Hunting Photos of the Week
August 2012



August 14, 2012

White Tail Doe
White Tail Doe, Apalachicola WMA


This is one of the many whitetail does that can be found throughout Florida.

Kenny Presnell, www.Hunting-with-Kenny.com


August 5, 2012

Worm Grunting
Worm Grunting


Earth Worm
Earth Worm


Worm grunting has been going on in North Florida for generations. It is sometimes called fiddling, snoring, and charming. It is such a tradition in these parts that there's even a "Worm Grunting Festival" in Sopchoppy, Florida, each year.

Exactly, what is worm grunting, you say? It's a way to get your fishing worms. And how do you do that? You call them to you by making a vibrating sound into the ground. To do this, a wooden stob with a pointed end is hammered into the ground. Then using a rooping iron, or long piece of steel (many people use an automobile leafspring), rub the iron over the wooden stob. This causes a vibration into the ground. The next thing you know, the worms have wiggled to the top of the ground, and you just pick them up.

Why would worms be so obliging, you may wonder? There are, actually, people who study these things. Kenneth C. Catania of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, has concluded that the worms are attempting to escape from their major preditor, the wild mole. When digging their tunnels, the mole makes a vibration into the ground. The vibration warns the wiggling worms of imminent danger. The unsuspecting worms are jumping from the frying pan into the fire, though, when the worm grunter is standing by to snatch them up for fish bait.

Now that it is summertime, hunting on private land is limited to wild hogs, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, skunks, nutrias, beavers, and coyotes. Hunting in the public wildlife management areas is limited to quota hunts and limited-entry hunts. With the brakes put on hunting, as is the natural state of things, the outdoorsman's fancy turns to: what else but fishing! So get your wooden stob and metal rooping iron, gather up some of those juicy earthworms in an old tin can, and head for your favorite fishing hole until hunting season rolls around again.

Kenny Presnell, www.Hunting-with-Kenny.com



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