• STRAIGHT ARROW: Opening weekend 2012

    With deer season opening Saturday, Eric and I made plans to hunt in Hart County that morning.

    When we got out of the archery shop Friday night I got all my gear together and checked my backpack for all the essentials. I keep a gallon Ziploc bag with gutting gloves, latex gloves, paper towels, more Ziploc bags for the field dressing process and an ink pen for filling out the deer or turkey tags. I also checked to make sure my knives were sharp. I carry a Kodi-Pac set from Outdoor Edge that contains a skinning knife with a gut hook, a caping knife and a saw.

  • Despite drought, doves plentiful as season starts

    Dove season is here, and despite the hot, arid summer, birds seem to be plentiful as the season starts.

    “There are plenty of doves around Kentucky,” said Rocky Pritchert, migratory bird coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in a recent department news release 

    “It’s a mixed bag. Some dove fields are looking good while some were affected by the drought.”

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Scent control

    When stalking the whitetail deer, the bow hunter has to get very close to one of the wariest big game animals in North America.

    We have to become almost invisible, moving in slow motion to avoid being detected, and be as scent-free as possible to overcome the whitetail’s No. 1 defense — its sense of smell.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: KDFWR experiences belt-tightening

    Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources faces some pocketbook issues similar to most folks who enjoy the outdoors. 

    The KDFWR must live within its revenues, says Dr. Jon Gassett, commissioner of the department.

    In the August commissioner newsletter from the KDFWR, Gassett, outlined the current status of the fiscal year 2013 budget. He explained how despite belt tightening, the department strives to offer quality facilities and experiences for the public.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Tree stand placement and safety

    Where you place your tree stand and the success you achieve from the area will depend on how well you scouted and how well you know the lay of the land.

    When Eric and I put a tree stand up we are trying to do so with the highest chances of having deer come by within 20 yards of the stand.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Still time to catch catfish

    There’s plenty of warm (and probably hot) weather left before fall’s cooling breezes, and there’s plenty of time to catch big catfish

    During August and September anglers usually find some of the best catfishing of the year, including some biggest fish catches.

    Hot late summer weather and warm early September days mean slow fishing for most species. Fish seem to slow down just like anglers in the heat but for catfish anglers, these hot days and nights can mean “hot” fishing. 

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Don't ever give up on that deer

    If you have truly accepted the challenges of bowhunting and love being in the outdoors, bowhunters now have the opportunity to chase the Whitetail Deer from Aug. 1 all the way through Jan. 21, 2013, and by wearing a hunter orange hat and vest you can bowhunt during the muzzleloader and firearms seasons. This is a lot of time available to us to get into the woods and pursue the whitetail.

    With a full-time job and being in the archery shop quite a bit I have to take advantage of getting into my stand every chance I get, and this includes inclement weather.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Deer season coming soon

    Deer season is just a few days on the calendar away, and it’s time to make final preparations for the upcoming hunts. Preparation is a key to success.

    My outdoor writer friend Tammy Sapp has posted some tips to get ready for opening day. These suggestions will increase one’s chances of tagging a deer, and making the opening more enjoyable, even if you don’t harvest a whitetail the first day.

    Tammy regularly posts hunting and other outdoor information, including education, on the Web at Kalkomey.com. It’s well worth checking out.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Time to make your final preparations

    With 21 days until archery deer season opens, it’s time to step up your practice sessions and test your broadheads.

    While I shoot my hunting bow all year, the month before the season I try to take in some 3-D shoots and when I practice indoors or outdoors I use 3-D deer targets or paper deer targets as much as possible.

    The reason I shoot at deer targets exclusively is to ingrain in my mind where I want to aim on a real deer when the opportunity presents itself.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Scattered deer deaths reported

    Several people in Indiana and Kentucky have reported finding dead deer, and there is a suspicion the cause may be EHD (epizootic hemorrhagic disease).

    About 20 dead deer were found recently in west-central Indiana, and there also have been some reports from readers related to western Kentucky and southern Illinois.

    Some of the Indiana deer have been examined by state wildlife officials, but at the time of this writing, no official cause of death had been reported, although EHD is suspected.