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Archery season and kids’ fishing day

The opening day for archery deer and turkey hunting is September 4. I will join you in the woods September 11.

I have tried to write over the past few months about things that will make all of us better fall turkey hunters. To harvest a turkey, you must immobilize him, which is where shot placement comes into play.

Of the three best shots for immobilizing a bird, the best one for the bowhunter is the facing-away shot, which not only gives you the advantage of drawing your bow without being seen, but if you shoot the turkey right up the ole pipe, it will break his spine.

Another good shot for bowhunters is the broadside shot at the butt of the wing. When you shoot a turkey broadside, you are not hitting him in the vitals, but will pin his wings together.

The last shot, and certainly not the best one, is the shot that has to be made when the bird is facing you. This is a tricky shot as he will be looking when you draw your bow. The arrow should be aimed at a spot about an inch below where the beard is attached to the male turkey to give you a chance to cut the turkey’s neck or its spine. Good hunting.

Remember, Kids Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, August 28, from noon until 8 p.m. at Four Star Village Pay Lake at Redfox, just off KY 15. The event, which is sponsored by the Little Shepherd Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, is open to all children 17 and under. No license is necessary. Each child gets to keep one fish, so be sure to bring something to put it in. Lunch will be served at 2 p.m. and gifts will be given to the children at 3 p.m. Also featured will be terrapin race. Contact Raymond Brown at 633- 9548 or Will Connelly at 633-5012 for more information.

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