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Outdoors

  • 20 years and just as ‘Young’ as ever

    It’s March 2015. Now to most that doesn’t mean much, but to me it’s sort of special in that it makes 20 years I’ve written this column for the Enterprise.
    That’s 1,040 weeks ... minus a few when I had heart surgery and those pesky “early deadline” times I missed.
    Anyway, the way I figure it, at around 1,000 words per column, it works out to about one million words. Note: The number of words that reflected actual truth is questionable!

  • Looking for something to do until spring has sprung

    Just as a reminder, you need to get your 2015 hunting and fishing licenses if you haven’t already done so!
    By far, the best deal out there is the Sportsman’s License. This license includes just about everything. About all you’ll need “extra” is your federal duck stamp.

  • I’m a bad weather wuss

    I know you can ‘burn out’ the barrel of a rifle by shooting a substantial number of hot loads through it. But, I wonder if it’s possible to do the same thing by cleaning it too much.
    The reason I ask is that all I’ve been able to do with my predator rifles for the last couple of weeks is clean them. Not from shooting them a lot, but out of sheer boredom! Right now I’d put my guns up against one just coming off some companies assembly benches!

  • Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers schedule season

     The Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers met Sunday and set our 2015 tournament. 

    I told you last week about our March 22 Cabin Fever Tournament, which is an open tournament to kick off the 2015 season!

    The rest of the schedule and launch times are as follows:

  • ‘Success’ during coyote hunt

    Feb. 1 rolled around and a few days later we tried our luck at night hunting coyotes. I had everything I needed: guns, lights and calls.We had a rifle for longer shots, anything over 40 to 50 yards, and a 12 gauge with No. 4 buckshot for everything else.
    It was textbook! We’d eased into our area and parked a distance away from our location. We eased into where we had cover and could see as well as the full moon would allow. It’s amazing how good you can actually see when your eyes adjust to the darkness.

  • How to get prepared for a night-time coyote hunt

    Here I sit with my list. Warm clothes, check. Boots, check. Heavy gloves, check. Scanning light, check. Shooting sticks, check. Shotgun, check. No. 4 buckshot, check. Electronic caller/mouth calls, check. Seat/chair, check. And shooting* light, check.
    * We call ‘em “kill” lights, but we have to be “sensitive.”

  • Deer: Hughes

    Peyton Hughes 10, killed this 8-point buck during deer season. He is the son of Sara Hughes and the late Sgt. Jonathan Adam Hughes.
     

  • Birds arrive as the season ends

    We got our wish! There are finally some decent numbers of waterfowl, mostly geese, in our area. And for the past week, the water hasn’t been frozen, at least not frozen solid.
    That means we’ve been able to squeeze in some last minute waterfowl hunting. Of course that ended for ducks on Sunday, Jan. 25.
    And all those geese? Well, that season ends on Saturday, Jan. 31.
    So, where did our 60-day season go? It was just a couple of weeks ago that I wrote about the season opener coming up.

  • Deer: Gordon family

    Three generations of the Gordon family harvested a buck this hunting season.
     

  • No luck with ducks? How about some goose?

    I received a call from Stephen at the Enterprise office, and my first thought was “What did I mess up?”
    When he got on the phone, I was told this was one of the early deadline weeks (office was closed Monday).
    “I knew that, but thanks for calling” was my response. That’s what I said. What I thought was, oh crap, forgot all about that!
    So, here I sit, five days after turning in my last column, wondering what to write about.