GLASGOW — James Denton has been hunting and fishing for about 70 years, and the 82-year-old Glasgow resident will be appearing on KET’s “Kentucky Afield” at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday.
According to KET’s website, “Kentucky Afield” is a co-presentation from KET and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
“Sportsman Chad Miles goes in search of outdoor adventure series and showcases the best fishing, hunting, and wildlife-related recreation Kentucky offers,” the website states.
Denton told the Glasgow Daily Times that he watches this KET program almost every week.
“He’s on every Saturday night,” Denton said of Miles. “He called about a month ago wanting to make a show down on Barren Lake with me, and I said: ‘Sure.’
“So we went down there. Fished about four hours and had a real good trip. It turned out real good.”
Denton said they caught some fish.
“He beat me fishing, too,” Denton said with a laugh. “I didn't like that, but he’s a pretty good fisherman. Fine fellow. Real nice fellow.”
Denton said he began hunting when he was about 12 years old.
“The first time I went quail hunting, I went with my dad and another guy — and I took a BB gun because I thought I was just as good as they were,” he said with a smile. “When the quail would come up, I’d shoot with that BB gun and I got one, and they said, ‘Yeah, that was a good shot.’ They went along with it. That was when I first started out.”
His love for hunting just grew from there, Denton said, adding that he bought his first fishing rod after he saved up money from picking strawberries one summer.
“Saved up $15, and I went to Horse Cave and bought a new rod and reel — and one artificial plug.”
Denton said he came back to Park City, where he was living at the time, to use his new purchase.
“It was a bait-casting reel, and I didn’t know how to cast one,” he said. “I reared back to make a big, long cast — and it backlashed.”
While he was trying to fix it, “this five-pound bass come up there and got that plug.”
“So I pulled it in (with my hands),” Denton said. “Couldn’t even reel it in. I had to pull it in.
“But that was my first fish right there. First one.”
According to Denton, in 1958 — the first year Kentucky had a bow season — he was the first person in the state to kill a deer with a bow and arrow.
“We didn’t know much about it back then,” Denton said. “We didn’t hunt out of a tree like they do now. I was on the ground.
“That was probably the biggest thrill of my life. It was the talk of Park City.”
Denton said the Glasgow Daily Times took a picture of him and the deer.
While he has given up deer hunting after killing 35 of them, Denton currently hunts rabbits with his three beagle hounds.
“I like to listen to them bark and run after that rabbit,” he said. “I don’t care whether I kill one or not. I just like to listen to that. It’s a lot of fun.”
Denton said he really enjoys being outdoors and the exercise that comes with hunting and fishing.
“It’s just an enjoyable sport,” he said. “You see a lot of things that you normally wouldn’t see sitting in the house. A lot of things happen out there.
“If you haven’t tried it, you need to try it one time at least. Get your feet wet and see how you like it.”