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Chestnuts Roasting

Chestnuts Roasting By: Steve Roark One of the more popular Christmas carols is “The Christmas Song”, sometimes called “Chestnuts Roasting”.  The first line goes (sing it with me): “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”.  It occurred to me that most … Continue reading

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Having More Squirrel

Having More Squirrel By: Steve Roark Squirrel hunting is a popular pastime in our area, second only to rabbits in the small game category.  For woodland owners that want to encourage high squirrel populations, the key is having the right … Continue reading

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Indian Summer

Indian Summer By: Steve Roark Indian summer is a name that brings thoughts of balmy, hazy fall days and cool nights.  It is a description of weather conditions rather than an actual season, for no dates exist for it.  The … Continue reading

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Deer Hunting Weather

Deer Hunting Weather By: Steve Roark        In order to survive, animals have instinctive reactions to the weather, migrating birds being just one example.  By knowing how game animals react in differing weather conditions can up a hunter’s chances of a … Continue reading

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Somewhat Supernatural

Somewhat Supernatural By Steve Roark To give a nod to it being Halloween season, I thought I’d share some stories that, while not spooky, they have enough of the paranormal to be interesting. The stories involve people having a precognition, … Continue reading

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Fairy Rings: Mysterious Mushrooms

Fairy Rings: Mysterious Mushrooms By Steve Roark I’ve seen two postings with photos of Fairy Rings on Facebook this week, so there is an apparent outbreak of them, likely caused by all the rain we’ve gotten lately. Fairy rings are … Continue reading

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The Upside-Down Tree

The Upside-Down Tree By Steve Roark I’ve bragged about our areas plant diversity in the past. The mountainous terrain dissected by rivers and streams creates an incredible variety of habitats that supports more plant species than anywhere but rain forests. … Continue reading

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