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  • Woods and Waters: Number of young hunters decreasing for variety of reasons

    One question asked by fish and wildlife agencies is, “Why is the number of young hunters decreasing?”
    That seems to require a very involved answer. No place to hunt, no transportation, no mentor type to take them and, according to some kids, it’s boring - just to name a few reasons.
    I can understand most of them. Unless you own land, are related to someone who’ll let you hunt or have landowning friends who’ll let you hunt, you’re pretty much out of luck.

  • Vaught’s Views: Kentucky coach John Calipari’s son is a freshman walk-on at UK

    By Larry Vaught

    Having his son on the team could guarantee that Kentucky coach John Calipari will be at Kentucky the next four or five years. Or at least that is what Calipari recently told ESPN.
    Brad Calipari is a freshman walk-on at UK and is excited about the opportunity to be part of the program he has become so enamored with since his father left Memphis for Lexington in 2009.
    However, he has no idea what this year will be like basketball-wise.

  • One more time

    Sports are unpredictable, and that's what makes them exciting. That's what makes people watch, and that's one of the many reasons the stadiums are filled.

  • Woods and Waters

    It’s fall y’all! The time of year when if ya can’t find something to do in our outdoors you have a serious problem.
    But I don’t hunt, you say. I respect that. But, do you like the pure beauty of God’s canvas? More colors than you can describe. Crisp cool air you can breathe. OK, you can breathe the rest of the year, too, but you won’t enjoy it as much.

  • Vaught’s Views

    Larry Vaught

    Before Bam Adebayo started his seventh grade basketball season, he had already dunked a basketball. His motor has never quit running since then, either.
    The 6-10, 255-pound Adebayo is being counted on to solve the deficiencies Kentucky had with its post play last season with his physical presence and dominant rebounding.
    He's been called a "monster" by many because of the strength and energy he has on the court.

  • It's over

    Circumstances change given enough time.
    If you were the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, it may have taken you 11 years for the circumstances to change.
    Tennessee defeated the Florida Gators 38-28, which ended the Gators' 11-game winning streak against the Vols. Finally, after 11 years of agonizing defeats, Tennessee got over the hump. Tennessee won, and can now celebrate that the streak is over.

  • WOODS AND WATERS: Nothin’ goin’ on but Ham Days stuff week

    There I stood, anticipating the 2016 season. I’d gotten some new stuff over the summer and was thinking, “Maybe this would be the season.”
    So there I was, patiently waiting … who am I kidding … I was anxious! You don’t practice all summer gettin’ ready’ and not be excited when the time comes! Course ‘I’ don’t practice very much!

  • Vaught’s Views: Epps is typical, tough Kentucky kid who hates to lose

    By Larry Vaught

    Kentucky football fans have been some of the most loyal fans in the country. Not saying it is easy to be a Kentucky basketball fan, but it is. The basketball team wins and competes for national championships. The football team … well losing seasons are far too common.
    Many fans failed to renew their season tickets this year. Many are already indicating barring a miraculous finish to the season, they will join the non-renew group next year.

  • My role model

    Almost every NFL fan has a player (or players) they look up to, admire, or just enjoy watching play. These players span across generations, dates, players, positions, teams and playing styles. These players are made famous for many reasons, whether it is their legendary status as an extremely talented player, their personality, their work and activities off the field, or their overall body of work.

  • WOODS AND WATERS: Jason Spalding wins the Ham Days ‘Big Pig’ award

    Our Mid-KY Bass Anglers Annual Ham Days Invitational Bass Tournament was held Sunday. While the fishing wasn’t great - or even good - at least the weather held up. Course my luck went as usual!