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Ample Rain Means Promising Outlook for Dove Season

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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

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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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Fall hunting seasons approaching

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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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Five questions with new Ruffed Grouse and Wild Turkey program coordinator Zak Danks

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Five questions with new Ruffed Grouse and Wild Turkey program coordinator Zak Danks

BY Kevin Kelly Zak Danks was homesick and uncertain about what career path he wanted to pursue after his freshman year at the University of Kentucky. The picture soon came into focus through his involvement with his local National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) chapter and after meeting a wildlife biologist employed by the Kentucky...
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Take advantage of public hunting areas this spring turkey season

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Take advantage of public hunting areas this spring turkey season

BY Kevin Kelly Like deer and elk, the restoration of wild turkeys in Kentucky is a remarkable success story. The statewide flock now numbers around 220,000 turkeys and telecheck harvest records show spring turkey hunters have taken an average of 31,719 birds over the past five years. The statewide harvest was up slightly last...
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Record duck numbers portend good waterfowl hunting in 2015-2016

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Record duck numbers portend good  waterfowl hunting in 2015-2016

BY Lee McClellan The work done by conservation groups as well as state and federal fish and wildlife agencies over the past 60 years to increase waterfowl populations is nothing short of remarkable. “This year, we’ve had the highest counts of ducks as a whole by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the...
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Rabbit and quail season at a glance

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Rabbit and quail season at a glance

BY Kevin Kelly Rural mail carriers who volunteer to help the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources reported seeing fewer rabbits along their routes this year, but hunters can still expect to encounter plenty of rabbits this season. “If you look back at the data, we’ve had really high numbers of rabbits, some...
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Answers to common questions about Kentucky’s modern gun deer season

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Answers to common questions about Kentucky’s modern gun deer season

BY Kevin Kelly The Information Center at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources fields approximately 100,000 phone calls annually, and the call volume peaks from late October into early November as hunters inquire about rules and regulations for the statewide modern gun deer season. This year, it opens Nov. 14. An informal...
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Early Squirrel Season

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Early Squirrel Season

By Chris Erwin I remember as young man how much I loved squirrel hunting. It was a time to pick up my gun for the first time each season. Back then there was no such thing as a spring squirrel season. That was an experiment back in 1994 and has become a yearly event....
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Teal-only season gives waterfowlers additional days afield in September

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Teal-only season gives waterfowlers additional days afield in September

BY Lee McClellan Kentucky waterfowl hunters have additional days to pursue teal in September. A teal-only season implemented in 2014 runs from Sept. 24 through Sept. 27. A combined wood duck and teal season opens Sept. 19 and closes Sept. 23. “This year, we timed the seasons so the teal-only days will occur on...
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