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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Redear sunfish and crappie stockings aim to bolster populations

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Redear sunfish and crappie stockings aim to bolster populations

By Ron Brooks FRANKFORT, Ky. Seven lakes received special stockings of crappie and redear sunfish this fall in an effort to establish or bolster existing fish populations. Lake Cumberland received nearly 219,000 fingerling-sized redear sunfish ranging in size from 1 to 4 inches. Employees of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources put...
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State’s third annual black bear hunt begins Dec.10 in three Eastern Kentucky counties

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State’s third annual black bear hunt begins Dec.10 in three Eastern Kentucky counties

By Steven Dobey FRANKFORT, Ky. Opening day of Kentucky’s newest big game season arrives earlier this year. On Dec. 10, hunters can participate in a two-day quota hunt for black bears in Harlan, Letcher and Pike counties. “This year the hunt occurs on the second weekend in December, rather than the third weekend as...
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DNA used to solve deer poaching cases and study wildlife population dynamics

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DNA used to solve deer poaching cases and study wildlife population dynamics

By Art lander Jr. FRANKFORT, Ky. Using DNA as a way to identify individuals is not restricted to the investigation of crimes against humans. Wildlife law enforcement officers have been relying on DNA evidence since the late 1980s to help prosecute persons who take wildlife illegally. Biologists discovered that DNA provides valuable information about...
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Stand-by drawings offer quail hunters a second chance at Peabody WMA

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Stand-by drawings offer quail hunters a second chance at Peabody WMA

By Art Lander Jr. FRANKFORT, Ky. Hunters who did not get drawn for a quota quail hunt at Peabody Wildlife Management Area in western Kentucky still have a chance to hunt. Wildlife Biologist Eric Williams, who manages Peabody Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said opportunities arise...
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Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

Eastern Kentucky Fishing Report

This fishing report was compiled for Jan. 2 to Jan 9, 2012 Editor’s note: With dipping temperatures and heavy rains this past week, many lakes are reporting slow fishing but as we head into the New Year, the fishing should start to pick up. Cave Run Lake: The water level has been rising this...
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Waterfowl seasons look promising

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Waterfowl seasons look promising

By Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. Excellent breeding conditions this past year in the northern Prairie region and Canada should mean productive hunting for the opening of duck season Thanksgiving Day. “Every population of every species but widgeon are holding their own or up big time,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky...
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Valor, Bravery and Sacrifice

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Valor, Bravery and Sacrifice

By Chris Erwin As we approach Veterans Day, I can’t help but think about all the brave men and woman that have laid their lives on the line for our country and our families. Most of the time I’m eager to tell you about my passion for the outdoors, I invite you to look...
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Kentucky Lake on the verge of great crappie fishing

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Kentucky Lake on the verge of great   crappie fishing

By Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – Poor spawns from 2005-2007 impacted the numbers of young white crappie in Kentucky Lake, resulting in spotty fishing for white crappie over the last several years. The crappie population in the lake also morphed from mainly white crappie to predominately black crappie due to aging of the lake....
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Vension, the original local, free-range red meat

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Vension, the original local, free-range red meat

By Art Lander Jr. FRANKFORT, Ky. – November is the month when most hunters “put up” their winter’s supply of venison. A review of Telecheck records reveals that last deer season hunters bagged 80,516 deer in November, about 73 percent of the entire season’s harvest of 110,376 deer. Venison as tablefare is unmatched. It’s...
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Late Fall Musky, Dynamite from Below

Late Fall Musky, Dynamite from Below

By Chris Erwin The sky was clear, not a cloud to be seen, as I put my boat in the water at the Poppin Rock Ramp just two weeks ago. I couldn’t wait to get out on the lake and cast my offering to whatever might be lurking in the shadows of the standing...
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