There is only a week left in what I think has been one of the most beautiful and enjoyable October ever on record.
Next is the 30 days of November, a month hunters remember for a good time with family and friends at a deer camp – they set off in pursuit of white-tailed deer every day.
The month of November also brings waterfowl in pursuit of duck and geese hunting. The fall season is also remembered on the wild turkey.
November is full of important dates, the two most notable being Veterans Day – Armistice Day on November 11 and Thanksgiving on November 25.
It could be remembered as the month of the canals. The Erie Canal opened in New York in 1825 on the 4th; The Suez Canal opened on November 17, 1869; and the United States and Panama signed the treaty providing for the Panama Canal on November 18, 1903.
The world’s first mechanically ventilated underwater tunnel, the Holland Tunnel, opened to traffic on November 13, 1927, and Abraham Lincoln gave his speech in Gettysburg on November 19, 1863.
Many successful people have chosen November to come and scream and kick the world. Sir Winston Churchill and Mark Twain barely succeeded on the 30th, Twain in 1835 and Churchill in 1874.
The first and, to date, the only female Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, was born on November 19, 1917.
RETURN TO THE EXTERIOR
Yeah yeah ! Wait a minute here. I get carried away, drifting away from my November hunting subject.
Kentucky’s 16-Day Modern Gun Season for White Tails opens on the 13th and continues until 8pm. Ohio’s 7-day gun season opens November 29 and ends December 5.
Ohio, which has an unusually high number of archery hunters, successfully completed its 2021 archery season with deer. They killed 16,095 deer until last Sunday. The season started on September 15 and will run until February 6, 2022.
However, this harvest is down from the 20,112 averages taken over the past three years.
The number of Ohio hunters chasing deer with archery equipment continues to grow. In the 2020-21 deer season, 48% of deer were captured with archery equipment, of which 33% were using a crossbow and 15% using a bow vertical. Overall, archery hunters harvested more than 93,000 deer last season, the highest total on record.
Almost 410,000 deer licenses were sold or issued in Ohio in 2020. Deer hunting is permitted in all 88 counties in the state. It is estimated that 310,000 hunters participate.
Most of the deer harvest takes place in eastern or south-central Ohio. Coshocton County dominated the state with 6,715 deer caught in the 2020-21 season.
Some statistics on the seasons of Ohio: Hunters harvested 197,735 deer in the 2020-21 season. Of this total, there were 80,003 males, representing 40% of the total harvest. Deer represented 48% of the harvest with 94,771 catches, while 19,629 button billy goats were caught, for 10%. Males with stray antlers and males with antlers less than 3 inches long accounted for 3,332 deer, or 2% of the harvest.
An additional two-day gun season is offered on December 18 and 19. The muzzleloading deer season is from Saturday January 8 to Tuesday January 11, 2022.
LOVE THESE ACORNS
Many wild species native to Kentucky and Ohio depend on the oaks and acorns they produce to overwinter.
Ohio Wildlife Division chief Kendra Wecker said more than 90 species of forest wildlife depend on acorns for their survival. These include deer, squirrels, wild turkeys, woodpeckers, blue jays, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, ruffed grouses, and wood ducks.
The Wildlife Division of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) annually examines oak trees for acorn abundance in 38 wildlife areas. The results of this year’s survey showed an average of 40% white oaks and 49% red oaks bearing fruit, which means that white oak production is slightly above average and oak production is slightly above average. red is slightly below average.
The big white oak in my neighbor’s garden littered the ground with healthy acorns. There is also a corner of the woods behind my sister-in-law’s house, located three houses down the street. It contains several oak trees that have dropped acorns.
I knew this before checking out because the red squirrels stopped looting my bird feeder. They obviously prefer acorns to birdseed.
I saw a man chasing the horizon;
Round and round they accelerated.
I accosted the man.
“It’s futile”, I say,
“You can never” –
“You’re lying,” he cried, “
– Stephen Crane (1871-1900)
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