Last Wednesday my friends, Paul Dubas and Tina Krueger, floated the Bighorn River with me. It was a nice day with the air temperature eventually nudging up close to 70 degrees, but a strong southwest wind created a giant swamp cooler effect and had me keeping my jacket on until midafternoon when the wind abated.

Octopuses are orphans. Males die a few months after mating and the females shortly after her eggs hatch. That’s because the females are so busy watching over their eggs, they don’t eat and die of starvation shortly after her 20,000 to 100,000 eggs hatch after five to eight months.Most of Charlie’s siblings, however, probably didn’t survive, either. Up to 90 percent of them are snatched up by hungry predators.Octopuses are said to be the “most intelligent of all invertebrates and show individual personalities,” said Mather and Anderson in their article, “Personalities of Octopuses,” in the Journal of Comparative Psychology. They can solve problems and have excellent memories.All octopuses are venomous to varying degrees. The red octopuses that live along our western shores drill holes into clam shells and poison the occupant, making it easier to open the shell. They can and will bite your hand and leave a wound that can take a couple of months to heal if not treated immediately with very hot water. Even then, the victim can feel sick for a week afterward.

During the Dec. 21 winter solstice, the sun takes a brief respite on the Tropic of Capricorn at 23.5 degrees south latitude. Over the next six months, it journeys north for a June 21 rendezvous with the Tropic of Cancer at 23.5 degrees north latitude. En route, on about March 20, for one brief moment it touches its rays directly over the equator, declaring the spring equinox.

Making sure hundreds of thousands of trout survive to see trout season takes some know-how. That’s to be expected. Water temperatures, oxygenation and feeding are all pieces of knowledge a hatchery manager and fish culturists should have.

It’s March 19, and I’m wondering what has been happening in the monarch butterfly reserves down in Mexico, where virtually all of the living monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains spend the winter? I’m also thinking about whether I will need to add mo|


Camping and fishing are two of the major outdoor activities Oxford’s Ed Wade, 48, enjoys. He often will combine camping and fishing in one trip. He likes to fish in a secluded island on a lake and set up camp.

When he was 4, Walker Hayes, now 17, of Anniston started tagging along on hunting trips with his dad and granddad. It was when Hayes was about 6 years old that he was allowed to carry a gun while hunting. The trio hunted deer almost every weekend.

Doing anything outdoors is what Brian Walker ,16, of Heflin enjoys. He likes spending time in the outdoors with his buddies. Walker started hunting with his dad when he was around 7 years old. He really liked hunting, and it was some quality time spent with his dad.

Any type of fishing is what Edward Gay, 51, of Morrison Crossroads enjoys in the outdoors. He said he has been fishing since he was a little kid. Gay said fishing and being outdoors eases his mind. It is peaceful and quiet.

Hunting and fishing are two of the top outdoor activities that Jarrod Bundrum, 30, of Jacksonville enjoys. He started hunting when he was about 4 years old, going squirrel hunting with his dad. Later on, the squirrel hunting evolved to deer hunting.

Like most folks, Joey Hollaway, 60, started hunting as a kid. However, it was his grandmother who taught him about hunting. When he was about 9 years old, his grandmother would take him squirrel hunting. They would carry her single-shot 20 gauge.

Back when he was around 7 years old, Clint Gallahar, now 29, of Choccolocco, would get off the school bus at his granddad’s house and would see the neighbor working with some dogs. The neighbor was Charlie Walker, and he would take Gallahar coon hunting. The old man and the young hunter woul…