• OUTDOOR TALES: Show offers new fishing gear

    There are new toys for fishing girls and boys, especially the adult boys and girls.

    Each summer, the American Sportfishing Associations hosts a huge convention where members can exhibit and demonstrate their latest fishing gear and associated products.

    The show, the International Convention of Allies Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) is he world’s largest sportfishing trade show. Attending are about 7,000 members and the outdoor media.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Escape heat, take hunter course

    Hot, hot, hot. There may be a few signs of a bit of cooling, but the temperature still is high enough to keep one indoors during the peak heat of the day.

    There is something related to the outdoors you can do indoors on a hot day that may save future time and money, or at least be something to do. Take an online hunter education or bowhunter education course. Even if you don’t need to take one, it can be a good refresher.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Hayes' record bass catch honored

    David Hayes recently was honored for his world record smallmouth catch 55 years ago at Dale Hollow Lake.

    To honor his catch, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Department spearheaded an effort to have the auxiliary boat ramp at the Dale Hollow Resort State Park renamed the David L. Hayes boat ramp.

    The honor is especially fitting as over the years there was a struggle to have his record reinstated after it had been wrongfully denied him a half century ago after a man, apparently jealous, accused him of cheating.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Squirrel season almost here

    Squirrel season is less than a month away, even though the thermometer has people thinking about most anything other than hunting. It’s just plain hot.

    Most people are thinking about swimming and boating, catfishing, or whether the air conditioner will make it through the summer, but squirrel hunters are getting ready for the season opener.

    The first phase of squirrel season opens Aug. 20 in Kentucky and continues through Nov. 11 before closing a couple days, then reopening Nov. 14 and continuing a long run through Feb. 19 of next year.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Monitor pets closely during hot summer months

    Summer’s “dog days” are tough on people, and tough on dogs.

    “Dog days” are usually the hottest, most sultry days of summer. They occur between early July and early September. They are hot, stagnant, and often very humid days that are tough on people and their pets as well.

    It is said the name comes from the ancients who believed that Sirius, which also is called the Dog Star, is in close proximity to the sun, and thus was or is responsible for the hot, hot weather.

  • OUTDOORS: British take wacky another step

    A story on the front page of a daily newspaper about the Fourth of July espoused, “There is nothing for most of us to celebrate on this anniversary” due to the poor economy.

    The economy is lousy and no reason for glee for many. We all hope it will improve.

    However, for an old timer like me, the story brought a different thought to me. For me, the holiday is still Independence Day. It is about freedom and independence. Freedom to improve our lot in life.

  • SC student to host Triathlon, 10k, 2-mile walk


    St. Catharine College

    For her internship in sports and recreation, St. Catharine College student Jennifer Craig is required to plan and coordinate an event that falls within that discipline. To that end, Craig has delved into an ambitious project called the Lanham’s Health & Fitness “Back 2 School” Fitness Challenge.

    The event, to take place in Bardstown Aug. 6, will include a 2-mile walk, a 10K run and a Mini-Triathlon. The triathlon will include a 300-meter swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run.

  • Local shooters excel in YHEC competition

    The Nelson County 4-H Shooting Sports YHEC Team (Youth Hunter Education Challenge) attended the annual state competition in May at the 4-H Leadership Training Center near Lake Cumberland.

    Eighteen members of the club attended the event along with five coaches and several parents.

    The competition is sponsored in part by the NRA Youth Services Department, Kentucky Hunter Education Association and Kentucky State 4-H Shooting Sports Education Program.

  • OUTDOORS: White goose back after absence

    For the second spring, the mystery of the white goose continues.

    Last spring, I began watching a mysterious nature happening on the lake behind the house. It has all the drama of a TV reality show. (Well, not as crazy or Jersey Shore.)

    Every spring for the past several years, I’ve watched the annual ritual of Canada geese raising their young. In late winter or very early spring. the local flocks of geese begin to break into pairs. They mate for life.

  • Skunk/dog encounter makes for unpleasant start to Father's Day

    It was an unpleasant start to Father’s Day. It also was a surprise plus a bit of irony.

    Earlier, I enjoyed an evening of dirt track auto racing. Rain had stayed away, and the racing was good.

    Arriving at home, I was greeted by my excited rat terrier, Tyler. It always makes me feel good to know he is so excited to see me. After the greeting, I let him out the back door into the fenced in yard.