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Outdoors

  • OUTDOORS: Anderson 4-H shooting sports team on target for state title

    The Anderson County 4-H shooting sports team produced three individual state champions and four team champions in the state meet held recently. Eighteen local youth participated in the event, competing for the championships in two separate disciplines: archery and shotgun.

    Those earning state championships were Adam Steele in the 9-11 year old Bare Bow Division; Justin Mehs in the 15-18 year old Bare Bow Division; and Ethan Steel in the 15-18 year old Target Bow Division.

    Steele is repeating as state champion in the same division.

  • OUTDOORS: September is quota hunt application month

    By Art Lander, Jr.

    Ky. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife Resources

    The application deadline for quota deer, bear, small game and waterfowl hunts is midnight, Sunday, Sept. 30.

    Applications for the deer, small game and waterfowl hunts can be made 24 hours a day by either calling toll-free 1-877-598-2401, or going online at fw.ky.gov. Applications for the 2012 bear quota hunt with dogs may only be submitted online.

  • OUTDOORS: Sights and sounds of fall make October the greatest time to hunt

    Fall is here and archery season is in full swing. The cooler temps will have the leaves turning autumn colors and starting the beginning of what will be the end of summer. These same cooler temperatures will soon have the white tailed bucks here in Kentucky starting their annual frenzy to find as many lady friends as possible. 

  • OUTDOORS: Camp Calvary hosts archery shoot

    These archers were among 98 shooters who turned out for the Camp Calvary 3D Archery Shoot on Aug. 11. David Chesser won the men's open class with Jessica Chesser taking the women's division.

    Winners in the men's bow hunter category were Cody Mullins (first place), Alex Lyons (second), Brad Muntz (third), Brad Wakefield (fourth), Ron Davis (fifth), Adam Harp (sixth) and Blake Chesser (seventh).

  • 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.