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Outdoors

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Have you visited a zoo lately?

    Last Friday, Bonnie and I took our two oldest granddaughters to the Louisville Zoo, and we had a very enjoyable trip.

    Last fall we had purchased a zoo membership, and this made our fourth trip since September. You would think that after a couple of trips you would have seen it all and it would get boring, but it seems like we experience something new every time we go.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Create a Father’s Day memory

    Spending time with dad in the outdoors can make Father’s Day something special. It can be a day fishing, or a picnic in the backyard or at a nearby park.

    Father’s Day was created early in the twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day, which was created first. Celebrated on different days in different countries, it is believed to first have been celebrated on July 5, 1908, at the Central United Methodist Church in Fairmont, W.V.

  • Small details that can make a big difference

    Last weekend I had the opportunity to go with one of my nephews and help him scout and prepare an area to hunt on a new property. He had already located the area where he wanted to hunt and had started clearing shooting lanes and had a mineral lick in a very good spot. But there was quite a bit left to do.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Catfish, bluegill love catalpa worms

    When catalpa trees bloom, my thoughts turn to younger days and fishing.

    Blooming catalpa are beautiful, and often really ugly worms find their way onto the broad, green leaves. While most humans would just as soon ignore the worms, catfish and bluegill love them.

    In these days of high-tech fishing gear and baits, probably few anglers have ever heard of or thought about fishing using the worms found in late spring and early summer on catalpa trees, which can be found on most of the east coast and Midwest.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Avoid bow breakdowns; pay attention to everything

    With bow season less than three months away, some archers are getting their bows out and starting to practice. Bowfishing is in full swing, and with a lot of archers competing in 3D shoots, in the last week I have had three bows brought in with broken parts.
    The first bow had a cracked limb; the archer was at a 3D shoot and was not sure what happened, but thought he had cracked a nock on the arrow and when he shot the next target, the nock shattered, resulting in a dry-fire and causing the damage.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Free fishing in Ky. this weekend

    Free fishing weekend is celebrated in Kentucky this weekend. With a free fishing opportunity, it is hoped people will either try fishing or return to the outdoor fun of catching a fish.

    The free weekend is an annual event that has taken place since at least 1992. It offers residents and non-residents the opportunity to fish Kentucky waters without a license or permit.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Start preparing now for fall bowhunting

    It is only four months until the 2016 archery bow season opens, and right now is a great time to get everything done you possibly can before it gets too hot.

    Eric and I try to have all our preparations done before the Fourth of July. After that, we stay away from our hunting properties except for BushHogging the clover fields and roads.

    By staying out of the woods after July 4, we are not disturbing any of the animals on the properties we hunt, leaving the deer, turkey and small game to go about their normal routines.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Bats not villains, but a good thing

    One morning a neighbor called. “Hey, come over to my place. You’re the outdoor guy. I want to show you something, and then I’ve got a couple of questions.”

    That type call always worries me. I’ve been writing about the outdoors for half a century, but still know very little about it. There is so much to know. Usually what I do know, is whom to ask for their expertise.

    When I arrived, my friend was still eating breakfast. “Come out here on the porch. Look up there.”

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Tips for the older bowhunter

    Each year I have a few bowhunters come into my archery shop who are having the same problems I have experienced as I age. The normal complaints are that they may have to give up on archery because of shoulder pain, or they are having trouble drawing their bow back. Some can’t see or hear as well as they used to when they were younger.

    My first question is how many pounds are you shooting on your bow? The usual answer is 70 pounds and sometimes 80. The cure is simple — lower your pounds.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Tips for the older bowhunter

    Each year I have a few bowhunters come into my archery shop who are having the same problems I have experienced as I age. The normal complaints are that they may have to give up on archery because of shoulder pain, or they are having trouble drawing their bow back. Some can’t see or hear as well as they used to when they were younger.

    My first question is how many pounds are you shooting on your bow? The usual answer is 70 pounds and sometimes 80. The cure is simple — lower your pounds.