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Outdoors

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A visit to Highland Rim Speedway

    Over the last few months, I have been making deliveries to a company just south of Nashville, and had seen the sign on the side of I-65 for the Highland Rim Speedway. So, when I got home Thursday from making a delivery of drill parts, I did some research about the track.

    I found that the Highland Rim Speedway opened in May 1962 as a high-banked, quarter-mile dirt track. Country music star Marty Robbins was a weekly participant, driving his No. 777 Devil Woman car.

  • On the new Mathews bows

    I have shot Mathews bows since 2000, when I bought a Q2 at the same time we set up our Mathews dealership.

    Changing to a Mathews bow was one of the best things I had ever done to help me be a more efficient archer and bowhunter.

    Since that first Mathews bow, I have shot just about every brand of bow made at the archery trade shows, and I have not found another brand that I feel can compare to the Mathews brand, and every couple of years, I set up a new one for myself.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Worms top the list for catching fish of all kinds

    Many anglers spend big bucks for special lures. Many of them are quite good, and the tackle business certainly is beneficial to fishing and the economy.

    Many of the tax dollars spent on fishing equipment are returned to states to help maintain our fishery. That’s good.

    Interestingly, most anglers started fishing with live worms before they later tried artificial worms or other baits. And live worms remain a favorite for many. Worms are relatively inexpensive or free, and they catch fish.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Thanks to the farmers

    On my way home from work last Friday, traffic was stopped just as I got to the top of the hill, just past the river bridge on U.S. 31E, I thought I saw a big piece of equipment crossing over the Bluegrass Parkway bridge about a half-mile ahead of me, but I wasn’t sure.

  • Alligators everywhere in Florida

    Recently, a tragic event took place where a young boy was grabbed by an alligator, and the next day was found dead. I can’t imagine anything much worse.

    I don’t know the specific circumstances of the alligator attack. Should the parents or Disney have done anything differently? I have no idea. But, I do know it was tragic, and I do know anyone traveling to the southeastern part of the United States should be aware of alligators.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Have you visited a zoo lately?

    Last Friday, Bonnie and I took our two oldest granddaughters to the Louisville Zoo, and we had a very enjoyable trip.

    Last fall we had purchased a zoo membership, and this made our fourth trip since September. You would think that after a couple of trips you would have seen it all and it would get boring, but it seems like we experience something new every time we go.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Create a Father’s Day memory

    Spending time with dad in the outdoors can make Father’s Day something special. It can be a day fishing, or a picnic in the backyard or at a nearby park.

    Father’s Day was created early in the twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day, which was created first. Celebrated on different days in different countries, it is believed to first have been celebrated on July 5, 1908, at the Central United Methodist Church in Fairmont, W.V.

  • Small details that can make a big difference

    Last weekend I had the opportunity to go with one of my nephews and help him scout and prepare an area to hunt on a new property. He had already located the area where he wanted to hunt and had started clearing shooting lanes and had a mineral lick in a very good spot. But there was quite a bit left to do.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Catfish, bluegill love catalpa worms

    When catalpa trees bloom, my thoughts turn to younger days and fishing.

    Blooming catalpa are beautiful, and often really ugly worms find their way onto the broad, green leaves. While most humans would just as soon ignore the worms, catfish and bluegill love them.

    In these days of high-tech fishing gear and baits, probably few anglers have ever heard of or thought about fishing using the worms found in late spring and early summer on catalpa trees, which can be found on most of the east coast and Midwest.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Avoid bow breakdowns; pay attention to everything

    With bow season less than three months away, some archers are getting their bows out and starting to practice. Bowfishing is in full swing, and with a lot of archers competing in 3D shoots, in the last week I have had three bows brought in with broken parts.
    The first bow had a cracked limb; the archer was at a 3D shoot and was not sure what happened, but thought he had cracked a nock on the arrow and when he shot the next target, the nock shattered, resulting in a dry-fire and causing the damage.