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Outdoors

  • Fishing season is just around the corner

    Your 2011 Kentucky Hunting/Fishing License expired at midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 29. So, time to renew!
    The Ky. Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is primarily funded by your hunting/fishing license fees, permits you purchase and some money from taxes you pay on hunting and fishing equipment.
    No general tax money goes to the KDFWR. So, in truth, as outdoorsmen and women, we pay our own way.
    I take a certain amount of pride in that!

  • Kentucky native learns about 'gator hunting

    While in South Carolina I got to spend a few hours at the Myrtle Beach Outdoor Expo. There were a bunch of saltwater themed seminars and product but not much in the way of freshwater anything.
    But, it was "the beach," so I shouldn't have expected anything else. My dad was saved when I heard the sound of duck calls. Once I located that booth I learned of a duck-hunting seminar just getting ready to start. As I waited, I read the seminar schedule and "low country alligator hunting" caught my eye.

  • Miles gets first deer

    Lauren Miles shot her first deer, a 6-point buck, on her family's farm in Raywick.

  • Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers set schedule

    The Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers held their organizational meeting and set up the 2012 schedule. The rules remain the same as last year’s and most of the lakes will be the same, with two changes. Salem Lake has been dropped from the schedule and Liberty Lake has been added. The schedule is as follows:
    • March 18, Cabin Fever Open on Fagan Branch, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • April 1, Green River, launch from Ramp One, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • April 22, Liberty Lake, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Freshwater fishing vacation at Myrtle Beach

    Just spent a couple of weeks in one of my favorite places. My sister and brother-in-law went on a cruise, so the wife and I stayed with my dad at Myrtle Beach.
    While it wasn't exactly "at the beach," to me it was even better! Better because their back deck is about sixty feet from the high water mark of the Waccamaw River and most of their front yard is a pond stocked with beam, a.k.a. bluegills.

  • Local teen wins National Wild Turkey Federation contest

    A love for hunting and a well-written essay made Daniel Raikes, 13, of Bradfordsville a national contest winner and won him and his family an all-expense paid trip to Nashville, Tenn., recently.

  • Don't let your hunting license expire

    Your Kentucky hunting and fishing license will expire in a couple of weeks, on Feb. 29, Benny Kessler's birthday.
    I usually get my new one at the Louisville Boat Show but missed it this year. My preference is for the Sportsman's license. With this deal you'll be able to hunt and fish for everything Kentucky has to offer, except elk.
    Add a federal duck stamp for 2012 and you're ready to go for the year. Deer tags, wild turkey permits (spring and fall), waterfowl, doves and fishing are all included. Sorta like one-stop shopping.

  • Hunting with rabbit-tracking dogs

    Last week, Ed Heckle called to ask if I'd like to go rabbit hunting on his "two mules farm." Why "two mules?" I have no idea! To my knowledge, Ed neither currently owns nor has ever owned two mules!
    And, Ed no longer has beagles and neither do I. But, we have a mutual friend who does.
    So, on a pleasant morning, which was so much unlike a "typical" January day, we hooked up with Lonnie Moore and his four bunny busting beagles.

  • Trophy deer: Cox

    Stuart Cox bagged this 9-point buck in Marion County on Jan. 12, 2012 with a bow.

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  • Weather has been a bit confusing

    Had to check my calendar last week! Just wanted to make sure I hadn't pulled a Rip Van Winkle! Granted, I like to sleep late sometimes, but going to sleep in early January and waking up in the spring would've been quite a stretch!
    What conditions would cause such confusion? Well, thunderstorms and tornados are sort of expected in the spring, not January!