on Mondays and Wednesdays. We are conveniently located on Rt. 3, Oak Grove, VA. Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (lunch 3-4 p.m.). Schedule a house call on Thursdays & Fridays. , CARPET . HARDWOOD * LAMINATE ' VINYL & TILE Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri. 9am- 6pro Thurs. 9am- 8pm Sat. 9am- 4pro 540-898-4993 * 4424 Lafayette Bivd, • Fredericksburg www.showscorpersondflooring.com The Chimney Sweep & Duct Cleaning "COMPLETE CHIMNEY SERVICE & REPAIR • CHIMNEY RELINING • PROFESSIONAL DUCT CLEANING i" • DRYER VENT CLEANING • GUTTER CLEANING Certified, Licensed, Insurance .. (540)720-3546  James B. Dunlap O.V.lq. Dr. Bill Bolecek V (540) 775.3777 (540) 775.2980 DTOMAC00I00E ANIMAL HOSPITAL www.potomacridgeanimalhospital.com Doctors' Hours By Appointment Located in King George on Rt. 205 1 1/2 Miles East of Rt. 301 Keep Your Name & Phone Number Front and Center All Year Long/ 00l)e 00OUtlla[ Print Shop Call (540) 709-7288 or email Lori@journalpress.com - PROFESS!!)NAL PLUMIHNG --" ' SOLUTIONS, INC. PLUMBING SERVICE & REMODELING • DRAIN CLEANING • FAUCET REPAIR/INSTALL WATER & SEWER LINE REPAIR/INSTALL • GARBAGE DISPOSALS WELL & SEWER PUMP • SUMP PUMP ° BAHERY BACK UP SUMP POMP WATER HEATER REPAIR/INSTALL [] 'lok (5401 775-1500 Matt Haydenr Master Plumber Emil: matt@myplumbingsolutions.com • Visit my website: MyPlumbingSolutions.com Walker Sand 0 Stone 12542 James Madison Pkwy. (Rt. 301) Commercial & Residential • Pick-up or We Will Deliver SPECIALIZING IN: 'MASONRY SAND ' CRUSHED STONE ' COMPOST 'FILL DIRT ' GABION STONE Shredded Mulch For Sale ,  540-775-5024: ( ) V'mit Us On The Web www.walkersand.com Keith & Patty Pool Track Promoters (540) 27]-4429 poolpatty22]OB@yahooxom wNw.kinggeorgespeedway.net  10324 James Madison Pkwy., King George, VA 22485 !l T/'" I ' / Lawn Care • Roof Cleaning Spring & Fall Clean Up Pressure Washing • Gutter Cleaning 804-296-8040 00ERMA TITEA T Pest and Termite Control mmmmmmmmmmmmm PROTECTORS OF YOUR ENVIRONMENT Serving the King George Area for over 46 years! Check us out at: www.PermaTreat.com FREE INSPECTION & Telephone Estimates (540) 775-2667 Proud Sponsors of Adopt-a-Pet Programs Lawn Care & Planting, LLC Landscaping and Design Retaing Walls: Wood/Slate. ding. Seeding. Tree Plantings. er-Grown Replantings. Pruning. Mulching. Limbing Trees. Grass Cuing Fax: (540) 663-9123 Residential • Commercial, Home Owner's Associations LANE ( RECYCLING keeping Colonial Beach green For weekly cu'rbside service, m6 call(703) 217-26190r u email: lanerecycling@yahoo.com Over 30 Years Experience • Roofing • Siding • Whole Jobs orRepairs • Fully Insured Free Estimates 5401775-5440 WWW.BREYERSROOFING.COM Affordable Custom Built Homes TOP QUALITY Local Builder. Liceused & Insured Homes-Finished Basements- Additions-Decks call today (540) 775-5680 PADGETT DECORATORS Sen,ing King George, Colonial Beach & gstmoreland Is Your Home In Need Of A Facelift? . • Painting & Drywall/ Light Carpentry • 30 Years Experience • Licensed & Insured James Padgett Ou,ner Cell: (703) 407-9639 8030 Kings Hwy., King George, VA 22485