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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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Another good fall squirrel season expected

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Another good fall squirrel season expected

BY Kevin Kelly FRANKFORT, Ky. – Generations of hunters have honed basic hunting skills and techniques and provided tasty table fare by stalking the forest for squirrels. For a young Chris Garland, squirrel hunting provided a gateway into the woods and remains a family tradition. “I still enjoy it,” said Garland, now an assistant...
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Statewide spring wild turkey season opened Saturday 12th

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Statewide spring wild turkey season opened Saturday 12th

BYKevin Kelly FRANKFORT, Ky. – Hunters could have the long winter to thank for what is shaping up to be a good start to Kentucky’s statewide spring wild turkey season, which opens Saturday, April 12, and runs through May 4. “The timing of the first peak in gobbling and our season opener should be...
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Improve your waterfowl shooting with a few helpful hints

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Improve your waterfowl shooting with a few helpful hints

BY Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – It happens to even the most seasoned waterfowl hunter. At dawn on a mid-winter day, a gaggle of Canada geese comes honking into your decoys on a farm pond. They look like flying watermelons with wings, a long neck and a black and white head. You pop up...
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Elk Success After Eight Year Wait

Elk Success After Eight Year Wait

By Chris Erwin For the last eight years, Brent Jones faithfully bought his chance to hunt elk in Kentucky. Year after year he watched as others got their name drawn. It didn’t dilute his desire, if anything, he felt sooner or later his name was going to be drawn. While some believe the number...
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Shannon Roberts Bags a Big Buck

Shannon Roberts Bags a Big Buck

By Chris Erwin While many of us struggle to get our spouse involved in our outdoor activities, it’s not a problem for Darren Roberts, of Catlettsburg. After introducing his wife to deer hunting, she professed to me “I love hunting.” While this proclamation would be enough to put a smile on many of us...
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Wet spring means productive fall waterfowl hunting for 2013-2014 season

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Wet spring means productive fall waterfowl hunting for 2013-2014 season

BY Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – The wet spring earlier this year left abundant food for waterfowl to eat this fall. This should make for productive hunting when the both duck and goose hunting seasons open Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. “The waterfowl foods that grow in moist soils did excellent in late summer and...
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Teenager bags 700-pound Bull Elk

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Teenager bags 700-pound Bull Elk

By Chris Erwin One of the great things about my job is I get to meet a lot of special people in the outdoors world. Today was no exception, as I had the pleasure of meeting 14-year-old Camryn Neeley and her parents David and Jody, to hear the story of Camryn’s hunt for a...
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The 2013-14 elk season opens with archery hunting for bulls

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The 2013-14 elk season opens with archery hunting for bulls

BY Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s elk seasons open Sept. 21 with bull elk archery season. Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources hold a positive outlook for the upcoming elk seasons. “We think it will be a productive elk hunting season,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk coordinator for...
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Fall is Just Around the Corner

Fall is Just Around the Corner

By Chris Erwin The foggy mornings and dying garden plants are the first sign that fall is just around the corner. Deer hunters will hit the woods looking for signs of deer beginning the rutting season and fall fishing will hit its peak through September and October. I have a love-hate relationship with fall....
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