• OUTDOOR TALES: Cold nights, mild days good for syrup

    There still are people who make maple syrup. It’s tasty, a sign of spring, and a lot of work.

    Maple syrup time is time when the wonderful aroma of cooking syrup can wafts its way down the valleys from sugar camp hills.

    Making maple syrup is almost a lost art.  Most people who make the sweet, tasty syrup in this part of the country do it for the enjoyment and make enough to earn a few bucks and provide a supply for family and friends.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: The truth about boat extended warranties

    Often people have described a boat as a hole in the water in which to throw money — or something like that. And, there is considerable truth in the saying.

    As I sit at the computer writing this column, the boat repair guy is due on Monday to work on my old 60-horse motor. There’s always something to repair, to spend money on.

    But, on the flip side, my boats have always given me lots of pleasure fishing the Ohio River, skiing, exploring river banks for a picnic spot, watching birds, or just enjoying the scenery at Kentucky Lake or Green River.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Sports show offers escape from winter

    It’s outdoor sports show time again. An opportunity to get out of the cold, look at the latest goodies available for outdoor people, and plan some outings and vacations.

    The 55th annual Progressive Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sport Show is scheduled for the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Jan. 25-29, and will have available hundreds of new boats and recreational vehicles, and outdoor gadgets and gear.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Big bear, eagle threat found

    As the new year races out of the starting gate headlong into the Mayan calendar’s 2012, we need to make sure we have caught our share of fish, bagged our share of squirrels and hiked our share of trails.

    While obviously the Mayans were a pretty bright bunch, only a few of them made it to 2012. But their famous calendar — which claims this year will be our last — gives us cause to enjoy it.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Winter great for hiking

    Winter has just started and already some folks are suffering from the cold-weather blahs. Sports shows aren’t yet in full-swing, and there isn’t enough ice for solid-water fishing. So what’s a person to do to deal with the blahs?

    Winter is a good time for many outdoor activities, including hiking. In fact, it is one of the best times for a walk in the woods, for getting outdoors.

  • Bald eagles find nesting spot in Nelson County

    Although by December most birds have traveled south of Kentucky to somewhere more tropical, such as Florida, the bald eagle considers the commonwealth just south enough.

    On Dec. 18, Stephanie Wimsett, New Haven, came home from church to find two eagles circling her pond on Lyons Station Road.

  • New Year traditions — one year races into another

    Here it is the end of 2011, and ready to plunge into 2012. It hardly seems possible. The year 2011 has raced by, and for most people it was a good outdoor year. Fishing was good and there were plenty of deer and turkeys, and more trails were added to hike.

    As we start a new year. I make resolutions about losing weight, cleaning my tackle box (well, that’s boxes) and make other resolves I seldom keep.

  • Photo: Deer Harvest
  • Photo: Deer Harvest
  • Photo: Deer Harvest