• 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. 

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Fall is good time for catching crappie

    There are three good times to crappie fish in Kentucky. First is during the spring spawn, second is fall when waters cool just before winter, and the third is anytime you get a chance to fish.

    Fall crappie (“slab”) fishing is time for putting crappie in the freezer for winter meals. They taste mighty delicious with fried potatoes and slaw when the wind and snow are swirling around the doorsill.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Avoid spoilage by taking care of your deer meat

    Our archery deer season opened last Saturday, and we were greeted with very warm, dry weather.

    The temperature Saturday morning was comfortable, in the 70s, but for the evening hunt the temperatures had climbed into the 90s — very hot to be deer hunting.

    When you decide to bowhunt for deer, you have an ethical responsibility to do everything possible to recover and take proper care of the meat, but in this heat, it is even more critical to accomplish this quickly.

  • Outdoor Tales – Labor Day: Summer’s last fling

    Labor Day isn’t what it originally was intended to be. It started as a day to honor laborers and the labor movement. Today, it has become the last fling of summer.

    It is a time when most people head to the lake or light up the barbecue grill for a cookout. There is nothing wrong with enjoying the weekend, but it is a change.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Last-minute equipment check

    With deer season upon us, before you head out for your first hunt, there are several things you need to do and check to have a safe, successful hunting season.

  • 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.

  • 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.