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Outdoors

  • Woods and Waers: When fishing, don’t over think it

    When you watch fishing shows on television it seems like they catch fish on almost every cast. Course they’re catching them on lures, which just happen to be made by the show’s sponsor!
    Now I’ll admit that I’m the type of viewer the sponsors want to appeal to. First, I love to fish. And secondly, I’m inclined to … or used to be … buy anything I see somebody else catch a bass on!
    What I ended up with was box after box of lures that, even though they worked for the pros, didn’t work for me.

  • Frog season starts Friday, squirrel season starts Saturday

    I’m going to depart from my usual silliness for just a moment.
    May 21 is Armed Forces Day so be sure to thank an active duty and veterans for the freedoms we enjoy!
    Doing our part to say “Thank you,” our local VFW Post is hosting a breakfast for all military personnel. It’ll be Saturday morning running beginning at 8 a.m. at the post on Veterans Drive. That’s Saturday, May 21.
    Since everything is furnished all you need to bring is your appetite!

  • Woods and waters: Barely a gobble this turkey season

    As 2016’s spring turkey season neared its end I was determined to hunt the last weekend hard … real hard!
    I was up at 4:30 a.m., so I could get in my ground blind early. You know, to let the woods “settle down.”
    As the sun was barely cresting the horizon I heard it - a gobble. A few minutes later I heard another, or was it the same one? But the second gobble was closer. Wait a minute; maybe it is the same bird … headed my way!

  • Glasscock kills turkey

    Coy Glasscock killed this 23-pound turkey with a bow recently. The turkey had a 10-inch beard and 3/4 spurs.

  • There’s a 'science' to finding fish

    When faced with a big tournament on a lake you haven’t fished before, you have to figure some things out.
    Basically, it sounds easy! Just figure where to go and what to throw - bait wise that is. Yes, sounds easy until you get to the lake, a large expanse of water. So where to start? You looked at lake maps, you’ve considered the time of year, water temperature and - this is sometimes a mistake - what has worked in the past.

  • Martinez catches catfish

    Ean Martinez caught this catfish at a local farm pond with his first cast with a SpongeBob fishing pole.
     

  • Woods and Waters: The turkeys aren’t being real vocal

    Last week I told you about “Dumb Thumb Syndrome.” And as I thought, it’s a common ailment among anglers. I received several calls from others confirming my assumptions.
    One call in particular was interesting. Not only did the guy confirm the illness, he also offered a cure! Well, not so much as a cure. It was more along the lines of a treatment. I tried his treatment plan and so far it seems to help… not eliminate, but help!

  • Be careful - ‘Dumb Thumb Syndrome’ is contagious

    Fished Willisburg last Sunday and ended up catching something … not a fish … from John!
    John exhibited symptoms early on but didn’t pay a lot of attention to it. Then, as the day wore on, he got worse.
    About halfway through the tournament, I came down with a mild case!
    No, it wasn’t a heat stroke or anything like that. Heck, that would’ve been easier to take. The affliction we came down with was “Dumb Thumb Syndrome!”

  • Remember, a turkey can see ya blink

    Coming up this weekend is the opening of our 2016 spring turkey hunting season - ending date is May 8. As in years past you can take two birds but only one per day … and they both have to be gobblers (male turkeys).
    Most gobblers have beards but there are cases where you’ll find a hen (female turkey) with a beard - sorta like the bearded lady at the circus.
    You shouldn’t stalk a turkey. If you know a turkey’s travel route after fly down (when they fly off their roost) set up to intercept them.

  • Turkey season opens for youth this weekend

    Hope everyone had a blessed Easter. Of course Easter also means it’s just a very short time until wild turkey season opens. Matter of fact, the 2016 youth season for turkeys opens this coming weekend - April 2-3. It’s a great way to get a youngster into hunting.