• 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.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Pro angler likes spoons for bass 

    Spoons have produced northern pike and lake trout for this old scribe for years in Canada, but I never gave much thought or effort to using them for bass in the Midwest.

    True, I have caught several bass on a Johnson Silver Minnow over the years, but that is the extent of my spoon success stateside. So, a recent news release from Yamaha was of considerable interest. It is worth sharing.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: The last snow brought more challenges

    As everyone knows, we just got through our second big snowfall in the last few weeks.

    And I’m sure everyone is getting just as tired of shoveling snow as I am.

    Last Thursday morning, I shoveled the snow off of the porch, a path to my truck, and swept enough snow off the truck to open the door and get it started. Then I shoveled and swept until the front of the truck and windshield were snow-free. As I waited for the heater to warm up, I cleared a path to the archery shop through the 12-plus inches of snow, then headed to work.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Turkey season rapidly approaching

    Surely this tough winter will come to an end soon. Hopefully, an abrupt end, and then on to spring. Ah, yes, morel mushrooms, crappie, and turkey season.

    Turkey season will arrive soon, and before the season opener, scouting should be on a hunter’s agenda.

    While it might not be the best time to be trekking through the woods searching for turkeys, keep your eyes open while on a later winter hike, or when you’re driving around territory close to your favorite hunting spots, the National Wild Turkey Federation suggests.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Prepping for the NASP state championship

    With the state championship coming up March 11-12, it would be a good idea to look over your Genesis bow and arrows and make sure you and your equipment are ready.

    First, take a look at your string and cable, and make sure no strands are broken.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Snow and cold

    As one of the coldest weeks ever and a week with more snow than we have seen in a few years comes to an end, about all we can do is hope that the worst of this winter is over and appreciate the beauty of the winter landscape that this arctic weather has delivered to us.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Angler’s mystery fish finally identified as walking catfish

    Paul Keeler, a fisherman friend from Michigan, rode up on his bike and said I should go down to the dock and look at a fish another friend, Robert Hayman, had just caught.

    “It looks like some kind of catfish. Maybe you can figure out what it is,” said Paul. “Robert is down there with it right now.”

    I quickly retrieved my camera and headed for the boat ramp where Hayman, a retired postal worker from West Lafayette, Ind., had been fishing.