Hunting Photo of the Week

January - June, 2013

June 23, 2013:  Super Moon

The evening of June 23, 2013, I went in search of the "super moon" in the Apalachicola National Forest as the sun was setting. Prior to the moon rising, I saw this cloud formation resembling a lady raising her hand to her forehead searching the sky, also.  Maybe she was looking for the super moon, too. This full moon is not only the closest and largest full moon of the year. It also presents the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. The moon will not be so close again until August, 2014. 

Kenny Presnell

June 21, 2013:  Buck in Velvet

During the hot and humid Florida summers, the outdoorsman's thoughts and activities, usually, turn to fishing.  But while we're out hooking those tasty bream in our favorite lake or river, the little white-tail bucks are growing their antlers.  After returning from my favorite fishing hole, I spotted this baby buck passing through the backyard of the hunt/fish camp today.  Since I've been watching him from birth, I know that he is ten months old.  Come hunting season this fall, if this under-sized buck can stay away from the itchy trigger fingers of other hunters on the nearby public land, he will be welcome to pass through my backyard over the next few years anytime he chooses!

Kenny Presnell

April 10, 2013:  Alligator Snapping Turtle

This alligator snapping turtle was making his way across a lonely stretch of forest road when I snapped his photo. Sometimes humans think the grass is always greener on the other side. I suppose in turtle thinking, the swamp is always wetter on the other side; which could explain why this big fellow was taking a stroll down the ole dirt road.  These turtles are the largest freshwater turtle in the world; and make their homes in the wetlands and rivers of the southeastern United States.  They can grow to an average weight of 150 to 180 pounds and live to be an average of 80 to 120 years of age.  Alligator snapping turtles are fun to look at, but you might want to keep your distance.  They are known to have a quick and forceful bite that could quickly sever a human finger.

While you are out in the woods hunting or scouting for your favorite game animal, remember that an alert and aware hunter or huntress can always find something interesting to see!

Kenny Presnell

April 2, 2013  Pitcher Plant Bloom

Pitcher plants are blooming in the forests of Florida. The bright-yellow blooms of the Sarracenia (pitcher plant) are fairly easy to spot. These carnivorous plants can be found around wet and swampy areas throughout Florida, which boasts more species of carnivorous plants than any other state in the United States. So if you're out turkey hunting this spring, you might want to hunt for these yellow beauties, too. They are just darn right pleasant to look at.

Kenny Presnell

February 18, 2013:  Florida Bobcat

On a recent drive through the Tate's Hell Wildlife Management area in Franklin County, Florida, my wife Brenda and I spotted this bobcat (Lynx rufus). He appeared to be a full-grown bobcat judging by his size, which took up a pretty big chunk of a two-rut forest road. The average size for male bobcats is 39 inches in length and weigh about 24 pounds. The average size for female bobcats is 36 inches in length and weigh about 15 pounds. Bobcats will usually eat just about anything that moves. However, their main diet consists of rabbits, rats, and young white-tailed deer.

Kenny Presnell


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