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Outdoors

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Just passing time

    I’ve been asked, doesn’t it get boring when you are bowhunting?

    Just sitting there, 20 to 30 feet above the ground on a platform that only measures about 20x30 inches, for three or four hours at a time and making up to 50 trips afield every season.

    My answer is yeah, maybe sometimes, but not very often.

    I always enjoy seeing what each morning’s sunrise looks like as I drive to work, but I especially enjoy the experience of sunrise from a tree stand. You experience first-hand the world of nature waking to a brand new day.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Predicting fall foliage is a guess

    It seems to be really difficult to predict the impact summer weather, including drought, has on fall foliage.

    Many forecasters projected the drought would mostly eliminate fall tree color, to the disappointment of many who enjoy it. Touring the countryside viewing leaves is something anticipated by many, including promoters of fall festivals and many shop owners.

    It seems there is a lot known about what causes color in the leaves, but predicting its intensity isn’t easy.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: 2012 Hunt Diary

    Hunt 4, Saturday 9/8

    I got out of the archery shop at 5 p.m. After a quick shower and change into camo I was in my stand by 6 p.m. It was hot with a light southwest breeze. I saw a few squirrels, lots of small birds and just at dusk a rabbit hopped into sight but no deer. Got home about 8:30 p.m.

     

    Hunt 5, Saturday 9/15

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Cedar Creek Lake now trout fishery

    Cedar Creek Lake in Lincoln County will become a new Kentucky trout fishery as part of a three-year program to make more trout fishing opportunities available in the state.

    Cedar Creek is a relatively new lake. The attractive 784-acre facility was dedicated a decade ago, and original fish management was aimed at the impoundment being developed as a trophy largemouth bass lake.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Recovering your deer

    Last week’s column ended just after shooting your deer.

    Now after waiting an hour — sometimes longer — it’s time to carefully get out of your stand, very quietly go to the spot where the deer was standing. Mark this spot with surveyor’s tape or a strip of paper towel. These markers need to be removed after you retrieve your deer. This will let you search the area where your arrow should be by lining up the marker with your tree stand. Hopefully, you will find your arrow and verify a good hit or a clean miss.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Impromptu trips can be the fun ones

    Some of the best vacation plans are impromptu, maybe no plan at all. Certainly planning can be beneficial, but sometimes it is fun just to do it, “go with the flow” as they used to say.

    For our 25th wedding anniversary, my wife, Phyllis, and I had a well-planned trip to Ontario, Canada. We visited three different fishing camps. It was a great trip. However, 25 years later, things were different. We had less coins in our pockets, less mobility in our bodies, and less time between doctor appointments.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Moment of Truth

    You have spent all year scouting, positioning stands in prime areas and practicing with your bow every chance you get. Deer season has finally opened, and you are in your stand.

    From the corner of your eye, you catch a glimpse of a tan movement 60 yards away. You freeze, staring at that area. Your heart rate and breathing increase with excitement.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Change it up to bag fall turkey

    Most turkey hunters confine their efforts — and that usually is a lot — to spring. Many of the avid spring hunters never venture into the woods in pursuit of a turkey in the fall.

    While it’s the same wild bird whether in April or October, the actions of the birds and the hunting is so different, one might think they are different species.

    And while fall hunting is more popular and more hunting available than a decade ago, the number of hunters and the number of birds harvested still is miniscule in comparison to those in the spring.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: School archery programs growing

    Recently a reader called with questions about the NASP program in our area. The program is being offered at several schools in our area but no one with whom I spoke had any exact dates set for the start of this year’s program.

    Anyone in grades 4-12 can participate.

    Competition distances are from 10 and 15 meters and new this year; archery is being recognized as a varsity sport by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Persimmons fun to hunt

    Mother Nature produces a fall harvest of good things to gather and eat. Persimmons are among those good things that can be found on a hike in the woods or on a special trip just to pick them.

    The persimmon is one of the most popular items harvested in the fall, although other fruits of interest include the pawpaw, wild grapes, elderberry, and wild cherry. These can be picked while on a fall hunting trip for squirrels or a fishing trip, or they can be hunted and picked on any fall outing.