From Xplor for Kids
October 2011 Issue

My Outdoor Adventure

Publish Date

Oct 01, 2011

Eli pulled out a number. What rotten luck! Fourteen other hunters would pick hunting spots at Eagle Bluffs before him. They would surely snatch up the best ones before he got to choose.

It was Eli’s first duck hunt. As his dad poled their boat silently through the marsh, Eli heard eerie splashing all around them. He shined a flashlight into the inky darkness and was startled to see the beady red eyes of a coot staring back.

At dawn, a duck landed in their decoys. Across the marsh, shots began to boom. Eli’s dad shook his head. “It’s not shooting time, yet,” he said. Minutes passed like hours, but the duck stayed put. “It’s time,” his dad finally whispered.

Eli shouldered his gun. The duck jumped airborne, water dripping from its kicking feet. Eli aimed, fired ... and missed. He didn’t miss the next three ducks, though.

At the Eagle Bluffs office, the area manager told Eli he was one of the only hunters to bag ducks that day. Eli smiled from ear to ear as he wrote a note thanking the Eagle Bluffs staff for his great hunt. Maybe his luck wasn’t rotten after all.

Also in this issue

Photos With Nop and Dave: Not Your Typical Snapshot

Photographer Nop Paothong was driving around Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge when he spotted a huge snapping turtle lumbering across the road. Always on the prowl for good pictures, Nop hopped from his truck, camera in hand.

You Discover

How do you collect a mushroom's signature? Make a spore print.

Wild Jobs: Conservation Agent Tammy Pierson

For conservation agent Tammy Pierson, no two days are ever the same.

The Yearlong Hunt

Lub-dub. Twelve-year-old Tyler Muenks feels his heart pounding—in his chest, in his head, in his finger resting on the rifle’s trigger. Lub-dub. The whitetail buck turns broadside, the deer’s wide rack glistening in the early morning light.

Anmal Assassins

Humans aren’t the only animals that hunt. To eat, wild predators must catch their dinner. And though they don’t have rifles or fishing rods, animal assassins are armed to the teeth. Just check out these amazing adaptations for capturing prey.

This Issue's Staff:

David Besenger
Bonnie Chasteen
Chris Cloyd
Peg Craft
Brett Dufur
Les Fortenberry
Chris Haefke
Karen Hudson
Regina Knauer
Kevin Lanahan
Kevin Muenks
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
Tim Smith
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White
Kipp Woods

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