• STRAIGHT ARROW: Three young bucks

    With the fourth weekend of bow season upon us, Eric rushed to get in a stand Friday afternoon. And while he did not see a buck that he would consider a shooter, he did harvest a doe.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Menendez plans to return to tournament trail

    One of professional bass fishing’s good guys plans to return to the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament trail next spring.

    Mark Menendez of Paducah, a top angler, unfortunately had to take a leave from the tournament trail after his wife was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

    After she thought she had beaten the disease, it returned and she lost her battle with it this past spring.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Busy hunting weekend

    I took off work Friday, Sept. 26, and plans were to hunt that morning, get home about 10 a.m. and help Bonnie get Hannah and Lilly ready to go to lunch and a movie.

    I was up and out the door by 6 a.m. and in the stand about 15 minutes before the woods started to emerge from the cover of dark. I was overlooking several white oaks, and from the sound of acorns dropping I had high hopes for this morning’s hunt. But with needing to head home a little earlier than normal, I decided that I would only take a buck if the right opportunity presented itself

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Persimmons herald fall's arrival

    Persimmons are a bounty of autumn. The fruit of the tree can be used to make pudding, pies and cakes, tasty wine and even forecast the coming winter weather.

    Persimmons are one of the most popular items harvested in the fall, although other fruits of interest include the pawpaw, wild grapes, elderberry and wild cherry. These can be picked while on a fall hunting trip for squirrels, a fishing trip, or they can be hunted and picked on any fall outing.

    Persimmon trees have gray, fissured bark. Once you learn the tree, they are easy to identify.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: The third weekend of bowhunting

    I was off work Friday, Sept. 19, so I was up at 5:15 a.m., and as I hiked across a field on the way to my stand, the way was lit by a crescent moon and a sky full of stars.

    After I got in my stand and everything was situated, I sat and waited as the sky gradually started graying, which made the tree trunks around me stand out as black silhouettes as the eastern sky turned to a pale orange. I saw a couple of squirrels, but no deer. On the hike out, I found my first rub of the season.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Fall color on the way

    Forecasting just when leaves will turn color and reach their maximum brilliance isn’t easy to predict. However, some forecasters expect much of the Midwest to be ahead of the average this year.

    According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the primary date for full color in the east of Kentucky is Oct. 5 to Oct. 21, and the western portion of the state is Oct. 12 through Oct. 28.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Hannah's first bowhunting trip

    Sunday evening, Sept. 14, was a very interesting trip afield because my son Eric and I were taking my 8-year-old granddaughter, Hannah, with us.

    Earlier in the week, Eric had asked Hannah if she would like to go along, and when she said yes, we were a little skeptical that she would actually go with us when the time came.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Fall camping is some of year's best

    Fall is a great time for camping. The air is crisp, leaves begin to change color, and an evening campfire feels good, especially if it is warming a pot of chili. A long-sleeved shirt is in order.

    Fall has arrived, and so is some of the best camping of the year.

    Summer’s oppressive heat and most of the pesky bugs are gone. A pot of chili or ham and beans on the fire makes sitting and enjoying the weather something special. It’s time for marshmallows and S’mores.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Deer season 2014 is under way

    I was very anxious to get back in the woods when archery season opened Sept. 6, and when my alarm went off at 5:10 on opening morning, I was already awake and it didn’t take me long to get out the door for my first morning out.

    After a short drive and a long walk through countless spider webs, I climbed 20 feet up into my stand, attached my safety harness, situated everything and settled down to wait for the dawn.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Moon’s phases affect fishing

    Why does a full moon seem to impact fishing, and in particular the catching of fish? There definitely is something to it.

    My friend Jim Mansfield kept detailed records over many years about the more than 100,000 panfish he caught. Without question, his statistics showed fishing was better around a full moon. The best days seemed to be three to five days before the moon was full.