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Outdoors

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: NASP and bowhunting

    The National Archery in the Schools Program tournaments are in full swing, and Bonnie and I were at Nelson County High School at 6 a.m. for their shoot last Saturday.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Hunting during the Thanksgiving holidays

    During the holidays I had time to bowhunt some, and Eric took Hannah out for several trips to the deer woods with her rifle.

    On Thanksgiving morning, when I left the truck with a star-filled sky overhead, the temperature was 20 degrees. After a half-mile hike and a 20-foot climb up to my stand, I rigged my safety harness and settled down to wait for daylight. I’d planned to stay put until about 10 a.m. when I would get down, head home, and Bonnie and I would go to her sister’s for her family’s Thanksgiving get-together.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Patience and persistence finally pays off for Hannah

    My 11-year-old granddaughter Hannah has gotten to spend quite a few hours in treestands this year, starting with some bowhunting in September, then three hunts during the earlier youth season, and continuing last week during the firearms season.

    Last Sunday, Hannah and Eric had climbed into a stand, and over the next couple of hours had watched five different small bucks. Hannah enjoyed watching these young bucks and learned a little more about deer behavior.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bowhunting the week of Halloween

    With deer activity on the increase, I took a day off from work on Tuesday, Oct. 31, Halloween.

    I got up at 5:50 a.m. and after dressing and loading my bow and backpack in my truck, I started the drive to my favorite hunting spot. However, before I got a quarter-mile, I had to stop to let a doe and two nearly grown fawns cross the road in front of me.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Successful bowhunting in October yields a buck

    After the weekend of Oct. 21-22, we experienced a change in the weather. With rain moving in for Monday, Oct. 23, we were between the new moon and the first quarter moon, and the end of October was drawing near.

    The rain was supposed to stop Monday afternoon. There was a light drizzle still falling, and it was windy. The drizzle stopped, and Eric waited patiently until dusk, but did not see a deer.

    On Tuesday morning, Eric left his house at 6 a.m., and by 7 was in the same stand he hunted the night before.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Some bowhunting during a busy week

    Last Thursday, I took the day off work. I needed to pick up a trailerload of targets near Evansville, so Bonnie and I left at 6:45 a.m. for the three-hour drive.

    At Brandenburg we drove into a thick fog as we neared the bridge that crosses over into Indiana, and as we crossed, the fog took on a cotton candy pink color; then we could see the water through the fog before we got off the bridge.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: TV hunting shows and trail cameras

    I get a lot of customers in the archery shop who ask about equipment they have seen on some of the bowhunting shows on TV. Some of the stuff they ask about is good; some not so much. But what worries me about the shows is how they lead viewers, especially young bowhunters, to believe that there are tons of trophy bucks running around and they make it seem pretty easy to harvest one of these trophies.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Changing back to my whitetail setup

    After getting home from my muskox hunt in the Arctic, I wanted to use the same arrow/broadhead combination to see how it would perform on whitetail deer.

    Well, since getting home I have only gotten to hunt five times, but on Sept. 23 I had an opportunity to harvest a doe, and my Gold Tip Kinetic Kaos arrow tipped with the 100 grain G5 Montec broadhead worked perfectly, and there is venison in the freezer.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Questions about the muskox hunt

    Since Dr. Ron Shrewsbury and I got home from our bowhunt for muskox in the Northwest Territories of the Canadian Arctic, I have been asked a thousand questions about the hunt, so I thought I would share a few with you.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Three weekends into the archery deer season

    Deer season opened Sept. 2, and Eric hunted a stand that usually proves to be very productive in the early season when acorns start falling. After three hours in the stand, he had not seen any deer and heard very few acorns fall. To make matters worse, most soybeans in the area are still green, so the deer are still concentrating on them.