Category: Hunting

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 of…

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 poll…

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. However,…

Gobble-Gobble!! Spring Turkey season is here

By Chris Erwin The spring flowers are painting the hill sides in Eastern Kentucky, and if you listen closely you just might hear a spring gobbler calling for a mate. Dan Feltner, branch manager of Appalachian Auto Recovery on 20th street in Ashland, is no newbie to hitting the woods during the spring gobbler season…

Stevens Gun & Pawn

By Chris Erwin Back in the 70s and early 80s I was all into trap and skeet shooting every Friday and Saturday night. I would pack up all my gear and head somewhere to kill a bunch of clay pigeons. While many of my friends back then would head to a bowling alley or a…

The new year is all about opportunity for Kentucky hunters

BY Kevin Kelly FRANKFORT, Ky. – The stretch between Christmas and New Year’s Day can be a time to relax, reflect and make resolutions for the year ahead. The Wildlife Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is well into its planning for the 2015-16 hunting seasons, and one word keeps coming…

Late muzzleloader deer season opens Saturday

BY Kevin Kelly FRANKFORT, Ky. – Hunters do not have to wait until next fall to harvest a deer with a firearm in Kentucky. The late muzzleloader season opens statewide on Saturday, Dec. 13. Even before this opening day, the ongoing deer season already rates as one of the state’s top three on record based…

Five Questions with Deer and Elk Program Coordinator Gabe Jenkins

BY Kevin Kelly FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s modern gun deer season opens statewide on Nov. 8. When it does, Gabe Jenkins will have been in his new role as the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ deer and elk program coordinator for a little more than a month. “It’s been exciting,” he said. An…