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Woo Daves: 2013 Hunting Recap

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December 15, 2013
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Rabbit HuntingLooking back on 2013, I wanted to create a recap of some essential fishing and hunting topics and memories from the year. Take a look at my roundup below:

My Biggest Hunt of the Year:

I was invited to take my 20 beagles up to New York to rabbit hunt with the true Amish people on their farm land. It was quite the experience, and I left there with some really good friendships. When we started the hunt, it was with two guys. And then you would look up on the hill, and here would come another Amish hunter walking down. After about an hour, we had seven hunters, and one of them showed up with a muzzle loader. I loaned him a 410 shotgun. Their shooting was a little off, as the last morning of a three-day hunt, they shot 18 times before hitting a rabbit. I told them to save the money they were spending on shotgun shells and buy meat at the store, and go to Bass Pro Shops and buy a slingshot and shoot rocks at the rabbits, and they would come out ahead. We ended up with 25 bunnies, made a lot of new friends, had a great time riding them about their shooting, and had some great home-cooked meals.

My New Year’s Resolutions Related to Hunting and Fishing:

Hope to fish and hunt one more day this year ... oops, there are only 365 days in a year. Where am I going to get that extra day?

My Favorite Piece of Gear to This Year:

I love the Redhead Deer Trail Daypack. I have bought three this fall, and now I can keep all my muzzle loading equipment together in one pack, my rifle equipment in one pack and my turkey equipment in one pack. I can carry everything I need: binoculars, gloves, toilet paper, food, knife, etc. I mark each bag with a magic marker and when I get ready to hunt, I'm good to go.

How I’ll Be Scratching My Fishing Itch This Winter:

If you catch a few decent days in the cold months, it's a good time to stock your freezer with crappie. They are usually schooled up, and once you find them, you can load the boat. I usually concentrate over deeper brush piles in the 15- to 25-ft. range. This is a good time to take a vacation to Florida and visit Bass Pro Shops in Orlando to stock up on big Zoom worms and head to lake Toho for some big bass action. Lilly pad fields and bull rushes are good places to start.

Safety Advice for 2013 and Beyond:

It is always wise to wear your Bass Pro Shops In-Sight inflatable life vest at all times, but especially when you’re on the water in the wintertime. A lot of times, water will get on the boat and freeze, causing slippery conditions, and with a lot of clothes on, if you slip and fall in the water, you will really appreciate having an inflatable on. I have lost five friends over the years who would still be here today if they had had vests on. Enough said.

Wishing you a happy new year.

by Woo Daves

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Woo Daves

Home: Spring Grove, Virgina
(wife) Patty, (children) Wendy, Chris, Dave and Bob
Collecting arrowheads, saltwater fishing and hunting
: Nitro


Angling Stuff

Favorite Technique: Plastic worm, using a spinning rod, w/light line and finesse fishing
Fishing Strength:
Finesse fishing shallow water and docks in tough conditions
Favorite Lake:
Thousand Island, NY
Favorite Species Fished
Bass and Smallmouth bass
Likes to Fish:
Saltwater fishing on the Eastern Shore of Virgina and catch flounder, red drum and black drum
Circuits Fishing: BASS Opens, Fishers of Men and local tournaments


Career Highlights

Fishing 50 years
20 1st Tournament Finishes
2000 Bassmaster Classic World Champion
17 time Bassmaster Classic qualifier
50 Top-10 Bassmaster Classic Tournament Trail finishes5 Bassmaster event
5 Bassmaster event wins
2012 Finished 3rd in Northern BassMaster's James River Open
2011 Qualified and finished 10th in PAA All-Star Championship
2009 Inducted into the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame
2006 Finished 4th in Northern Smith Mt., VA Bassmaster's Open
2004 Finished 3rd in points for the Northern Bassmaster's Open Division
2003 Winner of the Mustad Ultra Point/Bass Pro Shop Classic
2002 Winner of Norther Bassmaster's Hudson River Open
1999 & 2000 Angler of the Year at Bassmaster's Eastern Invitationals
1991 Winner of Illinois Bassmaster Invitational
1991 Winner of Pro-Am Teams Points Championship
1974, 1976 and 1977 Winner of the Virginia B.A.S.S. Federation State Championship
Selected as a Road Warrior for USA Today
I work with the Super Kids on the south side of Virginia
I am involved with Pro-Am Teams' Piers For Handicapped Fishermen Program - four piers already built.
Host of the Annual Burrowsville /NASCAR / Wounded Warriors Fishing Tournament. September 2011 was our 20th year.
Produced six Bass fishing videos and DVD's.

Feelings on Tournament Fishing:

Tournament fishing creates a great competitive atmosphere, which requires you to use your physical and mental skills to the fullest. It also allows you to develop friends nationwide.  Throughout the years of tournament fishing, I've personally had the opportunity to meet a tremendous amount of people and I have learned many fishing techniques on different lures and different structures.

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