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Outdoors

  • Deer: Raikes

    Bee Raikes, left, bagged a 9-point buck, and Tommy Joe Raikes, right, bagged a 10-point buck during gun season in Marion County.

  • With cold weather, real hunting season has arrived

    It finally got cold! Now I know a lot of people aren’t just real happy about that. And to be honest about it, the older I get, the less I enjoy it!

    Age aside, cold weather signals the start of real hunting seasons. We’ve had squirrel season for a while now, as well as rabbit and quail. Even deer season wasn’t just real “normal.”

    First, as stated, the weather was too warm and second, corn and bean crops weren’t harvested yet, at least not where I hunted.

  • Elk: Essex

    Donald Essex killed this 6x6 Bull Elk, green scored at approximately 317 inches, during archery season on Sept. 26 in Eastern Kentucky.

  • Deer: Essex

    Zachary Essex, 10, killed his first buck, an 11-pointer, on Nov. 17. He is the son of Donald and Michelle Essex.

  • Deer season opens with one that got away

    Modern gun season was, if you’ll excuse the expression, a blast. Sorry, just couldn’t resist!

    Anyway, hunted a spot where I had permission the first of the week because my “primary” location still had way too much standing corn. Then, toward the middle of the week, they started taking it out!

  • Deer: Mattingly

    Ryan Mattingly, 14, got this 10-point buck during modern gun season in Spencer County. He is the son of Eddie Mattingly and Joan Gardner.

  • Deer: Miles

    Tanner Miles of Springfield shot this spike buck the first day of youth hunt. He is the son of Brad and Michelle Miles.

  • Clearing corn could bring deer into the open

    The first weekend of deer season, big guns, and the weather was great. So great in fact that most farmers were getting their beans and corn in. Of course the deer are used to farm equipment and just sorta “move over a little” when it comes by.
    Fact is that when they first harvest corn the deer sorta “stand around” like they’re disoriented. It’s like they’re saying “what happened to my house, it was here yesterday?”
    It’s a great hunting opportunity, but only for a few days.

  • Fishing: Edwards

    Charles Edwards of Lebanon caught this 7-pound bass recently in a local farm pond.

  • Keep an eye out for big bucks during deer season

    As our “modern firearms” deer season approaches, Nov. 9-18 in our Zone 3, a conversation with other hunters usually turns to the size of bucks we’re likely to encounter.

    Sometimes I’ll hear statements like “There aren’t any ‘big’ bucks left.”