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Hunter's out of their senses

The most successful hunters are those that can tune-in to the hunt. They have learned to process the scents, sights, sounds, taste and textures of the woods and to tune out the nonessential attractions.

Whitetail deer utilize scents constantly. They use them for protection, for feeding and for breeding. A deer's nose provides it's greatest protection. It can pick up a scent at a distance of a quarter of a mile.

Successful hunters are those that possess a greater sensory awareness of themselves and their quarry.

Vermont moose season ends

Vermont's moose hunting season finished on November 1 for the 2009 season. It was the state's 17th moose hunting season in modern times, the first occurring in 1993 when 30 permits were issued and 25 moose were taken by hunters.

According to Fish and Wildlife officials a preliminary count shows that 516 moose were taken with 1,230 hunting permits issued for the 2009 season.

David Godfrey of Holland, Vt shot the heaviest moose this year while hunting in Charleston on October 21. Godfrey's 965 lb bull moose also is the second heaviest ever shot in Vermont.

Take a kid along

A child is overwhelmingly more likely to hunt and fish if they have a parent who hunts and fishes. However, research reveals that only 25 percent of youths from hunting households are active hunters.

"No, I'm not a good shot; but I shoot often." Teddy Roosevelt, President of the United States, outdoorsman and Tahawus Club regular.

Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at brookside18@adelphia.net

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