JOHN L. SLOAN
Not a tinge of color in the leaves or even much of a chill in the air. It is early October.
An occasional dove bombs the field and somewhere a dog is barking. Over 100 yards away, on the edge of the alfalfa, five bucks are browsing. Two are well deserving of an arrow and a place on my wall. Unfortunately, the arrow that scored was not mine but that of a friend, Bob Shebaylo, who I had placed in one of my stands. I knew I should have hunted that stand.
A huge misconception exists in the realm of deer hunting. Many believe that the only time a hunter can kill a monster trophy buck is during the rut. For us, that would be mid-November. To subscribe to that theory is to overlook some of the best trophy hunting of the year.
No question about it, bucks may be more visible during the pre-rut and rut. They travel more and spend more daylight hours moving. They are more susceptible to the calls and scents and other gimmicks hunters use to coax one within range.
However, the early season provides a chance at a big buck a hunter can never get later in the year. It provides a shot at the unsuspecting buck, the less wary one, the one that is still, to some small degree, still in a pattern.
I am of the firm opinion mature bucks cannot be patterned. The reason for that is simple. They have no pattern. Mature bucks, those over 3.5 years of age follow no pattern 95% of the time. That leaves 5% of the time to pattern one and most of the time, when we try to do that, they pattern us first and avoid contact. There is an exception.
If done carefully and correctly, the hunter does have a chance. Careful observation of a buck during the late summer, just prior to the opening of the archery season can give us a glimmer.
This is best done by non-invasive scouting. That means staying out of their territory. No walking around scouting, leaving our scent in their dining room or bedroom.
A spotting scope mounted on a car or truck window is my preferred method to scout and open crop fields are what I scout. I look for the buck I want. Usually, at that time of year, he will be in a bachelor group. That is good and bad. The good part is, you have a glimmer of knowledge as to what order the bucks enter fields and travel. That allows you to be forewarned. The bad part is the number of eyes and noses is increased.
However, armed with some scouting information, i.e. where the bucks enter the field and in what order, the hunter can now place a stand well in advance of hunting it. That allows the deer to become accustomed to it.
Downside: The food source changes and they quit entering the field. That is my forte. That is where I tend to shine. When it comes to hunting for a mature buck, for me, given the right circumstances, forget the fields and give me some oak trees.
My goal is to find an oak, preferably a white oak that is bearing mast and in a good location. Ill hang a stand there and leave it alone. By doing my scouting for a food source instead of deer sign, I eliminate the chance of spooking the deer. How can I? I am doing my thing before he even knows he is going to be there. The first time I hunt that stand, providing I have timed it right, is the best chance I have of killing a mature buck.
One sweat-dripping hot morning in Alabama, I let six bucks walk past me before shooting the seventh. That deer was 5.5 years old and one of the biggest ever killed on that property. I had never been in the tree before other than to hang the stand. The deer were coming to a group of five oaks that were raining acorns.
It was cool and crisp, not frosty but a nice morning to be in the tree in Cheatham County. I hung the stand a week before. The fourth buck to come by was a dandy 10-pt by Cheatham County standards. For once, I actually hit where I was aiming and he went less than 100 yards.
Yes, the rut is a great time to hunt. However, for me, when it is bow season, Ill take October.
Go climb a tree. The time is just right. Contact Sloan at email@example.com
To whom it may concern (i.e. Heavenly Father, Jesus, God, etc.)
I know its been awhile and Im sorry about that. Its just that when you let Kate Gosselin make it through six weeks of eliminations, my faith began to wane. Kidding! You know I like to open my prayers on a light note.
Im sure You are aware of all thats been going on lately. What with the volatile stock market, housing crisis and Kim Kardashians wedding, its been pretty tough on all of us financially. (Except for those Kardashians who seem to be the leaders of a new crowd making a fortune by being famous for absolutely NOTHING!)
Now Im not saying we dont deserve a little hardship. It was the greed wasnt it? Or was it how we all tried to buy our way into modern day salvation with fancy cars, obnoxious housing, expensive vacations and questionable Facebook relationships? We didnt worry about money. Nope, we just worried about the other M word; MORE. Nobody noticed our worry though. How could they when Botox erased any hint of emotion?
McQueen, nicknamed the King of Cool, died way too young at age 50 in 1980 of cancer. He had mesothelioma lung cancer and died from a heart attack after surgery to remove the malignant tumors. He leapt to fame as bounty hunter Josh Randall in the 1958-1961 TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive. As for his flicks, check him out in The Blob, Hell Is for Heroes, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Sand Pebbles, The Getaway and The Cincinnati Kid.
