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March 10, 2008

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Bill Heavey: Son of a Beech

I’ve nearly had about three heart attacks in the past weeks. The cause: beech leaves. The 3- to 6-inch long leaves of Fagus grandifolia, which grows in fertile woods in the eastern U.S., turn ivory-yellow when dry and have a maddening tendency to curl in tightly upon themselves. Such a leaf, standing perpendicular among the leaves of the forest floor, looks exactly like an antler tine. The guy treading the woods in search of antlers or any part of an antler is at the mercy of these nasty little guys.

This week’s tip: If you use a CamelBak or other backpack with a bladder, be extremely careful about how you stow sheds. Nature designed antlers to puncture. That’s really all I care to share at this time about that one.

I found two 5-pointers yesterday, both left sides, on the same hill where I found two 5-pointers last year. The bigger of the two was in the same exact spot – give or take 10 feet – of where I found a big one last year. I raced home, compared the two antlers, and confirmed to the extent that I can say they are both from the same deer. This year’s is just like last year’s, down to the wave in certain tines, only a little bigger around, with slightly longer tines, and the G4 that was part of a crab claw last year is now an independent tine.

The pleasure this find gave me, of confirming the survival and something of the habits of a buck I have yet to see, is enormous. And very hard to explain. 

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don m.

Trae B., here in Michigan the schools close on the opening day of deer season.(rifle).
hang in there.

Don

I'm in school right now

Don,
We had one-third of the boys in our school missing on the first day of North Dakota deer rifle season.

Nate

R. Millage

Finding sheds from the same deer is always neat. It is amazing how close to the same spot you will find sheds from the same deer year after year. This really is amazing to me in our area, where there is millions of acres of public ground for the game to roam. It really goes to show how a buck has a home area, and if all his needs are met he stays in it.

Kevin Weaver

Son or a Beech, reminds me of a joke.

A beech tree and a birch tree grow next to each other in the forest. One day a seedling pops out of the forest floor. The two trees argue with each other whether the seedling is a son of a beech or a son of a birch. There argument goes on and on. Son of Beech, Son of Birch. One day a woodpecker happens by and the trees ask him to settle their disagreement - is the seedling a Son of a Beech or a Son of a Birch. So the woodpecker does what woodpeckers do best and he pecks the seedling. The trees anxiously await his verdict. The woodpecker says "I can't say whether it's a Son of a Beech or Son of a Birch, but I can say that's the finest piece of ash I ever stuck my pecker in"

Scott in Ohio

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

It's been 42 days and I'm going into Heavey Withdrawl!!!!!!

This is worse than quitting cigarettes or heroine.

Please Bill, post another Blog topic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JasonB

Ditto Scott. What's wrong Bill, Dave Petzal got your tongue?

Scott in Ohio

Just returned from an AA hike (Antlers Anonymous) where I was out looking for mushrooms and some relaxation. I had walked a mile with nothing to show for my efforts when I entered a south-facing open field in the woodlot. Right out in the middle of this small field was a 4-point shed, shining and white as a bone. This was my first shed find and I was fired up! Before I picked it up, I backed up to admire it from another angle and stepped on second, smaller 3-point shed no more than 15-feet away from the first one. This smaller shed was slightly gnawed on (by rodents) but precious none-the-less. Both are right-handers, so my mission is to find the matching left-hand sides.

Anyone else had any luck?

Scott in Ohio

I'm sorry to announce Bill is dead. The excessive days since his last post are too excessive! His funeral was repportedly held at the Mount Lebanon cemetery near Pittsburgh. Bill, I’m sorry to see you pass, but Mt. Lebo was a great and terrible adversary of the Fox Chapel soccer team when I attended high school and I am only partially sad to see you go!

Not really, for crying out loud Bill let's have a post!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jes


Where are you Bill???????




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