I love this time of year, except for the mowing. I live on six acres and have to mow a third of that. My yard has a secret garden and a couple of clumps of honey suckle. Mowing can sometimes be an adventure.
The edge of my yard is adorned with fence rows laden with wild black raspberries. I picked my first ripe ones Tuesday morning. They were so sweet.
The south fence joins my neighbor's yard. It is the one place that is unlikely to give up a treat or reveal wildlife. As I tucked the John Deere close to the fence, baby rabbits started pouring out the other side. My neighbor had let a corner grow up a little, and mother cottontail thought it a good place to raise her young.
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A friend told me about a beagle named Radar who needed a new home. Radar has been hunted with before and is four years old and very lovable. I tried keeping him, but he likes the neighbor's chickens. If you can give this beagle a new home contact me at email@example.com.
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Last Saturday a Crappiethon tournament was held on the upper Wabash Reservoirs. An Anderson man did well, and the amateurs way outfished the pros.
Semi-Pro Division results
Taking first place was the team of Charlie Hildreth of Gaston and Paul Hildreth of Muncie with a total weight of 2.95 pounds and earning $1,000. The Hildreths were fishing Mississinewa, slow trolling in 6 to 20 feet of water using Southern Pro chartreuse glow 2-inch tubes tipped with shiners.
Second place went to lone angler Ron Bilbry of Anderson with a weight of 2.78 pounds and earning $600. Bilbry also fished Mississinewa using his Driftmaster Rod Holders and B'n'M Poles to spider rig shiners and catching between 100 to 150 fish for the day.