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Elk quota hunt application deadline approaching

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Elk quota hunt application deadline approaching

BY Kevin Kelly Twenty years ago this December, seven elk were released atop Potato Knob in Perry County in front of thousands of onlookers. The landmark restoration of a free roaming elk herd in Kentucky was off and running. Fast forward to present day. There are now more elk in Kentucky than any state...
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Spring wild turkey season preview

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Spring wild turkey season preview

BY Kevin Kelly Spring turkey hunting is slipping into position before daybreak and sitting still as the sun eases over the hills. It is breaking the silence with a call and getting a response that sends a shock of excitement down your spine. It is coaxing a love-struck gobbler closer and keeping your wits...
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Hunters log another top-five deer season

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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

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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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Online survey improves Kentucky’s HIP data

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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

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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

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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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Strategies for taking a youth hunting

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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

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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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Proper Shotgun Fundamentals Critical to Wingshooting Success

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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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