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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
BILL: I read the tribute article you did for Spike Knuth. It was splendid, and he is most deserving of every word you wrote. Spike was always a go-to team player, gifted artist, writer, confidant and friend to co-workers and all lovers of wildlife. He continues the same role in retirement diminished only slightly by some health consideration.
I enjoy reading his newsletter regularly. He continues to communicate, educate and share his observations of flora and fauna near his home. He says he can't do as much anymore, but he makes me tired just reading about what he still does!
Thanks for recognizing Spike's career and reminding all of us of the contributions he has made.
Retired DGIF Wildlife Division Chief
BILL: When I joined the Game Department in 1987, on my first visit to the Richmond headquarters in May of that year, Spike gave me a stack of photos of my game warden/grandfather; historic photos of him stocking deer, dealing with nuisance bears, stocking trout from the late '40s and 50s.
I was flabbergasted and have never forgotten his wonderful, unsolicited gesture. He's a great guy and a fine example of what the Game Department did right.
BILL: Great article summarizing early hunting opportunities, especially with respect to suburban deer and geese.
One thing that concerns me, though. I regularly see lawn company signs on freshly-sprayed suburban yards, warning that pregnant women, small children and pets should avoid contact with the lawn for 48 hours. Just as regularly, I see deer, Canada geese and plump cottontails contentedly browsing right past those signs. Golf courses treat their grass even more often than households.
Could you please share with your readers any cautions about eating the meat from animals taken in those settings?
JOSEPH: I ran your question by Matt Knox, deer project leader for the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. He said he is unaware of any research that may answer your question.
"One thing to keep in mind is that most of these lawn treatments are done in the spring, summer and early fall, and deer mostly eat grass in the winter," Knox said. "When the lawns start greening up, the woods and fields also green up and there are a lot of plants that deer would rather eat than grass."
BILL: Just a note to say I enjoyed your article on squirrel hunting. I have been squirrel hunting twice this year and got one the first time and four the last time.
The first time out I was unable to find any mast, so I only saw two squirrels, but the last time I found some red oak mast and the squirrels were really working it over. Had my marksmanship with my .22 been a little better, I would have had my limit (of six).
The only thing I got my limit of was chiggers. This was after I had sprayed real well. I think my problem was that I failed to spray my shirt and hat and I brushed against some overhanging pine limbs and they got me.
Oh well, you live and learn; but, one would think by age 72 I should know better.
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