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Outdoors

  • Woods and Waters: Fish deep – that’s where the big boys swim

    To me, Independence Day is the most important holiday we celebrate! It encompasses everything we have, do, and believe in.
    Think about it, you worship how you please or you don’t worship at all. You can work or actually choose not to. Your choices of what you do with your life are limited only by your abilities.
    The point is that what we celebrate on July 4th is the ability to be able to make choices! No limits … as long as our choices are legal. And, come to think of it, even bad choices are still choices!

  • What you need to know when hot weather fishing

    By Shelton Young

    I’ve been asked by aspiring writers, “What kind of training did I have to be a writer?”
    That’s simple, I didn’t have any “formal” training. That is, unless you consider high school English as formal training. It would seem that somewhere in the deep recesses of my mind, some of the things Mrs. Raley tried to teach me might have taken hold.

  • Woods and Waters: Catching the same fish twice

    Interesting...true...story
    At our last Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers Tournament on Lake Cumberland I watched John catch the same five pounder twice.
    The first time it was evident he had a good fish from the excitement in his voice as he yelled, "Get the net!" Course he always yells "Get the net" no matter the size of the bass but this time it was enough to make me actually move a little.
    After we got the bass in the boat and took pictures, we put it in the live well and juiced it up with some "please release me" treatment.

  • Outdoors column: Boat repairs are a bummer but a necessity

    Sometimes writing this article is easy. This usually happens when I’m sorta stretching the truth a smidgen!
    Then there are the times when it hard to put into words what actually happened. The reason: the absolute truth can be a little boring! So it becomes necessary to embellish some of the details.
    As a word of warning, don’t believe everything you read. That doesn’t just go for what I write either!

  • Woods and Waers: When fishing, don’t over think it

    When you watch fishing shows on television it seems like they catch fish on almost every cast. Course they’re catching them on lures, which just happen to be made by the show’s sponsor!
    Now I’ll admit that I’m the type of viewer the sponsors want to appeal to. First, I love to fish. And secondly, I’m inclined to … or used to be … buy anything I see somebody else catch a bass on!
    What I ended up with was box after box of lures that, even though they worked for the pros, didn’t work for me.

  • Frog season starts Friday, squirrel season starts Saturday

    I’m going to depart from my usual silliness for just a moment.
    May 21 is Armed Forces Day so be sure to thank an active duty and veterans for the freedoms we enjoy!
    Doing our part to say “Thank you,” our local VFW Post is hosting a breakfast for all military personnel. It’ll be Saturday morning running beginning at 8 a.m. at the post on Veterans Drive. That’s Saturday, May 21.
    Since everything is furnished all you need to bring is your appetite!

  • Woods and waters: Barely a gobble this turkey season

    As 2016’s spring turkey season neared its end I was determined to hunt the last weekend hard … real hard!
    I was up at 4:30 a.m., so I could get in my ground blind early. You know, to let the woods “settle down.”
    As the sun was barely cresting the horizon I heard it - a gobble. A few minutes later I heard another, or was it the same one? But the second gobble was closer. Wait a minute; maybe it is the same bird … headed my way!

  • Glasscock kills turkey

    Coy Glasscock killed this 23-pound turkey with a bow recently. The turkey had a 10-inch beard and 3/4 spurs.

  • There’s a 'science' to finding fish

    When faced with a big tournament on a lake you haven’t fished before, you have to figure some things out.
    Basically, it sounds easy! Just figure where to go and what to throw - bait wise that is. Yes, sounds easy until you get to the lake, a large expanse of water. So where to start? You looked at lake maps, you’ve considered the time of year, water temperature and - this is sometimes a mistake - what has worked in the past.

  • Martinez catches catfish

    Ean Martinez caught this catfish at a local farm pond with his first cast with a SpongeBob fishing pole.