Fishing was slow on Belew’s Creek Lake earlier this week when I got out for a few hours, but hunters are harvesting some big deer in the area. A family friend downed a huge 10 point buck using a bow and arrow, and another man killed a state record class buck, all within 10 miles of where we live in Walnut Cove. We see several deer eating acorns in our yard this time of year including a small buck but nothing like those deer.

This was also the week I’d considered doing some hiking on the Appalachain Trail but decided to back out for a number of reasons, primarily due to bear activity warnings for part of the area we were planning on hiking. Two friends hiked 18.5 miles in a day and a half but stopped early due to foot blisters and a rainy cold weather forecast. Bear warnings didn’t have any impact on their decision.

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