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Outdoors

  • Sportsmen reminded that now’s the time to get new hunting, fishing licenses

    The unseasonably warm weather we are experiencing has many people expanding their outdoor time much earlier than usual. With the start of warm weather, anglers across Kentucky are venturing out to their favorite fishing holes hoping to reel in some tasty filets or simply enjoy some fresh air. However, before you “wet a line,” be sure you have the necessary licenses to keep you legal.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Local NASP tourneys

    In the next couple of weeks, two schools in the Bardstown area will host National Archery in the Schools Program tournaments.

    The first starts Friday at Thomas Nelson High School. There will be 40 archers going to the shooting line starting at 6 p.m., and again at 7 and 8.

    Archers will start shooting again at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, and flights will continue every hour all day, with the last 40 archers going to the line at 6 p.m. Approximately 560 kids will shoot during the two-day tournament.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Varmint hunting and bowfishing

    Over the last few weeks since deer season closed, Eric and I have been trying to get all our treestands checked. At some stands we have cleared better shooting lanes so it seems like all we do is work, getting ready for the fall season, but last Saturday while Bonnie and I were at a NASP archery tournament in Shepherdsville, Eric took a little time to try out his new varmint call.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Archery, practice and the mind game

    With the indoor range at my shop, I get the opportunity to work with a lot of kids who participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), and it seems like they will get started shooting, progress to shooting some really impressive scores, and then, in some cases their scores will drop off drastically.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A great day outdoors

    Last Saturday, with no NASP tournament to attend, Eric and I took the day to start the process of checking treestands for the upcoming season, which will open in early September.

    We left before daylight for the 45-minute drive to Hart County, and on the way decided we would split up. Eric was checking certain stands, while I was going to check two stands and take two other stands down, to be moved to other spots at a later date. We also would be freshening three mineral licks with crushed Trophy Rock minerals and pulled any trail cameras we still had out.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: My last bowhunt of the season

    Thursday, Jan. 5, it was spitting snow as I drove to work, and the forecast was for some snow all day. I love to hunt in the snow, and at about 10 a.m. I told my boss that if it kept snowing, I might have to punch out early to get in a treestand for the evening hunt. He said that would be OK.

    I checked the weather at noon, and the forecast was for more snow with a northwest wind blowing between 5 and 7 mph.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: My last three bowhunts of 2016

    On Tuesday, Dec. 13, I had delivered parts to Oil Springs, Ky., but got home early enough to make a trip to a treestand. I climbed into the stand at 4:30 p.m.; the temperature was 44 degrees with a light southwesterly wind. I saw one deer come to the field about 150 yards away. It fed for a few minutes before disappearing back into the woods.

    At dusk I had one deer right under me, but it never stepped out into the field I was watching, so there was no chance for a shot, as that deer backtracked into thick brush there were four other deer that moved off with it.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Lilly and Hannah’s late youth hunt

    The girls — Lilly, age 5, and Hannah, age 10 — have been looking forward to the late youth hunt for a while. They had both practiced shooting the single-shot .223 rifle, and Hannah had been shooting her bow out of a treestand at 3-D deer targets because she wanted to bowhunt if the weather cooperated.

  • Kentucky free youth hunt weekend is Friday and Saturday

    The free youth deer hunt will be open Saturday and Sunday and gives kids one last chance to take deer with a firearm.

    During this youth hunt, resident and nonresident kids 15 years of age and younger — who are accompanied by an adult — can participate. Youth hunters may hunt with firearms or any other legal method (muzzleloader, crossbow or archery equipment), and they can hunt statewide without a hunting license or deer permit.

    Adults accompanying youth hunters on this hunt cannot use a firearm to take a deer.

  • Even a rough morning makes for special sights

    After a busy work week and then setting up a booth on Saturday morning at Bloomfield Middle School’s NASP archery tournament, where Bonnie and I spent the day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., I couldn’t wait to get in a treestand on Sunday morning.

    I checked the weather Saturday evening, the forecast was for a temperature of 31 degrees, and it would be cloudy with a 3-6 mph SSE wind.