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Outdoors

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Beware: Ticks, hornets and other pests

    If you are going afield any time from now until we get a couple of frosts, there are several little pests that you have to be concerned with.

    The first is the seed tick or turkey mites. Whatever you call these tiny pests, if you ever get into them once, I guarantee you won’t ever want to get them on you again.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Summer over too soon

    These days, once the last Fourth of July fireworks have exploded, it seems summer is over, even though there are probably numerous 90-degree days ahead.

    Somehow, we’ve managed to nearly kill off half of summer. It seems many people are anxious to end summer early, even before squirrel season opens.

    Labor Day used to be the time we seriously began thinking about fall. Kids returned to school, football started, fishing picked up, and in a few weeks temperatures started to cool.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Summer over too soon

    These days, once the last Fourth of July fireworks have exploded, it seems summer is over, even though there are probably numerous 90-degree days ahead. 

    Somehow, we’ve managed to nearly kill off half of summer. It seems many people are anxious to end summer early, even before squirrel season opens.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Sunglasses important outdoor wear

    Every angler has at one time or another has forgotten something in a rush to leave for a fishing trip. Once, this old writer started a fishing trip to Canada without my tackle box.

    Fortunately, my daughter called alerting me to the tackle box, and met me to save the day, even if there was a brief delay.

    A recent news release about forgetting sunglasses caught my attention. I admit a sunglasses dependency. I even wear them while driving on cloudy days.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Descending Humphrey Peak, Ariz.

    After spending about 15 minutes in the cold and wind on the summit of Humphrey Peak, Bonnie and I started our descent. Feeling like we had used every bit of energy we had getting to the top, it is amazing how much easier it is to breathe when you are headed back down off of a mountain. But with most accidents happening on descent, you have to be very careful.

    We were slow, but everything was going OK until just below the lowest false summit.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Farm ponds usually dependable

    What started out as a good spring for outdoors folks turned into lousy weather condition in late spring and early summer.

    Rain, rain and more rain not only discouraged people from enjoying the outdoors just because of the crummy conditions, but because of high and in some cases dangerous water in streams and lakes.

    Among fishing spots that usually remain safe and dependable are farm ponds and small lakes.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Farm ponds usually dependable

    What started out as a good spring for outdoors folks turned into lousy weather condition in late spring and early summer.

    Rain, rain and more rain not only discouraged people from enjoying the outdoors just because of the crummy conditions, but because of high and in some cases dangerous water in streams and lakes.

    Among fishing spots that usually remain safe and dependable are farm ponds and small lakes.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Scaling Arizona's top peak

    After our seven-mile hike on Bill Williams Mountain on May 24, we got a room for two nights in Williams, Ariz. 

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Bank fishing is nearly a lost skill

    Bank fishing is the way the majority of anglers pursue their sport, however, there are people who say they can’t fish because they don’t have a boat.

    A few years ago, I met Jerry Phelps at Kentucky Lake. At the time, he had a relatively new bass boat, but hadn’t used it for two years. He’d rather fish from the bank, and says he catches more fish.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Climbing Bill Williams Mountain, Arizona

    Bonnie and I flew out of Louisville in May with a stopover in Denver for two hours that turned into nearly four hours when 11 TSA agents and police officers came to the gate we were supposed to leave from.

    A couple sitting next to us said they weren’t on this flight but thought with all the officers around there might be a celebrity on the plane. Then, I thought, “What kind of celebrity would be flying on Southwest?”