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I did not want Hank Aaron to break the record…..

Illustration by Jeff Cannon

I did not want Hank Aaron to break the record…..
I did not want Hank Aaron to break the record…..
I did not want Hank Aaron to break the record…..

I did not want Hank Aaron to break the record….. …..but I wanted him to hold it forever after he did!

I was 23 years old and a 1st year teacher/coach at my alma mater, Forney High School—APRIL 8, 1974—and I “got the word” that Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves had broken Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record. The only good thing I could think about it at the time was that he had done it against the Dodgers, probably the team I most “did not like” during my youthful years. (Grandpa and I were “Yankees Fans” and watched them every time they were on television when I visited him in Okarche, Oklahoma.)

So, What’s It Going To Be?
So, What’s It Going To Be?

So, What’s It Going To Be?

There it was in the newscasts and newspapers on Monday morning. In the NFC Play-Off Game, two “old-timers” squared off against each other, and it was pretty exciting before the final whistle blew. Tampa Bay won by a score of (7—14—7—3——31) to (0—10—13—3—— 26) over Green Bay with two “experienced” stalwarts giving it their “alls” at the quarterback positions.

Was it a Touchback, a Safety, or a Fair-Catch? Or do you just nod your head and grin?
Was it a Touchback, a Safety, or a Fair-Catch? Or do you just nod your head and grin?
Was it a Touchback, a Safety, or a Fair-Catch? Or do you just nod your head and grin?

Was it a Touchback, a Safety, or a Fair-Catch? Or do you just nod your head and grin?

As football season “winds down” and play-offs begin, many folks, who have not been too interested in regular season games, seem to pay more attention as the stakes are higher and the games more competitive. Also, being a football fan is sometimes “the thing to do!” So, if you do not really know many of the TERMS, the following article will attempt to give brief descriptions of some “calls” you may see or hear. Keep in mind that this is a “layman” doing the describing of a few of very many terms!

DEER HUNTING, NOT ALL ABOUT ANTLERS

Luke took this fine buck about this time last year on the Dale River Ranch. This past week, he used the same air rifle to harvest a fat spike. In this week’s column, Luke recaps the return hunt on the ranch and the harvest of some prime venison.

DEER HUNTING, NOT ALL ABOUT ANTLERS

About this time last year, I took one of the largest free ranging whitetail bucks of my life with my Texan big bore air rifle on the Dale River Ranch, situated on the Brazos River in Palo Pinto County. I dearly love hunting this area and have through the years amassed a storehouse of great memories here, both hunting and fishing with my friend Randy Douglas, the manager of the ranch. We’ve had some fine times during my visits which usually include some camp cooking centered around fresh fish landed from the river or a stock pond, venison or wild pork. This is ‘game rich’ country in general and, thanks to a great management/harvest plan by my friend Randy Douglas, The Dale River Ranch provides the hunter the very real opportunity to harvest deer, turkey, wild hogs and even Red Stag.

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All photos by JIM KLENKE

Falcons ‘Special’ Season Ends in Second Round Playoff Loss to Aledo

Fourteen weeks after starting their season with a scrimmage against the two-time defending state champion Aledo Bearcats, the North Forney Falcons saw their season come full circle last Friday afternoon at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. Taking on the Bearcats for a second time this season, this time in the area round of the UIL Playoffs, the Falcons saw their season come to an end in a 49-24 loss.

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He Was a Celtic, But I Will Miss Him Anyway!

Don’t get me wrong; I was not a Boston Celtic fan, except for the times I watched with my Dad, because he really admired Bob Cousy and because he had watched a Celtic game or two in Madison Square Garden during the mid-1940s on a lay-over while on the way to “overseas WWII.” Oh, yeah, and we both liked watching the old coach, Red Auerbach, light up his “victory cigar.”

Four Texas Parks and Wildlife Films Featured in Wild Texas Film Tour

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will have four short films featured in this year’s virtual Wild Texas Film Tour starting on Dec. 1. The films spotlight experimental paddlefish stocking in Caddo Lake, Black Skimmers along the Texas Coast, research surrounding the Swift Fox in the Panhandle Plains and the diverse bayou habitats throughout the city of Houston.

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Outdoors men and women can be challenging to shop for. Luke was hunting out in west Texas last week with Larry Weishuhn and Jeff Rice for deer and javelina. While on the hunt, he did a bit of collaborating and made a list of gift ideas.

CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR THE SPORTSMAN

It’s once again time to think about Christmas gifts for sportsmen/women on your shopping list. I can guarantee you that those of us that love spending time in the outdoors would relish a gift that we can use in our outdoor lifestyle but choosing the ‘perfect’ gift can be a daunting task. First, it’s obviously important to decide what ‘type’ gift will work best. For fishermen, there is a vast array of baits, rod and reels, and myriad accessories to make their time on the water more enjoyable, likewise with the hunter on your shopping list. If your outdoors person enjoys the entire outdoor experience, your choice of gifts is almost overwhelming. Hopefully these tips from someone who spends a great deal of time in the outdoors will help you choose the perfect gift.

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