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Oil M ember in FIEt[I STAN MESEROLL l'm not! I came to that calamitous conclusion while windswept, snow-covered, Gilmer County ridgetop at eason. The temperature must have been in the factor must have made it an Arctic-like zero degrees. as stiff as icicles hanging from a barn roof, my feet my eyes teared from the cold wind blowing in my face. I had y first stand and switched to still hunting to try and er warmth. 8ray squirrel I have ever seen taunted me as it lept to a big e shower of fluffy snow tumbling earthward from the of a tall pine. It paused for only a second, then jogging session apparently exercising to keep warm. I then stop; four steps, then stop again, listening for The wind rattled through the trees. I blew into my to warm up my fingers. ridge, I stopped to reflect. What am I doing up here? Do badly? And what if I were successful? I'd probably dress out a deer and drag it clear out to the Country uarter of a mile away. I abandoned my slow, three-step stalk :Pace trying to decide whether to stay or retreat for home. prints, tracks, deer tracks, fresh. A whitetail. Had I deer? All my questioning ended right there. Deer have :that. Suddenly I seemed warmer. The wind seemed to Was it a doe or a buck? I couldn't tell and despite I defy anyone "to prove, except on rare occasions, difference between the tracks of a doe and buck. Even it on, she might lead me to a buck. Quietly, I followed the ow. d by yard, I made my way across the ridge. The tracks down a point and around a car-size boulder and old. tree standing like a sentinal guarding the cattle-grazed I stopped, hunched behind the big rock, out of the tree. I glassed the wide-open country that spread out crossed at a low gap and disappeared into the woods. I could pick out the well site where 1 ori=inallv had My wife and I had hiked to the site the day before, and and other sign had decided that this would be my opening my mind at the last moment--a fatal mistake [gan to feel the cold as the wind still played a whistling keyboard of leafless trees. A knockity-knock, like the a band, suddenly accompanied the musical windy overhead. As I looked up, a shower of snow ll on my face. A crow-sized pilated woodpecker, his from side to side, was pounding on my dead tree tUoved up the branchless trunk, he drilled away with his new fallen snow and chips of wood cascading to the It was a hilarious woodland scene and for five minutes or off the cold. When he reached the top of the trunk, he the way echoed through the, hills. to pursue me aeer seemed too dangerous a task in the ridge and followed the more gentle descent of a foot tthat deer hunting that day was not really my "cup of tea." out the one-lane road to my truck, off the point. Seeing them was enough to I followed the track ross the open hillside, Less than 100 yards uv deserted the open and turned left into a brush and ravine below my first-intended well-site stand. far, I declael, I may as wen go on. As I rounded a curve in two hunters. Two vehicles were parked there, one of Glenville. On the ground lay a field-dressed Greg informed me, pointing to a Boone County nimrod a cup of steaming hot coffee. "He got it I learned later that he got the buck with a 70-yard my mind, it might have been mine! Ve Come this far,I think I'll take a stand out there anyway," the opposite direction as I hiked to a knoll overlooking the began to fall. Five minutes went by; 10; 15. The cold Just as I decided to move, a shot rang out from the He may have missed, I thought, and if he did surely up for the pine thicket on the opposite hffi. Five'minutes in the woods ahead. Not one, but two deer about 175 ambled up from the ravine. A perfect broadside shot, or bucks? I couldn't tell. I brought up my binocular and reeving deer through the screen of trees and falling snow. my left. I concentrated on trying to get my glasses on Persisted. Almost angrily I turned and the hunter who "It's a buck.., out there," he insisted, pointing beyond two," I said, "But I couldn't see antlers." I turned back but the snow now fell in blizzard-like fashion cutting 75 yards. It was 10 a.m. to my right, but instead of a deer it was Greg. He too it may have been me, he had come to check. I r SCene. "You get up on the ridge," Greg said. "I'll go over should come to you." The strategy seemed went on. Greg did jump the deer--a spike buck, as had disappeared. But the wise whitetail circled Qreg's gun jammed it escaped back into that ravine. We but again, instead of running out a well-worn trail to the low gap and headed back to the ridgetop my stalk at sun-up. I decided then this was not my day for deer. I didn't empty-handed and that night Lois and I dined on io be exact. I had come across the spot where the Boone his {my?} buck. He had left the choice liver % OFF lUlar Price) b00's Leuther I '=ulated 00hoes / STORE TSVILLE County deer kill a record deer hunters who may not have got- ten their deer this season or for several seasons would envy Gary Layne of Glenville. In his second year of deer hunting the twelve-year old bagged an eight point buck near Cedar Creek, Monday, Nov. 22. His grandfather, Eugene Layne, has schooled the youngster in pro- per hunting tech- ulque an safety. In fact, Just after Gary got his buck, his grandfather shot a four-pointer. Gary is the son of Sharon Layne and the grandson of Joan Layne. December 2, 1976 The Glnville Demerat/ Pathfinder 5 FIRST BUCK--It took him more than 18 years to get his first deer, but when he did, it took David Heater of Orlando only about three hours on opening day to get his 7-point buck. He was hunting on Indian Fork. Heater began hunting deer the first year a season opened in Gmm[ngCtn:YdHIs h;oe: Lunt tmheeP;So4r e',,Ytars;2:lemve ' " Apparently this year was different for the veteran hunter, He shot his buck with a 30.30 at 150 yards. A ground-covering snow and a heavy population of deer combined to provide an almost ideal opening week of the deer hunting season here as hunters checked in an unofficial record 969 bucks at the nine Gilmer County checking stations. This was 157 more deer than had been tagged after the first week of 1975, also a record season here. A total of 882 bucks were checked in at Gilmer stations during the two-week season last year. Snow began falling Sunday night and by early Monday morning had blanketed field and forest making it relatively easy for opening day hunters to loat: fo  cold, chilling wind in some areas, hunting conditions were ideal Monday through Thanksgiving. Warmer temperatures prevailed Friday and Saturday. How many of the 969 deer checked were taken in Gilmer County is not yet known. Deer harvested in neighboring counties often are checked in at stations here. Some Gilmer County deer, of course, also are checked in at stations in other counties. Last year's record kill for the season in the county, including deer tagged by bowhunters, was 746. The opening day success here apparently resulted in fewer hunters in the field on Thanksgiving Day, according to reports from the nine checking stations. "That's usually one of our busiest days," Ersel Davidson, who operates the Glenville checking station at this Pine Manor store, stated, "but not this year." Several stations reported more out-of-state hunters than usual. Davidson and others also observed that there were more spike bucks and small antlered deer than in past years, a sign apparently of a still expanding deer herd in the county. "We saw very few big racks," Davidson said. "We checked in one 13-point buck, three or four 12-point bucks, and some 9 and 10 pointers." But big racks with thick antlers and good spreads seemed to be scarce. Butcher's Store in Cox's Mills reported one outstanding 11-point buck and Siers Exxon in Stumptown one State Game Biologists point out that the smaller racks do not mean that the deer are getting smaller. There's iust more of them. The herd and habitat in this part of the state, they point out, are in good condition. The unofficial station-by-station deer count for the first week was as follows: Pine Manor Grocery, Glenville-- 197; Heiney's Grocery Store, Kanawha Drive--lO0: Ware's Grocery, Cox's Mills--141; Butcher's Store, Cox's Mills--117; Somerville Exxon and Grocery--132; Linn--132; James Ex- Conings--85; Hackers Store, Cedar- villa {first year as a checking station) --27. =Speed Q. Gibson Zenith Washers Refrigerators Televisions See the Zenith Color Sets on display. We install and service all sales. 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