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September is quota hunt application month

September is quota hunt application month

BY Kevin Kelly As the carefree days of summer give way to the first days of September, it’s finally starting to feel like fall in Kentucky. A cold front promised to break the stranglehold of heat and humidity just as wingshooters returned to dove fields for the traditional Sept. 1 season opener. The quota...
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Fishing For Freedom 3rd Annual Tournament

Fishing For Freedom 3rd Annual Tournament

By Chris Erwin Fishing for Freedom will be held Sept. 10 on the Ohio River near Ashland. Fishing for Freedom is a Military Appreciation Tournament that has been also extended to First Responders, which includes firefighters, police and ambulances personal. The tournament is completely free for these individuals. They will be a guest in...
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Proper Shotgun Fundamentals Critical to Wingshooting Success

Proper Shotgun Fundamentals Critical to Wingshooting Success

BY Lee McClellan A dove comes into your section of the field on opening day. You crouch behind a row of sunflowers and excitedly wait for the dove to come into range. The dove keeps coming and you jump up, shoulder your shotgun and fire, followed by another shot and then another, none of...
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Fall for trout all over again

Fall for trout all over again

BY Kevin Kelly Anglers treasure the fall months in Kentucky. The shortening periods of daylight and the cooler, drier air bring welcome relief from summer and bring on the fall colors. It’s during this time of transition that some of the best fishing of the year can be had. For trout anglers, fall offers...
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Ample Rain Means Promising Outlook for Dove Season

Ample Rain Means Promising Outlook for Dove Season

BY Lee McClellan The generous rains combined with abundant summer sunshine spurred excellent growth for sunflowers planted on the public dove fields across the state. Hunters should find excellent conditions for the opening of dove season on the traditional date of Sept. 1. “Across the board, our dove fields have done well this year,”...
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Mentor-youth dove hunts offer great opportunity, sign ups begin Aug. 8

Mentor-youth dove hunts offer great opportunity, sign ups begin Aug. 8

BY Lee McClellan The excitement of an opening day dove hunt when you are young spawns a lifetime of memories. Each year, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources plants dove fields that host mentor-youth hunts to introduce young people to the fun of dove hunting. Sign-ups for these fields begin Monday, Aug....
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The Heat is on! The Summer Milk Run

The Heat is on! The Summer Milk Run

By Chris Erwin As we head into the hottest part of the summer, many anglers will lay down their rods and wait for cooler temperatures. However, for those brave people, trying to keep hope alive let me just say hope does exist. At least for the bass, crappie, white bass, blue gill, once the...
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Bob Riggs is the product of five generations of Gunsmiths

Bob Riggs is the product of five generations of Gunsmiths

By Chris Erwin I got a chance to drop in and see my old friend Bob Riggs. We worked together for over 15 years at National Mine Service Co. where we were both were machinists. Bob worked mostly day-turn and ran his gun repair shop anytime he wasn’t working at the plant. While guns...
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Fall hunting seasons approaching

Fall hunting seasons approaching

BY Kevin Kelly Fall doesn’t officially start for another two months but in one respect it’s already upon us. The 2016-17 Kentucky Hunting and Trapping Guide has shipped to license vendors across the state and can be downloaded from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ website at fw.ky.gov. The 48-page guide lists...
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Some changes for the upcoming early migratory bird seasons

Some changes for the upcoming early migratory bird seasons

BY Lee McClellan (July 21, 2016) – Although Kentucky is baking in the hottest temperatures of the year, hunters will be afield in a little over a month pursuing migratory birds such as dove, wood duck, American woodcock and resident Canada goose. Those planning to hunt during these seasons must be aware of some...
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