• STRAIGHT ARROW: The youth hunt

    The first youth deer hunt opened the weekend of Oct. 8, and a lot of kids had the opportunity to get out and hunt with their firearms for the weekend.

    The weather was good with no rain in the forecast, so it was a great time for the kids to be outdoors.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Good time for persimmons, paw paws and nuts

    There is no better time to take a hike in the woods than on a beautiful autumn day. The leaves are turning color and beginning to fall to form a carpet on the forest floor. And, there usually are fewer bugs to cause a distraction.

    During a fall walk, a hiker also may encounter products of nature’s bounty. This fall there appears to be an abundance of persimmons, walnut and hickory nuts.  Persimmons or nuts can provide key ingredients for a tasty dessert.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bowhunting in the rain

    On Saturday morning, Oct. 1, the forecast was for rain, so Eric and I decided to skip hunting that morning, but we worked on a shooting rail that we could mount on two lock-on stands for the upcoming youth gun season opening for two days, Oct. 8-9.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Colorful fall foliage predicted

    For many people, fall is their favorite time of the year. They enjoy the cool, crisp weather, and the hunting and fishing opportunities, but a primary reason for many is the beautiful fall foliage.

    And, this year should be a colorful one for those who enjoy the beauty of the color changing leaves. It has already started.

    At the time of this writing, not a lot of color is showing, but change has started. It is in its early stage. What mostly is being seen now are dogwoods and sumac.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Are you ready for opening day?My eighth bowhunt of the season

    With all the rain we had on Monday, Sept. 26, and with the weather forecast dropping temperatures in the 40s, I decided I had to take off work and get in a tree stand on Tuesday morning.

    That morning, the alarm went off at 5:30. The rain had stopped overnight and, just as forecast, it was very cool. I added a medium weight pair of base layer pants and shirt under my Scent Blocker camouflage jacket and pants. I also carried a warmer pair of gloves and an insulated hat.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Granddaughter catches mystery fish

    When my granddaughters visit, they always want to fish.

    I’m fortunate. I have four granddaughters, and all like to fish. The good thing is they don’t care about the size, and I’m fortunate to live on a small lake where the bluegill usually cooperate and provide fun for the girls.

    During a recent visit by Molly and Kennedy, both caught fish. However, Molly landed a mystery fish.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: My 7th hunt and a trip to Kentucky Speedway

    Since bow season opened on Sept. 3, I have been able to get into a treestand seven times.

    On the first six hunts, I saw only one small buck but several does and fawns, and on two hunts I didn’t see any deer at all.

    On Saturday Sept. 24, I was up at 5:30 a.m. and was in my stand well before daylight. As I sat in the stand listening to acorns falling out of the trees around me and the overnight dew dripping off the leaves, it was very peaceful as I waited for dawn.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Fall tops for camping

    Evenings begin to have a crispness. Leaves begin to change color. An evening campfire feels good. A long-sleeve shirt is in order. Fall is approaching, and so is some of the best camping of the year.

    Summer’s oppressive heat is a memory, and a pot of ham and beans on the fire makes sitting and enjoying the weather something to cherish. It’s time for marshmallows and s’mores.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Hunting snipe no joke

    Back in the day, when kids played outdoors as darkness fell, it always was special when a new kid arrived to play in the evening. It was snipe hunt time.

    The newbie was told before he or she could enter into evening games, they had to help us with a snipe hunt. It was their assignment to catch the snipe.

    The youngster usually was given a burlap bag and a flashlight to assist with their duties.


    While I love to be in the woods bowhunting, sometimes it’s easy to make excuses not to go through the effort to get out of the house and go sit in a tree.

    Over the years in the archery shop, I guess I have heard just about every excuse anyone can think of.

    The big excuse right now is that it is too hot, and I will agree. But I also know a half-dozen bowhunters, including my son, Eric, who didn’t use that excuse and have good bucks at their taxidermists being mounted, and a lot of other guys with venison in the freezer.