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Outdoors

  • 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.

  • Fall breeding season increases deer movement

    By Kevin Kelly

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Cooler temperatures and shorter days bring out the fall colors that paint Kentucky’s landscape in warm hues before winter arrives.

    At about the same time, the breeding instinct in whitetail deer stirs, putting them on the move and more frequently into the paths of motorists.

  • Young hunters
  • Youth hunters notch successful weekend

    From staff reports

    Youth hunters had a bang-up weekend, going 9-for-9 in harvesting deer during the annual event sponsored by the Anderson County Sportsman’s Club with an assist from officers with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife.

    The nine participating hunters bagged three bucks, two button bucks and four does, according to a news release.

    “These are times that will never be forgotten for the youth and for the adults,” organizers said in a news release. “Thank you to all the supporters, great or small.”

  • Send us your wildlife photos

    Whether it’s a Boone and Crockett or or a doe, The Anderson News wants to print photos of successful deer hunts.

    Along with our monthly outdoors page featuring local hunter and fisherman Jeff Lilly, we routinely prints photos not only of successful deer hunts, but anglers holding up everything from a monster catfish to the smallest bluegill.

    We ask that the names of those appearing in the photo are provided from the left, and that the game being shown is clean and presented in a dignified manner.

  • Anderson youth hunt teaches safety, preserves heritage

    By Ben Carlson

    News staff

    Were someone to look up the definition of the perfect example of a youth hunter, the photo they’d see would likely be one of sisters Quetzal and Rio Velasco.

  • Hobbs harvest velvet buck
  • Wild hogs better than gators or beaches for local teens

    By Jeff Lilly

    Outdoors columnist

    A sure sign that summer is fading away is the emerging of the bid yellow kid haulers letting us all know that school is back in session in Anderson County as well as other surrounding counties and communities.

  • Perfect weather conditions should signal great dove season

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    The diminishing daylight hours, foggy mornings and slightly different angle of the daytime sun informs hunters the best time of year is upon us.

  • Choosing your first shotgun correctly

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    My first shotgun was an old .410-gauge Mossberg with a bolt action and pistol grip that once belonged to my grandmother. A decent squirrel gun, yet working the bolt to get off three shots at incoming doves was nearly impossible for me when excited. Doves flying nearby had little to fear when I shouldered that old .410.