• STRAIGHT ARROW: Keep your equipment maintained

    Bow season has been open almost two months, and if you are anything like me, your bow has been shot quite a bit, hauled in the truck, laid down on the ground, carried countless miles in the woods where it has snagged on briars and brush, and maybe even been out in the rain.

    After all this wear and tear, now is a good to time to take a look at all your gear and make sure everything is in good shape for the fast approaching rut.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Invasive species concerns hunters

    Hunting seasons are in full swing. Modern gun deer season is just a few days away, and as hunters take to fields and woods, invasive species are probably about the last thing on their minds.

    Frankly, this old writer must admit, in all the hunting trips he has made over many years, he has never had one thought about invasive species during any of the outings.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A laid-back morning

    On Saturday morning Oct. 17, I got up early and picked Eric up at 5:45 a.m. for a trip to Hart County.

    Eric was bowhunting, but since I had already harvested the legal limit of deer for a zone two county I went along just to get out.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Persimmon pudding great for Thanksgiving

    When people think of dessert and Thanksgiving, most probably think of pumpkin pie. However, if you are lucky enough to have persimmon pudding available, you are in for a special treat.

    For many people, persimmon pudding is as much of the holiday traditional table fare as turkey and pies. However, many younger folks probably don't know what a persimmon is, let alone ever eaten one.

    Morel mushroom hunting is part of the spring for many outdoors people, and persimmon and nut gathering is part of fall activities.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Hannah's youth hunt weekend

    The early youth firearms hunt was last weekend, Oct. 10-11, and my 9-year-old granddaughter had been anticipating this weekend for quite a while.

    Hannah had gone with my son, Eric, a couple of weeks ago to get a blind and the shooting bench set up overlooking a field with lots of deer sign. Trail camera photos confirmed that a lot of deer were using this field.

  • Bluegrass Bigfoot: Do you believe?

    About 50 people turned out Wednesday night for a presentation by Charlie Raymond, founder and lead investigator of the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization.

    His audience at the New Haven branch of the Nelson County Public Library consisted of a few skeptics, some believers and those “open to the possibility” as he led a discussion on Bigfoot’s existence.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Time in the deer woods well spent

    With the month of September behind us and, hopefully, most of the hot weather, we have a lot to look forward to, especially if you still have a buck tag.

    The pre-rut will be starting soon and then the rut follows. You should start finding more rubs and scrapes, which can help you pattern a buck as they start moving more during daylight hours looking for does. There is no better time to be out bowhunting for a trophy buck than the last week of October.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Fall weather often means good fishing luck

    As fall arrives, many outdoors types turn their attention to hunting. Archery season for deer is already here, but there still is good fishing left before the water turns to hard stuff, ice.

    As the water of lakes and streams begins to cool, it marks a time for crappie fishing action to pick up.

    Once the leaves begin to turn color and drop, many anglers are ready to put away their rods and reels for the year, but if they do they will miss a lot of good fishing.

  • ‘Everest’ brings experience of mountain climbing home

    I was almost two years old when on May 29, 1953, Sir Edmund Hillary and sherpa Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent of 29,028-foot Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world.

    In the late ’80s, there was a TV show called “Living Dangerously,” and some of the shows were about climbing Mount Everest. It was amazing to me the difficulties these climbers faced to attempt to climb this massive mountain, and I have always been fascinated with climbing and Mount Everest.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Youth hunts provide education, camaraderie

    Getting young people involved in outdoor sports is important to their future involvement. It also provides a number of other benefits.

    And while I admit a bias, there is much good that comes from youngsters being involved with their mom, dad or both in fishing and shooting sports.

    Kevin Kelly, a staff writer with Kentucky Afield, recently penned a news release related to youth hunting opportunities.