• 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.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Topwater lures good for fall fishing outings

    Among his peers in professional tournament competition, Bobby Lane is best known for his skill using spinnerbaits and Carolina rigs.

    But when water begins cooling in the autumn, the Yamaha Pro often changes to a topwater popping plug.

    Usually considered a summertime lure, Lane actually keeps a popper tied on throughout the fall months, according to information provided by Yamaha.

    Bobby is part of a bass fishing family as his brothers, Chris and Arnie, also fish the tournament trail

  • 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.