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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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Early returns from 2016-17 deer season

Early returns from 2016-17 deer season

BY Kevin Kelly Shirt-sleeve temperatures. Treetops buffeted by high winds. Acorns crunching underfoot. Without question, hunters faced challenging conditions for the early muzzleloader deer season this past weekend in Kentucky and it shows in the harvest figures. The two-day take of 2,987 deer was down sharply from last year when hunters benefitted from the...
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Carp Blitz Set for Kentucky, Barkley Lakes

Carp Blitz Set for Kentucky, Barkley Lakes

Netting effort being held Nov. 8-10 to help gauge number of Asian carp FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 25, 2016) — State and federal agencies, working in cooperation with volunteers, commercial anglers and fish processors, are launching a “Carp Blitz” on Nov. 8-10 to help gauge the population of invasive Asian carp in Kentucky and Barkley...
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Three Good Float Trips for Great Fall Colors

Three Good Float Trips for Great Fall Colors

BY Lee McClellan The near drought conditions of the fall season seem to have lengthened the peak of the changing of the leaves. We still have a couple of good weekends left of the beautiful fall colors. Paddling a stream during the peak of fall colors is the best way to enjoy this annual...
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Kentucky Opens More Land for Public Hunting

Kentucky Opens More Land for Public Hunting

Public land hunting opportunities in Kentucky just grew by more than 4,600 acres. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources announces the opening of six new properties ranging from Ballard County in the west to Bath County in the east. Newly opened properties include one new wildlife management area in Nelson and LaRue...
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Strategies for taking a youth hunting

Strategies for taking a youth hunting

BY Kevin Kelly Kentucky offers youth hunters an assortment of special seasons in the fall and winter months. In the mind of a young hunter making the transition from observer to participant, these opportunities to hunt deer, elk, furbearers, small game and waterfowl are milestones never to be forgotten. As such, adult mentors know...
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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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