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Outdoors

  • Questions and answers for modern gun deer season

    By Art Lander, Jr.
    Ky. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources
    Modern gun season for deer, the highlight of the fall hunting calendar, opens Nov. 12, 2011. Hunters often wonder about rules and regulations concerning deer hunting. Here are some frequently asked questions about Kentucky’s most popular big game hunting season:


    Q: Does modern gun season for deer open on Nov. 12 every year? 
  
    A: No. It opens statewide on the second Saturday in November. The actual date changes annually due to calendar shift. 
  

  • Fall brings back hunting and fishing memories

    Gotta love Fall in Kentucky. It’s here once again. There is one slightly disturbing aspect of this Fall arriving that has me thinking even more than usual.  

    As I get older it sure seems that the seasons, as well as time in general, just fly by. Add the fact that Hunter is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky and Suzanne is a junior at Anderson County High School and it really gets me to thinking, “Where has time gone?”  

  • Fishing good at McNeely Lake

    Jefferson County's McNeely Lake is a good destination for canoeists, kayakers and those in small boats because the use of gasoline-powered motors is prohibited. 
   

    Located in Okolona, a suburb about 15 miles south of downtown Louisville, the 51-acre, L-shaped impoundment is reached via the Beulah Church Road exit off the Gene Snyder Freeway. Turn right onto Cooper Chapel Road and follow the signs. The lake is located within the 746-acre McNeely Lake Park, operated by the Louisville Metro Parks system. 
   

  • Early muzzleloader deer season held this week Oct. 15-16

    The first of two seasons created especially for hunters who want to take deer with muzzleloading firearms is coming up.

    Kentucky’s early muzzleloader deer season, which debuted in 1990, will be held this year on the weekend of Oct. 15-16. In the past decade, the muzzleloader deer harvest has averaged 16,272 deer a year. A high of 19,918 was taken during the 2004-05 season, and a low of 13,179 bagged last season. 

  • True hunters respect the game, follow the rules

    Hunting.  Fishing.  Outdoors.


    What makes a hunter, a fisherman or an outdoorsman?   Practically anyone can take an afternoon drive to the local sporting goods store and purchase a license and equipment needed to pursue any of the activities previously mentioned.  God and soldiers of this great country through the years have given us the freedom to enjoy just such experiences.  However, no amount of equipment or any type of license purchased can truly make a hunter, a fisherman or an outdoorsman.   

  • Six Mile Creek provides great fall fishing

    By Art Lander

  • Kentucky’s 2011-12 elk season opens with archery bull hunt

    Elk season in Kentucky will open this year on Saturday, Sept. 17, with a new 14-day hunt for the 80 archers who were awarded bull permits.

    “The early archery season will open during the peak of the rut,” said Tina Brunjes, deer and elk program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “We expect bulls to be bugling and rounding up harems of cows. It will be interesting to see what the success for this hunt will be.”

  • Hunters may now apply online for quota deer, small game and waterfowl hunts on state WMAs

    By Art Lander

    Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources

    Hunters may now apply online for quota hunts for deer, small game and waterfowl on state wildlife management areas (WMAs). Those without computer access may still register over the telephone by calling 1-877-598-2401. This toll-free number is staffed 24 hours a day.

    The application period for state WMA quota hunts is September 1-30. Kentucky state parks are also offering special bow hunting packages that are not quota hunts, but reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  • Cooler weather means hunting seasons drawing closer

    Once again another year has rolled by and my favorite time of year is easing its way into the Bluegrass State. Fall and all the great sights, sounds and smells of the season are just around the corner. Sure, August in Kentucky is still usually sweltering hot but we’ve actually been blessed with some cooler weather and especially cooler nights for sleeping.

  • Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposes seasons

    The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed the 2011-2012 waterfowl seasons at its quarterly meeting held Aug. 19.

    Commission members also elected officers and recommended spring turkey hunting regulations for Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area in Meade County.