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The slither of spring

Posted on May 01, 2015 in Outdoors

A few days ago, I was sitting at my desk busy working away when I heard a knock at the back door. It was my wife, asking me if I would take time to come and look at something. Naturally, I asked, “What’s up?” She replied, “I’ve got a problem … a snake … a mean… Continue reading.

Ask Rosie

Posted on May 01, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

I need information on how to manage hops from the ground up and when and how to do what. Any information you can provide will be greatly appreciated, such as when to dig rhizomes, prune, storage, etc. — E. Colleen Duncan, via email Hops for production require good management through pruning, training and fertilizing and… Continue reading.

An onion to plant for Arbor Day

Posted on Apr 07, 2015 in Backyard, Outdoors

My landlords gave me a start of this plant (pictured). They didn’t explain what it is. I have looked in the seed catalogs and don’t see anything like it. Are the little bulbs edible? — Peggy Bair, Summitville, Ind. Excellent photos! This distinctive perennial onion is known as Egyptian, tree or top-set onion, so-named for… Continue reading.

Club METS and fishnet stockings

Posted on Apr 07, 2015 in Outdoors

Years ago, I visited Club METS in late March. It is a location where you can find a lot of Indiana fishery biologists hanging out at winter’s end. No, Club METS is not white sand beaches and palm trees. It is the old abandoned wastewater treatment facility perched above Brookville Lake. The location’s formal name… Continue reading.

The shallow end of the gene pond

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 in Outdoors

For years, I covered the bass fishing tournaments in the Midwest for a now defunct bass fishing magazine. Like the hundreds of anglers I interviewed, I, too, believed the largemouth bass to be one of the smartest fish swimming: an opponent which could be taken consistently only by an angler with Yoda-like knowledge. Only a… Continue reading.

An angler’s depth perception

Posted on Jul 02, 2011 in Outdoors

Back in my boyhood days when I was first learning to fish, it didn’t take long for me to discover water depth had a lot to do with where to find fish. I had the advantage of swimming and wading every square foot of Big Flatrock River, and I knew the location of every drop… Continue reading.

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