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Blue Water Trails Russell Fork

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Blue Water Trails Russell Fork

By Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. The Russell Fork of the Big Sandy River is one mean, determined stream. In the region of the country where John Henry bored railroad tunnels through mountains with his hands, the Russell Fork did the same to Pine Mountain. In the deep past, the Russell Fork breached Pine Mountain...
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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife seeking Conservation Officer Recruits

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Kentucky Fish and Wildlife seeking Conservation Officer Recruits

FRANKFORT, Ky. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be advertising for 28 conservation officer recruit positions beginning at midnight on Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Applicants must create an account online through the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet website and apply to the posting, which will be open for 10 days. The size of...
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Blue Water Trails – Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge

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Blue Water Trails – Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge

(This article is the eleventh in the periodic Blue Water Trails series highlighting the floating, fishing and tourism opportunities on Kentucky’s streams and rivers). By Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – It is hard to believe that waves of seawater once broke upon and submerged the Jackson Purchase region of Kentucky, west of the Tennessee...
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The Awaking of Monsters

The Awaking of Monsters

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in the Greater Ashland Beacon on Sept. 14, 2011 By Chris Erwin Every year as the water cools into the mid to lower 70s the musky in Kentucky come to life. These toothy critters begin to move into the shallow-water areas with their metabolism revved to the max,...
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Crankin’ for Crappie

Crankin’ for Crappie

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in The Greater Ashland Beacon on Sept. 7, 2011. By Chris Erwin Crappie fishing, according to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, is done 62 percent of the time with tube jigs. The remainder is done using live minnows. But every year there comes a time when those...
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Rail to Trail project considered in east Ky.

Rail to Trail project considered in east Ky.

The Dawkins Rail Line stretches across three counties and could become the state’s longest Rail-Trail By Carrie Stambaugh PAINTSVILLE – For nearly 100 years, the Dawkins Line helped to fuel the local economy by hauling out natural resources from the hills of Johnson, Magoffin and Breathitt Counties. Soon, the abandoned line could again prime...
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Blue Water Trails – Cumberland River-below the Falls

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Blue Water Trails – Cumberland River-below the Falls

Aug. 25, 2011 Author Lee McClellan (This article is the tenth in the periodic Blue Water Trails series highlighting the floating, fishing and tourism opportunities on Kentucky’s streams and rivers). FRANKFORT, Ky. – As the Cumberland River flowed off the Cumberland Escarpment just upstream of Burnside when the Earth was much younger, it made...
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Get ready for archery deer season

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Get ready for archery deer season

Aug. 18, 2011 Author Art Lander Jr. FRANKFORT, Ky. – It’s no mystery why hunting white-tailed deer with bows and arrows has such a dedicated following. One reason is archery season runs more than four months long. The 2011-12 season is 136 days, opening on the Labor Day holiday weekend (Sat., Sept. 3), and...
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Late Summer Fishing Strategies

Late Summer Fishing Strategies

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in the Greater Ashland Beacon on Aug. 17, 2011. By Chris Erwin If you have been out on the water in the last few weeks, you may be wondering where the fish are and how in the world, you can catch them. Catching bass in the heat of...
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Fishing the Shaky Head Jig

Fishing the Shaky Head Jig

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in The Greater Ashland Beacon on Aug. 10, 2011. By Chris Erwin If you follow tournament fishing or read fishing articles, you have likely already heard about the shaky head jig. This simple concept has proven over time to be one of the most productive ways to catch...
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