The recent cold fronts and resulting cool spells have surely been good reminders of what ol’ Man Winter might be like this year. I seem to recall that some of the earlier prognostications back in the summer forecast a milder winter than normal this year, with being a bit more wet. Though we can’t say anything about the milder temperatures as of yet, We’ve certainly seen little moisture this Fall. I do recall one dry Fall & winter back in the sixties when we sowed Oats in October & they came up in April. Hopefully, we’ll be getting some rainfall in the near future.
Hunting season has been in progress now for about the past 3 plus weeks and there have been reports of some good deer being harvested. We’ve seen some nice bucks being brought into the Locker Plant, and some reports
of some good antlered animals being taken around the County. I visited with a Lady in the donut shop this week that had taken a 170 plus, B&C, Buck out around Fairview, and Will sent me a pic. of a nice 12 pt. Buck taken by one
of Nana’s hunters out in the East Home. The hunters on the ol’ Towerton Place down at the Colony have taken a couple of bucks and one of those was a nice 8 pt.
The good Mast crop this year from the Oaks & Pecans have helped the Whitetail herd be in good body condition and there is certainly a magnanimous amount of supplemental feed put out by the hunters for the deer. Hunters are quite a boon to the County economy and really a great addition to our ranching efforts, as well. Our annual San Saba County Pecan Show will be in the history books by the time you get this edition of the "News," as it was held in the County Courthouse Monday & Tuesday. Some 80 odd entries were brought in by
producers in the County and processed by several members of the Pecan Growers Assn. Bill Ree, Extension Entomologist from College Station judged the Show and the top placing entries will go on to compete at the Regional Pecan Show up at Stephenville next week. The County Agent and several producers remarked that the overall quality of the nuts was about as exceptional as ever seen. San Saba holds the honor of having the oldest County Pecan Show in Texas as this one marks as the 57th annual in continual progress, and there were some intermittent shows held earlier by some of our local Pecan pioneers, dating back to the E.E. Risien era. It’s a probable bet that most of us might have eaten a bit too much over the Thanksgiving Holiday, what with all the turkey & trimmings, ham, steak, etc. that we all seem to like during the festive time. Duke & yrs. truly fixed a couple of turkeys, one Cajun-fried & one smoked, while smoking a ham at the same time. Lady Z & Michelle fixed up a bunch of side dishes that Momma traditionally cooked for the Holiday & Will brought in a big Pecan pie on Fri. as he spent Turkey day down at the ball game in Austin. It would suffice to say that Dick Miller & I were more pleased with the out come of the game, than was son, Will or Shaw. All in all, it was a full-fed weekend and everyone had a good time visiting and watching too much football. I’d suppose that the Mayor & yrs. truly will be trying to get things back to normal out around———Harkeyville!!!