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Outdoors

  • 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.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: My last bowhunt of the 2017-18 season

    After spending most of last week at the Archery Trade Show in Indianapolis, it was good to get home, and with snow on the ground, I was anxious to go bowhunting one more time before the season was over.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bowhunting the first day of the New Year

    After missing a doe on New Year’s Eve, I was a little frustrated with myself for rushing the shot, and I really wasn’t every excited about bowhunting the evening of Jan. 1, especially since the temperature was going to be colder than the previous two days.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Hunting during the late youth season

    Last weekend was another Youth Hunt weekend, and Hannah was anxious to get out with her dad and hunt with her .223, but the weather was COLD!

    It was too cold for us to get Hannah out Saturday morning, and with the heavy frost on the ground, deer usually don’t move much until the sun burns the frost off. So we decided to just hunt the evenings for the weekend.

  • Bow hunting Christmas weekend

    Any chance of getting to bow hunt over the Christmas weekend didn’t look or sound very good when I left work at noon on Friday; it was starting to rain and the forecast was for a lot of rain over the next couple of days.

    Saturday, with the rain falling all day, I got several things done at the archery shop, and I also found enough time to take several shots with my bow, not just because I enjoy shooting but because I needed the practice to help me with my form and my shot sequence, when and if I got the chance to go bow hunting.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Gift ideas for your bowhunter

    As Christmas draws near, if you have a bowhunter that you still need a gift for, I will try to give you a few good ideas.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: NASP and bowhunting

    The National Archery in the Schools Program tournaments are in full swing, and Bonnie and I were at Nelson County High School at 6 a.m. for their shoot last Saturday.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Hunting during the Thanksgiving holidays

    During the holidays I had time to bowhunt some, and Eric took Hannah out for several trips to the deer woods with her rifle.

    On Thanksgiving morning, when I left the truck with a star-filled sky overhead, the temperature was 20 degrees. After a half-mile hike and a 20-foot climb up to my stand, I rigged my safety harness and settled down to wait for daylight. I’d planned to stay put until about 10 a.m. when I would get down, head home, and Bonnie and I would go to her sister’s for her family’s Thanksgiving get-together.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Patience and persistence finally pays off for Hannah

    My 11-year-old granddaughter Hannah has gotten to spend quite a few hours in treestands this year, starting with some bowhunting in September, then three hunts during the earlier youth season, and continuing last week during the firearms season.

    Last Sunday, Hannah and Eric had climbed into a stand, and over the next couple of hours had watched five different small bucks. Hannah enjoyed watching these young bucks and learned a little more about deer behavior.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bowhunting the week of Halloween

    With deer activity on the increase, I took a day off from work on Tuesday, Oct. 31, Halloween.

    I got up at 5:50 a.m. and after dressing and loading my bow and backpack in my truck, I started the drive to my favorite hunting spot. However, before I got a quarter-mile, I had to stop to let a doe and two nearly grown fawns cross the road in front of me.