TUSTIN — This is a very busy time of year for Ken Kanouse of Tustin.

The Osceola County resident loves his hunting and fishing and spends as much time with those two sports as possible.

But it’s not easy, considering that he also is taking care of Tustin Trails Golf Course, owned by his mother, Lorraine. As the golf season is breaking into stride, Kanouse is busier than ever, as one might suspect.

But during the winter, Kanouse was very busy.

“I had a real good ice fishing season on local lakes, mostly for panfish,” he said. “Rose, Cadillac and Mitchell is where I do most of mine. There’s numerous small lakes that have good fishing, especially for panfish.”

Kanouse noted that some locals are catching bluegills in small local lakes.

“The spring trout season, from what I understand, like on the Pine River, was a little slow, a lot of high water,” he said. “But I did hear of a few nice catches, also. Points of interest (Thursday morning), a friend of mine got a bunch of mushrooms. He had five pounds (Wednesday). It’d be a good weekend for that.”

Kanouse, like other anglers, is anxiously waiting for warmer weather to settle in.

“On the golf scene, it was real slow April and a decent May as soon as the weather turned in our favor,” Kanouse said.

He’s an active and successful deer hunter.

“It’s been good for me. There’s been more older and nicer bucks taken the last two years,” Kanouse said.

The biggest local buck he harvested was an 8-pointer. He bagged an 8-pointer and 7-pointer last season. He prefers bow season but also does rifle and muzzleloading


Kanouse does some turkey hunting along with his son.

“Last year we got a jake,” he said. ‘I’ve heard it’s been a little slow and the birds aren’t cooperating as well as normal. My son and I have been out twice without any luck. We’ll be going out this weekend.”

Lorraine Kanouse, his mother, is keeping busy with the golf leagues. There’s men’s leagues Monday afternoon and another men’s league Thursday morning. There’s also a Wednesday couples league.