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Outdoors

  • Kentucky Recreational Trails Authority approve trail standards

    Members of the Kentucky Recreational Trail Authority recently passed recommended trail standards for Kentucky’s trail systems.

    Established in 2008, KRTA’s mission is to expand tourism opportunities through trails for various user groups. The authority does this by establishing trail standards, developing land use agreements, providing outdoor ethics training and implementing a permit system to help sustain the trail system.

  • Photos: Turkey, deer harvests
  • OUTDOORS: Preventing ticks is best solution

    Ticks just won’t go away. The little, nasty creatures continue to be a growing problem, and in a few cases, more than just an annoyance.

    For the most part, they are just a pesky nuisance, but caution is in order as they can cause serious health problems.

    I’m a bit reluctant to write about tick problems, as I fear it will keep some people out of the woods. It is true, some ticks carry Lyme disease as well as others. However, the outdoors can be enjoyed in tick territory, if proper care and precautions are taken.

  • OUTDOORS: Catalpa tree hosts tree house, catfish bait

    Down at the corner of the property grew a large catalpa tree. It was a special tree. It was my favorite tree. It was a special place.

    The broad leaves made a huge canopy roof, keeping out the sun and light rain. The tree was very climbable for a youngster like me. About 8 feet off the ground were limbs that easily adapted to a tree house. Well, it wasn’t really a tree house. I simply placed several boards on which I could sit and oversee my kingdom below. I could peer out and watch for advancing enemy armies.

  • OUTDOORS: Free fishing weekend

    If you haven’t been fishing for a while and would like to try it again, or if you’ve never tried it, or want to help someone experience fishing for the first time, this weekend is just for you. It is a free fishing weekend, June 4-5. No license required.

  • OUTDOORS: Worms catch variety of fish

    Most anglers started fishing with live worms before they later tried artificial worms or other baits. And live worms remain a favorite for many. Worms are inexpensive or free, and they catch fish.

    There are many different types of worms. Some work better than others for various species of fish. The availability of the various worms also is a factor.

    Certainly, there are other types of live fishing bait. There are minnows, crawfish, crickets, leaches and more, but worms probably top the list for freshwater anglers.

  • OUTDOORS: Why did the turtle cross the road?

    So, why did the turtle cross the road? No, not the chick — the turtle. What’s the reason for this dangerous trip, one that could leave it splattered in the middle of the highway?

    Last Friday, while driving U.S. 60 and a couple of blacktop back roads, I was happy to see flood waters have receded, and I also counted more than a dozen box turtles making their way across the hot, dangerous road. It is a spring ritual, but why?

  • OUTDOORS: Farm pond fish concerns

    Last week, an interesting e-mail arrived from a reader. He was seeking help related to his small farm pond, usually a good fishing spot for him.

    I used to have a similar pond and it provided many wonderful hours of fishing experiences, even though it was quite a small pond. I was amazed how many fish it produced.

    My mother spent many pleasant days, including Mother’s Days, catching fish from her lawn chair on the dam. Not only did she enjoy the fishing, she loved to watch the red-winged blackbirds and other wildlife using the pond.

  • Fishing tough in high water

    Frankly, the rain and accompanying lousy weather has been pretty depressing for many anglers. Every spring has rain and high water, but this year has led to thoughts of building an ark rather than fishing from one — a boat that is.

  • OUTDOORS: Smallmouth author provides tips

    Whenever anglers gather around the fireplace or are seated at the liar’s table in the local coffee shop, a debate often ensues about which freshwater fish fights the hardest.

    Some anglers will debate ounce for ounce or pound for pound, it is the bluegill, or maybe its cousin, the redear. One guy might even say it is the carp. Yes, the carp, they are real fighters. But you can bet a cup of coffee the smallmouth bass probably will top the list.