CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne on the hunt recently, getting into position an hour before sundown, a time when deer are most active.
On a frigid afternoon in January, harnessed to a tree stand 14 feet above a thick nest of bittersweet, and well into my second hour of deer-hunting, the parts of me in contact with the steel seat were very cold.
I was armed with nothing more lethal than a camera, but the hunter in the tree stand a few feet away had arrows, and he knew how to use them. (more…)
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Saturday afternoon I was on my way to pay my respects to Bob Reiter’s family who were having a memorial service for him at the fish market and restaurant that bear his name.
Bob had passed away in July. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO
Breaking news: Turkeys storm Reporter office last week.
In certain parts of the Island it seems as if nature has gone haywire, and our human habitat is being overrun. We’re talking turkeys here.
At the Reporter’s office in the Center, it’s common to see a flock of meleagris gallopavo silvestri (impress your friends) moving through the front and back parking lots or up on the porch. A couple of the birds recently were even fighting a few feet from our front door.
Well, we think they were fighting, but it could have been the polar opposite, since none of us are conversant with the courtship rituals of the wild turkey. In any event, it was a lot of excited sounds, strutting and pecking. You be the judge. (more…)