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Outdoors

  • Hunter Education teaches safe hunting

    By Kevin Kelly

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    It is a few minutes before 6 p.m. on Friday and vehicles continue pulling into the parking lot at the Scott County Extension Center.

    An orange sign marked “Hunter Education” confirms the visitors are in the right place and directs them to proceed to the North Room, where a uniformed Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources conservation educator welcomes his new students.

  • Striped bass coming back at Lake Cumberland

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    A jointed Thunderstick or Redfin lure slowly worked on the surface along a main lake bank on Lake Cumberland at 3 a.m. in late April may provoke a reaction from a striped bass that feels like it could rip your arm off your shoulder.

    The savagery of a surface strike from a striped bass on a late spring night on Lake Cumberland is one of the outdoor experiences that sears into the brain, leaving a lifelong scar that itches every April.

  • Leave young wildlife alone at this time of year

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

     

    It is a demonstration of the best traits of the human race, but can end in error.

    At this time of year, people see young wildlife seemingly abandoned by their parents. Deer fawns left alone in a grassy field. Baby birds that fall from their nests, seemingly helpless in your backyard.

  • Dedication for memorial to fallen conservation officers set for May 17

    Officials will dedicate a memorial to Kentucky’s fallen conservation officers during a ceremony set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, according to a news release.

    The memorial is located on the campus of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in Frankfort.

    The memorial, a project of the Kentucky Conservation Officers’ Association, honors the six Kentucky conservation officers killed in the line of duty since 1918, the release said.

  • Vegetable gardens could offset high grocery bill

    There’s just something wrong about driving through snow while on spring break. On the bright side, I did get to spend some quality time up north in Indiana. Seeing everyone’s smiling faces always makes the trip worthwhile. I even got to bring home some of Ma’s brownies.

  • Spring a bit behind this year, but trophy smallmouth time is here

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    You hear about Lake St. Clair, Mille Lacs, Lake Erie and the upper Mississippi River as waters that produce the best smallmouth fishing in the United States.

    As far as catching numbers of smallmouth with many of those larger than 4 pounds, you can’t argue with the sentiment. However, to catch the largest specimens in the world, you need to fish in Kentucky and Tennessee.

  • Public meetings concerning boat motor restrictions set

    The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will hold a series of public meetings to discuss a proposal to lift motor restrictions on several small department-owned lakes in the state, according to a news release.

  • Online hunter education registration goes statewide

    Online registration for Kentucky’s hunter education programs is now statewide, according to a news release.

  • Spring is (hopefully) here! Good fishing awaits at Taylorsville, Beaver Lake

    Happy spring, I think … maybe … hopefully!

    You just can’t be sure around these parts anymore as to whether or not spring is really here to stay or continues to tease.

  • OUTDOORS: Skunks emerge from winter's thaw, can be beneficial

    It appears we may have survived a rather unusually long and cold winter here in the Bluegrass State. Hopefully the latest thawing out will last and bring us much greener days ahead as the temperatures rise and the sun shines.

    The warmer temperatures have certainly thawed out some of God’s smellier creatures. Anybody seen any skunks? I’ve had several folks asking me about the number of skunks they’ve seen killed on the roads lately.