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Outdoors

  • Turkeys, April 29
  • Good scouting can pay off when hunting turkeys

    I don’t think you could’ve designed a better opening day for our spring turkey season!
    The rainy weather we’d been having was quickly forgotten as the woods came alive Saturday. Just as the sun started to break over the ridge … there it was, a gobbler.
    Now to some that wouldn’t mean a whole lot. But, to a turkey hunter with a shotgun in hand, on opening day, it was sweet music!
    We know there’s a bird nearby, so we’ll just hit the box call to let him know we’re here.

  • Turkey hunting step-by-step

    Gobble, gobble, bang, bang!
    That’s what most hunters will be hoping to hear come Saturday morning. The opening of our spring wild turkey season kicks in to gear and once again, the elusive bird will drive us crazy.
    Of course, getting a bird, or two, isn’t really all that hard.
    First, you get permission from the landowner of your choice to turkey hunt on his property. In reality this should have already been done, but if you haven’t, you better get to it.

  • Still trying to master the art of fishing

    Fishing, one of the most confusing sports/hobbies/obsessions there is!
    Bass, bluegill or crappie, it’s all the same.
    I’m talking about the “learning curve.” They talk about how much easier it is now to catch fish than it was “back in the day.” Mostly, this is attributed to better equipment, i.e. rods, lines and especially electronics.

  • Still trying to figure out how to fish in spite of the weather

    So what’s up with the weather? One day it’ll be in the 60s and the next in the 40s ... with rain! We’ve even had snow!
    The answer is pretty simple. It’s March in Kentucky!
    So how does one fish the various weather patterns? What to throw and how fast to fish?
    Water’s cold, fish slow. Water’s warmer, fish faster. Water’s clear, fish close. Water’s dirty, fish wide.

  • Turkey season is fast approaching

    April 4 and 5 are fast approaching, so you better get ready.
    For what, you might ask. Here’s some hints: red, white and blue heads, brown with a beard and … oh yeah …. they gobble!
    That’s right, it’ll be turkey season. No, it won’t, you say. Turkey season doesn’t start until April 18 and goes through May 10.
    OK, as an adult, you’re correct! But I’m talking about the spring early youth season! In Kentucky, if you’re a youth, you get a head start on the adults.

  • Bass fishermen seek, find a lake for tourney

     Sunday, the Central Kentucky Bass Club held the first tournament of the 2015 season. Originally, the tournament was scheduled to be held on Spurlington Lake in Taylor County.

    But access to launch anything at Spurlington was limited at best. That coupled with the chocolate colored water, which had the consistency of a milk shake, pretty much eliminated the lake for now.

  • 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!