Written in Stone

May 2012, The Full CryGreetings from South Georgia.This time of year I would normally lead off with spring has sprung down South, but this would not be accurate. We had no real winter here and spring almost feels like summer. It is said that this is the fourth warmest winter on record and I believe it. A fair share of snakes never hibernated here which led to a fair number of snake bit dogs in both December and January. Georgia’s turkey season opened on March 24 and I believe that a fair number of hens will be on the nest by that date.
The warmer weather has led to corn being planted 30-45 days earlier than last year. This is a good thing. Irrigated corn means hogs — piles of ’em. Agriculture is the largest industry in the State of Georgia, producing over $12 billion a year. My home County of Sumter falls within the Top 10 counties in the state when it comes to producing corn, peanuts, etc. These crops have a grower value of $103 million locally. The guys and I have been fortunate to hunt that largest tract of irrigated land in the county at just over 10,000 acres for the past five to six years.
The good news is there is a world of free data available to us at the stroke of a computer key. It moves to us like lightning. The bad news is there is a world of free data available to us at the stroke of a computer key. It moves to us like lightning. The bottom line is cyberspace technology is comprised of the good, the bad and the ugly. For a hunter and a dog owner, some of the information is absolutely junk, some is very useful, and some of it is down right entertaining.
While on the internet recently, I learned something about how to age dogs. I, like most people, have always calculated the age of my dogs in human years: multiply their age by seven. Now researchers in Boston recently stated that aging is much faster during a dog’s first two years but varies among breeds. Large breed dogs tend to mature quicker and live shorter lives. By the time a large breed dog reaches the age of five, they are considered senior dogs. Medium breed dogs reach senior age around seven and small breed dogs don’t become seniors until age 10. Their theory is that a one year old dog is equal to a 12 year old human and a two year old dog is equal to a 24 year old human. Then add four years to each year after. I was a little confused but it does make sense.
I also read on the “net” that the average person eats eight spiders while asleep in his lifetime.
There is also a host of forums, blogs and chatrooms that hunters and those who enjoy dogs can visit. A majority are well maintained and serve a very useful purpose. We all need to be careful about what we post when it comes to photos and to keep in mind that hunters are a minority in this country. A whole lot of people would like to abolish hunting all together.
The Wayne County Hog Jam was held last month. The $2,000 top prize was claimed by the Flatwoods Kennel Team headed by Pat Ogden. Their two hog total weight was 674 pounds. Did you hear of a guy who was a couple of minutes late to the final weigh-in with a gun harvested hog which weighed 348 pounds? Poor guy missed out on a $1,000 check.
The Georgia Predator Hunting Association Coyote Classic was held last month also in Warner Robins. First place and $1,000 went to the team of Taylor Sheffield, Kenny Phillips and Pete Williams with three ‘yotes weighing in at 85.13 pounds.
On the subject of coyotes, I read where the Utah State Senate has a bill to increase the bounties on ‘yotes to $50 a head. They call this the Mule Deer Protection Act. Naturally, the Utah Humane Society is opposed to the act. I don’t reckon they like mule deer.
Take time to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with a friend or a stranger — you won’t regret it nor will they.
Until next month, safe hunting, keep reading Full Cry and God bless each of you.

By Richard Mccorkle

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