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New or improving fishing opportunities for 2012

New or improving fishing opportunities for 2012

By Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – With Valentine’s Day upon us, only a few weeks remain on your current annual fishing license. The new license year begins March 1. This coming year presents some new opportunities to catch rainbow trout, blue catfish, redear sunfish, also known as shellcrackers, and white crappie. Black crappie now...
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2011-2012 deer season ends with fourth largest overall harvest

2011-2012 deer season ends with fourth largest overall harvest

By Art Lander Jr FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s 2011-12 white-tailed deer season ended Jan. 16 with hunters posting the fourth largest overall harvest ever recorded. “The 119,656 deer taken was the highest total since the 2008-2009 season,” said Tina Brunjes, deer program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Good hunting...
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Conservation officers among first responders when Kentucky Lake bridge collapses

Conservation officers among first responders when Kentucky Lake bridge collapses

By Mark Marraccini FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sergeant Denny Broyles was returning home to Hickman County from Frankfort last Thursday and was within 30 minutes of closing out a 14-hour work day when he heard news reports about a nearby bridge. “Eggner Ferry Bridge collapses due to a barge strike.” This incident would cause Broyles...
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Trapping is the most effective way to control wild pigs

Trapping is the most effective way to control wild pigs

By Art Lander Jr FRANKFORT, Ky. – In Kentucky, wild pigs may be hunted with firearms year-round with no daily bag limit, but wildlife biologists believe trapping is the most effective way to control the feral pests. “In established populations, hunting often educates more pigs than it removes,” said Chad Soard, a wildlife biologist...
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Eagle Watch Weekends

Eagle Watch Weekends

By Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – The bow of the CQ Princess barely cleared the no-wake zone at Kenlake State Resort Park Marina when Lake Barkley State Park Naturalist Mary Schmidt spotted them. “There are two juvenile eagles to our right,” she announced over a microphone on the second deck of the excursion yacht....
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State Forestry, Fish and Wildlife acquire 2,500 acres for public use in Union County

State Forestry, Fish and Wildlife acquire 2,500 acres for public use in Union County

BY Mark Marraccini FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Division of Forestry and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources have jointly acquired nearly 2,500 acres in Union County at the confluence of the Ohio and Tradewater rivers. The property will become the state’s newest wildlife management area (WMA) and state forest. The 2,484-acre...
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Hunters find sandhills challenging during Kentucky’s inaugural crane season

Hunters find sandhills challenging during Kentucky’s inaugural crane season

By Mark Marraccini FRANKFORT, Ky. – Larry Dreamis Hill failed in his quest to take a bird during Kentucky’s inaugural sandhill crane hunting season but says it wasn’t for lack of effort. “These birds were extremely challenging and seemed to change their patterns a little every day. I really enjoyed the challenge and look...
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Parasites found on Lake Cumberland striped bass; fish still safe to eat

Parasites found on Lake Cumberland striped bass; fish still safe to eat

By Art Lander Jr FRANKFORT, Ky. – Fisheries biologists at Lake Cumberland found a parasitic copepod is the cause of unusual sores on the tongue and mouth of striped bass in the lake. “When we sampled the lake’s striped bass fishery in mid-December, every fish we handled was infested,” said John Williams, southeastern district...
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Arctic winds bring float and fly time

Arctic winds bring float and fly time

By Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – The late Charlie Nuckols owned a tackle shop and lure company in east Tennessee, near South Holston Lake. Winter crappie anglers who fished small marabou jigs deep under bobbers complained to him about big smallmouth breaking off their rigs all of the time. This got Nuckols thinking. He,...
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Twenty-five Kentucky residents drawn for late season quota cow elk hunt

Twenty-five Kentucky residents drawn for late season quota cow elk hunt

By Dave Baker FRANKFORT, Ky. – Twenty-five hunters from Wallins, David, Hyden, Pineville, Pikeville, Barbourville and other areas in southeastern Kentucky have a second chance to hunt elk in the state. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently drew 25 names for a late season quota hunt for cow elk. The late...
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