July 2008 Updates page 1

2 July

Remember Last Winter?

A record snowfall year for us. Northern state hunters have a different opinion of what a lot of snow is and this is not it.

For our local area we reached 27 inches, 10 above average for the year.

Thanks to Mike for the nice pictures to keep summer high temperatures in perspective.

Then from Carl, an Association northern state hunter, he sent us this back yard picture expressing the sentiment we have heard from others about simply being tired and beaten down by the long duration cold and snow.

We do not have it so bad out this way.

Agriculture
(that effects hunting)
"Kansas farmers are planting a record number of soybeans this spring while also putting in more fields of corn and sorghum than a year ago...Kansas farmers planted 4.1 million acres of corn, up from 3.9 million a year ago...soybean acreage may be 1 of the largest ever if realized. The agency estimates 3.2 million acres of soybeans this year in Kansas compared to 2.6 million last season...Sorghum acreages were more stable with the 2.85 million acres up only slightly from last year..." Associated Press - June 30, 2008, Wichita, Kan.

1 July

"...We did well in [location deleted] with the ducks on the days we hunted. Sam and Steve each got deer. Sam shot a buck and Steve shot one button buck and one doe. The one nice buck that I saw managed to keep a tree between us. Oh well. That's hunting...We had a great hunt this turkey season...We set up by the barn and had a nice gobbler fly down in the field opposite of our setup. I gave him some calls but he would not cross the field to us. He was only 100 yards away. A Jake came into the field and he ran him off then he left. We decide to set up on the opposite side the next morning. We got in there early and it was raining a little. We did not hear any gobbling. At 6am I gave a few calls and a nice big Jake flew down right to the decoys. Sam and I were set up together. I told Sam to take him if he wanted. So he shot him. It was still very early so we stayed. At 7 I called again and had a gobbler sound off to our left. I called a few more times but got no response. We waited. Soon he showed up in full strut coming right to the decoys. I shot him at 12 yards. He had a 10 inch beard and weighed about 22 pounds. We had a great time..."

Thanks Mark, it seems like you always have a good time of it.

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