• 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.

  • SPORTS BRIEF: Archery regionals

    Bethlehem’s A squad placed third overall at last week’s 5th Region National Archery in the Schools tournament, scoring a 3,338 total. Bullitt East was overall champ with 3,386, while Central Hardin was runner-up with 3,351..

    Bardstown placed fifth with a 3,228 count, while Thomas Nelson was seventh with 3,204.

    Nelson County placed 13th overall with 3,114, while Bethlehem’s B squad was 15th with 3,025.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bardstown's 7th annual archery tourney next week

    On Feb. 27-28 archers from at least 33 schools will converge on the Bardstown City Schools campus, where they will compete at the high school and middle school in the biggest local tournament of the year.

    I spoke with Bardstown coach Lisa Hamilton about the upcoming tournament, and as of Tuesday, she said they already have 764 archers registered. Registrations are open through today.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Some hunters just like to reload

    It’s not unusual for hunters and target shooters to load their own ammunition. So why do they take the time and effort to load their shells?

    Historically, many people had to load their own shells, and at times there have been shortages of ammo. But even where shells were plentiful and reasonably priced, many shooters prepared their own.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: NASP regionals coming

    The state of Kentucky is broken down into 14 regions for the National Archery in the Schools Program, and each region is made up of four to 11 counties.

    Today and tomorrow are the start of the regional tournaments.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Spring and the groundhog

    Groundhog Day has come and gone, and Phil and most other groundhogs predicted six more weeks of winter. Sun or none, six more weeks of winter usually can be anticipated on Groundhog Day.

    Not all groundhogs are named Phil, and not all are in Pennsylvania.

    Some Europeans apparently gave the forecasting job to the bear, but the groundhog seemed more friendly when aroused from a deep winter sleep. Anyway, the job was assigned to a creature that hibernated, and its emergence symbolized the imminent arrival of spring.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Be prepared to plant your food plots

    It seems like we shouldn’t have to be worried about planting our food plots right now, since bow season just closed a couple of weeks ago, but, just like farmers, we need to get our equipment ready so that when the weather is right for planting, we will be planting and not fighting breakdowns.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: More hook info

    Maybe at one time, years ago, fish hooks rusted rather quickly. Anglers were advised to leave a hook in the fish if it could not be easily removed and the fish was to be returned to the water.

    Leaving the hook in the fish may not have ever been good advice. There is some question. But certainly most of today’s hooks don’t rust or dissolve easily.

    I recently wrote a column about the subject and then received additional information from Florida Fish and Wildlife biologist Eric Johnson after he returned from a well-deserved hunting trip.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Deer and elk harvest results

    With our deer and elk seasons closed, I wanted to share some information about the 2014 harvest results compiled by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    In Nelson County, hunters took a total of 1,987 deer. Of these, 1,053 were bucks, but this total includes 146 bucks with no visible antlers. Does numbered 937.