• OUTDOOR TALES: Walnuts one of fall's favorite treats

    One of the bounties of fall is the harvest of nuts. In this part of the country, the most valued are walnuts and hickories. Both are great in desserts.

    In the wild, hickories are more abundant. The nuts make good cookies, however you need a lot of patience I don’t have to pick out the meat from the shell.

    Walnuts ultimately are easier to hull, but are really messy and also can be a lot of work. Harvesting walnuts is almost a lost art. While they are expensive in the grocery store, most people buy them these days rather than picking out the meat.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Worms and muddy water aid survival

    In this part of the country, people hunting or hiking in the woods rarely get lost — really lost. Sometimes they are lost for a few hours, possibly even overnight, but rarely really lost.

    In most of the lower Midwest, you can walk in straight line and you will find a road or find a stream to follow. People frequently get disoriented and walk in circles. And, sometimes injury can curtail movement.

    It’s always wise to take precaution and be prepared — even on a warm sunny day. It could turn into a cool, rainy night or even nights.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Catfishermen set tourney record

    Big catfish are known for feeding in late summer. It’s the time to catch big cats. And if anyone ever needed proof, they only need to look to the results of the Cabela’s King Kat tournament fished in the Ohio River from Henderson Sept. 10.  

    The team of Dale and Matthew Kerns from Norris City, Ill., set a new tournament trail record by weighing in a limit of five catfish, which totaled 210.9 pounds.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Outdoor opportunities change as weather cools

    Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer.

    There will be more warm weather, but it is the beginning of the end of the hot stuff. We’ve gone from 100 degrees to a morning long-sleeve shirt.

    In 1894, Labor Day became a federal holiday. While some union people and other workers celebrate the day for reasons related to labor, for the most part it has gone the way of most other holidays in that it is a day off and a long weekend to have a good time.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Dove season under way

    If the weatherman cooperates, it should be a good season opener for dove hunters throughout southern Indiana and Kentucky.

    Kentucky’s early dove season opened Thursday and continues through Oct. 24. There are two late dove hunt segments, Nov. 24 - Dec. 2, and Dec. 31 - Jan. 6. The early season is primarily hunting local flocks of birds,

    Other migratory bird seasons opened Thursday, including gallinule and common snipe, and Virginia and sora rail. Crow season also opened Thursday.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Why do fish like worms?

    My three-year-old granddaughter Meredith was on the phone. “Grandpa, I want to go fishing.”

    How old is old enough to learn to fish? Five? Six? What about a youngster who just turned three this spring?

    Three is probably a little young I thought, but I didn’t want to tell Meredith she is too young. I knew her mother, daughter Michelle, had prompted her. Michelle has always been an outdoorswoman, plus she wants to keep the old man busy.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Show offers new fishing gear

    There are new toys for fishing girls and boys, especially the adult boys and girls.

    Each summer, the American Sportfishing Associations hosts a huge convention where members can exhibit and demonstrate their latest fishing gear and associated products.

    The show, the International Convention of Allies Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) is he world’s largest sportfishing trade show. Attending are about 7,000 members and the outdoor media.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Escape heat, take hunter course

    Hot, hot, hot. There may be a few signs of a bit of cooling, but the temperature still is high enough to keep one indoors during the peak heat of the day.

    There is something related to the outdoors you can do indoors on a hot day that may save future time and money, or at least be something to do. Take an online hunter education or bowhunter education course. Even if you don’t need to take one, it can be a good refresher.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Hayes' record bass catch honored

    David Hayes recently was honored for his world record smallmouth catch 55 years ago at Dale Hollow Lake.

    To honor his catch, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Department spearheaded an effort to have the auxiliary boat ramp at the Dale Hollow Resort State Park renamed the David L. Hayes boat ramp.

    The honor is especially fitting as over the years there was a struggle to have his record reinstated after it had been wrongfully denied him a half century ago after a man, apparently jealous, accused him of cheating.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Squirrel season almost here

    Squirrel season is less than a month away, even though the thermometer has people thinking about most anything other than hunting. It’s just plain hot.

    Most people are thinking about swimming and boating, catfishing, or whether the air conditioner will make it through the summer, but squirrel hunters are getting ready for the season opener.

    The first phase of squirrel season opens Aug. 20 in Kentucky and continues through Nov. 11 before closing a couple days, then reopening Nov. 14 and continuing a long run through Feb. 19 of next year.