Florida visitors

Leon Archer
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

The best thing about being in Florida this winter is the weather.

I usually cannot get out on the river fishing enough, but as I have noted, the fishing is tough and shows no signs of improving.

I have located several oyster beds that are so chock full of large shellfish that very little time is required to get all I can use, and no matter how much you like them, you really can only use so many of them. I don’t want to overdose on fried oysters and oyster stew.

The third part of my series on hunting will be in next week’s column. I need a week in between to get my thoughts in reasonable order.

In the meantime, I am still staying as close to my New Year’s resolutions as I can. I am finally writing on a fairly regular schedule on a couple of projects that have been languishing for a long time.

I am also working on four different decoys. The green wing teal that I am completing for the auction at the National Wild Turkey Federation banquet is in the last stages, while two swans are getting some attention and I have just started a loon.

Last week, Tim, Alicia, Nathaniel and Annaliese were here with us last week and we did the beach and cruised on the river. Of course, we tried the fishing with the usual results.

They went to Universal Studios one day and the time just flew by.

It’s always fun to have company. Jack and Donna Kulle are going to be here next week.

That means the oyster beds will be plundered once or twice and we will try to figure out how to catch at least enough fish for a meal.

I was reminded that turkey season in New York is only a couple months away when I saw a big tom cross the road in front of my truck. He had about a ten inch beard and he was in no hurry to get out of sight.

Down here, this is the time of year we usually see toms showing off to groups of hens, but so far I haven’t seen any hens.

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