• OUTDOOR TALES: Cure winter blahs with antler hunt

    Hunting seasons are winding down, and the cold keeps the fishing gear of most anglers in the closet, so what’s a person to do on these midwinter days?

    Some weekends there are sports and travel shows. Then you can attempt to organize your tackle boxes, or you can head to the woods to look for shed deer antlers.

    Yes, hunting shed antlers is becoming a popular pastime among both deer hunters and non-hunters.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Forget the shovel, snow’s fun

    Blame it on global warming. Blame it on global cooling. Blame it the Mayans. Whatever, we have had snow this early winter. Depending on your perspective, it can be good or bad.

    There’s an old saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I’d suggest, when life gives you snow, make snow ice cream.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: 2012 LBL Hunt Diary

    Thursday, Nov. 1 — Eric and I had our LBL deer permits and were on the road at 3 a.m. This would give us just enough time for the drive and half-mile hike with all our gear and portable tree stands to get into the treetops before daylight.

  • Outdoor Tales: Christmas bike ticket to adventures

    It was a shiny red bike. It stood parked by the Christmas tree. Wow, a bike.

    I couldn’t have been happier on Christmas morning. A beautiful, full-size bike. It wasn’t new, but I didn’t care. It was new to me, and I couldn’t have been more excited.

    Money was scarce when I was growing up. We always had plenty to eat and a warm house, but not a lot more. I didn’t know we were poor.

  • Straight Arrow: Your new bow

    You received a new bow for Christmas, so what is the next step?

    If the bow is already equipped with a rest, sight, peep sight, etc. you are ready to start shooting it. If it is not already set up, you will need to add what accessories to the bow that you feel will work best for you.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: 'Tis the season

    With a little extra time off during the holidays, a resourceful bowhunter can usually get into a tree stand a few more times.

    While I always hunt around my work schedule and the archery shop hours, during the holidays even if we have a Christmas party at noon I can be in a tree stand from daylight until 10 a.m. and make the party, no problem. Unless I mess up and shoot a deer! Through the years this is something Bonnie has gotten used to.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Outdoor gift ideas offered to help Santa

    Here it is almost Christmas, however, there still are a few shopping days left to come up with that special gift for any outdoors person on your list.

    The outdoors people on your Christmas list probably are the easiest to satisfy when it comes to giving a gift, but in case you are having some difficulty, here are some ideas.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Gift ideas

    Since the movies “The Hunger Games” and “Brave” came out this year a lot of parents and Santa are getting requests for archery equipment for Christmas.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Fog can be challenging, dangerous

    Fog hovered over the lake the past three mornings, then cleared before noon, and bright sunshine finished the day. More of the same was forecast for the next day, when my brother-in-law Paul Cooper asked me if I wanted to fish in the morning.

    Of course, I wanted to fish, but what about the fog.

    “We’ll wait till about eight o’clock to go out,” he suggested. “We don’t need to be in a hurry.”

    So, next morning, we checked at eight, however the fog still was quite thick. Maybe, you could see a hundred yards.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: LBL a Ky. treasure

    Land Between the Lakes is a great place to visit for non-hunters and hunters. If you don’t hunt, there are lots of things of interest and things to do.

    There are more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails and back-country roads; 100 miles of trails at the Turkey Bay area for ATVs. Near the Wrangler’s campground there are 100 miles of horseback trails and there are 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline to be fished and explored.