FIRST DEER – Young Karter Reece, age 9, got his first deer during youth season. His grandpa John reports he made a great shot with a Savage 243 at 113 yards, and the deer didn’t get far. He had seen more than 20 deer before getting this one.
NIANGUA FLOAT – Tom Shepard of Overland Park, Kansas, along with his sons, Paul, John and grandson Austin, meet up at One-Eyed Willy’s on the Niangua River
for a float-fishing trip with stream guide Dennis Whiteside.
FISHING SMALLIES – Pete Ruddick of Olathe, Kansas, works a sparkling section of shoal water on Missouri’s Bryant Creek while fishing for smallies with guide Dennis Whiteside.
FATHER AND SON – Carl Woodcock, a veteran Local 27 member of 39 years, hunts with his son, Eric, at right. They have been hunting together as a team for 23-plus years.
TEXAS SLAB – Bob McVey reports that he was fishing on Dec. 8 at Lakefork, Texas, with Don Ackerman and Lee Steinman. It was 27 degrees that morning, and they were fishing over brush at a depth of 28 feet, using minnows, but caught their limit of slab crappie, mostly in the 11-12 inch range. This one Bob is showing measured 16.5 inches and weighed 2.5 lbs.
ON THE ELK – Steve Golubski and his son, Bennett, enjoyed a couple of days on the Elk River with float fishing guide Dennis Whiteside.
GIFT OF GOOSE – There are few gifts better than teaching a child to hunt or fish. Lawrence Taylor enjoys outdoor activities with all of his kids. Here his youngest daughter, Allison, shows off a fine snow goose.
ACQUISITIVE – In the household of Steve Jones, the deer hunting organizational chart lists his wife Jane as “Chief of Acquisition,” and you can see why. Steve is still “Minister of Retrieval and Disassembly.”
NOT A DOE – Claudette Roper reports that her daughter-in-law, Valeree Roper, did some hard hunting in bone-chilling windy weather to get her first buck, and she passed up a lot of does along the way.
FIRST GOOSE – The dreaded third week of the Canada goose season can be tough going, but its challenges can be overcome. Jerry Pabst’s grandson, Alex Olear, bagged his first giant Canada goose during this period, and Jerry didn’t know whether he or Alex was happier about it.