The Big Buck award; bicycling

Published 6:43 pm Tuesday, December 8, 2009

With the WNC Deer season is coming to an end this Saturday, the Tryon Daily Bulletin will be featuring a Big Buck Award.

To participate, send me a photo of you and your buck. The deer with the biggest rack will receive a Tryon Daily Bulletin coffee mug and the photos will be featured in the following week Bulletin. So, please include your name, where it was shot (approximately, please dont give your secret away), how many points it had and a short history of your hunting experience. Please send photos and story to The deadline to receive your photo is Monday, December 14.

Just a reminder: Eastern&bsp; and Central NC Deer Season is open until January 1, 2010. and Northwestern NC Deer season ends on December 19.

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Small Game season are as follows:

Raccoon and Opossum: October: 12, 2009 – February 28, 2010 Squirrel: October 1, 2009 February 13, 2010Rabbit: November 21, 2009 February 28, 2010Quail: November 21, 2009 February 28, 2010Bicycling

Each week, I will be featuring a different mountain bike trail for you to ride, most of which I have personally ridden.

This weeks trail is the Bridal Veil Falls trail at DuPont State Forest in Hendersonville, NC. The Bridal Veil Falls is 5 miles long with a double track that requires a wet river crossing; it has great views of waterfalls, and minimal elevation gain. The trail is a loop with the skill level is rated as moderate; it should take about 2 to 3 hours with the trailhead elevation of 2600 feet. As with any sport, cycling is dangerous as trails contains wet rocks, logs, lose sand and other things that could be harmful. Always wear a helmet and other protective gear.

The directions for the DuPont State Forest are: turn right to take ramp onto I-26 W toward US-74 go 12.8 miles. Take exit #54/US-25 S/US-176/NC-225 onto US-25 and go 5.8 miles. Take Exit #3/SR 1106/GREEN RIVER RD and go 0.3 miles. Turn Right on GREEN RIVER RD – go 10.1 miles. Continue on REASONOVER RD for 3.9 miles. Turn Left on CASCADE LAKES RD – go less than 0.1 mi. Turn Left on GREENVILLE HWY(US-276) – go about 2 miles.