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FINs Lakes Stockings Began This Month, Offering Productive Late Winter Fishing

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FINs Lakes Stockings Began This Month, Offering Productive Late Winter Fishing

BY Lee McClellan (Feb. 21, 2019) – The long train of heavy rain in 2019 has Lake Cumberland at its highest level since April 1998. Barren River Lake is 35 feet above winter pool while Rough River Lake is a little more than 30 feet above winter pool. Late winter fishing is one of...
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Potential Asian Carp Deterrent to be Tested Below Barkley Dam

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Potential Asian Carp Deterrent to be Tested Below Barkley Dam

                                           Technology creates underwater wall of sound Asian carp have become a major concern in the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers and many other rivers within the Mississippi River basin. In western Kentucky, two of the state’s largest reservoirs, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, were formed by the construction of navigation dams on the Tennessee...
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Hook, Line and Teacher

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Hook, Line and Teacher

BY Lee McClellan (June 21, 2018) – School kids fervently look forward to summer break, but often after a few weeks, they complain of boredom. An 18-inch largemouth bass jumping and shaking its head at the end of a line is a sure-fire way to cure boredom and instill a passion for a lifelong...
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Tick season underway across Kentucky

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Tick season underway across Kentucky

(May 21, 2018) — With spring now in full swing, people are taking advantage of the warmer weather and spending more time outside. This also is the time when tick activity increases across Kentucky. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Department for Public Health are reminding people to take...
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Give nesting eagles the space they need

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Give nesting eagles the space they need

Getting too close with a drone or on foot can cause nest abandonment By FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2018) — When trying to catch a glimpse of an eagle in its nest, Kate Slankard reminds people to keep their distance and make visits brief. “It’s natural to be excited when we see an eagle...
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Department to Test Experimental Fishing Tournament Rules

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Department to Test Experimental Fishing Tournament Rules

  Three-year study would allow statewide size limits on two lakes By FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 20, 2018) — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will study the impact of allowing anglers participating in fishing tournaments to keep shorter bass in lakes with special regulations. The three-year test is limited to two spring...
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New Fishing Regulations for 2018

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New Fishing Regulations for 2018

BY Lee McClellan (Feb. 15, 2018) – A reduction in the statewide daily creel limit from 30 fish to 20 fish for crappie highlights the new fishing regulations for 2018. The regulations go into effect March 1. “Anglers requested this regulation,” said Ron Brooks, director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and...
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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife partners with Appalachian Wildlife Foundation to bolster Bell County elk herd

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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife partners with Appalachian Wildlife Foundation to bolster Bell County elk herd

BY Lisa Tolliver FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 26, 2018) — Visitors to the Cumberland Gap area of the state soon will experience the majesty of elk in much the same fashion as when Daniel Boone blazed the Wilderness Road. The elk herd in Bell County is regaining a solid foothold through a partnership between the...
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Keep the Wild in Wildlife

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Keep the Wild in Wildlife

Residents urged to work together to prevent problems with bears John Hast has a word of advice for anyone tempted to throw doughnuts or food scraps to a bear: Don’t. “We’ve found that time and time again, a fed bear is a dead bear,” said Hast, the bear program coordinator for the Kentucky Department...
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Coyotes coexist in the urban landscape

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Coyotes coexist in the urban landscape

BY Kevin Kelly An expansion from its historic range in the interior plains brought the coyote to Kentucky where as recently as the early 1970s sightings of these animals were still considered rare. Coyotes are now common across the state but their presence in urban and suburban areas can surprise residents. “People in cities...
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