G. Sam Piatt
PDT Outdoors Writer
Ohio’s long-awaited gun deer season opens in the morning at one-half hour before sunrise. It closes one-half hour after sundown on Dec. 8.
There’ll be plenty of chances to bring home venison for the freezer. Scioto, Pike and Adams are four-deer counties, while Lawrence and Jackson are three-deer counties.
A full explanation of regulations is available in the publication, “Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2013-1014,” available where licenses are sold.
Only one buck, or antlered deer, can be taken by any means for the year.
An antlered deer is one with at least one antler three inches or longer in length.
An antlerless deer is one without any antlers at all and one with antlers less than three inches in length.
The law requires deer hunters to wear a vest, coat, jacket or coveralls that are either colored solid hunter orange or camouflage hunter orange.
Hunters who kill a deer must immediately make a game tag with the hunter’s name, date, time it was killed and the county killed in, and attach this tag to the deer at the place where it fell. Then he must fill in the deer permit with the date, time and county of kill.
The hunter has until noon the day after the kill to complete the tagging process and automated game check, either by calling 1-877-824-4864 or visit wildohio.com using a smart phone or computer.
Hunters should occupy their stand early and late in the day, just prior to arrival of a storm front or, best of all, immediately after several days of inclement weather.
Avid deer hunters usually mark up a week’s vacation for the gun deer season and are in the woods every day.
Scioto County offers at least two places – one in the western part of the county and one in the eastern end – where deer can be processed at reasonable rates.
The one in the western part is operated by David Euton in the McDermott area and the number to call for directions and information is 372-9518.
The other is Art Stewart of South Webster and the number to call is 778-2336.
A FAMILY TRADITION
Greenup Countain Teddy Parker’s family is keeping alive the tradition of the Thanksgiving rabbit hunt.
The hunt, covering several days last week, took place in central Ohio, in the public hunting area near Delaware State Park.
They took eight rabbits and a cock pheasant the first day, eight more rabbits the second day, and four the third day.
“Now, Sam, you’ll forgive me if I brag a little on my grandson, Bradley Blevins. He’s 14. He took four of those eight rabbits on the second day,” Teddy said.
He said young Bradley did it by posting himself in the row crops and cracked down on the rabbits after their three beagles ran them out of the brush.
“The next day they put Bradley in the brush,” Teddy said, laughing.
His son, also named Teddy, who lives at Greenfield, Ohio; his brother-in-law, Danny Slone, of Marion, Ohio; and his brother, Tom. of Alabama, all three stayed in the Slone residence near Marion and took Bradley and 9-year-old Kenny Slone with his .410 to the fields with them. Tom’s son also goes along for the hunt.
“This is the way to point young people in the right direction – teach them gun safety and how to hunt,” Teddy said. “You get them involved in the outdoor sports and they won’t have time for some of this other stuff young people get involved in.”
He said himself and the others killed 62 squirrels on Ohio hunts in October.
“A boy who graduated with my sister’s (Danny Blevins’ wife) boy kept them and added the rabbits to the freezer, and these will all be fixed at a family reunion cookout next summer.”
BEAUTIFUL ANNABEL LEE
The one woman who walked this earth that I would like to have met is Annabel Lee – the same one Edgar Allan Poe wrote about in our high school literature books.
She died of the fever because, Poe said, “… the angels in Heaven went envying her and me.”
In the last stanza of the poem he tells us:
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
“Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.
And so, all he night tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling – my darling – my wife and my bride,
In her sepulcher there by the sea,
In her tomb by the side of the sea.
In the Nov. 17 column I gave the deer harvest figures for several northeastern Kentucky counties through the first five days of the gun season, or Nov. 14. In listing the kill for Carter County, I accidentally hit a nine instead of a zero and showed Carter County with a total of 1,937, when it should have been 1,037.
G. Sam Piatt can be reached at 606-932-3619 of firstname.lastname@example.org.