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Outdoors

  • Deer photos, Dec. 18
  • Hunters on the prowl to find some predators

    First off, we moved the December 4-H Fishing Club meeting from the 19 to Dec. 12.
    We’re going to be making an ornament for your tree, so you’ll want to be sure to attend!

    Seems the predator hunting bug bit Terry Davis. Now we’re still going duck hunting, but have accepted one hard fact: There just aren’t that many ducks around here. At least not enough to support a bad duckaholic!
    So what does one do in the absence of ducks? Seems the answer, in addition to rabbits, squirrels, quail, would be predators. Specifically coyotes!

  • Decoys, duck hunting make for a good Thanksgiving Day

    Thanksgiving was a good day! Started with our traditional breakfast, sausage, egg, cheese sandwiches.
    This has to be the best part of Thanksgiving, but don’t tell the wife! Second only to the food, at least for opening day, is the actual duck hunt, and this year it was good.
    After breakfast we headed to the Quack Shack.
    Jason and C.C., the young guys, set about putting out a small spread of decoys, to include two “swimmers.”

  • 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.