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Outdoors

  • The next big event is almost here

    OK, I’ve talked about it for weeks. It’s been planned for months and months. Now, it’s here!
    What am I talking about? If you gotta ask, then it’s obvious you don’t read my column very often!
    So what’s here? Well, it’s the 2015 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet/fundraiser coming up Saturday, Aug. 1.
    I bet you thought it was going to be Distinguished Young Women, a.k.a. the Junior Miss program at our high school

  • Proud to be called a redneck and a hillbilly

    Are you a backward, barefoot, gun-toting redneck?
    That was a classification made by a former writer … notice I said “former writer.” It seems as if our — yes, I’m proud to be one, just not barefoot — voices were heard.
    To determine is someone is a true redneck, just ask them what “season” we’re in. If they answer is “summer,” they may not be a true redneck. If the answer is “fishin’ season,” then you’re probably talking to a redneck.

  • Consider taking kids on their own outdoor adventure

    One of my grandkids called me the other day to tell me about a recent hunting trip they’d gone on.
    Hunting trip? Not possible! One, there’s no season open to hunt most anything, and two, they all know I don’t have any use for poachers.
    Maybe it was coyotes, or possibly groundhogs! There’s no season on either of those.
    Probably the smart thing to do would be to ask what they’d shot. Of course, I have to give consideration to the possibility that the old guy was getting pranked!

  • Try shooting trap, skeet, and sporting clays

    As we plunge into full blown summer when there’s very little to hunt, we sometimes get bored … unless we fish.
    I don’t understand it but not everybody fishes!
    Anyway, you’ve got guns, ammo and everything you need to shoot, but nothing to shoot at! That’s not exactly right. You just have to do a little research.
    No birds to shoot at? Why not try trap skeet or maybe sporting clays? The little clay birds fly out of traps (launchers) like little Frisbies. The angles and distances vary to give you a more realistic hunting scenario.

  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet is Aug. 1

    Question of the week: In how many states can you hunt elk?
    Well, I don’t know either!
    What I do know is you can hunt them in Kentucky!
    What are the odds of getting drawn to hunt one of those Kentucky elk?

  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet is Aug. 1

    Question of the week: In how many states can you hunt elk?
    Well, I don’t know either!
    What I do know is you can hunt them in Kentucky!
    What are the odds of getting drawn to hunt one of those Kentucky elk?

  • What is your favorite game to hunt?

    As an outdoorsman or -woman, have you ever played the “what if” game?
    What if you were given the choice of hunting one season and one season only? Take it even further and chose your weapon and one weapon only?
    What would it be? Would it be doves with a Browning over/under in 12 gauge? Dove hunting would be a good choice. Weather’s usually nice, the bag limit is generous, and you can hunt with a bunch of friends! And they’re good eatin’. You’ll shoot a lot, but hit less than you shoot.

  • Beware terrors of the deep woods

    I’ve been in or around the woods almost all my life. While I’ve never been scared, I’ve been real concerned a few times.
    Those rare times usually resulted from encounters with killer mice and snakes!
    Yes, I said mice ... and snakes. But mostly mice! Not the little gray mice that sometimes get in the house or are left on your doorstep by the family cat (as a gift).
    I’m talking about those evil deep woods mice. The kind with big, crusty yellow teeth and blood red eyes.

  • Bluegill are made to be caught any way you can

    What’s the most pursued fish? Is it bass, catfish, crappie? Or maybe it’s the bluegill?
    I’ll take the little “silver dollar” bluegill fillets, deep fried, any day over most anything else that swims.
    Not only are the gills good to eat, they’re also the most prolific and easiest fish to catch!
    This fish is literally the hook, line and sinker variety … well, add in a float!
    The rod? Pretty much anything you can tie a line to — cane pole, fiberglass pole or just a skinny tree limb.

  • Young wildlife are best left undisturbed

    Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
     
    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Encounters with young wildlife increase in spring as people spend more time outdoors.
    An unattended deer fawn curled up in tall grass. A litter of rabbits discovered alone in the backyard. A baby bird furiously flapping its wings but struggling to get off the ground.