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Outdoors

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Ethanol increase could hurt boat motors

     How you think and feel about ethanol in your gasoline probably varies depending on your perspective of the fuel additive.

    If you are a grain farmer, you likely have a different view than that of a boat owner, especially the perspective of a boat owner with an older engine.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Pay attention to the food

    With only a week left before archery deer season opens, by looking at trail camera photos and having a good idea of what foods are available and what the deer prefer to eat in the early season, you should be able to pick a spot to hunt with pretty good odds of harvesting a deer.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: My morning commute

    While I am not real excited about getting up and going to work each morning, I do enjoy the drive from Culvertown into Bardstown every workday, because sometimes there is wildlife to see and there is always the sunrise.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Squirrel season opens Saturday

    Another sign of the anticipated upcoming change from summer to fall is the arrival of the squirrel opener scheduled for this Saturday.

    Squirrel season usually kicks off a week earlier in Indiana than Kentucky; however, this year both start Aug. 15. And, despite a cold 2014-15 winter, there appears to be plenty of squirrels for hunters.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Final preparations for deer season

    Usually by now, Eric and I have everything done to our stands, trails and all the other small details taken care of for the upcoming archery deer season by the end of July.

    But with me hurting my knee on Humphreys Peak in Arizona, and all the rain we have had this summer, we were running a little behind. So, with good weather last Sunday, we left at 6:30 a.m. to put up two treestands in a couple of very promising spots. Eric and I are very anxious to hunt these new stand locations.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Grandpa, can we go fishing?

    Granddaughters Molly and Kennedy arrived for an overnight stay. Despite the hot summer evening, they were ready for some time outdoors.

    The backyard deck had just been painted a couple hours before the girls arrived, so it needed to be avoided to provide more drying time before use by the girls and our dog, Missy.

    I suggested a ride on the ATV and the girls enthusiastically endorsed the idea. Missy is always ready for a ride.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Mathews No-Cam HTR

    First, I need to make a correction to last week’s column.

    Permethrin is used for killing ticks and it is not supposed to be sprayed on your body. An editing mistake last week had my column reading that I pull my pants legs up enough that I can spray it on my legs. It should have said I pull my pants up enough to spray the upper part of my boots and socks without getting the spray on my legs. Again, Permethrin is not to be sprayed on your skin.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Beware: Ticks, hornets and other pests

    If you are going afield any time from now until we get a couple of frosts, there are several little pests that you have to be concerned with.

    The first is the seed tick or turkey mites. Whatever you call these tiny pests, if you ever get into them once, I guarantee you won’t ever want to get them on you again.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Summer over too soon

    These days, once the last Fourth of July fireworks have exploded, it seems summer is over, even though there are probably numerous 90-degree days ahead.

    Somehow, we’ve managed to nearly kill off half of summer. It seems many people are anxious to end summer early, even before squirrel season opens.

    Labor Day used to be the time we seriously began thinking about fall. Kids returned to school, football started, fishing picked up, and in a few weeks temperatures started to cool.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Summer over too soon

    These days, once the last Fourth of July fireworks have exploded, it seems summer is over, even though there are probably numerous 90-degree days ahead. 

    Somehow, we’ve managed to nearly kill off half of summer. It seems many people are anxious to end summer early, even before squirrel season opens.