• OUTDOOR TALES: Tried trashcan turkey? It’s delicious

    Thanksgiving brought together a number of friends and neighbors, and a part of the get-together is turkey. The same happens for Christmas.

    These are the plump, domestic variety, not the lean, dark-meat, wild variety taken during spring or fall hunting seasons.

    My friend, Jeff DeRitter, utilizes a special method of preparing a turkey for our gathering. It is not only turkey cooking, it is fun and socialization.

    In Jeff’s case, it is a way to cook a big bird and pass time while the ladies are preparing the rest of the meal inside.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Three little girls, Christmas lights and a little bowhunting

    On Friday, Nov. 13, Eric, Beth, Hannah, Lilly and Haylee left about 8:30 a.m. for our annual trip to Grand Rivers on the north end of the Land Between the Lakes to see the Christmas lights at Patti’s 1880s Settlement Restaurant.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Relieve your stress, bowhunter style

    On Saturday, Nov. 7, Bonnie and I attended the National Archery in the Schools tournament at Bethlehem High School, where we set up a booth.

    We were there from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., while more than 500 kids participated in the tournament. By the time we got home and organized things for Sunday, it was 10:30 p.m. when we walked in the house.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: New reel: Gimmick or goodie?

    It doesn’t take a lot to make some outdoor folks happy. It doesn’t take a stringer of big fish. Sometimes, just a little lure-casting is enough.

    And when casting, if a fish connects with the lure, that’s a plus. And if the angler is successful in landing the fish, that’s another plus.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A trip to Land Between The Lakes

    With the truck loaded the night before, Eric picked me up at 4 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, and we headed for Land Between the Lakes.

    By leaving at 4, we would be able to make the 2 1/2-hour drive, get to the area, and, using our portable treestands, get in the trees we planned to hunt before daylight.

    We might has well have slept late, because neither of us saw a deer at all, and this set the tone for the rest of our three-day trip.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Wild turkey is a Thanksgiving treat

    There is considerable difference between the wild turkey probably eaten at the first Thanksgiving meal and the tame bird found on most holiday tables these days.

    The bird most of us have with stuffing, potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie was once closely related to the wild bird, but now hardly represents a distant cousin.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Improper equipment makes for a disturbing situation

    Last week, I had a lady come into the shop needing help.

    She had bought a new bow somewhere else. She was hoping to start bowhunting, but was struggling with it. We told her to bring the bow in and we would see if there were any problems, and then give her some instructions on shooting the bow.

    The bow was a Genesis 20-pound pull and not intended for hunting. For some reason there was no nock point on the string to properly align the arrow. Finger savers had been installed, but they had not been set for the best arrow flight.

  • OUTDOORS: Making your deer harvest legal


    Kentucky Fish and Wildlife

    With modern gun season opening this weekend for deer, many people are anxious to fill their freezer with some fresh meat.

    However, all hunters must following protocol to transition from the field to the freezer to keep their harvest legal.

    First, make sure you have the appropriate licenses. Most hunters must have a Kentucky Hunting License and a Deer Permit before you start hunting.

  • OUTDOORS: Ky. Afield TV goes live Saturday

    FRANKFORT — “Kentucky Afield” TV airs live this Saturday night, Nov. 14, for a special half-hour call-in show focusing on deer and other fall hunting seasons. The show airs at 8:30 p.m. Eastern/7:30 p.m. Central on KET.

    Experts from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will join host Tim Farmer to field phone calls from hunters across the state. Questions on the yearly show often include season dates, limits, game behavior, private and public hunts, law enforcement and more.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Second-graders ask good questions

    Public speaking is something that makes lots of people very nervous. Some people will do almost anything to avoid talking to a group.

    This old writer/communicator has never been intimidated by public speaking. My work often puts me in front of people, microphones and/or cameras. No big deal. The “ham” in me actually made such speaking somewhat enjoyable. But, these opportunities always were before adults or older youths.