• 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.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: My 7th hunt and a trip to Kentucky Speedway

    Since bow season opened on Sept. 3, I have been able to get into a treestand seven times.

    On the first six hunts, I saw only one small buck but several does and fawns, and on two hunts I didn’t see any deer at all.

    On Saturday Sept. 24, I was up at 5:30 a.m. and was in my stand well before daylight. As I sat in the stand listening to acorns falling out of the trees around me and the overnight dew dripping off the leaves, it was very peaceful as I waited for dawn.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Fall tops for camping

    Evenings begin to have a crispness. Leaves begin to change color. An evening campfire feels good. A long-sleeve shirt is in order. Fall is approaching, and so is some of the best camping of the year.

    Summer’s oppressive heat is a memory, and a pot of ham and beans on the fire makes sitting and enjoying the weather something to cherish. It’s time for marshmallows and s’mores.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Hunting snipe no joke

    Back in the day, when kids played outdoors as darkness fell, it always was special when a new kid arrived to play in the evening. It was snipe hunt time.

    The newbie was told before he or she could enter into evening games, they had to help us with a snipe hunt. It was their assignment to catch the snipe.

    The youngster usually was given a burlap bag and a flashlight to assist with their duties.


    While I love to be in the woods bowhunting, sometimes it’s easy to make excuses not to go through the effort to get out of the house and go sit in a tree.

    Over the years in the archery shop, I guess I have heard just about every excuse anyone can think of.

    The big excuse right now is that it is too hot, and I will agree. But I also know a half-dozen bowhunters, including my son, Eric, who didn’t use that excuse and have good bucks at their taxidermists being mounted, and a lot of other guys with venison in the freezer.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: Sept. 4, the second day of deer season

    After helping Eric recover his buck on Saturday night, I had gotten to bed at 2:30 a.m. and had told Bonnie that I wasn’t going to set the alarm clock for 5:15, but if I woke up and felt good, I might get up and go hunting Sunday coming. I really didn’t think there was any chance I would wake up.

    I woke up and looked at the clock — it was 5:20 a.m. I lay in bed a couple of minutes and knew I was not going to go back to sleep, so I got up and showered, washing with non-scented soap, even my hair, quickly dressed and was on my way.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Few hunters seek fall turkeys

    Fall presents many choices and opportunities for people who like to hunt and fish —almost too many.

    Hunters in both Indiana and Kentucky now have fall turkey hunting seasons. Indiana just opened fall turkey season a couple years ago.

    Whether there are too many options for hunters or whether fall turkey hunting is tough or for whatever reason, far fewer hunters bag the birds during fall seasons.

  • STRAIGHT ARROW: A three-year quest comes to a close

    Saturday was the opening day of the 2016 archery deer season, and Eric and I were up at 5:15 a.m. so we could be in our treestands well before daylight.

    When we parked the truck, we quickly got our packs and bows, wished each other good luck, and parted ways as we headed off into the dark in opposite directions. We were hunting about a half-mile apart.

  • OUTDOOR TALES: Labor Day has passed, but summer is still here

    As youngsters, it seemed time crawled. It seemed like the clock was in slow motion as kids awaited Christmas, or for school to be out, or a scheduled birthday party.

    Now, after the years have piled up, one on top of another, decade on top of decade, it seems the clock is spinning to set a new land speed record. Time races by. It seems like we should just be planting flowers and tomato plants, not digging them up with the arrival of fall.