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Outdoors

  • Saturday is Ham Days Kids Day at Sportsman Lake

    Before I get too far into my article I just want to thank Jason Spalding. Ya see, we weren't going to have the Ham Days Kids Day this year due to lack of funding.
    But Jason contacted Independent Stave and because of a very generous sponsorship from them, and a check from our Lebanon/Marion County Kiwanis Club, Saturday is back on.
    So when ya come out Saturday, find Jason and thank him for all he did!
    Here's the plan: Saturday, Sept. 22, we'll meet at our Sportsman Lake. We'll start at 9 a.m. and go until 2 p.m., or there about!

  • Perfect weather kicks off hunting seasons

    The last couple of weekends have been the perfect kickoff to hunting seasons. This was courtesy of the first dove season, which opened Sept. 1. Couldn't write about it before due to my last early deadline!
    I attended the Peterson shoot on opening day. Course there were numerous shoots, mostly by invitation only! But, the invitation process was a pretty loose deal. You hear about a shoot from somebody who was "invited" maybe twice removed. Then they'd say "come on out," so thus you were invited!

  • Hunters at the mercy of Mother Nature

    As always, the weather has a lot to do with the way doves fly... or don't fly.
    Dry, hot weather tends to turn their "I'm hungry" button on while high winds and rain mean, "I'm sayin' home."
    Now understand, I have to turn this article in early because of the holiday so the weather situation for Saturday is anybody's guess. It looks like it'll be raining but as this point, who knows! Guess it's like everything else... It'll be what it'll be.

  • Hunter education class is Sept. 6-8

    Last week I told you about this year's hunter education (orange card) class being held at the Sportsman's Club outside Calvary. I told you about it running from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, then 8 a.m. till noon on Saturday. Where I messed up was on the dates. Instead of being Sept. 7 thru 9, it's Sept. 6 thru 8. That's Sept. 6 and 7, 6-9 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 8 will be from 8 a.m. till noon.

  • Hunter education is recommended

    Well, I told ya I'd let ya know about the Hunter Education Class (orange card) as soon as I found out something. Since then I received a call from George Hasty about the class.
    First, even if you aren't "required" by law to take the class, it is outstanding. Every time I've been I've learned something new. And this year there's something really new, as in a new instructor.
    Mary McCullen was our instructor for years, but retired this year. So, we'll have somebody new this year!

  • Hunting season 'breaks loose' Sept. 1

    Had to run this in early due to being out of town over the weekend, but back by the time you read this!

    Anyway, just to get you caught up on what's in store: Aug. 15 is the opening of our squirrel season. Then, on Sept. 1, it sorta breaks loose. On that date we have several openings. Archery deer season starts and we have the early resident goose season and dove season. Just remember, you can't shoot doves, on opening day only, until 11 a.m. And, if you're hunting geese and doves, don't have any lead shot with you while goose hunting.

  • What a catch!

    Weeter Southall, along with the aid of Ike Owen, landed this monster 12-inch shell cracker fish at an undisclosed location.

  • Dove, goose season open Sept. 1

    Last week I talked about dove season opening on Sept. 1. What I failed to mention was that you can't start hunting until 11 a.m. That's only on Sept. 1! Why? I have no idea cause the rest of the season you can start a half-hour before sunrise.
    I also didn't mention that squirrel season opens on Aug. 18. While I enjoy squirrel hunting I prefer to wait until it gets cooler. There's just something about keeping one eye on the trees for squirrels and one on the ground for snakes!

  • Show your support for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

    Coming up this weekend, Aug. 4, will feature Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's annual banquet.
    It'll be held at Centre Square starting at 5:30 p.m., I think? While this is a moneymaker for the Elk Foundation you can still win some valuable prizes. There's the ever-popular 10-gun drawing. In this "game" you have one ticket for a chance to win one of the 10 guns.
    In another, you have a metal band with a number, you have the correct band, you win the prize!

  • Night tourney beats the heat

    Saturday evening we held our annual Mid-KY Bass Anglers evening tournament on Willisburg Lake. This one started at 6 p.m. and lasted until midnight.
    While the purpose of this evening tournament was to allow us to fish at a time when we wouldn't have to contend with the heat, that was all that was accomplished!
    While it was indeed more comfortable, the productivity was way down. Out of seven boats, only seven bass, that were keepers, were caught.