• Turkey hunting isn’t as easy as it sounds

    Almost everyone who hunts wild turkey knows there’s a big difference in the methods used between the spring and fall seasons.
    In the spring the lust crazed toms are easily (yeah, right) called as they search for girlfriends.
    Ya just do some scouting, hopefully locate a roost area, then set up on that area the next morning and start calling when the birds fly down. If ya miss the fly down you can still (hopefully) locate a bird by making a series of loud calls and listening for a reply. Then ya “run and gun.”

  • Elk Hunt

    Patrick Miles harvested this 6x4 bull elk in eastern Kentucky during week one of a firearm hunt.

  • Celebrating my newfound freedom

    Received some good news Friday!
    For those who didn’t know, or maybe care, I broke my left upper arm back in April. Since then I’ve been in a ‘clam shell’ cast, which really limited my movement. To make matters worse I was also told to “avoid people.” For me that was actually the worst part.
    So, no people, no driving, no nothing except staying inside and staring out the window… For the last six months!

  • Elk Hunt

    Tyler Curtis recently harvested a 5X5 Kentucky bull elk while hunting with his grandfather Keith Brock. The elk was harvested opening day of modern gun season and weighed 700 pounds. Tyler is the son of Gary and Laurie Curtis.  The elk was harvested in Knott County near Hindman. This was Curtis's first elk hunt.

  • John Boyd wins 2015 Mid-KY Bass Anglers Classic

    On Oct. 3-4 the Mid-KY Bass Anglers held their 2015 Classic. The weather on Saturday was anything but pleasant. Wind and rain all day made the fishing and conditions at Willisburg just a notch or so above tolerable. But, the guys braved the weather for the six-hour tournament and the big fish of the day was a 3.98 pounder caught by the team of Danny Marcum and Brad Taylor.

  • 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.