• 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.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Are you ready for opening day?

    It is only three weeks until opening day of the 2016 archery deer season, and we are swamped at the archery shop with men and women archers getting their equipment ready.

    With it being so hot lately, a lot of bowhunters are just starting to shoot their bows, and they are finding a few problems that need to be repaired.

  • 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.