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Outdoors

  • Proper shotgun fundamentals critical to wingshooting success

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    A dove comes into your section of the field on opening day. You crouch behind a row of sunflowers and excitedly wait for the dove to come into range.

    The dove keeps coming and you jump up, shoulder your shotgun and fire, followed by another shot and then another, none of them threatening the bird. The dove keeps flying out of the field.

  • February the month to catch walleye and sauger from the bank

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Many anglers would drive a few hundred miles for a chance to catch an 8-pound walleye or a limit of tasty sauger. Kentuckians only have to drive to Campbellsville and head south on KY 55 to the Tailwater Recreation Area below Green River Lake. You don’t even need a boat.

  • Tinsley to mount state record bull elk

    Justin Tinsley is about to do something no other taxidermist has done: mount the largest bull elk ever legally harvested in Kentucky.

    Tinsley, owner of Central Kentucky Taxidermy in Lawrenceburg, is no stranger to creating incredibly lifelike mounts that range from whitetail deer harvested locally to more exotic creatures, such as zebra. In his shop that doubles as a man cave of epic proportions — highlights include a full-sized pool table — sits a shoulder mount of an all-white Texas longhorn.

  • Bear quota hunt with dogs season to continue two days

    By Mark Marraccini

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Bear hunters in Kentucky will have the opportunity again in December to harvest a bear using dogs.

    The bear quota hunt with dogs season is a split season. Initially open for two days in November, the season continues for two days in December if the quota has not been met.

    The quota of five bears was not met during the November hunt; only two were harvested.

  • Little Boy, Big Buck

    Some hunters toil for decades trying to harvest the buck of a lifetime.

    It didn’t take nearly that long for 8-year-old Clayton Shouse who, in only his second year of hunting, bagged a monster buck that easily outdistanced the firearm competition in Saturday’s big buck contest, sponsored by Full Draw Archery, Central Kentucky Taxidermy and The Anderson News.

    The buck had an impressive gross score of 160 4/8, and a net score of 156 3/8 when scored Saturday afternoon at Full Draw Archery on U.S. 127.

  • Five things to consider for reservoir smallmouth bass season

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    The recent spate of rainy and somewhat dismal days sends many minds toward the grim reality that winter is here to stay.

    Sunless, dreary days with bouts of rain in December, January and February give most people the blues. However, desolate winter days bring joy to the heart of a reservoir smallmouth bass angler. These are the days to catch the big ones.

  • Deer season off to hot start

    By Kevin Kelly

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Cold air poured into Kentucky over the past weekend and dropped overnight low temperatures below freezing across much of the state.

    The cool down didn’t cool off the deer hunting. It’s been hot since early September.

  • Anderson County Youth Hunt 2015
  • Young, newborn wildlife best left undisturbed

    By Kevin Kelly

    Ky. Dept of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Encounters with young wildlife increase in spring as people spend more time outdoors.

    An unattended deer fawn curled up in tall grass. A litter of rabbits discovered alone in the backyard. A baby bird furiously flapping its wings but struggling to get off the ground.

  • Big striper