Hunting Photo of the Week

July - December, 2013

December 19, 2013:  Little Spike

I broke the ice for this year's deer dog hunting season with this little buck.  He's gonna look mighty fine in the frying pan and will make hardy meals for me and Brenda.  Pickin's sure have been real slim this year.

Kenny Presnell

October 16, 2013:  Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

While out dove hunting the other day, I was quickly reminded of why I invested in a pair of snake-proof boots.  This big Eastern diamondback rattlesnake looked to be about 5 feet in length and was shaking his tail of 17 rattles and a button.  When I walked toward him to take his picture, he popped up into his ready-to-fight stance with his rattles already shaking.  

I took a dozen pictures from different angles.  And all the while, without dropping down, his piercing glare and upper body followed my every move as I circled around him.  The constant reminder of impending danger reverberated from the never ending shaking of the rattles at the end of the snake's coiled tail.

I couldn't help but to feel sorry for any critters unfortunate enough to come within striking distance of the snake's venomous fangs.  They would not have a chance to get away from this frightening predator who is easily camouflaged in the woods. 

Kenny Presnell

September 20, 2013:  Harvest Moon

These are photos of the harvest moon overlooking North Florida.

Kenny Presnell

September 9, 2013:  Florida Scorpion with babies

Florida Scorpions - hunters will find them just about everywhere.

While working at the hunt camp a few days ago, I came across a scorpion. Being the curious sort of fellow that I am, I put the scorpion in a glass jar so I could observe her behavior. To my surprise, a few days later, she birthed the babies that are shown in this photo. The gestation period for Florida scorpions is from several months up to a year. The mother scorpion carries her babies on her back until their first molt (shedding of their skin). 

Even though scorpions are attracted to dark and humid areas and are nocturnal, they do move around during the daylight hours. I have found them on my burn barrel, porch area, wood shack, and deer cleaning area during both the day and nighttime.

Last year, I was bitten in the palm of my hand by a scorpion. Thankfully, their sting is nonlethal. However, I did experience a sharp pain and a little numbness and redness for a while. The best first-aid treatment for a scorpion sting is cleaning with soap and water and then applying wrapped ice. 

Kenny Presnell

August 7, 2013:  Pregnant Doe

Here is a photo of a pregnant mama doe that we have been watching over the summer who comes into our hunt camp often. She has been grazing on grass that I have planted around the campsite. It looks like she will be having twins this year. This doe is showing multiple teats full of milk, but you can't see them in this photo. You can, however, see the bulge in her tummy. 

She should be dropping her fawns within a week or so, which means we won't see her for a while because she'll keep them hidden from us for, probably, at least a month.

Kenny Presnell

July 10, 2013:  Gully Branch at New River in Tate's Hell

Tate's Hell has been getting more than its fair share of heavy rain over the past couple of weeks.  As you can see from this photo, the boat ramp at Gully Branch on the New River has flooded over the road and throughout the covered picnic area.

Kenny Presnell

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