• Turkey season opens for youth this weekend

    Hope everyone had a blessed Easter. Of course Easter also means it’s just a very short time until wild turkey season opens. Matter of fact, the 2016 youth season for turkeys opens this coming weekend - April 2-3. It’s a great way to get a youngster into hunting.

  • UKC Hunt winners

    Pictured are the winners of the UKC Hunt, which took place on March 25. They are, from left, Daren Cox (first place registered class), Billy Joe Yocum (third place registered class) and Jacob Benningfield (second place registered class).

  • Woods and Waters: Responsible hunters and fishermen don’t trespass

    To be honest, I didn’t realize that the crimes of trespass and theft (that’s taking fish and/or game) were as bad as they are!
    After my article came out last week I had several farmers, i.e. landowners, tell me some horror stories. Most were trespass, but one fellow told me about having a calf shot … calf didn’t die.

  • Woods and Waters: Respect property owners when hunting and fishing

    Respect. It’s a simple concept. However, not everyone understands it. As a hunter without land of my own to hunt on, I have to depend on the kindness of others to have a place to hunt! And I appreciate it when I’m given permission. Part of that appreciation is respect.

  • Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers tourney this Sunday

    So what’s coming up?
    Well, for those of us in the throes of cabin fever there’s the Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers first tournament coming up this Sunday, March 13.
    The tournament is appropriately called the “Cabin Fever Open” and is held on Marion County’s Fagan Branch Lake. By being an “open” you don’t have to be a member of Mid-Ky. Bass Anglers to fish, but it’s only $20 to join if you want.

  • Hunting and fishing is an expensive hobby

    As outdoorsmen we’re often faced with rants from non-hunters. They do have some valid points… like “Do you have to hunt to eat?”
    The answer to that would be (since we’re being honest here) no. You can buy meat in the stores! Yes, but never forget, that hamburger and steak didn’t commit suicide. Somebody somewhere did that beef in!
    So, I guess we hunt simply ‘cause we can. We fish for the same reason, ‘cause we can.

  • Coyote hunt begins Feb. 26

    Another coyote hunting story. Not this week, but next week for sure!
    This week we’re going to talk about a coyote hunt happening this coming Friday and Saturday.
    Ran into a friend at Wal-Mart who told me the Marion County Coon Hunters are putting on a coyote hunt with registration being between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb 26, and running through the same time Saturday.
    That way you can take advantage of a night hunt Friday into a morning/all day hunt Saturday. You can hunt, sleep, hunt or just stay up and hunt for 24 hours.

  • It’s never too cold to coyote hunt
  • High coyotes, Punxtawny Phil and fish

    Just saw something on Facebook that I thought was interesting. And, as you know, if it’s on Facebook it just has to be true!
    Anyway, coyotes in Northern California have seemingly lost their fear of anything. Reports have them walking in roadways stopping traffic. Apparently, drivers out there don’t understand the principle of “road kill.”
    After researching this phenomena the “experts” determined the coyotes might be high on hallucinogenic mushrooms. They even specified the mushroom as the “amanita muscaria!”

  • Woods and waters: Hunting and fishing share a lot in common

    When the weather’s bad and you’re stuck not being able to hunt or fish you start philosophizing (yes, that’s a real word) about stuff!
    What I’ve been thinking about is how alike most hunting and sport fishing are, which helps explain the obsession to do either or both!
    Take bass fishing and coyote hunting as examples. With both you have custom equipment you’ll use. A good truck for scouting and getting to your hunt location could compare to a bass boat. You need a boat to get from place to place, looking for a concentration of bass.