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Outdoors

  • OUTDOORS: Archery teams have big day at national event

    The Anderson County archery teams had strong showings in the National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament, held May 10 in Louisville.

    Sixth-grader Brandon Aldridge earned the championship of the elementary competition, scoring 292 out of a possible 300. He was 26th overall out of nearly 9,500 archers from 40 states.

  • It's catfish time in the Commonwealth

    By Art Lander, Jr.

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    When water temperatures warm into the 70s, it's catfish time across Kentucky.

  • Free fishing opportunities abound this weekend

    Families can take a free test drive of fishing fun during the first weekend of June.

    Kentucky celebrates free fishing weekend across the state June 1-2. It’s been an annual event since at least 1992.

    Moms, dads, grandparents, extended family and out-of-state visitors all can sample Kentucky’s fishing opportunities without having to buy a license or permit during this weekend. Size and creel limits on the number of fish that angles may keep still apply, however. Anglers may keep trout without possessing a trout permit during free fishing weekend.

  • OUTDOORS: Flawed elk hunt drawing system should be overhauled

    Allow me to rant a little about the recent Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual elk “drawing.”

    As you can probably guess, neither I, nor anyone I know of as of this writing, was drawn for any of the tags again this year. I vowed before buying a license for the 2013-14 seasons that I would not “donate” another $10 of my hard earned money to a flawed system but I did anyway hoping for one last opportunity after all these years. 

  • OUTDOORS: Keep safety in mind as Kentucky's recreational boating season launches

    By Art Lander, Jr.

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    The just completed Memorial Day holiday served as the unofficial start of recreational boating season in Kentucky.

    Boating safety officials with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are urging everyone who plans to be on the water to keep safety in mind. About 90 percent of all boating accident victims die as a result of drowning.

  • OUTDOORS: May perfect time to get hooked on smallmouth stream fishing

    By Lee McClellan
    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
     

    I have an old friend who was reluctant to go wading in streams for smallmouth bass for many years.

    "The fish are too small," he said.

  • OUTDOORS: Sportsman's Club teaches youth during turkey hunt

    The Anderson County Sportsman’s Club held its annual Youth Turkey Hunt on April 6-7. The event was hosted by Ky. Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources officers David Goodlett, Jason Wells, Joshua Robinson, and Sgt. Phillip Crane.

    Thirty youth between the ages of 10-15 participated. Six successfully harvested a turkey.

  • OUTDOORS: Ponds and small lakes first to warm up in the spring

    By Art Lander, Jr.

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    Rapidly changing weather can play havoc on early spring fishing.

    The possibility of cold fronts, rain and sunny afternoons, all in one week, often make it difficult to correctly time a fishing trip. But, the one true constant of spring fishing is that ponds and small lakes warm up before larger bodies of water.

  • Researchers seek public’s help in locating barn owl nesting locations

    Researchers are seeking the public's help in finding more nesting sites of Kentucky's remaining barn owls, according to a news release.

    Barn owls, with their distinctive heart-shaped faces and dark eyes, were plentiful across Kentucky as late as the 1960s. Currently, however, there are only about 25 documented nesting locations statewide.

    Wildlife biologists with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources need to locate as many barn owl nesting sites as possible to gain a deeper understanding of why this species has declined in the state.

  • Turkey hunters will encounter gobblers of all ages this season

    By Art Lander, Jr.

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

                With opening day of the statewide season just three weeks away, Kentucky turkey hunters can look forward to encountering gobblers of all ages this spring.