The Herald Bulletin

October 17, 2013

Rick Bramwell: Thoughts turn to apple cider

By Rick Bramwell
For The Herald Bulletin

---- — My summer ended Sunday with double-header softball games and picnic. I was hoping for a sunny, shirt-sleeve day and was blessed.

My desires changed once the sun went down on the girls of summer.

Deer hunting is now on the agenda and I need morning temperatures in the 30s to get those big bucks moving.

Tuesday, the front began to push through. At midday, I had to deal with cider addict, 15 year old Lyndsey Gipson. I took her straight to the suppliers Tom and Shirley Tranbarger of the Pendleton Apple Barn. Miss Gipson got to see, first hand, how cider is made.

One thing, I realized, is two batches of cider are seldom the same; this, because different apples are ripe throughout the season. The Apple Barn is open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tom and I had to have one more conversation about deer eating apples. He theorized that deer just might like apples after they get soft. I like cider well enough to freeze some for the off season. Cinnamon spiced hot cider hits the spot after a cold day afield.

Later in the afternoon the cows were up and feeding-a sure sign the deer are moving and the fish biting. However, Larry Lawson was there to help me cut down a tree.

By the time you read this, I will have taken my new Native cross bow on its maiden hunt. Standing beans have kept me from hunting a promising woods in Henry County. They are probably picked by now and I have two more woods I’ve never set foot in.

I met my daughter Jourdan last Friday at Brown County State Park for a little hiking and deer scouting. Later, we ate at the Hob Knob in Little Nashville. I ordered a delicious rabbit stew.

Salamonie Reservoir and the Indiana Beaglers Alliance are hosting a youth rabbit hunt on October 26th. The youth rabbit hunt will start at 7 a.m. on Saturday at the Salamonie Reservoir Visitor Center. Hunters will be in the field until noon. Lunch will be provided for participants. A short wildlife cleaning instructional session will also be available after the morning hunt.

All youth participants are encouraged to have attended and passed a Hunter Education Course. However, youth may have either a valid Indiana Youth Hunting License or Apprentice License to participate.

Youth must be between the ages of 11 and 17 years to participate. Participants must pre-register by contacting Jack Hyden at 574-551-4067 or Don LeCount at 574-551-1461.

October 22 is the deadline for pre-registration. It is important to note that youth hunters should bring a hunter-orange hat and vest if possible. Shotguns will be provided for youth that do not have their own. Those that need a shotgun should request one when registering. Adults wishing to volunteer as dog handlers or mentors must register in advance as well.

The Salamonie Visitor Center is located in Lost Bridge West Recreation Area, west of Highway 105 in western Huntington County.