Dear Ken: How many movies did Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster make together?
Six. Those include I Walk Alone, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Devils Disciple, Seven Days in May, The List of Adrian Messenger and Tough Guys. They also appeared in the TV movie Victory at Entebbe.
Dear Ken: I know I saw the girl who stars as Sara in the movie Shark Night 3D in some TV series several years ago. Could you refresh my memory?
That would be Sara Paxton, 23, who I bet you recollect from the 2004-2006 TV series Darcys Wildlife. Paxton played Darcy. The California girl began making commercials as a child and made her movie debut at 8 in Liar Liar. She also co-starred in the TV series Greetings From Tucson and had a recurring role in Summerland. And she has provided voices on SpongeBob SquarePants. She has the role of Audra Barkley in the film version of the TV series The Big Valley, which is set for a 2012 release. Linda Evans had the original role in the 1960s western that featured Barbara Stanwyck as the matriarch.
Dear Ken: Who had the hit Moonlight Feels Right in the mid-1970s?
That was Starbuck, a band that formed in Atlanta. The song was released in 1975 but did not become a hit until 1976 and sold three million copies. They toured from 1976 until they broke up in 1980. And may the wind blow some luck in your direction.
If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calendars because, Thursday, October 13th is a day you dont want to eat in. Instead, join your neighbors and head to the Main Branch of WB&T, in Lebanon, for the Annual Taste of Wilson County.
This wonderful event, held on the west lawn of WB&T, is sure to please everyone. All types of food vendors are on hand with scrumptious treats. Tickets for the event can be purchased at any WB&T location as well as the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce. Advance tickets are $15.00 and tickets at the door are $20.00.
The proceeds of the event benefit education programs within Wilson County. So, its a win win for everybody. The event starts at 5 p.m. and includes food vendors, shopping, inflatables for the children and the Art Mill painting zone. Local artist, R. Scott Harris, has commissioned a piece especially for this event that will be auctioned off during the evening.
by Karen Franklin
Well, as I sit here and watch my hummingbirds fight over the feeder at my back kitchen window, I am reminded that their time here is limited. Especially since the weather has started to cool off a bit. I get amused watching them fight over the juice, not realizing they could all drink to their hearts content and I would refill it every time! One little female has even positioned herself on a branch right under the feeder so she can "protect" it. Unfortunately, she is greatly outnumbered and fighting a losing battle! While she is busy chasing off one "intruder" two or three more swoop in for a drink only to be replaced by more when she chases the next round away. I'm sure most of you are experiencing this same phenomenon at your house. My two young children keep asking me why they can't just share!
While I greatly enjoy the hummingbirds, I'm very excited by cooler temps and the return of our winter visitors. My children get so excited when they see the dark-eyed juncos have returned. They know winter and possible sledding opportunities are just around the corner. I personally look forward to seeing my White-throated Sparrows and Yellow-rumped Warblers. About three years ago I had my first White-throated Sparrow show up. Last year I had three to four, plus their mates. Well, I assume it is the same one, plus friends. I wish I could band them to know for sure! I've only been graced with a single Yellow-rumped Warbler for the past two years. He is hard to miss with the bright yellow patch on his back above his tail. It is like he carries the sun around with him in the cold/cloudy winter months.
We get too many juncos to count I think they like the safety of my raised/protected deck in the backyard. Anytime a threat comes near they all dart under the deck for safety and then slowly return when the coast is clear. I greatly enjoy winter birding because I can generally put out good seed and see a wide variety of feathered friends right outside my picture window. And if we get lucky with a good snowfall that number doubles or triples! Although I have lots of fun and gain a lot more from my actual birding trips with Ray, it is hard to beat sitting inside a warm house drinking coffee and enjoying the birds from the inside.
Lebanon Toastmasters meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon/Wilson County Chamber of Commerce at 149 Public Square in Lebanon. Visitors are welcome. Toastmasters is an organization dedicated to improving communication and leadership skills. For information, call 444-0126.
Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Wilson County is in need of volunteers who would like to reach out to those in need in Wilson County. Volunteers must be age 55 or older. If you are interested in participating or partnering with the program, call 443-7606 or 742-1113, ext. 10.
Agape has contracted with Maple Hill church of Christ to provide counseling services in Lebanon. Licensed Clinical Social Worker Diana Crawford will be available at the church building on Mondays from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. She sees children and adults. For information, call 547-4244.
AL-ANON and ALATEEN family groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problems. They believe alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid in recovery. There is a local AL-ANON and ALATEEN meeting in Lebanon every week. For information, call Harriett at 444-2852 or Linda at 444-8437.
