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Outdoors

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Most exciting time of season

    As bowhunters we consider the last week of October up to the opening of the modem

    firearm season to be the most exciting time of the year to be in our treestands.

    The bigger bucks are starting to feel the effects of the rut coming on and are wandering, looking for receptive does. Your trail camera will have photos of bucks traveling that you have not seen all year. One fellow I know, killed a great buck and was given photos of that deer that were taken a few days earlier about five miles away. This time of the year you never know what may walk by.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Cautious driving needed to avoid deer

    It’s deer season. It’s the time when hunters take to the woods in hopes of bagging a deer to have venison for the holiday table. It’s also the time when deer and autos meet far too often.

    Deer movement peaks in late October and continues through the first part of December. During this time, the deer rut or annual mating season takes place for whitetail deer, and it ‘s also the time some deer are on the move when hunters are in the woods.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Just passing time

    I’ve been asked, doesn’t it get boring when you are bowhunting?

    Just sitting there, 20 to 30 feet above the ground on a platform that only measures about 20x30 inches, for three or four hours at a time and making up to 50 trips afield every season.

    My answer is yeah, maybe sometimes, but not very often.

    I always enjoy seeing what each morning’s sunrise looks like as I drive to work, but I especially enjoy the experience of sunrise from a tree stand. You experience first-hand the world of nature waking to a brand new day.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Predicting fall foliage is a guess

    It seems to be really difficult to predict the impact summer weather, including drought, has on fall foliage.

    Many forecasters projected the drought would mostly eliminate fall tree color, to the disappointment of many who enjoy it. Touring the countryside viewing leaves is something anticipated by many, including promoters of fall festivals and many shop owners.

    It seems there is a lot known about what causes color in the leaves, but predicting its intensity isn’t easy.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: 2012 Hunt Diary

    Hunt 4, Saturday 9/8

    I got out of the archery shop at 5 p.m. After a quick shower and change into camo I was in my stand by 6 p.m. It was hot with a light southwest breeze. I saw a few squirrels, lots of small birds and just at dusk a rabbit hopped into sight but no deer. Got home about 8:30 p.m.

     

    Hunt 5, Saturday 9/15

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Cedar Creek Lake now trout fishery

    Cedar Creek Lake in Lincoln County will become a new Kentucky trout fishery as part of a three-year program to make more trout fishing opportunities available in the state.

    Cedar Creek is a relatively new lake. The attractive 784-acre facility was dedicated a decade ago, and original fish management was aimed at the impoundment being developed as a trophy largemouth bass lake.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Recovering your deer

    Last week’s column ended just after shooting your deer.

    Now after waiting an hour — sometimes longer — it’s time to carefully get out of your stand, very quietly go to the spot where the deer was standing. Mark this spot with surveyor’s tape or a strip of paper towel. These markers need to be removed after you retrieve your deer. This will let you search the area where your arrow should be by lining up the marker with your tree stand. Hopefully, you will find your arrow and verify a good hit or a clean miss.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Impromptu trips can be the fun ones

    Some of the best vacation plans are impromptu, maybe no plan at all. Certainly planning can be beneficial, but sometimes it is fun just to do it, “go with the flow” as they used to say.

    For our 25th wedding anniversary, my wife, Phyllis, and I had a well-planned trip to Ontario, Canada. We visited three different fishing camps. It was a great trip. However, 25 years later, things were different. We had less coins in our pockets, less mobility in our bodies, and less time between doctor appointments.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Moment of Truth

    You have spent all year scouting, positioning stands in prime areas and practicing with your bow every chance you get. Deer season has finally opened, and you are in your stand.

    From the corner of your eye, you catch a glimpse of a tan movement 60 yards away. You freeze, staring at that area. Your heart rate and breathing increase with excitement.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Change it up to bag fall turkey

    Most turkey hunters confine their efforts — and that usually is a lot — to spring. Many of the avid spring hunters never venture into the woods in pursuit of a turkey in the fall.

    While it’s the same wild bird whether in April or October, the actions of the birds and the hunting is so different, one might think they are different species.

    And while fall hunting is more popular and more hunting available than a decade ago, the number of hunters and the number of birds harvested still is miniscule in comparison to those in the spring.