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Public dove fields added in southeast region

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Public dove fields added in southeast region

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Dove hunters in southeastern Kentucky now have six additional public dove fields to enjoy this fall. Dove season opens statewide on Sept. 1. “We had these fields come in a little late to make the deadline for the dove hunting guide,” said Rocky Pritchert, migratory bird coordinator for the Kentucky Department...
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Deadline to apply for a Kentucky elk hunt is April 30

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Deadline to apply for a Kentucky elk hunt is April 30

Media Contact: Dave Baker 1-800-858-1549, ext. 4454 FRANKFORT, Ky. – The deadline to apply for Kentucky’s hunt of a lifetime is fast approaching. Hunters have until midnight (Eastern time) April 30 to apply for a Kentucky elk hunt. The quota hunt drawing for an elk permit is open to residents and non-residents. Kentucky will...
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Perfect timing for turkey season

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Perfect timing for turkey season

By Art Lander Jr FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s spring wild turkey season has been so successful the past 15 years in part because of the timing of opening day. “I think we’ve accomplished our goal of having a productive season in a relatively short time frame,” said Steven Dobey, wild turkey program coordinator for...
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2011-2012 deer season ends with fourth largest overall harvest

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2011-2012 deer season ends with fourth largest overall harvest

By Art Lander Jr FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky’s 2011-12 white-tailed deer season ended Jan. 16 with hunters posting the fourth largest overall harvest ever recorded. “The 119,656 deer taken was the highest total since the 2008-2009 season,” said Tina Brunjes, deer program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “Good hunting...
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State’s third annual black bear hunt begins Dec.10 in three Eastern Kentucky counties

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State’s third annual black bear hunt begins Dec.10 in three Eastern Kentucky counties

By Steven Dobey FRANKFORT, Ky. Opening day of Kentucky’s newest big game season arrives earlier this year. On Dec. 10, hunters can participate in a two-day quota hunt for black bears in Harlan, Letcher and Pike counties. “This year the hunt occurs on the second weekend in December, rather than the third weekend as...
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Stand-by drawings offer quail hunters a second chance at Peabody WMA

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Stand-by drawings offer quail hunters a second chance at Peabody WMA

By Art Lander Jr. FRANKFORT, Ky. Hunters who did not get drawn for a quota quail hunt at Peabody Wildlife Management Area in western Kentucky still have a chance to hunt. Wildlife Biologist Eric Williams, who manages Peabody Wildlife Management Area (WMA) for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said opportunities arise...
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Waterfowl seasons look promising

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Waterfowl seasons look promising

By Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. Excellent breeding conditions this past year in the northern Prairie region and Canada should mean productive hunting for the opening of duck season Thanksgiving Day. “Every population of every species but widgeon are holding their own or up big time,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky...
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Questions and answers for modern gun deer season

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Questions and answers for modern gun deer season

By Art lander Jr. FRANKFORT, Ky. – Modern gun season for deer, the highlight of the fall hunting calendar, opens Nov. 12, 2011. Hunters often wonder about rules and regulations concerning deer hunting. Here are some FAQs (frequently asked questions) about Kentucky’s most popular big game hunting season: Q: Does modern gun season for...
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Early muzzleloader deer season

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Early muzzleloader deer season

By Art Lander Jr. FRANKFORT, Ky. The first of two seasons created especially for hunters who want to take deer with muzzleloading firearms is coming up. Kentuckys early muzzleloader deer season, which debuted in 1990, will be held this year on the weekend of Oct. 15-16. In the past decade, the muzzleloader deer harvest...
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Wearing a full-body harness is the first rule of treestand safety

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Wearing a full-body harness is the first rule of treestand safety

Sept. 15, 2011 By Art Lander Jr. FRANKFORT, Ky. – A fall from a treestand is no laughing matter. The consequences can be life-changing, much worse than a sprained ankle or broken arm. Each season deer hunters are paralyzed for life or killed in falls because they overlooked the most important safety precautions. “We’re...
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