Category: Hunting

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 timely…

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 it…

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 hunt…

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 them…

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,” said…

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. 8.…

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 season…

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 year…

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 Canadian…