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Outdoors

  • Bluegill Tourney for Kids at City Lake

     

    The annual Bluegrass Tournament for Kids fishing day at City Lake brought out several local youngster show enjoyed enormous success at the local facility.

    The event is sponsored by the Taylor County Sportsman's Club.

  • Squirrel season opens on Saturday

     

  • Crappie fishing pro good company

    With a name like Whitey Outlaw, he might be suited to be a country-western star or maybe a World Wrestling fighter, but those who know the name, know he is one of the top crappie fishing pros in the country.
    Whitey has been fishing crappie tournaments since he was 15, when he won his first tournament on his home lake, Santee Cooper in South Carolina.
    He has fished every CrappieMasters major tourney since and he and his partner, Mike Parrott won the organization’s Classic three years ago.

  • Boat extended warranties

    Often people have described a boat as a hole in the water in which to throw money — or something like that. And, there is considerable truth in the saying.
    As I sit at the computer writing this column, the boat repair guy is due on Monday to work on my old 60-horse motor. There’s always something to repair, to spend money on.
    But, on the flip side, my boats have always given me lots of pleasure fishing the Ohio River, skiing, exploring river banks for a picnic spot, watching birds or just enjoying the scenery at Kentucky Lake or Green River.

  • Cold nights, mild days good for maple syrup

    There still are people who make maple syrup. It’s tasty, a sign of spring, and a lot of work.
    Maple syrup time is time when the wonderful aroma of cooking syrup can wafts its way down the valleys from sugar camp hills.
    Making maple syrup is almost a lost art.  Most people who make the sweet, tasty syrup in this part of the country do it for the enjoyment and make enough to earn a few bucks and provide a supply for family and friends.

  • Snow brings back ice cream memories

    Although snow has been scarce this winter, snow still has been on my mind, and snow  brought to mind  something I really enjoyed in my younger years — snow ice cream. The fact is, I still enjoy it.
    Sometimes March produces some big snows. They don’t last long, but long enough for ice cream.
    Growing up, ice cream was a real treat. It was something very special.

  • Alabama rig is latest new hot bass catcher

    Remember the craze about the Big O bass lure? There were tales of them being rented on a day-to-day basis.
    Everybody wanted one back in 1967. Founder Fred Young couldn’t build them fast enough. They were handcrafted from balsa wood.
    Eventually, Cotton Cordell’s company obtained the rights to the lure and began mass producing the lure, which caught lots of big fish.
    There have been other lure crazes, but that was the biggest I recall until maybe now. Now, it’s the Alabama rig. It’s a bass catching sensation.

  • Ignorance of law no excuse

    Ignorance of the law isn’t a valid excuse when it comes to wildlife violations. However, it is relatively easy to violate the letter of the law even though your intentions are good.
    Refreshing your memory related to the law is wise. And besides, regulations change.

  • Crappie pro offers fishing tips

    When crappie fishing from a boat, is it better to push your lines or pull your baits? Why use all the same rods? Why number them? Why fish the rods out the front of the boat when trolling rather than the sides?
    These were some of the questions that Bill Braswell, a former Kentucky conservation officer, answered at a recent Crappie Master seminar at Bass Pro Shops store in Orlando, Fla. His tournament trail fishing partner, Dan Dannenmueller, also provided information and answers during the seminar.

  • Microchips help with pet return

    More than a decade ago, two of my English Setter bird dogs disappeared in different incidents. One was never found, the other returned.
    Then several years ago, my two rat terriers escaped from the motor home while parked in a remote section of a campground in North Little Rock, Ark. I spent a sleepless night until they returned just before daylight. Having perts disappear when traveling is especially worrisome.