Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Cap and Ball Revolvers

1858 Remington New Army .44
1860 Colt Army .44

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

What are Morel Mushrooms?

I found lately that the latest excitement besides turkey hunting season is mushroom season. As embarrassing as it is I have never really heard about "Morels". So I went and did some googling.

Morchella, the true morels, is a genus of edible mushrooms closely related to anatomically simpler cup fungi. These distinctive mushrooms appear honeycomb-like in that the upper portion is composed of a network of ridges with pits between them. The ascocarps are prized by gourmet cooks, particularly for French cuisine. Commercial value aside, morels are hunted by thousands of people every year simply for their taste and the joy of the hunt. Morels have been called by many local names; some of the more colorful include dryland fish, because when sliced lengthwise then breaded and fried, their outline resembles the shape of a fish; hickory chickens, as they are known in many parts of Kentucky; and merkels or miracles, based on a story of how a mountain family was saved from starvation by eating morels. In parts of West Virginia, they are known as molly moochers. Due to the partial structural and textural similarity to some species of the Porifera sponges, a common name for any true morel is sponge mushroom.

Heavy rain runoff

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Forest Fire Danger for today is Very High

This the season to remember the woods and brush get very dry and it doesn't take much for a fire to start so please keep an eye on your outdoor fire pits/camp fires.

 Apr 18, 2015 11:16 AM Posted by Rachel Rooney HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is warning residents that any outdoor fire could quickly get out of control because of the conditions expected Saturday. The Connecticut Forest Fire Danger level is very high, according to DEEP officials. Additionally, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the entire state. Low relative humidity, below 30 percent, along with winds gusting to over 30 mph this afternoon could allow a fire to spread quickly. DEEP officials said all open burning permits, even those already issued by local officials, are suspended at this time. Officials said despite Friday's rainfall the residual dead or cured vegetation from this past winter leaves the ground conditions very conducive for fires to spread. Until plants begin to return to green the fire danger could remain a problem. For more details on the Forest Fire Danger you can visit the DEEP website here.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Doctors issue warning about new tick virus found in Connecticut

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Ticks in the area have been found to carry a rare, potentially life-threatening, virus, even worse than Lyme disease. Doctors have warned that the “Powassan Virus” is a rare tick-borne illness and could be serious, and has no treatment or cure. "The doctor just has to support you during that acute illness and hope that you survive,” said Dr. Daniel Cameron of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. He said that if someone is bitten by an infected tick, they can get the virus within a matter of minutes. While the symptoms are similar to Lyme disease, they are far more severe. "You can get seizures, high fevers, and stiff neck. It comes on so suddenly,” he said. Researchers with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station said the virus is starting to show up in Bridgeport and Branford. "I couldn't imagine having something worse than this. It sounds really awful,” said Jennifer Cirigliano, 15, who is a Lyme disease patient. She was diagnosed with Lyme disease two years ago and said it has been a long road of recovery. Now, with this emerging tick-borne illness, doctors said to be on the lookout. Doctors said there are ways people can protect themselves, like wearing pants and long sleeves outside, avoiding bushy and wooded areas, checking for ticks, and wearing bug spray.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Does Rain effect Deer Movement

How did our readers think rain affected deer movements in October? And what did the deer do? Almost 1,700 readers have completed our survey about deer movements, so I thought we'd start summarizing the results and comparing them to how the deer actually moved. The first question from the survey I am going to answer is: How does rain affect deer movements? The answers we gave you to choose from were: No effect No effect from brief thunderstorms, but continual rains reduce deer movement Rain only reduces deer movements when temperatures are 45 °F or less Deer movements increase when it rains Deer movements increase when it rains and temperatures are greater than 45 °F.