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Outdoors

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Once disdained, alligator gar may make comeback

    Alligator gar swam the streams of the Midwest for thousands of years, probably millions of years. Now they are gone.

    Also, for years when alligator gar were found, they were considered “trash” or nuisance fish. However, today some people, especially fisheries biologists and managers, would like to have them back in Midwestern rivers. Today, you have to travel to southern states to find them.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A bow for the kids

    Wouldn’t you like to find a bow that your kid could start shooting at the age of 6-8 years old?

    One simple enough that you can adjust the draw length without a bow press, and by removing one screw on each cam and rotating the modular to the well-marked draw length setting of your choice, and then re-installing the screws you are done.

    Next, wouldn’t it be nice if that same bow would adjust from 15- to 52-pound pull, or from 13 to 70 pounds, just by adjusting the two limb bolts?

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A visit to Highland Rim Speedway

    Over the last few months, I have been making deliveries to a company just south of Nashville, and had seen the sign on the side of I-65 for the Highland Rim Speedway. So, when I got home Thursday from making a delivery of drill parts, I did some research about the track.

    I found that the Highland Rim Speedway opened in May 1962 as a high-banked, quarter-mile dirt track. Country music star Marty Robbins was a weekly participant, driving his No. 777 Devil Woman car.

  • On the new Mathews bows

    I have shot Mathews bows since 2000, when I bought a Q2 at the same time we set up our Mathews dealership.

    Changing to a Mathews bow was one of the best things I had ever done to help me be a more efficient archer and bowhunter.

    Since that first Mathews bow, I have shot just about every brand of bow made at the archery trade shows, and I have not found another brand that I feel can compare to the Mathews brand, and every couple of years, I set up a new one for myself.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Worms top the list for catching fish of all kinds

    Many anglers spend big bucks for special lures. Many of them are quite good, and the tackle business certainly is beneficial to fishing and the economy.

    Many of the tax dollars spent on fishing equipment are returned to states to help maintain our fishery. That’s good.

    Interestingly, 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 relatively inexpensive or free, and they catch fish.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Thanks to the farmers

    On my way home from work last Friday, traffic was stopped just as I got to the top of the hill, just past the river bridge on U.S. 31E, I thought I saw a big piece of equipment crossing over the Bluegrass Parkway bridge about a half-mile ahead of me, but I wasn’t sure.

  • Alligators everywhere in Florida

    Recently, a tragic event took place where a young boy was grabbed by an alligator, and the next day was found dead. I can’t imagine anything much worse.

    I don’t know the specific circumstances of the alligator attack. Should the parents or Disney have done anything differently? I have no idea. But, I do know it was tragic, and I do know anyone traveling to the southeastern part of the United States should be aware of alligators.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Have you visited a zoo lately?

    Last Friday, Bonnie and I took our two oldest granddaughters to the Louisville Zoo, and we had a very enjoyable trip.

    Last fall we had purchased a zoo membership, and this made our fourth trip since September. You would think that after a couple of trips you would have seen it all and it would get boring, but it seems like we experience something new every time we go.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Create a Father’s Day memory

    Spending time with dad in the outdoors can make Father’s Day something special. It can be a day fishing, or a picnic in the backyard or at a nearby park.

    Father’s Day was created early in the twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day, which was created first. Celebrated on different days in different countries, it is believed to first have been celebrated on July 5, 1908, at the Central United Methodist Church in Fairmont, W.V.

  • Small details that can make a big difference

    Last weekend I had the opportunity to go with one of my nephews and help him scout and prepare an area to hunt on a new property. He had already located the area where he wanted to hunt and had started clearing shooting lanes and had a mineral lick in a very good spot. But there was quite a bit left to do.