The only thing that I knew for sure in advance about last weekâ€™s election was:
That Kentuckians wouldÂ vote to amend the state constitution that would state that the citizens of the CommonwealthÂ have the personal right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife, subject to laws and regulations that promote conservation and preserve the future of hunting and fishing.
And to state that public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife?
The only thing that Kentuckians like more than fishing and hunting that I can write about in this family newspaper is basketball.
The amendment passed and it wasnâ€™t close: 1,219,691Â to 225,337.
Disclosure: I hate hunting. Denny Crum and I have had some spirited arguments because the only NCAA national basketball coach the University of Louisville ever had was an avid hunter â€“ big-game hunter.
A friend of mine and Denny took down big animals from 1,500 yards away. I have told them that for it to be sporting they should sneak up on the animal with a knife and see how much fun that would be.
Earl Ruby, the great sports editor of The Courier-Journal, used to bring fish and venison (thatâ€™s deer meat) to me. I ate both. When I grew up in the Great Depression, families shared that they caught and harvested. They would have starved otherwise.
I know a good fish story.
A game warden was told that a fellow was killing fish with dynamite so he invited the fellow to go fishing with him. The fellow knew that the man was a game warden. They were in the boat out in the water when he took out a stick of dynamite and lit it.
The game warden said, â€œYou are under arrest!â€
The man quickly handed the dynamite to the game warden and said, â€œAre you going to talk or fish?â€
Watch For Deer
As their habitat becomes smaller and smaller, deer wander closer and closer in populated areas, even in Louisville. I was flagged down one afternoon on my way home and a neighbor (letâ€™s call her Virginia) said, â€œThereâ€™s a deer in your back yard!â€
I told her that I thought she was off the sauce, but she said, â€œGo see for yourself.â€
A block later I rushed through my house and looked out back.
I drove back to tell Virginia, â€œYou were wrong. There wasnâ€™t one deer â€“ there were two.â€
And they were strikingly beautiful young animals. No way could I ever have shot them.
New Book On Cats
UK basketball fans are in for a treat because a new book on the Wildcats has been written by Ryan Clark and Joe Cox (no relation). There isnâ€™t much in the book that veteran and avid fans donâ€™t know, but for all of the others the title tells it all: â€œ100 Things Wildcat Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.â€
The cost for paperback is $14.95.
The book is available in quantity from Triumph Books LLC, 814 N. Franklin St., Suite 303, Chicago, Ill., 60610. Telephone: 312.337.0747.
Trinity is the only Louisville basketball team in the Joe B. Hall Prep Classic at Montgomery County Jan. 26. The Shamrocks will play the host team at 1:45 p.m.