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New procedures for the Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.) benefit future hunting

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New procedures for the Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.) benefit future hunting

BY Lee McClellan Hunters possess a long history of taking actions that benefit wildlife conservation. They tax themselves and buy licenses, permits and stamps that support the vitality of both game and non-game animals. The Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is an evolution of these long-standing practices. This...
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Gobble-Gobble!! Spring Turkey season is here

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...
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Stevens Gun & Pawn

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...
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The new year is all about opportunity for Kentucky hunters

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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...
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Late muzzleloader deer season opens Saturday

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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...
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Five Questions with Deer and Elk Program Coordinator Gabe Jenkins

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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....
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Scouting for Whitetails: Part 2

Scouting for Whitetails: Part 2

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part series “Scouting for Whitetails.”  By Chris Erwin Last week, we talked about getting prepared by locating deer that is using the property you are hunting. By using a map you can figure out where the deer is bedding, feeding, staging, watering and how they...
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Scouting for a successful deer hunt

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Scouting for a successful deer hunt

BY Kevin Kelly FRANKFORT, Ky. – Work, family and school commitments can leave little free time in a day, but hunters can help themselves by carving out some time to scout an area. Kentucky’s archery season for deer is underway with the crossbow, youth-only firearm, muzzleloader and modern gun deer seasons still to come....
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Archery deer, wild turkey seasons on deck

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Archery deer, wild turkey seasons on deck

BY Kevin Kelly FRANKFORT, Ky. – The days are growing shorter and cooler temperatures are starting to show up in extended forecasts. The transition to fall is underway. For Kentucky hunters, it started weeks ago with the opening of early fall squirrel season. Labor Day ushered in the start of dove season, and the...
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Choosing a first shotgun

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Choosing a first shotgun

BY Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – My first shotgun was an old .410-gauge Mossberg with a bolt action and pistol grip that once belonged to my grandmother. A decent squirrel gun, yet working the bolt to get off three shots at incoming doves was nearly impossible for me when excited. Doves flying nearby had...
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