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November in the outdoors

By Tony Kinton

November in the outdoors

Colored and falling leaves, whether on water or ground, are abundant in November.

If a perfect month for outdoor activities were selected here in Mississippi, November would be it. Fall is in full swing, regaled in its finest, the colors brilliant and sharp and whispering softly while shouting boldly that one year is ending and a new year is drifting closer. Sprites of winter flit about, perhaps offering brief courtships with the cold but not yet committed. The chilly morning where exhaled breaths form a fleeting fog, the gentle touch of a bashful frost that will not persevere much past sunrise. These are potential histrionics of any November.

And the proper venue, save during those rainy days perhaps best suited for a soft chair and good book, is outside. The backyard, along a gentle stream, in the woods — all such locales — will encourage merriment and a bubbling appreciation for this 11th month. Indeed, November offers tremendous gratuities to those who dress properly for the occasion and get into natural settings generally not encompassed by concrete or asphalt.

Hunting seasons are open and invite any with a propensity for such activity. That No. 1 pursuit among hunters in the Magnolia State, deer hunting, gets a great deal of attention. So too squirrel hunting. And beagles will perform their rendition of a symphony as they chase rabbits. Some opportunities are afforded for upland birds and perhaps waterfowl, the latter a bit restricted to species and requiring some judicial research so that the hunter remains inside legal parameters.

Fishing is out there as well. Tiny streams — gentle and clear and in no apparent rush to get anywhere in particular — are captivating. Lined with a veritable explosion of hues, these streams provide a visual feast. They also provide fish. Walk one of these streams, and if not too chilly, wade its shallows and cast a spinnerbait to dark holes, submerged logs, and sandbar drop-offs. A bass or sunfish will likely oblige.

There’s also camping to consider.

November is superb for this exercise, regardless of the sleeping quarters employed. Amply warm but not hot during day – at least generally so. Such conditions lend themselves to hiking, bird watching, kayaking, and bicycling. There can be, what with azure skies and slanting shadows of sunrises and sunsets and that broad assortment of woodland colors, some impressive photo opportunities.

The night temperatures justify a campfire. Around this, folks can gather and socialize. Or if the persuasion among individuals or groups is more philosophical, these, alone or collectively, can watch and wonder as sparks drift upward in an autumn firmament and bring to mind the marvels of a spectacular Creation. Few if any other enterprises are more significant than recognizing that spectacular Creation.

 

Tony Kinton has been an active outdoors writer for 30 years. He lives in Carthage and is a Central Electric member. Visit www.tonykinton.com for more information.

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