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G. Sam Piatt

PDT Outdoors Writer

“I would much rather bowfish than fish with rod and reel.”

The angler speaking is Tyler Hensley, who’s been bowfishing for rough fish with his friends for about five years now.

The three friends who most often accompany him are Rod Brewer, Charlie Allen and Zach Stringfellow.

“We shoot all the different kinds of carp, gar ad catfish,” Hensley said. “We usually start about April and bowfish all through the summer. We shoot both day and night.”

They do their “hunting” along rivers, streams and lakes offering shallow flats along the banks, generally where weeds are growing out of the water or just under the surface.

“Some people might think it’s bad that we shoot fish with a bow, but there are so many of these things. It’s nothing to go out and see 400 to 500 fish,” Hensley said.

The arrow, of course, has a barbed or retractable style point that has a line attached for retrieval.


Bow anglers can use a long bow, recurve bow, compound bow or crossbow.

In Kentucky, catfish have a daily creel limit of five fish and paddlefish two a day. There is no limit on carp and gar.

Bow anglers cannot sell paddlefish or their roe.

Fish taken by bow cannot be discarded on the bank.


Plans by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep boat fishermen out of the tailwaters of Lake Cumberland and Lake Barkley have been thwarted.

Congress recently passed the Freedom to Fish Act, immediately banning the corps’ Nashville District’s plans announced last year to put a stop to fishing below those Cumberland River dams effective this spring.

The plan also affected waters below Laurel River Lake and Martins Fork Lake, but the greatest impact of the restrictions as far as fishermen numbers go was Cumberland and Barkley.

Anglers have fished those fish-rich waters for decades and were angered by the corps’ plan to stop it.

The Act takes effect immediately and places a two-year moratorium on the proposed restrictions while the Corps’ concerns about safety are worked out.

The Act was introduced and pushed by Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), along with Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY).

The Act was signed into law this past week by President Barack Obama.

The Corps said when all gates are opened to let water escape from the lakes it can create a reverse flow and might cause some boats to capsize.

Fishermen need to educate themselves about safety and practice it while fishing in the sometimes-turbulent waters.


A new outdoor adventure book about wild turkey hunting by Otha Barham is on the market. The book does not advise hunters on equipment, strategies etc. Instead it is a collection of 37 true stories from the turkey woods in states from Maryland to New Mexico, including all United States sub-species. Battles with named gobblers, one taking four years to bag and others never brought to gun, are the highlights.

Two prize winning stories are included as is one that was published in Outdoor Life magazine.

Soft cover copies sell for $15.95 and hard backs with dust jackets are $ 22.95. Contact Barham at (601) 482-4440 or e-mail obarham@comcast.net for ordering information.


Want Your Kids to Enjoy Hiking and the Great Outdoors? “Make it fun”, says Jeff Alt, renowned hiking expert and author of the new book, “Get Your Kids Hiking! How to Start Them Young and Keep it Fun.”

Alt is an avid hiker. In addition to walking the 2,160-mile Appalachian Trail, he also walked the 218-mile John Muir Trail with his wife, and trekked across a 50-mile path of Ireland with his wife, young daughter, and extended family. He and his wife emerged from the church doors on their wedding day wearing backpacks, and his son was taken on his first hike at 8 weeks.

Alt’s cell phone is 513-227-2301.


Soc Clay’s “Sourdough Baking Cookbook, On the Rise Since the 1800s,” a softcover edition, is a collection of genuine sourdough baking recipes from the wilds of Alaska and other places. It’s available for $20. Call Clay at (606) 932-4126 for details on how to get your copy.


And I have a few more copies of my book, “Men of Valor,” which is a collection of World War II combat stories from more than 65 area veterans of that terrible war, a conflict which cost the lives of near4ly one half million young American military personnel fighting for the cause of liberty.

Make a check for $26 to me, which includes postage and handling, and mail it to me at 50 First Street, South Shore, Ky., 41175.

Include a note saying who you want me to sign the book to and the address you want it mailed to.

G. Sam Piatt can be reached at 606-932-3619 or gsamwriter@aol.com.

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