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Outdoors

  • Enjoying the wildlife during this special season

     It was the first day of the special season, and I was excited. This year I could put all my attention to this special season.

    Opening day had been predicted to be good, and it sure was. The early morning air was a fall kind of crisp, and it warmed nicely throughout the day.

  • Bad duck hunt is still OK

     Since the past week was the early wood duck/teal season (Sept. 17-21), nothing would do except give it a shot! (I know, that was week.)

    So, on Thursday, Terry Davis, Ryan Mattingly, Eli Durbin, Justin Unseld and I made it to the Green River WMA outside Knifley … where the gas line blew up!

  • Fishing with veterans event is Oct. 4

     Calling all veterans! Sign up for a free day of fishing out on Green River Lake. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Holmes Bend Boat Ramp. Experienced fisherman will serve as your guide as you spend the morning fishing out on the lake. Poles, tackle and bait will be provided and a free lunch will be served after the event. Sign up today by calling the Corps of Engineers office at 270-465-4463. Registration ends Sept. 25.

  • Don’t rain on a hunter’s dove hunting parade

     I heard about an interesting, though somewhat scary incident the other day.

    Seems a group of my friends were shooting doves earlier in the season when something tragic happened.

  • Testing out the public fields (and a few more)

     It’s been an outstanding week. First, those of you who aren’t retired got an extra day off work. Well, most of you did!

    But the best part is that it was the opening of dove season. And, in my humble opinion, there seems to be more doves this year!

    Or it could be that the birds aren’t scattered real bad because not that many have been cut?

  • A story about a good way to start dove season

     Dove shooting tip: Shoot where they’ll be, not where they are!

    It was finally here, actually open till 11 a.m. At least, it didn’t open till 11 a.m. the Green River WMA (Wildlife Management Area). While I had an excellent spot for the following weekend … on private land … I was content to find this WMA.

  • If you can’t beat the heat, just clean your guns

     This has been one of those weeks where it’s been way too hot for me to do much outdoors!

    So what does one do?

    Around here, that’s a question easily answered. There’s always guns to be cleaned. I know, I said clean guns after every hunt, and I do. But, it’s a known fact that guns ca never be too clean! 

    So, out came the shotguns, rifles and my muzzleloader.

  • Squirrel season story

     The sun’s coming up and it’s still as a grave at midnight. (Now that’s descriptive.) In the squirrel woods, the world is in the process of waking up.

    The birds are moving and … was that a squirrel wigglin’? Let’s kinda ease around that big hicker nut tree for a better angle. If it was calm it’d sure be easier to see a squirrel moving. With the wind, it seemed like everything was moving!

  • Good lady gone

     For several years now Barb Batcher at the Enterprise has been taking care of me!

    Ya see, I write the old-school way … a legal pad and a No. 2 lead pencil. So, every week, after I finish writing my thousand words (give or take a few), I slide it through the slot at the Enterprise office.

  • Mostly good weekend for the outdoorsman

     This past weekend was good and bad. Bad in that I missed going to the outdoor expo in Adair County. Good in that I got to attend the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet/Fundraiser in Centre Square.

    The report I received indicated that the expo was a huge success … aside from the fact that I didn’t win the four-wheeler they gave away!

    What I heard was simply “if it had anything to do with outdoors, it was there.”