• Persimmons make good fall treat

    When most people think of dessert treats for Thanksgiving, images and thoughts of pumpkin pies come to mind. For others it is persimmons and persimmon pudding.

    For many, persimmon pudding is as traditional as that oven-browned turkey and pumpkin pies with a bit of whipped cream on the top.

    However, persimmon pudding probably is losing the popularity battle as persimmon pulp is harder to come by these days. There is canned pulp available as some specialty stores. It’s OK, but it’s not as tasty as the home grown and processed pulp.

  • Kids love campfires, water, but why?

    Kids love campfires and throwing sticks into water. I’m not sure why. But, they do. It is like an instinct. It’s like part of nature.

    Somebody probably has studied why they are attracted to campfires as well as tossing stuff into water. Everything else seems to have been studied. However, if anyone has studied kids and campfires or sticks and water, I’ve never seen one.

    Most people enjoy sitting by a campfire, but tossing things — other than fishing lures — in the water seems to be a natural kid thing.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Kentucky angler wins top crappie award

    Bill Braswell from Hazard and his fishing partner, Dan Dannenmueller of Milbrook, Ala., won the 2011 Bass Pro Shop’s Crappie Masters “Angler Team of the Year” national points championship.  

    Braswell, a retired Kentucky conservation officer, and Dan, who fish as the Gary Yamamoto Custom Bait’s pro staff team, began their chase for the points title back in January of this year on the Harris Chain of Lakes located at Tavares, Fla.  

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Fall turkey hunting challenging

    Most people who hunt fall turkeys find it considerably different than spring gobbler hunting. They also find it more challenging, and that says a lot. Spring turkey hunting itself is a test of outdoor skills.

    Fall archery turkey season is underway, and despite the dry, hot 2011 summer, there are plenty of birds for hunters.

    In Kentucky, fall turkey archery season opened back on Sept. 3 and runs through Jan. 16. Shotgun season is Oct. 22-28 and Dec. 3-9. Crossbow season is Oct. 1-16, and Nov. 12 through Dec. 31.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Walnuts one of fall's favorite treats

    One of the bounties of fall is the harvest of nuts. In this part of the country, the most valued are walnuts and hickories. Both are great in desserts.

    In the wild, hickories are more abundant. The nuts make good cookies, however you need a lot of patience I don’t have to pick out the meat from the shell.

    Walnuts ultimately are easier to hull, but are really messy and also can be a lot of work. Harvesting walnuts is almost a lost art. While they are expensive in the grocery store, most people buy them these days rather than picking out the meat.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Worms and muddy water aid survival

    In this part of the country, people hunting or hiking in the woods rarely get lost — really lost. Sometimes they are lost for a few hours, possibly even overnight, but rarely really lost.

    In most of the lower Midwest, you can walk in straight line and you will find a road or find a stream to follow. People frequently get disoriented and walk in circles. And, sometimes injury can curtail movement.

    It’s always wise to take precaution and be prepared — even on a warm sunny day. It could turn into a cool, rainy night or even nights.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Catfishermen set tourney record

    Big catfish are known for feeding in late summer. It’s the time to catch big cats. And if anyone ever needed proof, they only need to look to the results of the Cabela’s King Kat tournament fished in the Ohio River from Henderson Sept. 10.  

    The team of Dale and Matthew Kerns from Norris City, Ill., set a new tournament trail record by weighing in a limit of five catfish, which totaled 210.9 pounds.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Outdoor opportunities change as weather cools

    Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer.

    There will be more warm weather, but it is the beginning of the end of the hot stuff. We’ve gone from 100 degrees to a morning long-sleeve shirt.

    In 1894, Labor Day became a federal holiday. While some union people and other workers celebrate the day for reasons related to labor, for the most part it has gone the way of most other holidays in that it is a day off and a long weekend to have a good time.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Dove season under way

    If the weatherman cooperates, it should be a good season opener for dove hunters throughout southern Indiana and Kentucky.

    Kentucky’s early dove season opened Thursday and continues through Oct. 24. There are two late dove hunt segments, Nov. 24 - Dec. 2, and Dec. 31 - Jan. 6. The early season is primarily hunting local flocks of birds,

    Other migratory bird seasons opened Thursday, including gallinule and common snipe, and Virginia and sora rail. Crow season also opened Thursday.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Why do fish like worms?

    My three-year-old granddaughter Meredith was on the phone. “Grandpa, I want to go fishing.”

    How old is old enough to learn to fish? Five? Six? What about a youngster who just turned three this spring?

    Three is probably a little young I thought, but I didn’t want to tell Meredith she is too young. I knew her mother, daughter Michelle, had prompted her. Michelle has always been an outdoorswoman, plus she wants to keep the old man busy.