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Outdoors

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: National Archery in the Schools

    With the National Archery in the Schools program (NASP) already in full swing, Bonnie and I have been very busy traveling to different schools for practice sessions and tournaments.

    We generally set up a booth taking the NASP archery equipment to the schools and taking everything we need to make most repairs any of the kids might need right there at the school.

    lt is a real good feeling to repair a kid’s bow or explain proper shooting form and have a kid come by later beaming and telling us they had shot their best score ever. That’s the real reward!

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Selecting gifts for outdoors people easy

    Where has the year gone? How can Christmas be just a few days away?

    Time is running out for Christmas gifts suggestions, but here are some thoughts from this old guy with a white beard, and I’m not Santa.

    I’ve always thought it is easy to find gifts for outdoors people, and a recent news release prepared by my friend Tammy Sapp at Bass Pro Shops, and formerly public relations vice president at the National Wild Turkey Federation, echoed some of my previous thoughts.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Coyotes can now be found in all Kentucky counties

    Yips and howls from coyotes are fascinating and eerie sounds. Once rarely heard in much of the Midwest, now the somewhat mournful sounds are common in every U. S. state. They frequently are heard at the edge of towns.

    Many people believe that as deer populations have rebounded over the past half-century, the coyote numbers have followed them.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Thanksgiving and more bowhunting

    By now some of my readers may think I am a bitt passionate or obsessed with bowhunting. You are probably right — as long as I have a deer tag left, I can’t wait to get back out to bowhunt and Thanksgiving weekend gives me a few more days off work to get out.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Understanding hypothermia is key to winter outdoor fun

    Many folks can’t wait till spring; however, winter is a good time to enjoy the outdoors. It’s a good time for fishing, hunting, hiking and looking for shed deer antlers, as well as other activities.

    Preparation and equipment — including clothing — and common sense are keys to safety and having a good cold-weather outdoor experience.

    And after last year’s cold, difficult winter, the almanac folks and other long-range weather forecasters are calling for another cold December through March in 2014-15.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bowhunting and a new granddaughter

    On Tuesday, Nov. 18, I left work early and headed to Hart County for an afternoon hunt.

    There was still a lot of snow on the ground, and it was 23 degrees when I left the truck. I was in the stand at 3:45 p.m., and it was a fairly cold hunt, with a 10 mph wind and the temperature dropping to 19 degrees by the time I got back to the truck. I had one doe come to the winter wheat field right at dusk.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Wild turkeys better for you than domestic cousins

    If you are lucky enough to have a wild turkey for Thanksgiving or Christmas, you will have a bird that is better for your health than a domestic bird. I’m not knocking the tame variety, because I’ll be eating one.

    In Kentucky, the wild turkey has made a wonderful comeback, and undoubtedly wild birds will be found on a number of tables this week, but most people like the Junkers will be eating the domestic variety. I couldn’t wait till Thanksgiving to eat my bird.

    So what’s the difference between wild and domestic turkeys?

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Another tough week of bowhunting

    Even though the gun deer season is open, Eric and I only use archery equipment when deer hunting and continue to get out every chance we can.

    I was planning to take off Tuesday, Nov. 11, but Monday afternoon we had an order come in at work that had to be delivered to Eastern Kentucky Tuesday. I asked David if I could leave early, make my four stops and hunt Tuesday evening.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Thanksgiving traditions comforting

    Thanksgiving usually signals the end of harvest season and points to the cold weather months to come. This year, those signals have come early, prior to the holiday.

    Thanksgiving is a special time for many, including a morning hunt prior to a good meal, often with family. And, importantly, it is a time to be thankful for our many blessings.

    Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: LBL, Christmas lights and bowhunting

    Eric was on vacation Nov. 3-10 and bowhunted almost every morning and evening until Friday, Nov. 7, when Hannah, Lilly, Beth and Eric left to go to Land Between the Lakes for the weekend. Eric did some scouting while the girls settled into the house we had rented.

    When Eric got back, they visited a nearby playground and met Bonnie and me when we arrived just before dusk.