• OUTDOOR TALES: Morels provide early spring treat

    Brother-in-law Paul Cooper stopped by and announced he brought a surprise. It was a good one. Morel mushrooms.

    Paul, who is a great “shroomer,” hadn’t found any, but managed to buy a pound of wild yellow morels that had been shipped for sale at a market near Bainbridge, Ind.

    Upon his arrival, the valuable fungi cargo was placed in the refrigerator. My obligation was to obtain steak for the next night, and Paul would do the cooking.

    “What else do you need for the cooking?” I asked.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Hannah hikes Chimney Tops

    We finally got things worked out to get Hannah back to the Great Smoky Mountains to try the Chimney Tops trail again.

    Last year, the trail was closed for reconstruction when Bonnie and I had taken her, and while we had hiked some other trails, she had been disappointed when she didn’t even get to try it. Hannah had also gotten a little homesick and was missing her little sister, Lilly.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Armadillo range moving northward

    Recently, Conservation Officer Brenda Louthain was called to a bridge to check out a roadkill in the northwestern Indiana community of Monticello.

    What Brenda found was a bit of a surprise as well as a rarity. It was an armadillo. If you haven’t seen one, it looks a bit like a live armored tank on legs. And while you might expect it to be slow, an armadillo actually is quick and can jump, sometimes jumping into the underside of a vehicle.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: The coming of spring brings change

    Over the last few weeks, we have been seeing a lot of changes. First and the hardest to get used to was the time change. The good part about the time change is if you are like me and have to be at work in the mornings, you are treated to a beautiful sunrise most mornings. I like to think of the sunrise and sunsets as God’s ever-changing artwork that he displays each day for us to enjoy.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Prepare for turkey opener

    Turkey season opens in a couple of weeks, so time is running short to prepare to bag a tom.

    Opening day is April 18 in Kentucky, and the spring season runs through May 10. Youth Turkey Weekend is this Saturday and Sunday.

    A hunter can get lucky and take a bird almost by accident, but planning is a key to success.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Have you applied for your elk tag?

    I just went online and went through the application process for the upcoming elk permit lottery. While filling out the application, I thought, if I put off applying this long, then I should remind my readers that you only have another month to get your application filled out, as the deadline is midnight Eastern Time April 30.

    To apply, you need to go to the website for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (fw.ky.gov), click on license and permits and go through the application process.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Not too early for ticks

    It’s not too early to be concerned about ticks. In fact, these little pests never go away.

    For the most part, they are just a pesky nuisance, but caution is in order when dealing with these little nasties. Taking care of tick bites, and avoiding them, if possible, is important. Some ticks do carry Lyme disease, however the presence of ticks shouldn’t keep people from avoiding the outdoors.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: The turkeys are getting fired up

    With turkey season just a few weeks away, anytime you can get out early in the morning to listen for the birds can be an exciting adventure, and you don’t have to be a hunter to experience the excitement of hearing these beautiful, big birds gobbling on the roost before they fly down in the mornings.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Springtime means crappie and morels

    It’s been a tough winter, but with spring finally on the horizon, thoughts change from shoveling snow and salting ice to catching crappie and hunting for morel mushrooms.

    Black morels should be making their way through deep woods leaves in the near future. I have found them as early as the last week in March, but that is rare. Early April usually marks their arrival.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A chance to relax and get outdoors

    Bonnie, Eric and I had a very hectic week of running back and forth to the Convention Center in downtown Louisville for the NASP State Championship archery tournament.