• 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.

  • 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.