• 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.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: My second weekend of bow season

    On Sept. 11, I left work at 2:30 p.m., picked up Hannah at school, and we hurried home to have an early birthday party for her little sister Lilly, who turned 4 on the 12th. Lilly and I share the same birthday, and we argue all the time about whose birthday it is. These little parties with the granddaughters are very special.

    At 5:15 a.m. Sept. 12, my alarm went off and I rolled out of bed. What better way to start your birthday than to go bowhunting?

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Ed course required for most hunters

    Deer season is here in Kentucky. Archery season opened Sept. 5 and continues through Jan. 28 of next year. Many other fall hunting seasons also are already underway, or will be starting soon.

    Deer crossbow season opens Oct. 1, muzzleloader on Oct. 17, and modern gun starts Nov. 14 across the state.

    For Kentucky hunting, completion of a hunter education course is required for all hunters, with the exceptions of some older folks.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Opening weekend bowhunts productive

    After a short and restless night’s sleep, I was wide-awake before the alarm went off at 5:15 a.m. on opening morning (Sept. 5) of the 2015 archery deer season.

    After getting dressed, I took my bow and backpack outside to wait for my son Eric to pick me up at 5:45.

    We got to the farm we were going to hunt, parked the truck, admired the stars as we got our packs and bows, wished each other good luck and headed off in different directions about a half-mile apart for the morning hunt.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Hidden Treasures: Tulip Trestle, Yoho Store in SW Indiana

     Fishing, hunting, camping and hiking usually are the primary focus of the Outdoor Tales column. Sometimes it is something like a flower or tree, maybe even a bug. And, sometimes it is a road trip.

    Often I enjoy just taking a drive and a nice day. There are times there is no destination in mind when the drive begins.