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Outdoors

  • First Elk

    Chris Literal of Lawrenceburg was drawn for the 2011 Elk Lottery and landed his this 300-pound cow for his first elk on Dec. 13.

  • OUTDOORS: New archery range opens in Madison County

    A new archery range is now open to the public at the Miller Welch-Central Kentucky Wildlife Management Area in Madison County, according to a news release from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

    Constructed on the northern edge of the WMA along Muddy Creek Road, the archery range consists of is a 12-target traditional range and a 30-target course through the woods, said Derek Beard, the department's wildlife coordinator said in the release. 
   

  • OUTDOORS: Winter temps bring float and fly time

    By Lee McClellan

    Ky. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

    The late Charlie Nuckols owned a tackle shop and lure company in east Tennessee, near South Holston Lake. Winter crappie anglers who fished small marabou jigs deep under bobbers complained to him about big smallmouth breaking off their rigs all of the time. 
   

  • OUTDOORS: Youth hunting season yields good memories

    Happy New Year! Yep, I know it’s almost the end of January for the year 2012 but this is my first column of the New Year so it just seemed too easy not to open with it. I do hope that the New Year has started out well for you and wish you continued good fortune and blessings for the upcoming year.

  • OUTDOORS: Hunters find sandhills challenging during Kentucky's inaugural crane season

    Kentucky's first modern hunting season for sandhill cranes came to a close Jan. 15. The month-long season marked the first time in nearly 100 years that Kentucky sportsmen and sportswomen had the opportunity to hunt sandhill cranes in the Commonwealth. By closing day, hunters had harvested 50 birds, according to a news release.

    Kentucky had allowed for a maximum harvest of 400 sandhill cranes. 
   

  • OUTDOORS: Make firearm safety a priority this the new year

    I guess I’ll start out by piggy-backing off last month’s outdoor column concerning gun safety. I hope everybody had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year as well as safe.


    Guns can make very exciting gifts to start a new year, however, the responsibilities that come with the gift are tremendous. The giver, and well as the receiver, should understand the responsibility that comes with owning, using or handling firearms.

  • Salato Wildlife Education Center closes for the season

    The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort closed its doors for the winter on Dec. 11, according to a press release.

     The center, which is operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, will reopen on Valentines Day, Feb. 14, the release said.

  • OUTDOORS: Catch some fish during Christmas break

    By Lee McClellan
    Ky. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources
    Most of us get some time off during the upcoming holidays. With all of the stress surrounding Christmas, what a better way to blow off some steam and get away from work and family obligations than hearing your drag screech from a trophy fish?  

    Winter is one the most productive trophy fishing times of the year for sauger, striped bass and even largemouth bass from farm ponds if the weather conditions cooperate.   

  • Thanksgiving Day opener looks promising for waterfowl season

    Excellent breeding conditions this past year in the northern Prairie region and Canada should mean productive hunting for the opening of duck season Thanksgiving Day, according to a news release from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources,


    “Every population of every species but widgeon are holding their own or up big time,”


    Brunjes recommends hunters scout potential areas for duck use before setting up to hunt.

  • OUTDOORS: Sutherland harvest 6x6 bull elk

    Pictured are Saundra Sutherland of Glensboro with a 6x6 bull elk. She and her guide, Johnny Sutherland, harvested the bull Oct. 5 in Bell/Knox County.