January 26

BRIAN JOHNSON ON OUTDOORS: Setting up a stand for hog, deer hunting

first_img My main target is hogs, but if the right deer walks out, I will gladly take him as well. I have learned a few things over the years that have increased my chances for success.  As a gun hunter, you can make a few mistakes and get away with it.  However, to get animals archery close, you have to pay attention to all of the details.  Here are a few tips that will help you when you set up an archery stand:Pay attention to the wind Determine what the predominant wind is at the time of year that you will be hunting and set your stand up accordingly.  If you are hunting over bait, make sure that the wind blows from the bait to you.Place the bait between you and the area that you expect the animals to come from.  A hog’s nose is far superior to that of a deer and a trophy boar will smell you every time that he gets downwind.  If he smells you, He is not coming in.  Scent control products, sprays, special scent blocker clothing, ozonics, and various other methods are especially effective on deer and will help with hogs.  However, as a general rule, if a big boat gets down wind he will smell you 100 percent of the time. This is especially true if you are sweating.  Do yourself a favor and pay attention to the wind.Hunt near waterWhen setting up a bow stand, always remember that every animal has to drink eventually.  Hogs not only need water to drink, they also use it to cool off. If you find a hog wallow, place your stand in the area.  Hogs and deer both use creeks and ditches as travel corridors. The closer your stand is to these, the higher your chances for success will be.Hunt in thick coverWhen bowhunting, you need the animals to be close.  By close I mean 20 yards or less.  While I have taken animals from as far as 80 yards with a bow, I highly recommend that you strive to get hogs as close as possible. Find a thick area and hunt there.  Trim only what is necessary to allow for a few shooting lanes.  The animals will feel safer in the cover and are more likely to come in during daylight hours.If you use these tips in setting up your stand, I feel that you will increase your odds for success exponentially.  Time is ticking.  Get out there and get ready … the cool weather is coming.Brian Johnson, originally of Port Neches, is pastor of First Baptist Church of Winnie, owner of DuckDogTrainer.com and outdoors writer for The News. This week is the week that I am going to set up a few bow stands for hog and deer hunting.last_img read more

September 23

Argos Take Down Lady Reddies on Thanksgiving Day, 81-74

first_img Sabrina Stambouli (Photo by Ron Besser) Share Argos Take Down Lady Reddies on Thanksgiving Day, 81-74center_img FAIRBANKS, Alaska  – West Florida women’s basketball improved to 3-1 on the season with a 81-74 win over Gulf South Conference West Division rival Henderson State on a zero-degree Thanksgiving Day in Alaska. The Argos opened the North Star Invitational with four Argos in double-digits, led by Amy Drake (Niceville, Fla/Winthrop) who poured in 24 total points. Drake was a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the perimeter, and also went perfect 3-for-3 at the free throw line. Tiffany Williams (St. Petersburg, Fla./North Florida) turned in a total of 16 points, followed by Sabrina Stambouli (Quebec City, Quebec/Dawson) with 11 and Dominique Boykins (Houston, Texas/North Shore HS) who totaled 10. As a team, the Argos shot 46.7 percent from three point range and 47.3 percent from the field. The Argos battled hard with Henderson State in the first half, with Drake scoring the first West Florida points on her first three of the night. Drake continued on a nine-point run, giving UWF a 9-2 lead before HSU went on a 10 point run for a 12-9 lead. The squads exchanged the lead six times in the half, but HSU attempted to pull away with a 35-31 score. With 19 seconds on the clock, Drake drained a final three to send the Argos to the locker rooms just down by one, 35-34, at the half. Senior Jessie Ivey (Jay, Fla./Jay HS) opened the scoring in the second half, setting the pace with a three-pointer. The score tied four times in the first five minutes before UWF took a definite lead that they would hang on to for the entire half. All of Williams’ 16 points came in the half, after both Drake and Ivey fouled out, while Kirstin McIntyre (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./Florida Southern) also stepped up in the half, scoring seven points and grabbing four boards. The Argos outscored the Lady Reddies 47-39 to claim the 81-74 victory.The Argos are back in action in Alaska on Friday afternoon at 2pm against Gannon University. For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more