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The Ohio River, then, now, the future

The Ohio River, then, now, the future

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in The Greater Ashland Beacon on July 20, 2011 and is being published here with permission. By Chris Erwin ASHLAND As I sit here looking out over the Ohio River, I can’t help but to think about it in the days when I grew up and how much...
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Hunting season preview

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Hunting season preview

July 21, 2011 Author Art Lander Jr. FRANKFORT, Ky. – The first fall hunting season in Kentucky opens in less than a month. Here are some highlights of what’s to come: The 2011-2012 Kentucky Hunting & Trapping Guide is being printed and will be mailed to license vendors statewide next week. The 66-page guide...
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Dale Hollow Lake boat ramp renamed for angler who caught world record smallmouth bass

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Dale Hollow Lake boat ramp renamed for angler who caught world record smallmouth bass

July 14, 2011 Author Lee McClellan FRANKFORT, Ky. – On the morning of July 9, 1955, angler David L. Hayes of Leitchfield began a trolling run in the Phillip’s Bend area of Dale Hollow Lake. After Hayes cleared a point near what is now Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, the biggest smallmouth bass...
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Crank-Baits in the Summer Heat

Crank-Baits in the Summer Heat

By Chris Erwin Spring is like a flash in the pan, then the heat takes over and the fishing can get downright tough. The day heats up quick and the chances of catching good fish are quickly fading in the sweat that drips from your forehead as the days of spring seem like another...
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Bowhunter education program meeting the needs of Kentucky archers

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Bowhunter education program meeting the needs of Kentucky archers

Author Art Lander Jr. July 7, 2011 FRANKFORT, Ky. – Bowhunter education is not mandatory here, but it’s likely that more Kentuckians who hunt with archery equipment will want to take the course in the future. “Our focus is on offering more opportunities for certification,” said Bobby McKee, state bowhunting education coordinator for the...
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Family Camping in eastern Kentucky

Family Camping in eastern Kentucky

Editor’s Note: This column appeared in The Greater Ashland Beacon on July 6, 2011 and is being republished here with permission. By Chris Erwin ASHLAND Summer is here and it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy nature before winter drives us back into our sheltered homes. While summer may be hot they are plenty...
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Blue Water Trails – Upper Green River

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Blue Water Trails – Upper Green River

Author Lee McClellan editors note (This article is the eighth in the periodic Blue Water Trails series highlighting the floating, fishing and tourism opportunities on Kentucky’s streams and rivers). FRANKFORT, Ky. – Flowing off the edge of the Knobs in Lincoln County to its confluence with the Ohio River near Henderson, the Green River’s...
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The Great American Outdoors

The Great American Outdoors

Editor’s Note: This column appeared in The Greater Ashland Beacon on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 and is being republished here with permission. By Carrie Stambaugh ASHLAND There is a lot to celebrate and be proud of as a nation as we approach the 235th anniversary of our Independence Day. While the list of freedoms...
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Surveys help biologists monitor and manage wildlife populations

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Surveys help biologists monitor and manage wildlife populations

Author Art Lander Jr. Wildlife surveys have a simple goal – to gather information. “They help biologists monitor non-game species, and effectively manage populations of the animals we hunt,” said David McChesney, federal aid program coordinator for the wildlife division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “This ensures the overall well-being...
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Tips for using personal pontoon boats to float Kentucky streams

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Tips for using personal pontoon boats to float Kentucky streams

Author: Lee McClellan Floating a stream and catching smallmouth bass after smallmouth bass, a few spotted bass, rock bass, green sunfish and even an occasional white crappie is the one of the best ways to spend a summer afternoon. On a blistering hot day, you can beach your boat, wander out into a flowing,...
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