What an absolutely amazing time of year to enjoy our home area of Penn's Woods, "Hunting, fishing and loving every day" as country artist Luke Bryan sings it. "It's the prayer a country boy prays" and no words ring truer as autumn and the beginning of the PA hunting season are upon us.
It is to me the most perfect time of year to get out. The green West Branch countryside will soon turn to the most vibrant fall colors. The weather makes it a great time for late season trout or my favorite fall bass fishing. We are blessed with trophy buck, turkey, bear and an abundance of small game, even coyote hunting if that trips your trigger. Heck if you are lucky enough to have your name drawn a trophy bull elk is just a short drive away.
I love the anticipation of ‘the hunt’, the getting up early, the smell of the October woods and never knowing what your hunting story is going to be for that day.
This past spring gobbler season, Jimmy and I shared some common ground with a family of skunks. That made for one pretty funny hunting story; it could have been one pretty stinky story if not for my son.
See, Jimmy warned me at the very last minute as we entered the woods under the cover of darkness that I was about to step on Pepé Le Pew. My boot almost on the stripe of his back. How I didn't get fumigated is beyond me. Jimmy laughed for an hour over my agility and speed to avoid the critter. This may also be why I didn't get a dose of that most pungent perfume. I think Pepé may have also been laughing so hard at my escape, he just couldn't fire.
It doesn't have to be the perfect hunt or the harvesting of a trophy. The sharing of time, the tradition of hunting and enjoying God's creation makes everything right in the world.
Make the time and get outdoors, if hunting or fishing isn't your thing how about hiking, biking or just a walk together as a family. Enjoy the beauty of nature and all that is seen and unseen unless you look for it.
I am proud Ron Mingle is heading up our Webb Weekly Big Buck Contest. A special thanks to the Country Store and Tommy Springman, Dana Poust and Poust Taxidermy and Sauers Trading.
Whether or not you shoot that monster buck or bag a spike you can enter to win a Remington 783 rifle courtesy of John and Donnie Sauers.
We here at the Webb Weekly have something new in celebration of the outdoors, our area and the fine men and women who serve our Great Nation. I cannot give enough thanks for those who protect our freedom to enjoy the outdoors. Some suffer tragic circumstances that change their lives forever.
My staff and I would like to offer the opportunity to share lunch and a pheasant hunt to anyone wounded in the defense of our Country since the 9/11 attacks on our Great Nation.
My friend Barry Sones is dedicated to the Wounded Warrior Project and owns Nightingale Hunting Preserve. We will be teaming up for the event to show appreciation for these special members of our community.
If you would like to participate or know someone who would enjoy the day please give us a call at 570-326-9322. We would like to give our heroes a day of friendship, food and hunting.
God Bless America.