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Outdoors

  • First buck
  • Fishing remains productive during deer season

    By Kevin Kelly

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

    Kentucky offers some of the finest deer hunting found anywhere, and the modern gun deer season stands as one of the most anticipated opportunities each year.

    Its allure draws many anglers away from the water in November.

  • What would you do if you saw an albino buck?

    By Jeff Lilly

    Outdoors Columnist

    I wanted to start out this month’s column with a question to readers and hunters in our community. Before asking the question, I’ll set it up for you.

    Gavin Dingman is an 11-year-old hunter who lives in Michigan. A couple of weeks ago Gavin harvested a nice 12-point trophy buck with a 30-yard shot from his crossbow.

  • Overcoming challenges found in fall bass fishing

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    You arrive at the Holcomb’s Landing Ramp just after dawn and look at the shoreline of Lake Cumberland. A line of damp rocks several inches thick rings the lake and the rip rap on the face of Wolf Creek Dam.

    Your heart sinks. They are releasing a lot of water quickly through the dam and into the Cumberland River below it. The first smallmouth bass trip of the fall may be a bust.

  • Salato Center hosts benefit Trail Run

    Trail runners can enjoy a race through the fall woods while helping the Salato Wildlife Education Center, according to a news release.

    The center, located on U.S. 60, west of Frankfort, will be hosting the sixth annual Running Wild 4-Mile Trail Run in Frankfort on Saturday, Nov. 1.

    According to the release, the course will follow the Salato Center’s HabiTrek, Pea Ridge and exhibit trails. These are primitive dirt trails complete with challenging hills, hairpin switchbacks, woods, prairies, brambles and all the obstacles that Mother Nature can supply.

  • Few lures beat a tailspinner in cold water

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Some lures on the market have stood the test of time, catching fish decade after decade. The Dardevle spoon, the Panther Martin and Rooster Tail in-line spinners, the Jitterbug and the Hula Popper still catch fish today like they did when swing music topped the charts.

    The tailspinner is another old-time lure that still catches fish consistently, and one of the best winter lures for black bass.

  • Whooping cranes confirmed in Kentucky

    Wildlife biologists have confirmed the presence of five federally protected whooping cranes in Hopkins County and sixth in Barren County. 

    In addition to these confirmed reports, whooping cranes have been seen in more than a dozen counties across Kentucky in the last two weeks, according to a news release.

    Biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources caution hunters to be vigilant for the possibility of whooping cranes being present in areas being hunted.

  • Recent deer harvest
  • Looking for outdoors action? Now is great time to hunt rabbits

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Outdoors enthusiasts of a certain age well remember their grandfathers extolling the virtues of fried rabbit, declaring it superior to filet mignon and better than any restaurant meal you could buy.

    Many hunters scratch around for something to get them afield during that dull period from Christmas until the first warm winds of spring. Grab a shotgun, don some brush pants, a hunter orange vest and walk an overgrown fencerow to jump a rabbit.

  • Spotted bass back in schools this fall

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    They were not even recognized as a distinctive fish species until 1927. People for many years believed these fish only existed in Kentucky.

    In 1956, the Kentucky legislature designated this species the “Kentucky bass” and made them the official state fish. Many anglers, especially in the south-central portion of the United States, still call the spotted bass a Kentucky bass.