• OUTDOOR TALES: Christmas ideas for outdoor types

    It seems like it was just almost too hot to fish the other day. Then along came Thanksgiving, and now it’s almost Christmas.

    As part of my Christmas tradition, I try to pass along some gift ideas for the outdoors person. Some people think it is tough to buy a Christmas gift for an outdoors person. But, really it’s easy. 

    Outdoors people love gadgets and anything that will help them enjoy their sport, whether they are anglers, hunters, boaters, and hikers or pursue any other form of outdoor recreation.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Thank those who support your outdoor endeavors

    Recently on an evening radio news show, the host and a guest were discussing that fewer people these days take the time or effort to say, “Thank you.”

    There were several speculations as to why. Younger people aren’t taught to say it, people just expect more, and some just have learned or don’t care about good manners. Maybe they don’t appreciate what they receive and what they have.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Sandhill cranes starting south earlier than usual

    In the fall, sandhill cranes gather in their northern summer grounds and start southward. Many traditionally make a rest stop in northern Indiana, and then in early December as weather worsens they start the trek on to their winter homes in Georgia and Florida.

    Some of the birds make a brief stop coming or going in the Ohio River bottoms or in central Kentucky.

  • OUTDOORS: 'Always Moving Forward'

    Matt Hoyes can tell you a lot about running, cycling, even kayaking. Good luck keeping him still long enough, though.

    “I feel like I’m a lot stronger at 37 than I was at 27, and a far sight more than I was at 17,” said the mercurial Hoyes, who has raced in 19 events this season, most varying wildly in distance and method. “I always want to get better. Always moving forward.”

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Turkey is key part of Thanksgiving

    Turkeys and Thanksgiving are synonymous; at least they go together, one with the other.

    Wild turkeys probably were part of the first fall celebration that preceded the Thanksgiving we know today. They were on the scene long before the domestic variety we find in the grocery store.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Venison donations help hungry

    People who hunt deer are enthusiastic about their sport, and most love to eat venison, but if not there are a number of places to put the tasty, healthy meat to good use. There are people who want it, and those who need it.

    Taking an extra deer really is a good thing. It helps manage the continued growth of the deer herd, and it also can help those in need of food.

  • Modern gun deer season arrives for hunters

    Bow deer season has been open for more than a month, and this weekend thousands of hunters will take to the woods and fields as modern gun season opens. It is a fun time and a time when hunters hope to bag venison for the freezer.

    Kentucky modern gun season opened Saturday, and the second part of muzzleloader season starts Dec. 10-18.

    It was sad to hear a southern Indiana hunter lost his life last month when he fell from a tree stand from which he was hunting. Several other non-fatal falls also have been reported.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Start youngsters early in outdoors activities

    When it comes to teaching youngsters the basics and traditions of hunting, often squirrel or rabbit is the game that usually come to mind for the initial outings.

    Squirrel are a good choice because many of the basics learned apply to other types of game, like deer and turkey. 

    My first hunting was for rabbits. Almost by accident I shot one with a BB gun. While rabbits are good for learning, it seems these days there are fewer and fewer rabbits to hunt.

  • Persimmons make good fall treat

    When most people think of dessert treats for Thanksgiving, images and thoughts of pumpkin pies come to mind. For others it is persimmons and persimmon pudding.

    For many, persimmon pudding is as traditional as that oven-browned turkey and pumpkin pies with a bit of whipped cream on the top.

    However, persimmon pudding probably is losing the popularity battle as persimmon pulp is harder to come by these days. There is canned pulp available as some specialty stores. It’s OK, but it’s not as tasty as the home grown and processed pulp.

  • Kids love campfires, water, but why?

    Kids love campfires and throwing sticks into water. I’m not sure why. But, they do. It is like an instinct. It’s like part of nature.

    Somebody probably has studied why they are attracted to campfires as well as tossing stuff into water. Everything else seems to have been studied. However, if anyone has studied kids and campfires or sticks and water, I’ve never seen one.

    Most people enjoy sitting by a campfire, but tossing things — other than fishing lures — in the water seems to be a natural kid thing.