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Hunters log another top-five deer season

Hunters log another top-five deer season

BY Kevin Kelly It’s often said these are the good old days for deer hunting in Kentucky, but for those of a certain age, or new to hunting, it’s all they have ever known. The world was tip-toeing into a new millennium the last time Kentucky’s deer harvest did not break 100,000 for a...
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Squeezing Out the Last Waterfowl Hunting of the Season

Squeezing Out the Last Waterfowl Hunting of the Season

BY Lee McClellan In Kentucky, the coldest weather of the year often coincides with the best waterfowl hunting. This should prove especially true this year with the unusually warm start to the waterfowl hunting season that opened Thanksgiving Day. “Late winter seems to be our best duck and goose hunting due to the lower...
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Getting to know your new hunting rifle

Getting to know your new hunting rifle

BY Kevin Kelly Lots of hunters receive a new rifle over the holidays or take advantage of the subsequent sales to add to their collection. The impulse is to immediately dash off to the shooting range. Fighting back that urge and instead taking time to familiarize yourself with your new rifle is a good...
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Closing out 2016 with a look ahead

Closing out 2016 with a look ahead

BY Kevin Kelly The end of the year is a time for reflecting on the past 12 months and envisioning the possibilities for the new year. The directors of the Fisheries, Wildlife and Wildlife Diversity divisions at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently previewed what’s ahead in 2017. From firming-up long-range...
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Use your old Christmas tree to make new fish habitat in lakes across Kentucky

Use your old Christmas tree to make new fish habitat in lakes across Kentucky

BY Lee McClellan Those who enjoy a natural pine, cedar, spruce or fir tree for Christmas often don’t know what to do with it after the holidays. Many resort to putting it out on the street or chucking it in the backyard until spring. You can dispose of your natural Christmas tree and provide...
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Landowners honored for improving wildlife habitat

Landowners honored for improving wildlife habitat

BY Kevin Kelly As it works to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife resources across the state, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources doesn’t do it alone. Private landowners, businesses and other groups are key players. “They are critical to us being able to manage the state’s resources,” said Dan Figert, assistant...
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Three productive winter crappie fishing spots

Three productive winter crappie fishing spots

BY Lee McClellan Winter is a season of nesting for many Kentuckians. Hot cocoa and a book by the fireplace is more appealing than getting outside in the wet and cold. However, for those who enjoy solitude and having lakes completely to themselves, winter is the best time to get outside and fish. Contrary...
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Kentucky reels exhibit spotlights important contribution to angling history

Kentucky reels exhibit spotlights important contribution to angling history

BY Lee McClellan Many anglers in Kentucky don’t realize our state’s rich contribution to fishing technology and angling history. Those who use a baitcasting reel to flip a 1/2-ounce black and blue jig to an isolated stump owe a debt of gratitude to Kentucky’s capital city. “The multiplying reel was refined and perfected in...
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Online survey improves Kentucky’s HIP data

Online survey improves Kentucky’s HIP data

BY Kevin Kelly Kentucky is drawing national attention after dramatically improving the accuracy of harvest and participation information collected from its waterfowl and migratory bird hunters. The Harvest Information Program (HIP) provides state and federal biologists with data to generate reliable estimates of migratory bird hunter activity and harvest. The estimates are used to...
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Modern gun deer season on tap

Modern gun deer season on tap

BY Shredded bark on saplings, fresh scrapes along old logging trails and trail camera snapshots of passing bucks are encouraging signs that deer activity is picking up across Kentucky and just in time. The statewide modern firearm deer season opens Nov. 12 this year. Arguably the most widely anticipated of the fall hunting opportunities,...
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