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OUTDOORS: Youth hunting season yields good memories

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By Jeff Lilly

Happy New Year! Yep, I know it’s almost the end of January for the year 2012 but this is my first column of the New Year so it just seemed too easy not to open with it. I do hope that the New Year has started out well for you and wish you continued good fortune and blessings for the upcoming year.

In my column last month, I pushed the free youth weekend deer hunt that took place on Dec. 31-Jan. 1. I am not sure how many of you took the opportunity to take a kid out hunting for free that weekend but it turned out to be a decent couple of days as far as the weather goes at least for the time of year.   My brother Keith and I took his oldest daughter, Teagan, on her first deer hunt on Dec. 31 at the Lilly Farm in Frankfort. 

We saw deer but couldn’t seem to get a decent shot for Teagan to try her aim. The second day of the short free season had Keith and Teagan out on my McDonald Road farm where they were able to see a couple of does but again unable to get the opportunity to harvest either of them. Teagan seemed to enjoy the time with us and it’s always fun to watch future hunters like her take an interest in the hunting tradition.

The youth hunting opportunities continued through Jan. 6 with the free youth hunting and trapping week. The first two days included the free deer hunting with the remainder of the week being open to small game also. 

This piqued the interest of my youngest niece Kara, who is 8, and brother Keith’s youngest. Dressed head to toe in her camo she hit the ground running with sister Teagan for some squirrel hunting before the season ended. Keith and Paw Paw (Darrell) took the girls to the Lilly Farm for some fun and were able to harvest a nice squirrel for Kara. 

Teagan managed to find an already dead 5-point buck and at least had her picture made with it. The girls are still talking about the adventure and will for many years I’m sure. They will always have the memories of even short hunts that sometimes don’t always result in an actual harvest. That’s what the tradition of hunting and family is all about. Take a look at the pictures of Kara and Teagan and tell me they didn’t enjoy their hunting trip!

 

Deer harvest totals

Kentucky’s 2011-12 deer season officially closed Jan. 16. The overall harvest for all methods of hunting for the state numbered 119,647 deer. Anderson County hunters telechecked 1,915 deer for the season. Franklin County hunters harvested 1,558 deer while Shelby County recorded 2,158, Spencer 1,377, Nelson 1,637, Washington 1,578, Mercer 770 and Woodford County contributed 595.

Hunter education classes

Mark your calendars for May 12 if you or your child needs to qualify for your hunter’s safety certificate. The class is free and will begin at 8 a.m. The 10-hour course will conclude with a written test and live fire exercises on the range. No registration is necessary and is held at the Anderson County Sportsman’s Club located at the end of Old Joe Road.   For more information contact Bill Brown at 502-680-0175 or email gmountjoy@win.net.  All hunters born on or after Jan. 1, 1975, shall, while hunting, carry a valid hunter education course completion card in addition to the appropriate Kentucky hunting license.

Local taxidermist to compete at NWTF national convention

Local taxidermist Justin Tinsley will be submitting some of his finest work to the National Wild Turkey Federation for judging at the 36th Annual NWTF Convention in Nashville, Tenn., being held Feb. 9-12.  Justin has recently opened a local shop in Anderson County and specializes in deer mounts and plans to enter at least two recently completed projects into the competition. Check next month’s column to see how Justin’s hard work was awarded.

Take a kid hunting and fishing soon.

See ya outside!

 

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