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Outdoors

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Memorial Day weekend and some lousy luck

    Memorial Day weekend gave Eric and me a little extra time to get a few more things done to the hunting properties before it gets too hot, and we made the best of it last weekend.

    Saturday morning we left my house at 5 a.m. so we would be in Hart County at sunrise. We had a lot of mowing to do. I needed to get soil samples for the field I am going to plant my chestnut trees in, and there were several other jobs that we needed to get done.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A lesson on transporting trees

    About four years ago at an archery trade show, Bonnie and I attended a seminar about adding chestnut trees to your hunting property as an additional food source for your wildlife. We were also told that Walmart would be carrying the trees in the spring.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Four months till deer season

    We are in a lull between hunting seasons, but there is plenty to do to improve habitat, food plots and to be prepared for the upcoming season.

    First it seems there is always something needing to be mowed, whether it is the yard or the food plots with clover, and if you have clover fields that are dying out, it may be time to spray and kill the field, then start over again by re-seeding the field.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: The last day of turkey season

    My son Eric finally got his second gobbler on Friday morning. Eric had the day off to spend with the family, but could get out to hunt until about 9 a.m., when the girls would be up and ready to get going.

    Eric knew it was going to be raining, and when we had talked about his plan to hunt Friday morning, I had loaned him my Frogg Toggs rain gear. He could wear his base layers, then the Frogg Toggs, which are a tan color, and then add his leafy camo suit. He could stay warm, dry and well-camouflaged by layering this way.

  • Turkey hunting is different with a kid

    After filling my second turkey tag last Wednesday morning, I told Eric that I would be glad to hunt with Hannah Sunday morning, giving him a chance to get out and hunt again.

    On Sunday morning, Eric and Hannah picked me up at 5:10, and after a long drive and a longer walk in the dark, Eric set up the blind, and while Hannah and I got our folding chairs, shooting stick, her shotgun and bag of necessities situated, Eric put a gobbler and a hen decoy out about 12 yards away.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Turkey hunting sure beats working

    After a great start to the 2017 season, with Hannah getting her first gobbler ever and me harvesting a bird of my own, both on opening morning, I offered to take Hannah hunting on Sunday morning to give Eric a chance to hunt on his own.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Opening morning of Turkey Season 2017

    Eric and I had been out listening and scouting three mornings in the last week, and we had a pretty good idea of where the birds were.

    On Friday evening, Eric and I discussed our plans for opening morning, and we decided he and 11-year-old Hannah would hunt in Hart County, while I would hunt in Nelson County.

    The bad thing for Eric and Hannah was they would have to get up an hour earlier, at 5 a.m., to make the drive to Hart County, while I could sleep in until 5:50 before I had to be up so I would have plenty of time to get to the farm I was hunting.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Last-minute turkey scouting

    After Hannah and Eric had a rough time hunting during the youth hunt, and with the statewide turkey season opening on Saturday, we decided to spend last Saturday and Sunday morning listening and scouting to up our odds for the upcoming season.

    Last Friday evening we made plans to leave at 5:20 a.m., or like Eric told me, when he could get Hannah up and ready, they would be over. Well, they did make it at 5:20, and Hannah was anxious to go.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: NASP state a busy day

    On March 30, Bonnie and I spent most of the day getting our vendor booth set up at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds for the next two days of state championship competition.

    Friday morning, March 31, the first flight of archers would go to the shooting line at 8:30 a.m., but the archers would start arriving before 7 a.m. As vendors we were able to get in earlier to make last-minute changes to the booth before the doors were open to the 477 first-flight archers, and about 1,500 spectators who came to watch them.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Spring youth turkey season on this weekend

    The youth turkey season opens for two days, April 1-2, and is open to any kids ages 15 and younger. Kids under 12 are exempt from license and turkey permit requirements, but they do have to record any birds harvested in a harvest log, telecheck them and attach a carcass tag, Youth hunters must abide by season bag limits and harvest restrictions.