Another video surfaces of Kansans saving lock-antlered buck
On the heels of this week’s article about a Wichitan saving a whitetail buck that had its antlers locked with those of a dead buck, Luke Laha sent me a link to a story and video of when he and others recently performed a similar rescue.
Laha teaches outdoors and outfitting classes at Pratt Community College. He and a class were on a “field trip” trapping coyotes when they came across the buck that was carrying the head and antlers of another. Laha had seen the buck in previous weeks, and thinks it may have been locked in such a way for up to two months.
I’ve added the link to Laha’s story and video to my blog.
This off-and-on cold weather has been playing heck with local anglers. My friend, Andy Fanter, however, recently had some great days ice fishing at Marion Reservoir, where the recent cold snap had about five inches of ice up by the dam. One day early this week Andy caught, and released, more than 100 crappie. The next he caught and released about 200 assorted crappie and white bass. Both were personal bests for the guy who’s fished most major waters of the world, all seasons of the year.
Beware, though, recent sunshine, warm temperatures and winds have surely thinned the ice to possibly dangerous thickness.
Some hunters have been finding decent numbers of snow geese, though the hunting doesn’t appear to be what it was a few weeks ago in central Kansas.
A lot of outdoorsmen are reporting that their trail cameras are still showing a lot of bucks carrying antlers. Many thought the stress of this winter’s snow and cold would have caused most to shed early, but apparently not.
Turkeys are still largely flocked up, though some bunches of jakes and toms seem to be roaming a bit more. It’s about that time, and the archery/youth/disabled season begins in about four weeks...but who’s counting?
People need to pay attention to what’s happening in the legislature. There are some actions and inactions in Topeka that could have some serious impacts on the Kansas outdoors. That includes not allowing Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to buy some more public land, even though no state general fund money would be used and only a tiny part of the purchases would be with license fee funds.
There’s also a move that would inhibit landowners who want to set up conservation easements to preserve habitat on their lands forever. Basically the easements state the properties can’t be put to listed kinds of development. Some in Topeka have gone on the record against all public lands and any limitations on land usage in Kansas.
Sunday’s outdoors page will be a full-page feature on the on-going war against feral swine in Kansas. It’s a war that the state and USDA biologists are winning, largely because they’re fighting some battles just south of the border in Oklahoma. Be sure to check out the photo gallery online to see more photos of the day I spent watching them do aerial gunning operations near Kaw Reservoir. I’ll also have a “Cast and Blast” blog with more facts on the operations go up Sunday, too.
Down the road a bit I’ll have a preview of the March 20 Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission meeting on March 20 in Topeka. It’s where talk will start getting serious on this fall’s deer hunting regulations. Discussion concerning fall waterfowl seasons will probably come, too.
I’ll probably have a column down the road on a bill that could grant landowners any animals that are illegally killed on their property, and the conscerns I’d have if such a bill passed. For the column, I’d look at the possible regulation as both a Kansas landowner and avid outdoorsman.
There also may be an article going into more detail about those in the legislature that want to limit public lands and what landowners can do to protect the lands they already own.
In April, I’m hoping to start a six month series that highlights one Kansas state park per month. I’m hoping to start the series with a story, video and photos from Elk City State Park. Other parks under consideration for this year are Cross Timbers, Tuttle Creek, Milford, Wilson and Crawford, though that list may very well change. Suggestions of state parks, and the best month to give them a visit, are welcome.
I’m not sure what all I’ve been doing, but I must have been doing a lot of it because I’ve sure been busy.
Saturday my young friend, Jake, and I made a fast trip up and back to fill a feeder, place a trail camera and scatter some clover seed over some food plots on our farm near Lawrence. The timing of a snow coming a few hours after we left should bode well for the itty-bitty seeds making it into the ground.
My personal highlight was probably stopping by WheatFields, a bakery/cafe in Lawrence that has great sandwiches served on some legendary breads they bake at the shop, No trip there would be complete without grabbing several loaves, some custom chocolates and macaroons for friends. Some who claim to be world-class authorities on the subject say WheatFields has the best coconut macaroons in the world.
Jake’s personal highlight, I’m sure, was getting to drive our John Deere Gator around on some of our food plots.
I’m looking forward to a fishing trip later this month to Milford Reservoir, where the quest will be to catch a blue catfish of 50 or more pounds. The guy I’m going with says it’s very, very possible. I’m thinking he doesn’t know the handicap he’s facing when he takes me along.
Folks in the know still call me “The Fishing Magician”...because I can make even the best of all bites totally disappear.