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Outdoors

  • Deer: Mattingly

    Pictured are J.R. Mattingly, 7, top, who killed a button buck on Dec. 28, 2013, and Luke Mattingly, 4, who killed an 8-point buck on Dec. 29, 2013, while hunting with their father in Calvary. Their parents are B.J. and Missy Mattingly.
     

  • More goodies from Santa for Christmas

     Santa was good, real good! Kids got the old man a 22-250 caliber barrel for my Encore Pro Hunter. And, not just my barrel! They got a Bullberry barrel!

    Then, Santa himself got me a Wildfire II predator call. Even though Santa was suffering from “beard envy” he still came through!

    So now I have the gun and the call. Now I just have to learn to use them.

  • Duck Dynasty, coyote hunt and a merry Christmas

    I thought I wouldn’t be writing again before Christmas but then I got the message, “early deadline.”

    So I turned in one article for Monday, and now I’m writing for a Friday turn in! What happens in four days? Well, to be honest, not much!

    I did see where Phil Robertson, the daddy of Duck Dynasty, was being dropped for his response to a question he was asked.

  • Getting the lead out

    It seems like we’ve reached another level in our downward spiral!

    As of Dec. 5, the Doe Run Company closed its doors, permanently.

    So what’s the big deal about one company closing up operations? Normally I’d say “What’s new,” it seems to be happening all the time.

  • 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.