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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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2011 Year in Review

2011 Year in Review

By Art lander Jr. FRANKFORT, Ky. – Here are some wildlife-related stories that made news in 2011: Sandhill Cranes: Kentucky’s first hunting season for sandhill cranes in modern times opened Dec. 17 and will continue through Jan. 15, 2012, or until the season quota of 400 cranes is reached. A total of 332 hunters,...
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Improving fish habitat in ponds and small lakes

Improving fish habitat in ponds and small lakes

By Art Lander Jr FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sinking brush piles is the best way to improve habitat for fish in ponds and small lakes. “When you add cover, such as trees and brush, you’re attracting algae, zooplankton and invertebrates in general at the base of the food chain,” said Kerry Prather, a fisheries biologist...
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Nine-banded armadillo expanding its range into Kentucky

Nine-banded armadillo expanding its range into Kentucky

By Art Lander Jr FRANKFORT, Ky. – The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) has been expanding its range in the U.S. since the mid-1800s, steadily moving north and eastward. Armadillos first appeared in western Kentucky more than 20 years ago. “I recall the first report was a road kill in Aurora,” said Steve Bloemer, wildlife...
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Redear sunfish and crappie stockings aim to bolster populations

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

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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