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Outdoors

  • OUTDOORS: Fall brings many outdoors opportunities

    Another great Kentucky fall is upon us. The fall season brings with it a plethora (pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve ever typed that word and I am grateful for the automatic spell check on my laptop) of outdoor opportunities for outdoorsmen. 

    Squirrel season opened a few weeks back to several nice cool mornings and the first segment of the early season continues right up to the opening of deer gun season. 

  • OUTDOORS: Plant winter wheat this fall for wildlife

    By Art Lander, Jr.

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    The heat of summer is a good time to begin thinking about fall plantings to benefit wildlife.

    Winter wheat is a top choice for a fall crop because it is readily eaten by deer and wild turkey and is an excellent nurse crop for clover. Winter wheat is typically planted Aug. 15 through Oct. 31.

    Broadcast wheat seed with a hand-crank spreader and rake or disk it under.

  • OUTDOORS: Real camping produces many great memories of the outdoors

    Any campers out there?

    I mean real campers. Not those of you who load fresh towels and toiletries into a 40- or 60-foot long recreational vehicle and hit the road for places unknown or maybe known.

    Whether you know where you’re headed or not, the “RV thing” is not camping.

  • 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.