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Outdoors

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Two key tips for proper bow care

    Last week I had two bows brought into the shop for repairs, and I would like to bring these issues to everyone’s attention.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Good viewing on my last four bowhunts

    A couple of weeks ago I got to watch a nice 10-point buck tearing up some brush and small trees. I had already filled my buck tag and watched him raking his antlers for about five minutes.

    I used my rangefinder to get a little better look at his antlers, and never could tell how long his brow tines were. But I think he would have scored about 130. I ranged him at 30 yards. He gradually moved and stepped out into an opening, standing perfectly broadside. My rangefinder showed 31 yards. I watched as he disappeared into the brush.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bowhunting the rut can yield results

    There is only a week left until the firearms deer season opens, but the good news for bowhunters is that if you still have your buck tag, there is no better week in the year to see a trophy buck.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A follow-up from last week’s hunts

    Last week I told you about the buck that Weston Childers harvested during the youth hunt and the doe his brother Landon had gotten, and I wished them good luck on their upcoming youth hunt at Fort Knox.

    Well, their trip was this past weekend, and the boys had another great weekend, this time with their dad, Aaron, and papaw, Danny Childers.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: The youth hunt

    The first youth deer hunt opened the weekend of Oct. 8, and a lot of kids had the opportunity to get out and hunt with their firearms for the weekend.

    The weather was good with no rain in the forecast, so it was a great time for the kids to be outdoors.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Good time for persimmons, paw paws and nuts

    There is no better time to take a hike in the woods than on a beautiful autumn day. The leaves are turning color and beginning to fall to form a carpet on the forest floor. And, there usually are fewer bugs to cause a distraction.

    During a fall walk, a hiker also may encounter products of nature’s bounty. This fall there appears to be an abundance of persimmons, walnut and hickory nuts.  Persimmons or nuts can provide key ingredients for a tasty dessert.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Bowhunting in the rain

    On Saturday morning, Oct. 1, the forecast was for rain, so Eric and I decided to skip hunting that morning, but we worked on a shooting rail that we could mount on two lock-on stands for the upcoming youth gun season opening for two days, Oct. 8-9.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Colorful fall foliage predicted

    For many people, fall is their favorite time of the year. They enjoy the cool, crisp weather, and the hunting and fishing opportunities, but a primary reason for many is the beautiful fall foliage.

    And, this year should be a colorful one for those who enjoy the beauty of the color changing leaves. It has already started.

    At the time of this writing, not a lot of color is showing, but change has started. It is in its early stage. What mostly is being seen now are dogwoods and sumac.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Are you ready for opening day?My eighth bowhunt of the season

    With all the rain we had on Monday, Sept. 26, and with the weather forecast dropping temperatures in the 40s, I decided I had to take off work and get in a tree stand on Tuesday morning.

    That morning, the alarm went off at 5:30. The rain had stopped overnight and, just as forecast, it was very cool. I added a medium weight pair of base layer pants and shirt under my Scent Blocker camouflage jacket and pants. I also carried a warmer pair of gloves and an insulated hat.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Granddaughter catches mystery fish

    When my granddaughters visit, they always want to fish.

    I’m fortunate. I have four granddaughters, and all like to fish. The good thing is they don’t care about the size, and I’m fortunate to live on a small lake where the bluegill usually cooperate and provide fun for the girls.

    During a recent visit by Molly and Kennedy, both caught fish. However, Molly landed a mystery fish.