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Outdoors

  • 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.

  • Preparation important for a successful hunt

    As I prepare to write this week’s article I can’t help but think that the “getting’ ready” i.e. Planning, projecting and just dreaming, about any activity is almost as exciting as performing the activity itself.
    Case in point: Duck and goose hunting!
    I just found out I (we) have an “in” at Ballard County this fall. So here it is the middle of July and I’m thinking about our new place to hunt in December!

  • Too hot to fish

    In case you're wondering, being outside when the temperatures are over 100 degrees is just a little insane, unless of course you have to be.

    As for me, I haven't stepped outside in a week. First off, I have a spider bite on my hand that's been giving me fits. I don't know what kind it was. We weren't formally introduced, but I know it hurt!

    Anyway, my hand swelled to three times its normal size and was accompanied by a high fever.