Sporting Classics Magazine
Hard Labor of Love
By Larry Chesney
Photography by Chuck Wechsler
|It takes plenty of
hard work and know-how to turn your property into a quail hunter's paradise.
It had been bone-chilling cold when I climbed up into my deer stand in the pre-dawn
darkness. After an hour or so, the morning sun finally poked through the trees, slowly
illuminating the huge meadow before me. I watched with envy the warming rays in the
opening while I shivered in the shadowy woodline. On the flipside, I knew that this first
frost-melting light might shake a few whitetails from their beds. A warm thought, at
Suddenly, a flash of tawny brown caught my eye. A doe had broken from a thicket off to my right and was running hard through the broomstraw toward the slash pines across the field. Seconds later, another doe duplicated her steps and both disappeared into the dark forest.
Quickly I propped my old Remington 700 across the stands rest in the hope that a buck would be close behind. Seconds later a young forkhorn burst into the open and soon disappeared in pursuit of the does.
The panhandle of Florida has the latest whitetail rut in the country, usually toward the end of January and even into February. Accordingly, the states wildlife department extends the hunting season through February 25th. For those of us with seasons that close in late fall or early winter, its a wonderful bonus to squeeze in a few more days of deer hunting, while everyone else has put their bows and rifles away until next year.
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