OUTDOORS: Second amendment rights important for protection

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Deer hunters on way to record year

By Jeff Lilly

I want to start my final column of the year 2012 with a quote many have heard before and John Herndon actually used in his column a few weeks back: “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” I could not agree more and will leave it at that. 


There are, and will continue to be, enough gun control debates going on everywhere so most probably don’t want to read it here. However, I will continue to protect my family to the best of my ability with whatever means is necessary. It just so happens that carrying a weapon, if I so choose, and I do, is what the Second Amendment is all about. I continue to hope and pray that politicians and their anti-gun followers are not allowed to take an eraser to the words of our Constitution and eliminate phrases in order to make it best suit their agenda. 

The Connecticut school incident is truly a heart-wrenching tragedy without a doubt. However, this could have possibly been far less tragic had the principal and or staff members at Sandy Hook School been trained and had the means to address and alleviate the threat with weapons of their own. Unfortunately, text messages and or phone calls to the local police and 911 will not dispatch an immediate threat to life by people who are intent to do harm to other people. 

In the world we live in today, the reality is that sometimes force must be met with force. I choose to be prepared if and when that time comes and will continue to support our Second Amendment rights. My prayers continue going up for those families having to endure the tragedy caused by one misguided individual.  


Kentucky deer harvest record            

Bluegrass State deer hunters appear to have broken a harvest record that had stood since 2004.

That year saw whitetail harvest numbers totaling 124,752 with Anderson County accounting for 1,870 of that number. 

As of a week before Christmas, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife telecheck totals are pushing toward 127,000 with nearly a month remaining in the archery season. Anderson County is closing in on the 2,000 deer harvest mark for 2012 and might very well get to that number with more bow kills. Franklin County and several other surrounding counties are also crowding the 2,000 deer harvest mark for 2012. 

The Lilly Camp in Kentucky tallied several nice bucks for the 2012 season.  We also were able to add four additional bucks at the Lilly Camp in West Virginia Thanksgiving week so the freezers are full for winter.   

 The mild winter is ideal to get in a few extra trips to the stand for some late-season archery and crossbow hunting.  The archery season in Zone 1, 2 and 3 counties is open until Jan. 21.  Crossbow season in those same three zones is open until Dec. 31.


Kentucky harvest pictures

I do enjoy seeing the smiling faces of young hunters and their wildlife harvests. Tashawn Robison is one of several youth in Anderson County to be able to enjoy our God-given freedoms and has had a great deer season. Tashawn, 12, was able to harvest his first buck this season while hunting with his granddaddy Sam Alves. Tashawn also has a couple of does already in the freezer and took his second doe this year while hunting with his great-granddaddy Ron Hawkins on his farm off Highway 44.


Kentucky bear harvest

I did not get to head to eastern Kentucky this season for bear season after spending a cold two days last year in Harlan County. 

Looks like I may have missed a good one according to the numbers coming from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. According to telecheck numbers and information there were 11 bears harvested during what was scheduled to be a three-day season Dec. 8-10. Due to the quota being met on Sunday the season was ended so no hunting was allowed on Monday. 

The 11 bears harvested are the most since the modern season has been re-established in eastern Kentucky. Bell County joined Harlan, Letcher and Pike for this year’s open hunting areas.  Harlan and Letcher County produced the bears this year with six harvested in Harlan and five harvested in Letcher. 

A new Kentucky record bruin was harvested in Letcher County during this year’s season. The big male bear field dressed 410 pounds (450 pounds live weight) and surpassed the previous record of 350 pounds.


Quick shots

*I pray all of you readers had a Merry Christmas and wish all of you a Happy New Year.


Take a kid hunting and fishing soon!

See ya outside!