Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Maybe not so urban after all...

I’ve been meaning to do a write up on my favorite spot within scruffy little city. Technically it is outside of the city limits, but since it’s ten minutes from my house (20 on bike) I think it qualifies. You may have thought that since we have million dollar lofts in our town and a half-dozen sushi restaurants that we were getting further and further from our country roots, I’m happy to say that is not the case.

Forks of the River WMA, is where I go to feed my primal instinct to harvest what I consume. That’s right the Pol is not only a carnivore, but he likes to kill what he eats (carrots and rhubarb not withstanding).

Just on the other side of Ijams Nature Center, Forks of the River provides a most interesting blend of people in one nearby place. The city has recently expanded the greenway system down along the river the Forks, which means mothers jog with toddlers in strollers, right along side men in a combination of camouflage and fluorescent orange trying to kill Bambi. On more than one occasion, I’ve gotten nervous and confused looks from people who don’t expect to see hunters just a few minutes away from their Island Homes Neighborhood.

Typically, I just go for the exercise, I love to walk the rolling fields of the Wildlife Management Area, there are great sunrises and sunsets there, and there are tons of birds to watch and listen to.

Now you may be thinking, “Pol how can you want to kill fuzzy little creatures? What on earth would you need squirrel for?” Yes I do hunt squirrel. They are fun little buggers to go after and sometimes hard to get. Also, I am not the only one who thinks they’re good. Todays New York Times is backing me up on this, I’m not kidding. 50 Million Brit’s can’t be wrong.

If you want to know more check out:

The TWRA website

The City’s park info

Or just go out there yourself, oh but it is still deer season so wear some UT gear just in case, bright orange is multi-functional this time of year.

My new puppy Bella Loves it too.


ck said...

may the ghosts of a thousand dead squirrels haunt you, meat eater!
that said, i gotta get me hunting license soon. those cute animals aren't gonna kill themselves!

B said...

i had no idea my co-writers were pure evil

The Modern Gal said...

I don't normally condone hunting, but squirrels are evil little buggers who like to torture my dog, so have at them.

I shall check out Forks of the River as long as you promise not to shoot me or my dog.

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Mickey said...

So then Pirate News will be taking up residence in the comments section of the Wigshop from now on?

Seems a little awkward, but okay.

The Pol said...

Do you think taht when I remove this comment that the pirates are going to say we work for the govenment in a secret attempt to censor free speech?

Oh well, if i see the jolly roger or ragnar danneskjold (sorry i just finished Atlas Shrugged) I'll head fro the hills.

Lo said...

forks of the rive is a great example of american mixed use public land. i was there on saturday looking for birds, and only found one to shoot (and miss). i recommend taking the trails off the greenway and getting lost in the woods- what a great way to spend a saturday. it looks like i've found a new hunting partner.

Anonymous said...

Title: Muppet Show theme song

B said...

i'm going to go on a gun-free tour tomorrow afternoon. thanks for the lead.

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