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Outdoors

  • 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.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A successful week hunting

    After the first week of the season was a bust for me, and with rain on Monday, April 23, and a dentist appointment the next day, it was April 25 before I got another chance to hunt again.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: More about our 2018 turkey hunting

    After Hannah had taken her second turkey on Saturday, April 14, and with heavy rain coming in for the next couple of days, Eric and I talked about where to hunt on the next morning.

    We both thought if it was raining hard that a box blind we had built for the girls would be a good choice. It overlooked a big food plot, would be easy to get into and be a dry, comfortable place to hunt. I told Eric to go ahead and hunt it if he wanted to. I could hunt almost every day if I wanted to and really didn’t want to hunt in the rain.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Turkey season opening day

    On the evening of Friday the 13th, Eric and I discussed our plans for the next morning, the opening day of statewide spring turkey season.

    Hannah had one tag left, and when Eric asked me if I would be interested in taking her and hunting from a blind. I jumped at the chance to spend the morning hunting with my granddaughter. This also gave Eric a chance to move around, and if he heard a bird gobbling, he could go to it, set up, and try to call the gobbler in, while Hannah and I were confined to one spot.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Turkey hunting at Wendell Ford Regional Training Center

    On Sunday, April 8, at a week-late Easter get-together with my side of the family, the subject of turkey hunting came up.

    Two of my brothers and two of my nephews had hunted at the Wendell Ford Training Center the Saturday before, and my brothers — one retired, one active duty — were going back the following Monday to hunt for three days before that activity would be shut down for a week and a half while about 1,700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell came on base for training.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: The spring youth turkey season

    The 2018 season opened Saturday, and my granddaughter, Hannah, had been anxiously looking forward to her third turkey season. So regardless of the snowstorm in the forecast, Eric and I planned to take her to Hart County for opening morning.

    I was up at 5 a.m. Saturday, and my truck was covered in snow. Hannah and Eric arrived 20 minutes later, and we loaded a chainsaw and fuel, oil and tools in Eric’s truck in case we had any trees down from last week’s storms. We were on the road by 5:30.