• How do you raise a hunter?

    It all started three years ago when Tate, my then nine-year-old grandson was asked if he’d like to attend a dove shoot and watch me shoot, maybe even retrieve some doves. Tate was way more excited than I ever figured on. So, I told the guys what I wanted to do and thankfully they said it’d be alright. Besides, a lot of them started out as retrievers, too!

  • Reminiscing about Sidewalk Sales and Ham Days

    Our annual Marion County Ham Days Open Bass Tournament, sponsored by the Mid-Kentucky Bass Anglers – was again a huge success. We had 11 boats with 19 anglers participating this year. Weather was perfect, maybe a little windy at times, but good temperatures.
    Bass were scattered and in their fall pattern. (“Fall pattern” – sounded good even if I don’t know what that means!)

  • Get ready for your chance to win the Big Pig Trophy

    First, don’t forget about the Ham Days Open Bass Tournament coming up on Sept. 20.
    It’s being held on Fagan Branch with a launch time of 8 a.m. This six-hour tournament weight in at 2 p.m.
    The entry fee is $20 per angler with a 50/30/20 percent payback … based on $15 per angler. There’s an optional big bass pot of $5 per boat with a 100 percent payback to one big bass.
    As a way to kick off Ham Days, the biggest bass will win the Big Pig Trophy!

  • Finding a way to participate in the dove opener

    Having, according to the doctor, a “very complicated” break in my upper left arm and being advised to “stay away from groups of people” my summer has been less than spectacular!
    Wouldn’t you think if you broke most anything back in April you’d be OK by Sept. 1 to participate in our 2015 dove opener?
    So, when I went back to the doctor in August and got told, “Come back in October and we’ll see how it’s coming along,” I was bummed out!

  • Diving deep, getting into a good outdoor story

    I read a lot of outdoor themed magazines and books for several reasons. Mostly it’s for pure enjoyment. I can imagine myself hunting mountain goat, elk, bear, deer or anything else the story centers on. While I consider it a gift, a lot of people consider my ability to mentally insert myself into a story just a little strange.
    As a result of inserting myself deeply into a story, I often wonder if I actually did some of the things I wrote about. Or, maybe I’m just living someone else’s adventure. Then again, it could be simple plagiarism.

  • Opening of dove season is a reason to be excited

    Coming up on Sept. 1 is a very important day for a lot of us. That’s the opening day of the 2015 dove season … and the start of this year’s hunting seasons as far as I’m concerned.
    The dove hunting opener is one of the biggest social events of the season.

  • Big weekend for fishing tournament

    It was about a perfect day Saturday to be fishing. While it might have been a little hot, the wind blew … of course it “always” blows … which made it tolerable.
    There were 25 boats that made the tournament, which was a big disappointment, especially considering the amount paid out! And no, there weren’t enough boats registered to cover the payout!
    But, they paid out what was advertised.

  • New shooting season begins in just a few days

    Those of us who’ve just gotta shoot something don’t have much longer to wait!
    Coming up on Aug. 15, we have the opening of our squirrel season, cobwebs in the face, leaves everywhere and hot. But it’s an opportunity to wake up early and get out in the woods.
    Dove isn’t the only season opening on Sept. 1. On that date, you can take advantage of the opening of crow season. While crow isn’t the best tasting meat — and yes, I’ve “eaten crow” — it won’t kill you.

  • Big weekend for fishing is coming soon

    You’ll want to pay attention here because there’s a real big weekend coming up soon!
    The date is Saturday, Aug. 15, and the locations are Fagan Branch and Sportsman Lake.
    OK, on Fagan Branch, you’re looking at a bass fishing tournament, and the Kid’s Fishing Derby is at Sportsman Lake.

  • The next big event is almost here

    OK, I’ve talked about it for weeks. It’s been planned for months and months. Now, it’s here!
    What am I talking about? If you gotta ask, then it’s obvious you don’t read my column very often!
    So what’s here? Well, it’s the 2015 Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet/fundraiser coming up Saturday, Aug. 1.
    I bet you thought it was going to be Distinguished Young Women, a.k.a. the Junior Miss program at our high school