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Outdoors

  • Kentucky River producing white bass, sauger, muskellunge

    Kentucky anglers who like sauger, white bass or muskellunge need to plan a trip to the Kentucky River in the next couple of weeks. Population sampling on the Kentucky River conducted by fishery biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources over the past several weeks show healthy populations of white bass, sauger and muskellunge.

  • Twenty participate in archery shoot

    The Anderson County Sportsman’s Club held a 3-D archery shoot over the weekend, and 20 shooters participated despite the windy, cold weather.
    The results are as follows:

    Men’s Open
    Lee Marshal, 286
    Mark Embs, 264
    Lee Puckett, 257
    Ethan Steele, 230 (youth)
    Mike Riddle, DNF
    Mike Tracy, DNF
    Tim Fitzpatrick, DNF
    Eddie Baker, DNF

    Men’s Hunter
    Darryl Gibbs, 307
    Noel Hudson, 301
    Brent Hudson, 293
    Mike Holder, 280

  • In retrospect, elk for crappie trade a good will gesture

    My column last month stirred up a little conversation that leads me to address it a bit further this month. Some outdoorsmen, including me, had a beef over the deal with Missouri to swap 150 of our eastern Kentucky elk for crappie.  


    Yes, elk for fish.

  • Controversy emerging over elk permitting and restoration

    Success can often breed controversy.  Once someone or something becomes a “success” it seems the eyes of the world are firmly fixed and the successful entity is thoroughly monitored while those same monitoring eyes wait anxiously for its downfall. With so many cell phones, pictures, videos, computers and other electronic means out there it seems impossible to “escape” attention or “get away with anything” when an action or actions are found to be amiss.

  • Deer season ends with record archery harvest

    Kentucky’s 2010-11 white-tailed deer season ended over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend with archers posting two all-time harvest records.

    “There was an archery record set for the month of January (2,683 deer) and for the season (16,636 deer),” said David Yancy, deer biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

    Archery hunters harvested 413 antlerless deer and 253 antlered bucks over the holiday weekend.

  • More gun control is not the answer

    I really try to stick to topic when writing my monthly column but when events occur like the Arizona shooting earlier this month it’s hard to not voice my concerns. Really, in my opinion, I’m still within the bounds of an outdoor column due to the gun-related issues at hand so I’ll ramble a minute. This also gives you the freedom to continue or move on to the next page and read something else.

  • Wishing hunting season had opened sooner

  • Fall turkey hunting a challenge for hunters

    By Art Lander
    Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

    Hunting strategies are different, calling is not as critical to success, and birds are often in big flocks, concentrating on local food sources – everything about fall wild turkey hunting makes it more challenging than the spring season.
    The key to success in the spring is getting close to gobbling toms and seducing them into gun range with subtle hen calls such as clucks, purrs and yelps. Communication between the sexes is a major part of the mating ritual.

  • Salato Center hosts annual Halloween event Oct. 30

    Ghosts and goblins of all ages can join the fun at the Salato Wildlife Education Center’s Halloween Walk with the Animals in Frankfort from 1 – 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30. Admission to this kid-safe, trick-or-treat event is $5 per person.
    The event is most appropriate for kids under the age of 11 and their parents. Little trick-or-treaters are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

  • COLUMN: Fall hunting season is here

    Fall colors, gotta love’em. Even with the drought we have going on, God still gives us a show for free. It never ceases to amaze me how the seasons come and go and how each one of them has its own unique characteristics and fan base. I’m partial to fall for obvious reasons like most hunting seasons are at their peak and the temperatures allow me to open up the windows and turn down the electric company’s little money maker.