Well, here we are, right in the middle of winter and hunting season is winding down. Lord only knows what kind of day we might wake up to this time of year.

I reckon we should be glad we don't live on the Eastern seaboard. Can you imagine 10 feet of snow? Of course, it's a good thing the snow occurred to prompt the rise in fuel prices we are starting to see. One would think with that much snow there would be very few, if any, vehicles on the road and thus a backlog of gas and diesel. But if everyone is home they have to keep the heaters on. . . and the beat goes on.

We might still have a little bit of the extended goose season open in some places. Contact a game warden or your state's conservation department about season dates, places and method of hunting any game you are not well versed on.

There is a lot of wheat planted here in northeast Louisiana, and usually this time of year we will see the large flocks of geese feeding in the fields. Not so this year. That being the case, I'm figuring on buying a duck stamp for what's left.

There apparently will be lots of corn, milo and soybeans planted this crop year. With an earlier harvest season than cotton allows, this might be the year to plan that dreamed about “out-of-state” hunt. A favorite place to travel to and hunt is Colorado. A quick phone call to the Colorado Division of Wildlife at (303) 297-1192 will get a 2007 hunting guide and regulation pamphlet coming your way.

The first rifle hunts usually occur about the second week of October and last five days. Other rifle seasons occur later. Listen to me. This is a trip that you and a buddy can make. The drive is affordable and will leave you with stories and memories forever.

If you are a good hunter and Lady Luck makes the trip with you, you might bring home a mule deer or elk. One of the key elements here is knowing someone who has been before and who you can get along with for a week or 10 days. You must start planning today and “talking it up.”

Turkey season will open next for those of us afflicted with this outdoor phenomenon. Frequent quick trips to your hunting area will help keep you up on the turkeys' whereabouts.

Start getting your “stuff” out and give it a good going over. Remember your little seat that the strap broke on last? Or the turkey decoy that got squashed on the 4-wheeler last year? It won't be long, the old gobblers will be gobbling and we'll be at them again.

While we are on the subject of birds, let's not forget our martins and bluebirds.

Supposedly, the martin “scouts” arrived in mid-February to claim new house-spots. Take a few minutes and clean the bird boxes out. It is rumored that a martin will eat his weight in insects daily.

The bluebird house will need to be cleaned out, also. The bluebird is an extremely colorful little bird and will add that little touch of Southern living to your home. Take a little time to welcome these birds to your home.

Get the film of last year's deer hunting pictures developed. If you have a child, grandchild or any youngster at the camp with game taken, get it to your local newspaper. These little people will enjoy seeing themselves in their local papers and will gladly start the story-telling tradition of the hunt.

If you get a chance, take a kid hunting or fishing. For that matter, take anyone. One doesn't have to kill to enjoy the outdoors. Some of the best friends and meals are made “at the camp.”