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

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

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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Waterfowl seasons look promising

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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