• STRAIGHT ARROW: Sighting in your bow a must

    Setting the sight on your bow is something every archer has to do, and while it’s not rocket science, it can be frustrating, time-consuming and intimidating to someone new to the sport.

    Before you start adjusting, the top pin on your sight is always set for the closest distance, normally 10 or 20 yards, your personal preference. Each additional pin below that one will usually be set in 10-yard increments. For example, if your sight has three pins and you hunt thick cover, I would set the pins at 10, 20 and 30 yards.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bowhunting opportunities are available in the preseason

    The archery deer season always opens on the first Saturday in September, so this year it will open on Sept. 1.

    Once the archery season opens, a bowhunter can pursue his passion of hunting with a bow and arrow in pursuit of the whitetail deer every day through Jan. 21, 2019. That’s a whole lot (143 days) of bowhunting opportunity.

    I know that we are already less than a month away from opening day, and the intensity of things in the archery shop tells me that a lot more archers are just as excited about the upcoming season as I am.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Will our collectibles be as beloved to our offspring?

    As humans, I think we all have a tendency to collect things. As kids, it was rocks, marbles and shells that I remember the boys kept, and for my sisters, it was dolls.

    As we get out on our own and have a home to furnish, we may find an item we like and then start to collect similar items, sets or series of collectibles because we enjoy seeing the beauty of them, and maybe with the hope of an increase in value over time.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A quote from Fred Bear, inspirational archer

    Fred Bear was the founder of the Bear Archery Company and considered by many to be the Father of Modern Archery.

    During the 1970s, Fred Bear’s hunting adventures were being shown on TV and they were very inspirational to me as a young bowhunter.

    Bonnie and I started the Bent Arrow Archery Shop in 1978 after meeting and being inspired by a pro staff shooter who worked for Bear Archery, and two years later at an archery show in West Virginia I was privileged to meet my hero, Fred Bear.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: How can we retain and recruit new hunters?

    According to the Archery Trade Association (ATA), the number of hunters across the country is on a decline and fish and wildlife agencies and the ATA are trying to figure out why the decline is occurring and how to retain and recruit more hunters.

    The reasons for the decline seem to be older hunters give up on the sport of hunting, either because of a lack of a place to hunt or for health reasons, and fewer people are taking up the challenge of hunting.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Summertime preparations for bow season

    As spring quickly turned into summer and we anticipate the fall bow season, there are some chores that still need to be taken care of.

    Back in February and March, we checked and adjusted stands and freshened mineral licks, so now our main project is mowing our ladino clover food plots, spraying weed killer, trimming limbs that overhang the trails and roads, and road maintenance. And maybe add a couple of treestands.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A Memorial Day weekend trip to Berea

    Bonnie had for a long time wanted to visit the college town of Berea, mainly to see the arts and crafts, but we also wanted to do some hiking.

    On Saturday, when we arrived in town we found the visitor’s center in the heart of the Artisan Village. The ladies there were very helpful about things to see in town, but we also got information on a great hike. We checked into our hotel then went to the Kentucky Artisan Center.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A trip to the zoo with the grandkids

    Last Wednesday, Bonnie and I decided to take all three granddaughters — Hannah, 12, Lilly, 6, and Haylee, 3 — to the Louisville Zoo.

    We knew we were going to be outnumbered, but figured we could handle it. The girls were looking forward to the trip. They enjoy seeing the animals, love to ride the train, and took their swimsuits to play and cool down at the Papa John’s Splash Park after walking around for a while.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bowfishing can keep you shooting through the spring and summer

    Deer season has been closed for about four months now, and turkey season has been over for a couple of weeks, so do you just hang up your bow and wait for the next three and a half months for deer season to open again, or find something else to hunt?

    I’ll be the first to admit I would much rather hunt deer than fish, but bowfishing is a great way to keep your muscles in shape, and walking along the river or a lake bank probably won’t hurt any of us.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A road trip

    After a long season of NASP tournaments and three weeks of turkey hunting, Bonnie and I decided to take a road trip vacation. We decided to head east into West Virginia, Virginia and then south to Tennessee and finally home.