• OUTDOOR TALES: Outlook good for dove season

    Sept. 1 marks the opening day of dove season. It’s a day anxiously awaited by bird hunters, and also ammunition manufacturers.

    Doves are fun to hunt, good to eat, and the weather usually is good. However, they aren’t easy targets. They zig, they zag, and hunters should have an ample supply of shells on hand.

    Most of the birds available during early dove season are those that stay in the area throughout the year. It takes a cold snap up north to push migrating birds into the state later in fall.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Keep safety in mind

    With archery deer season only two weeks away, I want to remind everyone to be careful as you enter the deer woods.

    While climbing into a treestand and sitting for hours is the most dangerous part of bowhunting, you can reduce the risk of falling by using a safety harness. And when climbing up and down the tree, if you are using a climbing stand, take your time, wear your harness and slide the lanyard that goes around the tree up and repeat the process until you are the height you want to be. Repeat the process as you descend from the tree.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Late summer, fall prime for caching catfish

    Late summer and early fall is prime time for catfishing the Ohio River and other rivers and lakes in Kentucky and Indiana.

    With the advent of reality (or lack thereof) television shows, catfishing has taken on a different meaning, but for the old-fashioned kind for blues, channels and flatheads, this is prime time.

    It is the time when big catfish start feeding for winter. It’s when many of the biggest catfish are caught, especially in rivers.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Don’t give up on your bow too soon

    While every bowhunter dreams, daydreams, hopes and prays for a trophy buck, here are a few things we can do to improve our chances of success.

    First, if your dreams include a buck in velvet you will only have a few days to a maximum of two weeks to make it happen before the bucks lose the velvet from its antlers.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Lure company wants squirrel tails

    Kentucky’s squirrel season opens next week. It starts Saturday and continues through Feb. 28, 2015. And while hunters are seeking meat for the table, a fishing tackle company wants the tails.

    World-famous lure maker Mepps needs squirrel tails to create hand-tied, dressed hooks for their world-famous, fish-catching lures. They’ve been recycling squirrel tails for more than half a century. In fact, they recycle more of them than anyone else in the world.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: As deer season creeps up closer

    It sounds like there is going to be a lot of good bucks around this fall.

    A lot of customers are talking about the bucks they are seeing in soybean fields and showing me trail camera photos of some very good bucks. Everyone is getting pretty excited!

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Family memories

    Last Friday evening, most of my family gathered at Saint Augustine church in Lebanon for the wedding of my nephew, Jordan Culver, and his fiancé Michelle Mattingly.

    Jordan’s brother and best man, Joshua, escorted Bonnie and I to our seats and, as we were seated, I asked Joshua how his wife was doing as they have a baby due at any time.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Squirrel season kickoff fall hunting

    It’s not time to put away fishing rods, but hunting begins with squirrel season Aug. 15. Squirrel season leads the way for other seasons soon to follow.

    Kentucky’s squirrel season is in two parts. The first runs through Nov. 7, closes, and reopens Nov. 10. The second season continues through Feb. 28, 2015. The daily bag limit is six with a possession limit of 12.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Fishing slowly is best when you want to catch big bass

    Catching big bass in winter’s cold water equates to fishing lures slow. Very slow. However, the same slow action applies to hot summer bass angling as well, according to Yamaha fishing pro Mark Davis.

    In an interview provided by Yamaha’s media folks, Davis says slow fishing is a key anytime of the year, but especially when the water is really cold or hot.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bowhunters get ready

    Bowhunters, it is only 43 days until the opening of the archery deer season, and we need to start getting prepared, but first I want to make a correction to last week’s column.

    When talking about the upper 700 feet of the climb on the Grand Teton, it came out in the paper there was a section of five-foot, seven-inch rock climbing. This was wrong. From the upper saddle, you traverse south along a ledge to the Pownall Gilkey Route, then climb about a 150-foot section of near vertical rock and, in our case, a 20-foot section was frozen in ice.