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Encourage your young angler’s growing interest this summer

Encourage your young angler’s growing interest this summer

BY Kevin Kelly If free fishing weekend was a homerun with your kiddos, you might be wondering about how to keep the momentum going throughout the summer. Take a cue from them: keep it fun. Does this mean they need to catch a fish or get a bite every cast? Not necessarily. Fun can...
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Keep the Wild in Wildlife

Keep the Wild in Wildlife

Residents urged to work together to prevent problems with bears John Hast has a word of advice for anyone tempted to throw doughnuts or food scraps to a bear: Don’t. “We’ve found that time and time again, a fed bear is a dead bear,” said Hast, the bear program coordinator for the Kentucky Department...
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Memorial Day Kicks Off Summer Boating Season

Memorial Day Kicks Off Summer Boating Season

BY Kevin Kelly Kentucky’s lakes and streams are bound to be crowded with anglers, paddlers and pleasure boaters during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Boating safety officials want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. “On really busy holidays, the boat’s operator has to remain extremely attentive,” said Zac...
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Bluegill Offer Great Late Spring Fishing

Bluegill Offer Great Late Spring Fishing

BY Lee McClellan It is Kentucky Derby week, a fantastic time of year. Summer is around the corner and families start to go on summer vacations shortly. Taking your kids to catch some hand-sized bluegill is another great aspect of this time of year in our state. “A lot of your bigger male bluegill...
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First Time on the Water in 2017 /GCHS Touchdown Club Tournament

First Time on the Water in 2017 /GCHS Touchdown Club Tournament

By Chris Erwin Last fall my boat sputtered and died right before I was to start my yearly fishing trip. If you follow this column, you know we toughed it out and still caught some really good fish using only the trolling motor. A couple of weeks ago Phil Roberson one of the owners...
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Coyotes coexist in the urban landscape

Coyotes coexist in the urban landscape

BY Kevin Kelly An expansion from its historic range in the interior plains brought the coyote to Kentucky where as recently as the early 1970s sightings of these animals were still considered rare. Coyotes are now common across the state but their presence in urban and suburban areas can surprise residents. “People in cities...
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My First Swarm of Honey Bees in the Box

My First Swarm of Honey Bees in the Box

By Chris Erwin If you follow this column, you know I have been learning the art of Beekeeping. I got interested after doing an article on Mike Crawford. Crawford served 22 years as a police officer before retiring. Along with working at Bare Arms, an indoor shooting range and gun club, he is also...
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Swimbaits fool trophy fish

Swimbaits fool trophy fish

BY Lee McClellan Anglers with a bit of salt in their hair remember fondly the venerable Sassy Shad, the paddle-tailed, shad-shaped soft plastic wonder that caught practically anything that swims. In the fishing lure world, what is old oftentimes becomes new again. Over the last decade or so, the soft-plastic swimbait stormed the fishing...
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Elk quota hunt application deadline approaching

Elk quota hunt application deadline approaching

BY Kevin Kelly Twenty years ago this December, seven elk were released atop Potato Knob in Perry County in front of thousands of onlookers. The landmark restoration of a free roaming elk herd in Kentucky was off and running. Fast forward to present day. There are now more elk in Kentucky than any state...
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Three things to consider for spring fishing

Three things to consider for spring fishing

BY Lee McClellan The weather forecast calls for a redbud winter to hit this week. This old saying refers to cold snaps that occur in early April when the redbud trees bloom. The up and down nature of spring weather can cause consternation among anglers when planning fishing trips. Concerns about the weather is...
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