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Outdoors

  • OUTDOORS: Hitting the hardest shots in the dove field

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

    After downing a limit of doves at the opening day dove hunt, you feel confident you'll get another limit this coming weekend.

    After setting up in a favorite spot near a dead tree in the early afternoon, you wait for groups of doves to come into the field. Instead, a swift gray bird comes in from behind at a 45-degree angle. You raise your barrel, swing and fire, not puffing a single feather on the dove that quickly swerves away, out of danger.

  • OUTDOORS: Hunters show their prizes from the fall hunting season
  • Long archery season a good time to learn sport

    Would you believe that only 40 years ago there were only a few thousand whitetail deer in the state of Kentucky? State, not one county.  It is hard to believe with the number being in the hundreds of thousands across the Bluegrass today. The growth is truly a testament to the hard work of many to make such a growth in population occur. 

  • Kentucky’s 2012-13 deer season to open Sept. 1

    By Art Lander, Jr.

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    When Kentucky’s 2012-2013 deer season opens with the beginning of archery hunting Sat., Sept. 1, there will be plenty of reasons for hunters to be optimistic.

    Last deer season was arguably the state’s best ever. A record 68 bucks taken in Kentucky qualified for entry into the Boone & Crockett record books, a record for the state.

  • Public can help researchers monitor the health of Kentucky’s deer herd

    Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources report

    Wildlife watchers can help researchers track and monitor the health of Kentucky’s deer herd.

    “For years, the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study Group has tracked outbreaks of EHD – or epizootic hemorrhagic disease – in deer,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The public can assist researchers by reporting sick animals and pinpointing locations.”

  • OUTDOORS: Trail cam shows what wildlife is doing

    Hot, hot, hot! I know that anyone reading this didn’t need to be reminded of just how hot the weather has been here in Kentucky. The drought is really taking a toll on everything seems like.  The yards, gardens, trees and even the wildlife seem to be taking a pretty stressful hit when things stay so hot and dry for so long. We went almost a month at my place without a decent rain.  It does save gas on mowing but it sure makes the grass awfully crispy walking to check out my trail cams.

  • OUTDOORS: Establish small plots of clover to improve deer and turkey hunting

    By Art Lander, Jr.

    Ky. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

    Establishing small plots of clover throughout your hunting area can pay big dividends during deer and wild turkey seasons.

    Summer is a good time to start preparations for an initial planting in the fall.

  • OUTDOORS: Look for summertime memories on the waterways

  • OUTDOORS: Pick the right rig and bait to target the type of catfish you want to catch

    By Art Lander, Jr.

    Ky. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

    Late May is a prime time to catch catfish from Kentucky's reservoirs, small lakes, rivers and farm ponds.

    "The water is warming into the 70s and catfish are about to spawn," said Gerry Buynak, assistant director of the Fisheries Division for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. "Beginning in late spring and throughout the summer, catfish settle into daily patterns and feed aggressively."

  • Hunting, fishing with family always a blessing

    I’ve never been a big television watcher. 

    I do enjoy sitting with my lovely wife Leigh when we have time and watching certain shows and have always enjoyed watching most sports on the tube including a good NASCAR race. I typically don’t watch much of anything live anymore since I can do all the recording, pausing and rewinding live TV with my satellite setup. I can also skip the annoying commercials.