• Camo up, hide in your blind, and collect some birds this season

    It was a good week of hunting … though not productive. I passed on a couple of four pointers and one six.
    If you remember, I said I’d shoot the first doe I saw. Well, I should’ve said I’d shoot the first doe I could “safely” shoot.
    The does I saw last Thursday … 11 in one field… all presented shots that would have been questionable at best. In reality, I “might could’ve shot” but it was about then minutes before I would’ve run out of shooting light, and time!

  • ‘Big gun season’ is here

    Saturday was the opening of Kentucky’s 2015 deer season for modern, centerfire firearms! This is also known to us rednecks as “big gun season.”
    As you’re reading this rest assured there have been otherwise sane men and women who’ve been living in the woods for days. Well, they might come back to civilization to sleep in a real bed or maybe eat a meal without having to pick the bugs out of your beans!

  • All deer hunters should be preparing for Saturday

    I’m a slob! Not totally, but enough to have driven my mom… and the wife… a little nuts! It’s not that I’m opposed to cleanliness, it’s just that I realize there’s a major difference between “clean” and “clean enough.”
    How many of you have never picked up a piece of clothing, sniffed it, and decided “clean enough?” Those who have will understand my point. Those of you who haven’t… shame on you for lying!

  • Siegrist kills deer

    Nate Siegrist, 11, got his first deer with a bow and arrow (a 10-point buck) on Halloween at his family's farm in Marion/Taylor counties.

  • Mid-KY Bass Anglers 2015 awards banquet is Friday

    First off, Bobby Thomas took a very nice elk during their annual trip to Colorado. I didn’t get any details but will pass them along when I get to talk with Bobby.
    One of my friends has been fishing for striped bass on Cumberland with little success. He tells me he sees lots of shad balls (schools) but no stripers bustin’ em (eating them).
    Said the last time he went the water was extremely rough. He’s hoping it’ll be better this weekend.

  • Mattingly kills deer

    Luke Mattingly, 6, killed a button buck Oct. 10, on a family farm in Calvary. His parents are B.J. and Missy Mattingly.

  • Turkey hunting isn’t as easy as it sounds

    Almost everyone who hunts wild turkey knows there’s a big difference in the methods used between the spring and fall seasons.
    In the spring the lust crazed toms are easily (yeah, right) called as they search for girlfriends.
    Ya just do some scouting, hopefully locate a roost area, then set up on that area the next morning and start calling when the birds fly down. If ya miss the fly down you can still (hopefully) locate a bird by making a series of loud calls and listening for a reply. Then ya “run and gun.”

  • Elk Hunt

    Patrick Miles harvested this 6x4 bull elk in eastern Kentucky during week one of a firearm hunt.

  • Celebrating my newfound freedom

    Received some good news Friday!
    For those who didn’t know, or maybe care, I broke my left upper arm back in April. Since then I’ve been in a ‘clam shell’ cast, which really limited my movement. To make matters worse I was also told to “avoid people.” For me that was actually the worst part.
    So, no people, no driving, no nothing except staying inside and staring out the window… For the last six months!

  • Elk Hunt

    Tyler Curtis recently harvested a 5X5 Kentucky bull elk while hunting with his grandfather Keith Brock. The elk was harvested opening day of modern gun season and weighed 700 pounds. Tyler is the son of Gary and Laurie Curtis.  The elk was harvested in Knott County near Hindman. This was Curtis's first elk hunt.