• STRAIGHT ARROW: A road trip to West Virginia

    At 5:30 on the morning of March 17, I was already on my way to the little town of Crown Hill, W.Va., to make a deliver to a heavy equipment company there.

    I was near Mount Sterling before the sun started peeking over the horizon, and it was kind of miserable driving directly at the sun for the next two hours before it climbed high enough in the sky that it wasn’t blinding. I stopped for fuel near Charleston, and when I got out of the truck I realized the temperature was a bit colder than it had been when I left home.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Scouting, looking for antlers, and a nice hike

    After spending all day Saturday at a NASP tournament, I was ready for a change of pace, even for only a couple of hours. So when I got up Sunday morning to an overcast sky, I checked the weather, and with no rain in the forecast, I decided I would make a trip to one of my favorite hunting spots and go for a hike.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Muscle memory for the archer

    For an archer, regardless of what form you participate in, whether it be National Archery in the Schools Program, target archery, 3-D or bowhunting, we all strive to shoot our best, and this takes a lot of practice. Well, it really takes a lot of perfect practice.

    Since I have been helping some of the NASP archers who have been having problems, I can watch them and see what they are doing wrong. I have been trying to figure out why a kid who was shooting in the 270s one year might see their scores plummet when they start shooting the next year.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: NASP archers and target panic

    Here lately I have been working with more of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) archers. Some are being sent by their coaches who have their hands full just working with the number of kids they have participating in the sport, and have trouble giving enough individual attention to those having problems.

    It seems a lot of kids — actually most archers — reach a peak, and then all of a sudden their scores fall off and they start struggling. Almost all problems are related to target panic.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: NASP 5th Region tourney a big event

    The kids competing in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) in the 5th Region converged on Taylor County Middle School in Campbellsville last weekend for the largest tournament in our region’s history.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Plan now for a successful Western fall hunt

    If you have any thoughts of doing a bowhunt in one of our Western states, now is a good time to start planning for these hunts, because locating a place to hunt and the procedure of buying or applying for a permit all take research and time.

    First, is there a particular big-game species that you would like to hunt? Once you decide on the species, talk to anyone you know who has hunted that species in the past, and get any pointers they can give you about where to go and even how to bowhunt that species.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Buyers beware

    Last week I ran into a couple of disturbing instances that I would like to share, and hopefully help other archers avoid these problems.

    The first: I got a call from a local coach whose team was having problems with a Vapor Trail dropaway rest. The timing rope on this rest attaches to the upper limb, and as you draw the bow, the rest comes up. They were having problems with it not coming up, even after properly adjusting the timing.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Preparing for next deer season

    Last Saturday Eric and I met at 6:30 a.m., loaded my truck and headed for Hart County to check and loosen the chains on some of our treestands, freshen our Trophy Rock mineral licks and to broadcast Bio Logic clover seeds on about four acres of food plots. We had a long, cold day ahead of us.

    The temperature varied from 19 degrees when we left to 17 when we got to the first farm. As we neared the gate two does crossed the road, probably headed for their bedding area. We had to use a lighter to thaw out the lock on the gate.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A trip to Eastern Kentucky

    Last Tuesday I had to make a delivery run to Oil Springs in Eastern Kentucky, and after getting loaded, I left the shop just before 8 a.m. There had been a skim of snow when I had left home, and the temperature was just above freezing.

    When I left the shop where I work at Filter Clone, a wintry mix was falling, so I was pretty cautious as I drove toward Bloomfield, where I got on the Bluegrass Parkway.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Taking in the Archery Trade Show

    Recently Bonnie and I were in Indianapolis for the Archery Trade Association show (ATA). This show brings in manufacturers from all over the world to show their products and new offerings, and thousands of archery dealers who are anxious to see what’s new, learn about and shoot the new bows, and to place orders for the products they need. There are even a few outfitters there with whom you could book a hunting trip to New Zealand or Africa.