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Outdoors

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Few hunters seek fall turkeys

    Fall presents many choices and opportunities for people who like to hunt and fish —almost too many.

    Hunters in both Indiana and Kentucky now have fall turkey hunting seasons. Indiana just opened fall turkey season a couple years ago.

    Whether there are too many options for hunters or whether fall turkey hunting is tough or for whatever reason, far fewer hunters bag the birds during fall seasons.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A three-year quest comes to a close

    Saturday was the opening day of the 2016 archery deer season, and Eric and I were up at 5:15 a.m. so we could be in our treestands well before daylight.

    When we parked the truck, we quickly got our packs and bows, wished each other good luck, and parted ways as we headed off into the dark in opposite directions. We were hunting about a half-mile apart.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Labor Day has passed, but summer is still here

    As youngsters, it seemed time crawled. It seemed like the clock was in slow motion as kids awaited Christmas, or for school to be out, or a scheduled birthday party.

    Now, after the years have piled up, one on top of another, decade on top of decade, it seems the clock is spinning to set a new land speed record. Time races by. It seems like we should just be planting flowers and tomato plants, not digging them up with the arrival of fall.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Doves plentiful for early season

    Summer has been racing past, and September already is appearing on the calendar. Squirrel season already is open, and with the first of the month mourning dove season starts.

    And from most indications, this could be a good dove hunting season in Kentucky and Indiana. Doves available for the first part of the season are primarily local birds, while most of the migratory doves will arrive later.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bow season finally opens Saturday

    It’s been a long wait, but opening day of the archery deer season is finally here, and even after 40-plus years of bowhunting and climbing into a treestand every opening morning for all those years, I’m sure tonight will be a long restless, sleepless night.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Use caution as deer season opens

    With archery deer season only a week away, more hunters are getting in the field doing last-minute scouting, freshening up their mineral licks, putting up or checking treestands and checking photos on their trail cameras.

    This time of year, each time we go afield we expose ourselves to several different little pests, and it seems like these problems are getting worse and more dangerous for us humans.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Late summer is the time to catch big catfish

    Summer 2016 has been a bit unusual. That’s an unscientific observation. The Weather Bureau might not agree.

    While some Kentuckiana areas have seen lots of rain, others have been relatively dry. Some have been hot and humid, and other less so.

    Anyway, mid-to-late summer is usually the hottest part of the summer, and that is a time when fishing for most species is slow. However, catfish are a different story. Especially for catfish in the Ohio River and its tributaries.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Good outlook for deer season

    While hot summer days are still with us, squirrel-hunting season is underway, dove season is nearly here, and deer season is rapidly approaching.

    And, for deer hunters, there is good news. Another season of excellent hunting is predicted by the biologists and managers at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

    Officials not only are thinking about this deer season, but they also are seeking hunter input about the future.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Practice being perfect in bowhunting

    As bowhunters, it is our ethical responsibility to be as efficient as humanly possible with the weapon of our choice, the bow and arrow.

    To do this requires a lot of practice with your equipment, and it has to be good practice. Not just shooting a lot of arrows without paying attention to the small details that go into making a good shot.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Squirrel season rapidly approaching

    Here it is again — the hottest part of summer. And, the first hunting season of late summer and fall opens in a few days.

    Most people still are thinking about swimming, boating, catfishing, and hoping their air conditioner makes it to cooler weather. However, some squirrel hunters are getting their gear and themselves ready to take to the woods.

    Squirrel season opens Monday in Kentucky, and continues through Nov. 11, closes for a couple of days, then reopens Nov. 14 and continues through Feb. 28 of next year.