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Fall in Northeast Iowa

The kids are back in school and summer is over. Another season is ready to embrace us. Fall has always been my favorite time of year. I love the weather; I love the beautiful fall colors and I love the smell. Seasons are like reading the last page of a good book. You put the old book away and start reading a different one. Lots of parents can’t wait to get their kids back in school. I always dreaded it.

I not only miss them, but I have to resume more of the workload. In other words I lose my two best helpers. Although the workload isn’t overwhelming, those little things seem to pile up. Those “honey do” jobs are taken for granted until you realize you have no one there to do them. I only have my son at home now. My daughter has moved to California to begin a new chapter in her own life. Despite the fact that my son has returned to school, I know that getting a routine back in his life is good for him.

This also changes my routine as I try to fill that empty void of not having him around. With fall, comes the opening of hunting seasons which helps to fill that empty void. I love squirrel hunting. The thing about hunting is that most of the time I really don’t care if I feel my freezer or not. I just love being at one with nature. Lately, I have taken an interest in photography. I can shoot my prey over and over again with the click of a button. I might not be able to taste my catch after the hunt, but I get the satisfaction of viewing them in their natural habitat. I also avoid the mess of cleaning them and preparing them to eat.

I do have to admit that I haven’t eaten squirrel for some time now and I’m beginning to crave that taste of wild meat. The new 20013/2014 Iowa hunting and trapping regulation booklet is out. Anyone who is planning on hunting and/or trapping should grab one of these booklets and read them. They are filled with valuable information as well as any changes in hunting regulations. They also give contact numbers for those who might have questions about information in the book.

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