HomeSafe Womens Support Group meets Wednesday evenings. For information, or if you need help with an order of protection for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking, contact HomeSafe at 444-8955.
By PATRICK HALL
The Wilson Post
Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead announced on Tuesday plans to establish an entertainment district with 1 million square feet of retail, restaurant and office space, all centered around an events center that could bring a minor league ice hockey team here.
Craighead detailed plans for the entertainment district during yesterdays meeting of the Rotary Club. A formal announcement will be made today at 11 a.m. at the Roxy Theater.
The main portion of the proposed district consists of 165 acres of Mixed-Use Development land from Highway 231/South Cumberland Street in the west, the James E. Ward Agricultural Center to the east and including Baird Park in the north.
A 1-mile stretch of the district will be visible along Interstate 40 from the Hwy. 231 South exit down to Cainsville Road.
The district is proposed to contain 1 million square feet of retail space, which would make it the largest retail development between Nashville and Knoxville. By comparison, Providence MarketPlace in Mt. Juliet contains 850,000 square feet of retail space and The Avenues in Murfreesboro contains 811,000 square feet.
The events center would be located amid the retail space and be a 4,500 seat center with an attached convention floor space to hold a variety of events.
Vastland Realty of Nashville, a developer that has constructed many residential and retail spaces, is planning to develop the land with several tenants already committed.
Plans for the district have been in the works since last year, according to Craighead, who said it will give Lebanon and Wilson County a new competitive edge by adding revenue from sales tax collections, new businesses, jobs and a destination center for tourism.
Craighead noted that he has been planning and discussing the district with Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto during the whole process.
This is something that Mayor Hutto and I are in support of, but to achieve certain goals, it needs the backing and commitment of the community, Craighead said.
A deal is also in the works with the Nashville Predators to possibly move a minor league hockey team from the Central Hockey League to Lebanon and into the 4,500 seat events center.
We have a commitment from a Central Hockey League team to place a team here, Craighead said.
The Central Hockey League is a small minor league made up of 14 teams in states such as Texas, Ohio, Missouri, Arizona and more. The largest capacity venue for a CHL team is in Tulsa, Okla., and contains 17,000 seats. The smallest venue is in Prescott Valley, Ariz., and contains 4,800 seats.
Sources involved in planning the entertainment district indicated the Predators have not signed an agreement as of yet, but are expected to do so.
Craighead noted that several local schools have ice hockey teams, and the ice skating rinks in Franklin and Nashville are very popular and where these teams go to practice and play their games. The ice rinks in the events center would allow ice skating and local school hockey teams to practice and play games in town.
Hockey and ice skating have become a part of our culture, Craighead noted.
Also, he pointed out the events center would be a great place for concerts, other sporting events, graduations, proms, circuses and much more. Craighead indicated he had talked with country music singer Trace Adkins about the events center and said Adkins is enthusiastic about it and thinks other entertainers will be as well.
This is the size of venue that entertainers really enjoy, Craighead said.
The Cumberland Center, as it is known, will be located on 20 acres of land that is to be donated by the property owners to allow a joint venture between Lebanon and Wilson County governments to construct the center.
A facility of this type would be beneficial to our county as a whole by allowing our community to host events that are currently being lost to other counties due to space restrictions and other limiting factors, Craighead said.
Craighead noted the events center would cost $40 million or $2.8 million per year and would be paid for through sales and property tax collections within the district. He said the development would move forward in phases.
Were not building it and hoping we can pay for it, he said. So many people want to build it and hope they come, thats not me.
While the hockey team and Cumberland Center will be the focal point of the entertainment district, Craighead said the district will be full of retail stores and restaurants that will generate more jobs and revenue for the city.
Phase I of the district would begin with an entrance between Pizza Hut and Arbys on Hwy. 231/South Cumberland Street and would contain 200,000 square feet of retail space. Craighead said tenants have already committed to fill 20,000 square feet.
There are bulldozers on-site ready to start building the roads, he said.
Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at email@example.com
Editors Note: For more information, see the Wednesday, Oct. 5, print edition of The Wilson Post.
LEBANON -- Ze`Carlos, (far right) a member of Brazil's 1998 FIFA World Cup finalist team, headlined a soccer clinic Saturday, Oct. 1 at the LYSA Airport Complex.
Organizers said over 200 youngsters attended. Pastor Jorge Vasconcelos from Lebanon's Iglesia Renacer indicated plans are in the works to bring Ze`Carlos back to Lebanon in the future.
Below -- some of the students who attended the clinic along with Ze`Carlos (center) and Pastor Jorge (right).