The Herald Bulletin

August 8, 2013

Rick Bramwell: Tips for safe and successful hunting in the fall

By Rick Bramwell
For The Herald Bulletin

---- — When I was an aspiring young hunter, there were no deer to pursue. Rabbit, squirrel, and quail took center stage. We learned how to clean and cut small game first. Many of today’s young hunters begin the sport in quest of deer. They have no idea how to field dress such a large animal.

Apparently, the Indiana DNR thinks, as I do, that some folks need a little education before taking to the woods this fall.

Registration is open for a free DNR program in three cities that will teach participants how to hunt whitetail deer in Indiana.

Hunt, Fish, Eat starts Aug. 8 in Terre Haute, Aug. 20 in Indianapolis and Sept. 5 in Fort Wayne. The program is a four-session series, with an optional fifth session. Sessions are once a week and offer hands-on learning in a safe environment.

Hunt, Fish, Eat is an opportunity for new hunters ages 18 and older to improve their self-reliance skills and to learn to harvest a delicious source of fresh, local meat.

Curriculum will focus on laws and regulations, firearms and safety, locating a hunting spot, tracking and field dressing your harvest, and handling and preparing your venison for the table.

Each session will include an opportunity to sample venison recipes from instructors, as well as examine a variety of hunting gear and resources.

Participants should attend all sessions. All equipment will be provided.

For more information and to register, go to dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/7548.htm

A promotional video is at http://youtu.be/nb7GVIidKRg.

You could begin by hunting squirrel. The season comes in Aug. 15. When I was a young lad, squirrel was the most exciting season. Deer were something hunted in a faraway place.

I love the challenge of hunting gray squirrels, in southern Indiana, with a .22 rifle.

Hickory trees are loaded this year. Find fresh cutting and have a seat. I once found seven squirrels cutting one big shagbark.

I’m pretty sure there is a video on how to clean squirrels on YouTube.

My employment at the Indiana State Fair has put me in contact with some interesting people. I met a lady from Spain, then two ladies from Turkey. I was told that a group from Poland visited the fair, as well.

A couple of old fishing buddies are back in the limelight. Hugh Cravens and Ron Moody both have something to crow about.

On a recent trip to Morse Reservoir, Cravens caught a bass estimated to weigh eight pounds. He was fishing a deep water ledge using a 5- inch Charlie Brewer Slider Worm. The bass hit in 20 feet of water.

Moody fished a tournament he had no intention to fish, He had canceled on an earlier IBF contest and thought his entry fee was lost, but when he learned it was applied to the next tournament, at Lawrenceburg, he fished it and finished second.

Moody was using a Prowler baby creature type bait.