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Outdoors

  • March brings elusive Muskie Madness to Kentucky waters

    By Kevin Kelly, Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament captivates the state of Kentucky every March and this year all eyes are on John Calipari and the University of Kentucky.

    Can the top-seeded Wildcats bring a ninth national title back to Lexington by becoming the first team since 1976 to finish the season undefeated? University of Louisville fans may hope not.

  • Taylorsville Lake headwaters offer excellent white bass fishing

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Small creeks across Kentucky that normally run placid currently rage with brown froth. Reservoirs now cover marina parking lots and lakeside campgrounds.

    Most Kentuckians are punch drunk from the blows of the latest salient of the Polar Vortex followed by cold rain.

  • Preparing your bow for the offseason

    By Kevin Kelly, Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Archery hunters in Kentucky enjoy a generous deer season that opens in late summer and spans more than four months.

    When it closed earlier this week, hunters had pushed the overall harvest past 130,000 for the third consecutive season and to Kentucky’s second-highest harvest total on record.

    Archers played a big role in the success, arrowing more than 18,000 whitetails, and may be left wondering what to do next.

  • Backyard bird watching can be an easy, fun winter activity

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    The deepest, darkest, bleakest part of winter is here. The long slog from just after the holidays through the NCAA tournament is one of the toughest to weather, but watching the many species of birds that inhabit Kentucky in your backyard can brighten the most leaden days.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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