Spending a Day in a Farm Boy’s Boots Means Early-Rising

By Anthony M. Dooley

A typical day for most people is to wake up, rub your eyes, piddle around your room or the house, then get dressed and begin your day. But what is a typical day for someone who lives on a farm, or has a farm job?

A normal day would begin with waking up, getting dressed, then heading for the outdoors. Why are we so quick to get up and get started? Well, if you live on a farm or work a farm job you already know: there’s a lot to be done and not much time to do it.

Some of you may wonder, “What do you possibly do so early?” Well, you check the cows, pigs, horses, or whatever animal you raise. Most of the time, it is way better to start work in the mornings before it either gets too hot, or the wind begins to blow hard.

Some other jobs that can and are done include: fencing, equipment work, livestock loading, and feeding the animals.

During farming season, getting up earlier is better because this means you can get a head start on blowing, planting, or picking and then you can move on to another field and get done before dark.

Another thing thats good about working in the morning is that it’s the best part of the day: when the sun rises and shines off the dew, snow, or grass.

Something else that’s good about getting done early is that you have time to fiddle with things such as animals or equipment just for fun.

Now trust me, I’m not trying to sound like farm people do more than others, because there are other people who do just as much or more. But I am saying that there are few who rise earlier in the day than farm folks. And that’s okay with us.

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Prom Memories: Round 1

Photos taken by yearbook staff

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Upcoming: Turkey Season!

  By Anthony M. Dooley

Deer season ends toward the middle of January. Then what?

Well, after the snow melts and it gets towards March, turkey season kicks off. If you haven’t ever gone turkey hunting before, listen up and you may think about trying it.

Turkey Season is  the hunting season I consider the hardest. Why? For one thing, turkeys have VERY good eyes, so they will catch every bit of movement.  You need to reduce the amount they see of you. One key to doing this, since it is spring, is to wear “leafy” camoflauge to blend with the growing green leaves. This is a realistic-looking suit that has fake leaves on it so that you basically look like a bush.

Another tip: sit in a shady area so that you are not easily seen. If you are in the sun, there is a chance there could be glare reflected off of you, your gun, or possibly a call. If you are shaded and need to move, turkeys will not easily see you, and could possibly be fooled into thinking you are  just moving leaves.

Another thing to know is correct calling. There are all sorts of calls, such as clucks and purrs. You need to know how to call correctly, because most turkeys will not respond or, worse, run away if you mess up a call.

Sometimes, you don’t need to call – one may just fly down and come in near you. Most of the time, though, you need decoys for them to come in without a call. You usually need to “entice” the gobbler. Male turkeys, “jakes” or “toms”, are very lazy. Most want the hens to come to them.

Something else about turkeys: they are very dumb. However, they somehow they are intelligent enough to pay attention and run when spooked. Your technique is something you need to perfect before you venture to the woods. So, as everyone knows: keep it safe, and always be aware of other hunters.

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2011 NORTHERN ZONE SEASON DATES2nd Season: Saturday, April 16 – Thursday, April 21

3rd Season: Friday, April 22 – Wednesday, April 27

4th Season: Thursday, April 28 – Wednesday, May 4

5th Season: Thursday, May 5 – Thursday, May 12

 
2011 SOUTHERN ZONE SEASON DATES

1st Season: Monday, April 4 – Friday, April 8

2nd Season: Saturday, April 9 – Thursday, April 14

3rd Season: Friday, April 15 – Wednesday, April 20

4th Season: Thursday, April 21 – Wednesday, April 27

5th Season: Thursday, April 28 – Thursday, May 5

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Photos of Saturday’s Valentine Festivities

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Hidden Senior Photos REVEALED!

There is a hidden tradition among Illini West seniors who plan on submitting their own pictures for the yearbook: acting goofy on picture day. For the first time, we have exposed the photos that normally never see the light of day:

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The 12 Days of Christmas Have Begun

From Thursday’s announcements:

The Twelve Days of Christmas have begun!  Look at the flyers around school in order to know what to wear each day.  Participating students can enter their name for the daily prize drawings.  This Friday will be the start of decorating your eighth hour classroom – winning classroom will be determined on Friday, Dec. 17th.  The winning classroom will receive a Holiday Treat.

TODAY Christmas Carols during Passing. Christmas Carols will be played over the intercom during passing periods.
Fri. Dec. 10 Classroom Decoration Day – Decorate classrooms in the Christmas spirit for the last half of 8th hour.
Mon. Dec. 13 Snow Attire Day – Wear your favorite snow boots, snow suit, gloves, scarves, hats, etc. Anyone wearing the day’s themed item(s) will be given a raffle ticket for a drawing.
Tues. Dec. 14 Ugly Christmas Sweater Day – Wear your favorite Ugly Christmas Sweater. Anyone wearing the day’s themed item(s) will be given a raffle ticket for a drawing.
Wed. Dec. 15 Santa Hat Day – Wear a Santa Hat. Anyone wearing the day’s themed item(s) will be given a raffle ticket for a drawing.
Thurs. Dec. 16 Christmas Socks – Wear your Christmas theme socks on your feet or elsewhere. Anyone wearing the day’s themed item(s) will be given a raffle ticket for a drawing.
Fri. Dec. 17 Holiday Bow Day –Wear a red bow. Anyone wearing the day’s themed item(s) will be given a raffle ticket for a drawing.  Christmas Surprise – Have you been naughty or nice?  If nice, be expecting a surprise!
Mon. Dec. 20 Red and Green Day – Wear red and green. Anyone wearing the day’s themed item(s) will be given a raffle ticket for a drawing.
Tues. Dec. 21 Garland Day – Wear garland. Anyone wearing the day’s themed item(s) will be given a raffle ticket for a drawing.
Wed. Dec. 22                             Gift Tag Day – Wear a gift tag. Anyone wearing the day’s themed item(s) will be given a raffle ticket for a drawing.

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