• OUTDOOR TALES: Fried morels are a spring cuisine treat

    The period for finding morel mushrooms is far too short.

    Usually in this area, morels can be found in late April and early May, so that is when the eating is good. And while they can be saved for later eating, they are best eaten when they are freshly picked and cooked.

    A couple seasons past, my brother-in-law Paul Cooper stopped by and announced he brought a surprise. It was a good one. Morel mushrooms.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Day 4 of turkey season proved productive

    Last week, I documented my first three hunts of the 2016 season, and Tuesday morning, April 19, I was again up at 5:30 a.m. I decided that I would just find a concealed spot, put a hen decoy out, call a little, and be patient.

    When I arrived at the area, I wanted to hunt, I found a spot near where I knew turkeys sometimes enter the field. I cleared a small area out between two small cedar trees, then stepped off 25 yards and placed the hen decoy. I went back and crawled into my makeshift blind, and as the sky started to lighten, I prepared to wait motionless until 10 a.m.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Sucker fishing, snipe hunting both real

    Sucker fishing may be a bit like snipe hunting. If people have ever heard of either, they think they are jokes, but both are real.

    As a youngster, we neighbor kids used to take a new kid “snipe hunting.” The newbie was taken out in the dark and given a bag to hold, and we would drive the snipe to him. In reality, we went off somewhere and laughed, and finally the new kid figured out he had been tricked.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: In pursuit of the elusive wild turkey

    Opening day of turkey season found my daughter-in-law, Beth, going to a farm in Hart County, my son Eric and 10-year-old granddaughter, Hannah, going to another farm in Hart County, and I was going to hunt here in Nelson County.

    Hannah, Beth and Eric were on their way to the farms at 5 a.m., but I didn’t have to leave until 5:45. My hunt was very uneventful and I was never able to get set up on a gobbler.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Soc Clay shares his bass wisdom

    Soc Clay has been a friend for many years, and I’ve always admired his photographic and written outdoor works. Truth is, he has been one of my idols.

    I’ve learned a lot from Soc, especially related to outdoor photography. I just wish I had retained 10 percent of what he taught.

    Soc, who hails from the hills of Eastern Kentucky near South Shore, has a newly released book. It is named “Bassin’ Around Kentucky,” and is said to be the most complete bass fishing book ever written about bass fishing in Kentucky.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Turkey hunting ain’t just about turkey hunting

    When turkey season is open, I will spend as much time as I possibly can in the pursuit of these evasive birds. But when the birds are quiet and not cooperating at all, it can be hard to keep your focus and keep getting up early to continue hunting every day.

    Here are some things I do to pass the slow time in the turkey woods.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Hannah’s first turkey hunts

    After getting out scouting and listening to the turkeys on the Saturday and Sunday mornings of Easter weekend, I felt very confident that Eric and I could get Hannah in range of a gobbler. Well it didn’t quite work out like I thought it would.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Saving morels takes effort

    There used to be years when spring would produce an abundance of morel mushrooms for this old hunter. However, weather, loss of hunting habitat and personal mobility have taken their toll.

    In my early years, I usually hunted the mushrooms with my father. I was good at finding the tasty fungi, but Dad was an expert. He knew just where and when to look, plus had good eyesight.

    Each spring, we usually found enough to send an airmail package or two of mushrooms to my aunt Florence in Denver. She loved eating them, and couldn’t find them in the Columbine state.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Old pros still do the job

    At age 39-plus, Peyton Manning won his second Super Bowl ring. The first one came with the Indianapolis Colts, and this one with the Denver Broncos.

    The feat was exceptional for Peyton at his age. In fact it is exceptional for anyone at any age. However, what Peyton did as a 39-year-old battered National Football League player will long be remembered and admired.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Scouting turkeys for Hannah

    With the youth turkey season opening Saturday, when I went to bed last Friday evening I thought, if I wake up early the next morning I could go and listen for gobblers, and maybe locate a gobbler for Hannah.