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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 Wildlife…

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 of…

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 like…

Rockdale Boat Mart Passes One Year in Their New Location

BY Chris Erwin Rockdale Boat Mart has been around for nearly 30 years starting in the side yard of Claude Leake in the Rockdale, Kentucky area. It was then purchased by Phillip Robinson and moved near Summit RV on US 60. Over the years they have sold boats and motors, and have performed service and…

More than 6,200 students to compete in Louisville

One of the largest school archery tournaments in the country will kick off March 31 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. More than 6,200 archers from schools around Kentucky will compete for state championships at the 2017 National Archery in the Schools (NASP) tournament March 31-April 1. Tournament participants include archers in…

Fishing licenses unlock opportunities

BY Kevin Kelly The mild weather this winter has many thinking it will be an early spring across Kentucky. The earlier, the better for anglers, who by late February are like sprinters on their marks waiting for the starter’s pistol to fire. Some of the best fishing of the year is right around the corner.…

Closing out 2016 with a look ahead

BY Kevin Kelly The end of the year is a time for reflecting on the past 12 months and envisioning the possibilities for the new year. The directors of the Fisheries, Wildlife and Wildlife Diversity divisions at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently previewed what’s ahead in 2017. From firming-up long-range plans…

Landowners honored for improving wildlife habitat

BY Kevin Kelly As it works to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife resources across the state, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources doesn’t do it alone. Private landowners, businesses and other groups are key players. “They are critical to us being able to manage the state’s resources,” said Dan Figert, assistant wildlife…

Kentucky reels exhibit spotlights important contribution to angling history

BY Lee McClellan Many anglers in Kentucky don’t realize our state’s rich contribution to fishing technology and angling history. Those who use a baitcasting reel to flip a 1/2-ounce black and blue jig to an isolated stump owe a debt of gratitude to Kentucky’s capital city. “The multiplying reel was refined and perfected in Frankfort,…